Pinoy boxer Eumir Marcial books Olympics spot, 4 others on the cusp

Filipino middleweight Eumir Felix Marcial was the first Filipino boxer to book a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after reaching the semifinal round of the 2020 Asia and Oceania Qualifying Tournaments currently being held in Amman, Jordan. The 24-year old Marcial, a three-time SEA Games gold medalist and a 2019 World Championships silver medalist, was the top-seed in the Men's Middleweight division and defeated Australian Kirra Ruston, 5-0.

In the Quarterfinals, Marcial took down Mongolia's Otgonbaataryn Byamba-Erdene via RSC in the third round. Marcial blasted Otgonbaataryn in the third round, forcing a pair of standing counts en route to the stoppage win. With the victory, Marcial advances to the semifinals, where he meets India's Ashish Kumar. "I'm very happy because for years, I didn't qualify. All of this, I dedicate to my father," a tearful Marcial said post-fight. "All his hard work to me, he trained [me hard] because he wanted [to see me] play in the Olympics."

Marcial joins gymnastics phenom Carlos Edriel Yulo and pole vaulter EJ Obiena as Filipinos so far who have qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Marcial could be joined shortly by his fellow Pinoy pugs, as four other flag-bearers are one win away from booking their own spots in Tokyo. Reigning women's featherweight world champion Nesthy Petecio, who's also the top seed in the Women's Featherweight division, is set to face Japan's Sena Irie in the quarterfinals. She defeated Sri Lankan Krismi Lankapurayalage, 5-0, in the Round of 16.

In the Men's Flyweight division, Carlo Paalam defeated Afghanistan's Ramish Rahmani, 5-0, to book a spot in the semis against India's Amit Panghal. In the Women's Flyweight division, Irish Magno stopped Hong Kong's Winnie Au to set up a quarterfinals date against India's Mary Kom. In the Women's Lightweight division, Riza Pasuit slipped past Saya Hamamoto, 3-2, to clinch a spot in the quarterfinals against Taipei's Wu Shih-yi. Two Pinoy pugs were not as fortunate however, as featherweight Ian Clark Bautista fell to a familiar tormentor, losing to Thailand's Chatchai-decha Butdee in the Round of 16, while lightweight James Palicte was outclassed by Uzbekistan's Elnur Abduraimov.