It will be a defining moment for our very own World Boxing Organization Oriental Super Featherweight Champion Anthony “Rocky” Marcial, who, for the first time, will fight before his hometown crowd on Feb. 13 in Zamboanga City in the Southern Philippines.
Marcial, a Filipino upcoming boxing star dubbed as “Rocky,” draws the name from Hollywood movie character Rocky Balboa played by Sylvester Stallone and legendary heavyweight boxer Rocky Marciano, is a hard-hitting orthodox boxer.
Marcial, a resident of Lunzuran who possesses a flawless fight record of 11 wins with 10 knockouts, will show his wares tonight against a tough lightweight contender Jovy Merca, Philippine Boxing Federation rated No. 6.
His recent victim was Vacharakit Senayan of Thailand, whom he pounded in the first round to retain his title two weeks ago in the undercard of Katsidis vs. Ramirez, in Cebu City.
Tonight, Marcial, who is excited to show his improved boxing skills before the sellout crowd, promised to delight local boxing fans with an explosive fight. However, Marcial is not taking Merca lightly, regarding his opponent as a dangerous foe who could pull an upset if he becomes reckless come fight night.
Marcial’s skill was honed in Cong. Fabian’s Golpe-Golpe na Barangay, a monthly amateur boxing program sponsored by the solon, before he ventured to the professional arena where he capitalized those experiences.
He is now considered by the country’s boxing organization as a hot prospect who could follow the footsteps of other great boxers such as Gerry Peñalosa, Z “The Dream” Gorres, Bernabe Conception, Nonito “The Flash Donaire,” and Pound for Pound King Manny Pacquiao.
Meanwhile, another Zamboangueño title holder, Eric “The Dillinger” Canoy, will also see action as the featured main event. Canoy, who is known for his speed and aggressiveness atop the ring, is currently the WBO Oriental Featherweight Champion.
Marcial and Canoy, together with their respective opponents, easily made the official weigh-in yesterday afternoon at the office of Congressman Fabian.
Fabian, the promoter of this pre-Valentine's Day show, invited boxing enthusiasts to come and see the fight for free, provided they secure tickets from his office.
“I am inviting our boxing fans to come and watch the fight, as the Blue Stallion Promotion has lined up exciting bouts featuring Canoy and Marcial in the main events plus 28 rounds of boxing fights,” Fabian said.