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Abap: All’s OK with Marcial

STOP worrying about middleweight boxing Olympic qualifier Eumir Felix Marcial, he’s standing by his commitment and honoring his agreement with the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (Abap).

Marcial, who booked a ticket to the Olympics earlier this year in Amman, Jordan, belied persistent reports that a rift had developed between him and Abap.


This was clarified by Abap secretary general Ed Picson, in an official statement released after lunch yesterday.

Picson said the 25-year-old Marcial has reiterated his highest regard for the officials of the national sports association for boxing.


Picson said Marcial has sworn he would never do anything to jeopardize his relationship with Abap.


Here’s the rest of the Abap statement:

The 25-year-old Zamboangueño pug said that, although he sought advice from several people outside of the organization, he assured that he wanted Abap to be his partner in his journey to the Olympics.

Marcial said that Abap president Ricky Vargas and Picson are helping him with negotiations with professional boxing managers and to ensure that whatever engagements are entered into will not hamper his Olympic aspirations.

“Alam ko naman na ang ikabubuti ko ang hangad nina

Mr. Vargas at Sir Ed. Kanilang pag-aaralan ang mga alok, at ilalatag nila sa akin ang mga iyon at nasa akin pa rin ang huling desisyon,” said the boxer, who is an airman of the Philippine Air Force.


For his part, Picson assured that they will not stand in the way of Marcial’s professional boxing plans.

————————-Picson said “Mr. Vargas and I spoke with renowned boxing manager Shelly Finkel and our conversation was frank, cordial and enlightening. Of course we told him that we would also like to hear from other interested parties.”

“If we were to stop Marcial from exploring professional boxing opportunities, why would we speak with those interested in him? We just want to ensure that Eumir gets the best deal possible and that it will not conflict with the Olympic goal” according to the boxing official.

In a protracted phone conversation with Picson and Abap sports psychologist Marcus Manalo, the dusky Zamboangueño apologized if his discussions with people outside of Abap were misinterpreted by some quarters.

“Nag-text na nga ako kay Mr. Vargas para mag-sorry. Hindi ko talaga magagawa na masaktan ang mga opisyal at mga kasamahan ko sa Abap,” Marcial stressed.

End of Abap statement. INQ

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