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ABAP coach joins Eumir camp

ABAP coach joins Eumir camp

MANILA, Philippines — Tokyo-bound boxer Eumir Felix Marcial will soon have a Filipino coach by his side in Los Angeles, California as he trains for the Tokyo Olympics which is just 107 days away.

Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines secretary-general Ed Picson yesterday said ABAP is sending one of its coaches to LA to oversee Marcial’s training.

But the 2019 World Championship silver medalist and Southeast Asian Games gold medalist would have to wait a couple more weeks due to visa delays.

“We already prepared to send one of our coaches there but the one we are sending has an expired US visa,” Picson told the online Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum.

While ABAP is granting Marcial’s request, Picson is hoping the boxer who turned pro last year changes his mind and joins fellow Olympic qualifiers Irish Magno, Nesthy Petecio and Carlo Paalam in their training camp in Thailand.

ABAP has seven other boxers and five coaches in Thailand as part of their training for the Hanoi SEA Games in November. They are set to compete in the Asian Championships in New Delhi in May.

Picson said they could provide Marcial with good sparring partners in Thailand, who are in the same mold as Fil-Briton light-heavyweight John Marvin.

Marcial and Marvin sparred against each other when they were both training with the Philippine team in Manila.

“We’re trying to convince him (Marcial) to join the team in Thailand. This is our Olympic team. It would be better if he is with our team training and sparring with Olympians, which have a style of boxing different from the pros,” said Picson.

“But then again, we understand he has commitments outside ABAP.