‘Wake-up call’ as gold medal hope Marcial suffers setback

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Eumir Marcial during this semifinals bout in the ASBC Asian Elite Championships. AIBA SCREENGRAB

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…

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