TOKYO Olympics-bound Eumir Felix Marcial was already inoculated with a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine last March 3, according to international matchmaker Sean Gibbons.
Besides Marcial, Gibbons said on Monday that International Boxing Federation (IBF) super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas, Jonas Sultan trainer and manager Joven Jimenez and his son Brendan were also vaccinated on the same date in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The MP Promotions president said they were inoculated with the Pfizer vaccine.
“It’s for Team Philippines, that’s how we do it,” Gibbons said. “We look after our guys. No other Olympian has been vaccinated, only Eumir did.”
Gibbons said only pro boxer Mark Magsayo was not vaccinated at the Homecare through Walgreens Drug Store also in Las Vegas because he wasn’t around with the guys.
“Marcial’s next dose is scheduled on Thursday [Friday in Manila] and I’ll get my shot by either April or May,” said Gibbons, adding Ancajas, Jimenez and Sultan will get their second dose on April 11.
Marcial will be fighting in the men’s middleweight class along with Irish Magno (women’s flyweight) and recent qualifiers Nesthy Petecio (women’s featherweight) and Carlo Paalam (men’s flyweight). Also qualified for Tokyo are world champion gymnast Carlo Yulo and pole vaulter EJ Obiena.
Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (Abap) President Ricky Vargas said the 25-year-old Zamboanga City boxer was very fortunate to have gotten his vaccine early enough.
“Marcial told me about it [vaccine] and he’s very fortunate that he was given the opportunity,” Vargas said. “We are thankful to his handlers. I hope all our athletes will be given a chance to get a vaccine.”