Eumir Marcial eyes repeat vs fellow pro Darchinyan for sure Tokyo medal | Inquirer Sports

Eumir Marcial eyes repeat vs fellow pro Darchinyan for sure Tokyo medal

By: - Reporter / @MarkGiongcoINQ
/ 04:43 PM July 29, 2021

Armenia's Arman Darchinyan (left) and Philippines' Eumir Marcial (right).

Armenia’s Arman Darchinyan (left) and Philippines’ Eumir Marcial (right). AFP/REUTERS FILE PHOTOS

MANILA, Philippines–Standing in Eumir Marcial’s way from a guaranteed medal at the Tokyo Olympics is Armenia’s Arman Darchinyan.

Marcial had already beaten Darchinyan three years ago in a tournament in Russia.

But Marcial knows there’s no room for complacency if he is to repeat against Darchinyan.

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“I’ve already faced Darchinyan before back in 2018 in Russia. I beat him there but of course, everyone prepared really hard for the Olympics. I know he is really prepared for his fight,” Marcial said in Filipino after a triumphant Olympic debut on Thursday at Kokugikan Arena.

The 25-year-old Marcial showed why he is deemed as the fighter to beat in the men’s middleweight class after outclassing Younes Nemouchi of Algeria in a first-round stoppage.

Darchinyan also dominated in his round of 16 match as he breezed through Slovakia’s Andrej Csemez for a unanimous decision victory.

Like Marcial, Darchinyan is also a professional fighter with a 1-0 record after making his pro debut in 2019 with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach in his corner.

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Marcial trained extensively under Roach at Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood as part of his buildup for the Tokyo Games.

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The pride of Zamboanga City turned pro in July last year and signed a six-year deal with Manny Pacquiao’s MP Promotions.

Under the tutelage of Roach, Marcial demolished American Andrew Whitfield in a middleweight four-rounder as part of a Premier Boxing Champions card last December in Los Angeles, California.

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The 27-year-old Darchinyan is also the nephew of former two-division champion Vic Darchinyan, whom Nonito Donaire stopped in spectacular fashion for the IBF flyweight title in 2007.

They face off on August 1 for a semifinal berth.

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