MORE Filipino boxers in the Tokyo Olympic Games next year? Eumir Marcial believes so.
Speaking as special guest in last Tuesday's Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA Sports Forum online, Marcial said he and Irish Magno's successful bids to make it to the greatest show on earth next year is serving as an inspiration to the other boxers stillbseeking berths.
Thanks to their strong performances in the Asian qualifier last March in Jordan, Marcial and Magno clinched a spot with the former winning the gold in the middleweight division and Magno prevailing in a box-off against Tajkikistan's Sumaiya Qosimoiva in the women's flyweight class.
Marcial and Magno are already assured of spots in Tokyo, thanks to their performances in the Asia and Oceania Olympic qualifying tournament last March in Jordan. Marcial won the gold in the middleweight division, while Magno won in a box-off against Tajikistan's Sumaiya Qosimova to take the spot in the women's flyweight.
"Mas lalo silang naging gutom sa pagte-training, sa mga competition," Marcial said. "Na-inspire sila sa aming dalawa."
"Malaki 'yung tiwala ko na marami pa ang susunod sa amin, mga apat, tatlo," he added.
Marcial's sentiment echoes that of the country's boxing federation. Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines (ABAP) president Ricky Vargas has previously said that five more boxers can qualify for the Olympics.
Among them is world champion Nesthy Petecio, who crashed out in the quarterfinals of the qualifiers. Carlo Paalam, Rogen Ladon, and Ian Clark Bautista are also possible qualifiers.