• PH PUG Marcial finishes second in Thailand meet


    Former junior world champion Eumir Felix Marcial settled for silver in the men’s welterweight class (69 kilograms) of the Thailand Invitational International Boxing Tournament (formerly known as King’s Cup) held in Pattaya, Thailand.

    Marcial, an Asian Youth Continental gold medalist, knocked out Antonio Bisset of Cuba in the semifinals but fell short against Incheon Asian Games Apichet Saensit of host Thailand in the championship round.

    Another Filipino pug Ian Clark Bautista failed to advance to the medal round in the men’s flyweight class (52 kgs.) dominated by Thais World Championship veteran Chatchai Butdee (gold) and Yuttapong Thongdee (silver), and Cuban Frank Saldivar (bronze).

    Host Thailand took the overall title with four golds, four silvers and two bronzes while Kazakhstan placed second with one gold and two bronzes, and India bagged the third spot with one gold.

    Cuba has one silver and a couple of bronzes, and Russia went home with one bronze.

    Marcial and Bautista are included in the nine-member national team seeing action in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games in Singapore in June.

    Joining team are reigning 52 kgs. champion Mario Fernandez, Junel Cantancio, Rogen Ladon and Wilfredo Lopez (men’s division), and Indonesia King’s Cup gold winner Nesthy Petecio, Irish Magno and Riza Pasuit (women’s).

    They are aiming to surpass the country’s three-gold, four-silver, three-bronze medal haul in the 2013 Myanmar Southeast Asian Games.


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