National boxing head coach Pat Gaspi believes Eumir Marcial is better off training in the United States rather than with his national team pals in Calamba, Laguna.
Gaspi points out that the availability of sparring partners in America is a vital factor in the decision to remain there.
“He won’t have problems getting sparring,” Gaspi told Daily Tribune.
Gaspi, a former national team standout during his heyday, stressed that the woes of the boxers don’t end with them finally getting to train under the watch of their coaches.
“We still have to recruit sparring partners and that’s going to entail some work,” Gaspi said.
Since they would all be quarantined while inside the Inspire Sports Academy, it will be forbidden to bring in outsiders.
“If you get sparring partners from the pros or from other countries, you have to get them tested as well and undergo safety protocols,” Gaspi added.
In the United States, Marcial gets plenty of quality workouts with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach and his support crew watching the Filipino southpaw’s every move.
Last month, Marcial finally entered the pro ranks, winning a four-round decision over Andrew Whitfield in Los Angeles.
Sean Gibbons, the president of the Manny Pacquiao-owned MP Promotions, is looking at giving the Zamboanga native another fight sometime late next month.
Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood is home to a bevy of quality fighters, many of them either getting ready to fight for world titles or maintaining their lofty status in the world rankings.
Marcial is one of four Filipino Tokyo Olympic qualifiers at the moment. The others are fellow fighter Irish Magno, vaulter EJ Obiena and gymnast Carlos Yulo.
Obiena is in Europe while Yulo is in Japan. Magno is the only one left behind in training for the Olympics.
Pretty soon, Magno will find her way inside the Laguna bubble alongside other national team members.
But they would all be facing some serious challenges Marcial won’t: Finding sparring partners.