(Photo courtesy of Jhay Oh Otamias)

MANILA – The Philippine Air Force (PAF) hailed Tokyo Summer Olympics bronze medalist Sgt. Eumir Marcial for winning his third professional boxing match in California.

"On Oct. 8, 2022, Sgt. Eumir Marcial of the PAF won in a professional boxing match against Steven Pichardo from Gardena, California at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California (Oct. 9, in Manila)," Air Force spokesperson Col. Ma. Consuelo Castillo said in a statement Sunday night.

Marcial defeated Pichardo in a dominant middleweight six-round decision despite suffering an unintentional headbutt cut above his right eye in the second round.

"He did this by showcasing his superior boxing stance, footwork, and punching strength. With his third straight victory, Sgt. Marcial went to a 3-0 standing with one knockout in professional boxing," Castillo said.

The fight took place as a non-televised undercard of the Sebastian Fundora vs. Carlos Ocampo match.

Marcial is a silver medalist at the 2019 AIBA World Boxing Championships and a bronze medalist at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, both in the middleweight division.

"Congratulations, Sgt. Marcial! The PAF is proud of you!" Castillo said.

The boxer who hails from Zamboanga entered the PAF in 2013 and is an organic personnel of its Civil Military Operations Group. (PNA)