It's fair to assume we are going to see more and more fighters fighting in both the amateur ranks and the pro ranks at the same time. We've most notably seen a number of Uzbek's doing it but other names have had fighters do it too.
The latest fighter to confirm their plans to do is Eumir Marcial (0-0) who's team now plan for him to have 3 professional bouts to help him prepare for the Tokyo Olympics.
The first of those is expected in, or around, October, with the hope then being to get him out against in January and April to further his preparation for the Olympics.
The plans were revealed by Sean Gibbons, who is quoted by the Manila Standard as have said “We hope to have three fights and we have nine months for that. That’s almost a year before the Olympics"
Sadly it is unlikely that the bouts will be any sort of a test for Marcial, and more a chance to tick over, stay busy and learn about about the professional ranks before heading into a more traditional professional career after the Olympics.
Essentially the fighter is getting the best of both worlds, but he's certainly not alone in that with Uzbek fighters like Bakhodir Jalolov (6-0, 6) also expecting to fight as both a professional and an amateur over the next 12, if not longer. It's something we expect to see more fighters considering, especially given the way the Tokyo Olympics has been delayed due to the on going global situation.
Earlier today Filipino amateur star Eumir Marcial announced that he had signed a 6 year promotional deal with MP Promotions. Not only had he signed a deal with outfit, which brings together Manny Pacquiao and Sean Gibbons, but the deal also allows for him to fight as both a professional and an amateur, something he seemingly wanted to do.
The sensationally talented Filipino is a former Youth World Champion, a 3-time Southeast Asian Games champion, a World Championship Silver medal winner and an Asian Games bronze medal winner. He was also regarded as one of the Philippines best hopes for an Olympic medal at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, which has now obvious been delayed until 2021. As part of the deal he will be able to participate in the Olympics still, next year.
The deal not only sees him link up with a notable promotion but also become stable mates of world champions Pedro Taduran, Johnriel Casimero and Jerwin Ancajas, all of whom will be vital sources of information for Marcial going forward. That will also be helped by guidance from Pacquiao himself, and the smart behind the scenes work of Gibbons.
Whilst there is obvious a lot of reasons for signing with MP Promotions and not one of the other stables after him, the decision seems have come down to the company supporting his desire to fight in amateur competitions as well as professional ones. Other promoters typically are not fans of this relatively new phenomenon.
At the moment there isn't any announcement on when he will make his professional debut, but the 24 year old does have time on his side and is certainly in no need to rush to big fights.
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