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Marcial advances, Magno falls

Eumir Marcial wins via unanimous decision. Photo courtesy of Philippine Olympic Comittee.

HANGZHOU, China – Eumir Marcial came through with a dominant showing in his light-heavyweight debut, but Irish Magno bowed out of contention as the two Olympians suffered contrasting fates at the start of the boxing competitions in the 19th Asian Games.

Marcial, 27, scored an overwhelming 5-0 victory over Dalai Gadzorig of Mongolia at the Hangzhou gymnasium to advance in the Round-of-16 of the men’s 80 kg class.

The Filipino pro boxer went up in weight from being a middleweight, where he won a bronze medal in last year’s Tokyo Olympics.

While he felt good in his first bout, Marcial has yet to fully determine if he’s really fit to fight as a light-heavyweight.

“Ok naman yung galaw ko, pero yung fighting weight ko talaga middleweight. Mas komportable talaga ako dun,” said Marcial, who was cheered on by Philippine Olympic Committee president Bambol Tolentino, San Miguel Corp. sports director Alfrancis Chua, PBA chairman Ricky Vargas, and PBA commissioner Willie Marcial.

“Hindi pa natin alam. Yung mga susunod na laban natin, pabigat na ng pabigat yung mga kalaban.

Earlier, the 32-year-old Magno was outclassed by her younger foe in Nigina Uktamova of Uzbekistan, 5-0, in the women’s 54 kg class.

“Pinag-handaan talaga namin kung ano yung fight plan, pero hindi tayo pinalad,” said the Tokyo Olympian of Uktamova, a former gold medal winner in the World Youth Boxing Championship, who clinched a berth in the quarterfinals.

The loss of Magno and Aira Villegas left Olympic silver medalist Nesthy Petecio to carry the fight for the women’s boxing team. The former world champion is set to see action on 29 September against top seed Lin Yu Ting of Chinese-Taipei in the 57 kg class.

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