Marcial sets goals high with Paris gold in mind

EUMIR FELIX MARCIAL has reactivated his goal of snaring that Olympic gold medal that he missed in Tokyo last year by focusing on Paris 2024.

But he set his dream a notch higher—Marcial also wants a world title in that same year.

“I’ll be gunning for two—a professional world title and an Olympic gold,” Marcial, 26, told BusinessMirror on Wednesday, “If the opportunity comes, why not? Whatever fight is in front of me, I am willing to take it.”

Marcial fought twice this year. He beat American Isiah Hart last April 9 in a six-rounder in Las Vegas to improve his professional record to 2-0. In May, he retained his Southeast Asian Games middleweight gold medal in Hanoi.

“It’s always my dream to capture an Olympic gold, while my other goal is to achieve a world title as a professional,” he said. “I’m determined to go for both.”

Marcial will fly to the United States later this month to prepare for his third pro fight against a still undetermined opponent sometime in October.

“Eumir [Marcial] needs to focus on 2022 and 2023 and then we’ll be gunning for a world title in 2024,” International matchmaker and Manny Pacquiao’s MP Promotions head Sean Gibbons told BusinessMirror also on Thursday. “He needs to come out hard, especially next year.”

Gibbons noted that Marcial needs to plug loopholes in his skills as a pro boxer.

“He needs a lot of experience and a lot of work in the US. He needs to learn that’s why we’re looking for him to be more active next year,” Gibbons said. “We will make him a monster in his division.”

The coming year offers a busy schedule for the Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist. Staring at his schedule are the SEA Games in Cambodia in May, Asian Games in Hangzhou in September and the Olympic qualifiers.

But Marcial vowed he’s prepared his mind and body.

“I never get tired of representing our country,” he said.