The City Hall of Zamboanga. (PNA file photo)

ZAMBOANGA CITY--Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar is optimistic that Zamboangueño boxer Felix Eumir Marcial will be able to bring home the gold in the Tokyo Olympics next year.

Salazar noted how Marcial outfought his opponent, American Andrew Whitfield, during their encounter on December 16 at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles, California.

“I have high hopes Marcial will be able to bring home the gold in the Tokyo Olympics,” Salazar said Wednesday as she congratulated Marcial, of Barangay Lunzuran, for his recent success in his boxing career.

Salazar said Marcial, just like Zamboangueña Olympian Weightlifter Heidilyn Diaz, brought fame and honor not only to this city but the entire country as well.

“I am happy for the success of Marcial. As an athlete, he has undergone struggles, but amid these challenges, there is always a silver lining,” Salazar said.

In his pro debut middleweight fight scheduled for four rounds, Marcial had unleashed a barrage of jabs and hooks against Whitfield whose right eye was immediately swollen at the end of the first round.

The Zamboangueño outgunned Whitfield in a display of speed and accuracy, where the three judges unanimously voted Marcial as the winner. (PNA)