A British-Filipino boxer has grow to be an overnight celebrity — and heart-throb — after successful a gold within the Southeast Asian Games in simply 21 seconds.
John Marvin, a lightweight heavyweight who’s a soldier within the British Army, destroyed Malaysia’s Adli Hafidz Mohd Pauzi within the first spherical in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, yesterday (Thursday, August 25).
Lance Corporal Marvin, aged 24, now has a clear report of three victories underneath the Philippine flag.
A post match interview with the fighter has swept the online, with many viewers — significantly girls — commenting on his appeal and accent.
Facebook consumer Neneth Lopez Deocadez wrote: “Pretty boy. He shoud have to guard that face from a strong blow of his opponent.” whereas Ira Giorgetti merely exclaimed: “Oh my God he’s perfect!”
Others swooned over his accent, with María San Miguel saying: “Pinoy with a british accent, I could listen to him all day.”
In the interview, the fighter defined why he had gone in so fiercely. “I didn’t want to be left in a position where it would be left in the hands of the host country to decide my fate.”
He additionally gave credit score to crew Philippines for its coaching regime. “Every session with team Philippines is a chance to meet God,” he mentioned. “The training is nails, and we go in there to destroy people.”
In the very first second of the bout, Marvin pounced on his opponent, touchdown a volley of blows.
The visibly-shaken Malaysian was given a depend and signalled he was able to proceed, solely to be met with one other flurry of fresh punches that satisfied the referee to drag the hometown fighter out and finish the competition.
The win offers the Philippines its first gold medal within the mild heavyweight division since Raymundo Suico in 1991, and caps off a day that started with Mario Fernandez shedding the bantamweight gold medal match to Thailand’s Chatchai Butdee.
Middleweight Eumir Marcial made up for this by outfighting Pathomsak Kuttiya of Thailand for a unanimous determination and the gold medal.
Marvin, who lives on the Isle of Wight in southern England, is part of the Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment, and a two-time Combined Services Senior Boxing champion.
He started his stint with the Philippine crew by beating Cuban-born Cambodian Felix Merlin Martinez, then out-fighting the 2013 gold medalist Anavat Thongkrathok within the semifinals on Tuesday.
Marvin, a father of two, has a mom who hails from Pampanga and works as a nurse, and a British father who was a cruise director singer.