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Memo marvels at Marcial



Olympic bronze medalist Eumir Marcial left renowned conditioning coach Memo Heredia raving about him during their first day of training in Las Vegas.

Heredia, known for his successful work with Juan Manuel Marquez and Yordenis Ugas against Manny Pacquiao, was utterly impressed with the dynamite-fisted Filipino southpaw.

“Great talented kid. Strong and athletic. Big things (are) coming for him,” Heredia said.

Marcial arrived in the United States from Manila nearly two weeks ago to prepare for his second pro fight tentatively scheduled in late-March.

Also, Marcial is using the US training camp for his participation in the 31st Southeast Asian Games taking place in Hanoi, from 12 to 23 May.

While Heredia takes care of strength and conditioning, Jorge Capetillo, who likewise once trained John Riel Casimero and reigning world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, is handling the tactical facet of the fight game replacing Freddie Roach.

Before relocating to America, Marcial guaranteed the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines and even the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) of his desire to help the Philippines in its campaign in the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi in mid-May.

POC president Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino has advised the fighter to head immediately back to the country so he can rejoin the national team’s own camp in Baguio City.

Marcial, 26, who represents he talent-laden turned MP Promotions owned by Manny Pacquiao and operated by Sean Gibbons, turned pro in December 2020 in Los Angeles.

Gibbons swears Marcial has what it takes to become only the second Filipino world middleweight champion after Ceferno Garcia.