Eumir Marcial downs Algerian foe, books quarterfinals spot

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 29) – Filipino middleweight boxer Eumir Marcial started his Tokyo Olympics campaign on a rousing note after scoring a win by referee stoppage in the first round against Algeria's Younes Nemouchi, Thursday at the Kokugikan Arena.

The dominant win sent Marcial to the quarterfinals of the tournament, where he is set to face Armenia's Arman Darchinyan on Sunday, August 1, at 11:36 a.m. Philippine time. A win there will assure the Filipino pugilist of at least a bronze medal finish in the Olympics.

Marcial unleashed his power punches against Nemouchi right at the opening bell. The Filipino eventually scored a knockdown towards the end of the round, which forced a cut above the Algerian's left eye.

The referee eventually stopped the bout at the 2:41 mark of the first round as doctors evaluated that Nemouchi's bleeding was too much for him to continue to fight.

Marcial, one of the country's flag bearers in the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony, earned a bye which enabled him to start his Olympic stint in the Round of 16.