Hanoi — Yumi Felix Marshall has for some time been balancing his efforts with the lure of a lucrative professional career and the rush for Olympic glory.
And he’s getting more comfortable doing it.
Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist described the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA) Games as a “first step towards Paris” by reaching the 75-kg final.
And as soon as it’s over – without seeing former East Timor knockout fellow Delio Anjakechi Moujinho – he plans to return to the United States to begin preparations for his third pro fight.
“I could go straight to the United States, maybe take a vacation and then fight,” said Marcel in the Filipino. “It all depends on Sir Shawn [Gibbons, president of MP Promotions]”
Marcel, 26, was shutting down a disappointing show among professionals where he fought to beat Isaiah Hart last April.
“That’s what our coaches meant when I came [SEA Games] Training camp, ”said Marshall. “We did knitting, bobbing work. We worked in the whole training camp, defense. ”
Against Hart, Marshall suffered a stunning knockdown before picking up a technical knockout win.
Back in the gymnasium, about two hours away from the capital city, his efforts to get better in the gold fight against Anjakechi on Sunday will be rigorously tested. In the semifinals, Timoriz knocked out Cambodian Hun Kimheng unconscious that the next had to be stretched out.
“I am confident because he is a Southpao and I feel comfortable fighting Southpause,” said Marseille, who left the semifinals and advanced to the final.
“I like my opportunity [on Sunday] But we have nothing to say in the decision. So I will do my best there for my fourth [SEA Games] Gold, ”Marshall added.
Meanwhile, the Philippine boxing team sent another fighter to the final after Ian Clark Bautista defeated his Cambodian rival Sao Rangse in a referee-stop-contest in the featherweight semifinals. Olympic silver medalist Nesti Petesio and Tokyo Olympian Irish Magno will fight for berth in the final later Friday.
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