Eumir Felix Marcial took to his Facebook page to extend his apologies for his shocking semifinal loss at the Asian Boxing Confederation Asian Elite Championships, a major yardstick of his preparedness for the Tokyo Olympics.
Seeded No. 1 in the Dubai tournament, Marcial offered no excuse about the 5-0 beating he took from the hands of a faster Saidjamshid Jafarov of Uzbekistan.
“It may not be the result or outcome we expected, but I still want to thank everyone who showed [support],” Marcial said in his post.
But for Alliance of Boxing Associations of the Philippines (Abap) president Ricky Vargas, the outcome was a “wake-up” call for all national boxers, if not for Marcial specifically.
“We are, of course, saddened by the…