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Eumir Marcial eyes Paris Olympics gold 1st before thinking about pro belt

Eumir Marcial scored a sensational knockout in front of no less than WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman, but going for a pro title belt is still far from his mind at the moment. Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Even if he made an impression in front of World Boxing Council president Mauricio Sulaiman, Eumir Marcial remains focused on giving the Philippines its first Olympic boxing gold and is not yet thinking about his next step in the pro ranks.

After knocking out Thai veteran Thoedsak Sinam on Saturday night at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium, Marcial said that his attention is now shifting to his stint with the national team in the Paris Olympics and is not thinking about whether his knockout win merits a possibility of him becoming a title contender in the super middleweights.

According to the now 5-0 pro boxer from Zamboanga City, he still needs to work his way up the pro ladder since the 168-pound division, although currently dominated by undisputed champion Canelo Alvarez, is stacked.

"Sa weight class ko, maraming mga magagaling na boksingero. Kung babalik doon sa US, marami sa weight class ko na magagaling, especially sa WBC ranking," Marcial said.

He then relayed what he actually told Sulaiman after his win, saying, "Sabi ko sa kanya, makuha ko muna yung gold sa Paris, and then gagalingan ko pa lalo sa professional at darating din ako doon."

According to Marcial, his team will now shift to Olympic mode as they will quickly join the national team in Baguio for a mini-training camp before flying to Colorado Springs, USA on April 9 for a bigger-scale camp.

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