Marcial battles veteran boxer from Argentina

EUMIR FELIX MARCIAL squares off with veteran Ricardo Ruben Villalba of Argentina for his fourth professional fight on Saturday at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

“He [Villalba] is a veteran and a truly tested warrior,” said the Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist Marcial of his opponent whom he’ll fight for eight rounds. “That’s why I’m training hard and smart because I know  that the time will come for me to fight somebody like him.”

Villalba, 33 and a native of Buenos Aires, is coming off a three-fight losing skid, bringing with him a professional middleweight record of 20 wins, seven defeats and one draw.

The Argentinian—two inches shorter to Marcial’s 5-foot-11 height—is more of a slugger and a durable fighter than the 27-year-old Marcial’s last opponent, American Steven Pichardo.

Marcial beat Pichardo via unanimous decision in a six-round bout despite getting bloodied from a cut above his right eyebrow from an inverted head butt last October 8.

He negated a three-knockdown scare from American Isiah Hart, his tall opponent at 6-foot-2, and won via a fourth-round technical knockout last April in Las Vegas. His first pro fight was a a unanimous decision win over another American, Andrew Whitfield, in December 2020 in Los Angeles, California.

Marcial is being trained by Mexican Jorge Capetillo.


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