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Memo turning Marcial into monster



Conditioning coach Memo Heredia has vowed to turn southpaw Filipino middleweight Eumir Marcial into a giant-killer like his famous clients Juan Manuel Marquez and Yordenis Ugas.

“I will transform him into a monster,” Heredia told Daily Tribune as the Las Vegas-based fitness expert prepares to travel to Los Angeles to present Marcial the strength and conditioning program.

Marcial, the Tokyo Olympics silver medalist, arrived in the United States Monday night and was seen the following day at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood in the company of fellow Filipino fighters.

It won’t be until the middle of February that Marcial, 26, will begin personally working out with Heredia since the target date for his second pro bout is in March.

Marcial made his pro debut in December 2020 in Los Angeles.

Still, Heredia is thrilled to have Marcial under his wings as he looks forward to helping him win a world crown.

“The journey to (winning) a world title starts now,” MP Promotions chief Sean Gibbons said.

Marcial and Gibbons, however, have to iron out some issues regarding the boxer’s plans to suit up for the national team in the Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam in May and in the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China in September.

Before leaving Manila, Marcial had assured the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines his commitment to help the country’s bids in the two events.

Gibbons isn’t too alarmed, though.

“It will sort itself out,” Gibbons said.