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Eumir Marcial KOs Argentinian foe in 2 rounds to go 4-0 as pro

Eumir Marcial remains perfect as a pro. PSC-POC Media (file photo)
By Stewart Tan

MANILA—Eumir Marcial floored Ricardo Ruben Villalba of Argentina twice en route to a second-round knockout win on Saturday night (Sunday, Philippine Time) at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

The Zamboanga City native showed his punching prowess en route to maintaining his unbeaten record in professional boxing.

Marcial, a bronze medal winner during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, traded blows with Villalba early in the opening round before letting go of a body shot to knock down the Argentinean for the first time.

Marcial went aggressive in the second round as he unleashed a right to the head of Villalba to send him back to the canvas for good with 48 seconds remaining.

The 27-year-old Marcial improved his professional boxing record to 4-0-0 win-loss-draw, with two of his victories by way of stoppages.

The 33-year-old Villalba saw his boxing record drop to 20-8-1, including eight stoppage wins. His loss to Marcial was his fourth consecutive.

The Marcial-Villalba encounter served as one of the undercards for the world title clash of Rey Vargas and O'Shaquie Foster for the WBC super featherweight title.

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