Eumir Marcial survives three knockdowns, stops Isiah Hart

Eumir Marcial
Eumir Marcial is proclaimed the winner after scoring a fourth-round TKO win over isiah Hart in a middleweight bout in Las Vegas. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Filipino Olympian Eumir Marcial recovered from three knockdowns to score a dramatic fourth-round technical knockout win over a game American Isiah Hart Sunday morning (Manila time) at Virgins Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Fighting for the first time since claiming a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics in July of last year, Marcial started the fight seemingly measuring the skill of his lanky foe when he got tagged with a quick counter right that sent the Zamboangeño falling flat on his back.
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The 26-year-old Marcial, though, got up quickly from the knockdown and immediately stepped on the gas pedal from then on.
But Marcial being too eager saw him suffer two more trips to the canvass in the second round, both by Hart’s blinding right counter.

Eumir MarcialEumir Marcial looks at the referee after being knocked down by Isiah Hart in their middleweight bout in Las Vegas. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
“He showed great heart, intentional fortitude. He got up, went back to work and just ran off a couple of more bombs. Overall, it was a great learning experience,” said MP Promotions president Sean Gibbons, who was at ringside to provide assistance to Team Marcial.
By the third, Marcial continued to pursue Hart with a cautious approach and staggered the American with a left straight to the temple in the fourth round.

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