Sen. Bong Go commends Marcial for fourth straight win as a pro

Sen. Bong Go with City of Mati Mayor Michelle Rabat (right) and Vice Mayor Enzo Rabat (left).

Dyed-in-the-wool sportsman Senator Christopher “Bong” Go on Monday hailed rising Filipino boxer Eumr Marcial for his fourth straight win as a professional.

“As chairman of the Senate Committee on Sports, it is my distinct honor and privilege to stand before you today to express my support and co-sponsor the Senate Resolution congratulating and commending Eumir Felix Marcial for his fourth straight professional boxing victory after conquering a middleweight match in San Antonio, Texas, USA,” the Dabawenyo lawmaker said in his speech.

“Eumir Felix Marcial’s recent win in an eight-round middleweight bout at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, USA is nothing short of impressive. Marcial has once again proven his exceptional skills and talent as a boxer by achieving his second knockout in the professional ranks after stopping the more experienced opponent just 48 seconds into the second round. This victory of Eumir Marcial’s speaks volumes about his dedication and commitment to the sport,” he added.

Marcial dominated Argentine Ricardo Ruben Villalba in their fight last February 12 (Manila time), winning by second-round stoppage in their eight-round middleweight bout at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist, floored Villalba with a wicked left body shot in the first round and twice in the second, forcing the referee to call a halt with 48 seconds left.

The win was the fourth straight victory for Marcial, who scored his second knockout in the pro ranks where he hopes to make his mark after a brilliant amateur career that saw him snare the silver in the 2019 World Championships and four golds in the Southeast Asian Games.

The 27-year-old Marcial hails from Lunzuran, Zamboanga City.

“Sabi niya, bahala na daw ma-cast ulit yung kaliwang kamay niya, basta makuha raw niya yung ginto para sa ating bayan. Taga-Mindanao rin po ito si Marcial, from Zamboanga,” Go said.

The senator cited Marcial for bringing home several victories for the Philippines including the gold medal at the Southeast Asian Games and a bronze medal at the Asian Games, among others.

“As the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Sports, I believe sports play a crucial role in our society as it is not only a form of entertainment and recreation, but also a means of fostering unity and national pride. As such, I place great importance on the development of sports in our country,” he said. “Through our combined efforts, we will be able to continue to inspire and empower our Filipino athletes to achieve greater heights, and in bringing honor and glory to our country. Rest assured that I will continue to always stand behind our athletes and support them in their pursuit of excellence.”

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