Filipino boxer Eumir Marcial admitted that being away from his family who lives in Zamboanga City is hard.

marcial - Marcial fighting homesickness in bid for PH first Olympic gold
Eumir Felix Marcial (left) throws a left straight against a South Korean foe during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

But every time he’s being swallowed by homesickness, Marcial reminds himself of his ultimate goal: win the first Olympic gold medal for the Philippines come the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

The 25-year-old punched his ticket to the Olympics last March after making the semifinals, and eventually capturing the gold medal in the middleweight division of the 2020 Asia and Oceania Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament in Jordan.

“The homesickness has always been there, you’re really going to miss them,” said Marcial in Filipino in the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) online forum Tuesday.

“When I’m reminded of my goal of getting that Olympic gold medal, that allows me to handle the homesickness,” said the three-time Southeast Asian Games gold medalist, who has been training in Los Angeles, California under MP Promotions since October for his Olympic stint.

Just like everyone, family is what drives Marcial to keep grinding so he can afford them the good life.

“They are my inspiration. All the sacrifices I’m making is for them because my family comes from a humble background. I want to give them a good life.”

It’s been a difficult road for Marcial, whose brother Eliver, 39, died just days after he arrived in Los Angeles.

Marcial said it hurts so bad to learn about the death of his older brother, but he’s using the pain to work harder.

“I always remember what my brother told me that he hopes that I win that Olympic gold and become a world champion. It really hurts because I have a lot of plans for him but I use it as motivation. In times where I got really tired training, I remember my brother to boost my energy.” NIEL VICTOR C. MASOY

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