On Friday out good friend Ian Melodillar reported that unbeaten Filipino hopeful Charly Suarez (6-0, 5) was set to compete in his next bout on July 3rd in what is set to be a notable step up in class for the former amateur standout.
The talented Suarez will, as Ian informed us, face off with unbeaten "Hellboy" Ryan James Racaza (11-0, 7), with the men clashing in Pangasinan.
The 32 year old Suarez turned professional in 2019 with high expectations following an excellent amateur career. Sadly however an exciting start to his professional career really didn't kick off and 2020 was not a good year for Suarez, who fought only once. This year bout will however be his third of 2021 as he looks to get his career back on track.
Racaza on the other hand is a 24 year old who debuted in 2015 and was busy until the end of 2019. Sadly Covid19 ruined his momentum and plans and he spent the entire of 2020 away from the ring, losing whatever momentum he was building.
Also set for this card is a 6 rounder between the under-rated Jhunriel Ramonal (17-8-6, 10) and former world title challenger Jetro Pabustan (30-8-6, 9). Sadly for Ramonal this will be his first bout in well over a year, and he has certainly lost all the moment he had at the end of 2019, when he beat Shingo Wake and Yusaku Kuga in back to back bouts. Pabustan on the other hand has lost 4 of his last 5 and is along way removed from the fighter who challenged for the WBO Bantamweight title in 2016.
Earlier today at the Mega Mart Burgos Poblacion Norte, in Paniqui we got the first Filipino show of 2021, with the event being streamed live on the Powcast YouTube channel and the VSP Facebook pace. It was a small show, with 5 bouts, but it did feature some interesting contests and was worthy of a watch, even if the production values were somewhat limited.
The show kicked off with a scheduled 6 rounder between Ali Canega (2-0-1, 2) and Glenn Bismanos (6-1-4, 4), who were clashing at Light Welterweight. The strong and powerful looking Canega was aggressive through out, pressing forward and loading up some huge bombs, though credit to Bismanos for toughing it out, picking his spots well and having moments himself, in fact Bismanos seemed to often be picking the better shots though there simply wasn’t enough of them at times. After 6 rounds we went to the scorecards and the first score was 59-55 to Canega, that judge was, however, over-ruled by the other two judges who scored the bout 57-57 giving us a majority draw.
The second bout on the show was another 6 rounder and saw Lorenz Ladrada (8-1-1, 2) battle Remon Basas (5-5, 4) in a Featherweight bout. The well polished Ladrada was under some pressure from Basas in the opening round, but the touches of class from Ladrada showed through in round 2 and even more so in round 4, when he began to look much, much more classy than Basas. Despite looking less skilled Basas looked the stronger man and pressed early on, but seemed to slowly noticeably as was hurt in round 5. We again went to the scorecards here, and this time we ended up with all 3 judges agreeing on the winner, with Ladrada taking a clear and wide decision over Basas. Despite looking impressive here, we do worry about when Ladrada takes on a better opponent as he showed nice touches but little in the way of stopping power.
The third bout on the card was an 8 round Super Flyweight bout between Prince Andrew Laurio (11-3-1, 8) and Ranelio Quizo (7-2, 1). On paper this was one of the most interesting looking matchups and it certainly had its share of drama. Laurio was dropped in round 3, from a big 1-2 from Quizo, but he recovered well, showed no quit and later took the fight to Quizo. Despite Laurio having success at times he was often coming off second best against the more skilled Quizo who seemed to buzz him several times as the fight went on. Despite the success of Quizo it was Laurio’s power that decided the fight and a huge counter right from Laurio buckled Quizo’s knees, before he backed onto the ropes. A follow up flurry from Laurio forced the referee to step in and save Quizo at 1:19 of round 5, in a solid upset win for Laurio. By the time of the stoppage it seemed Quizo had won pretty much everything and appeared to be well on the way to a clear win.
The chief support bout was a Filipino Flyweight title bout, as the once beaten Bienvenido Ligas (13-1-1, 9) faced off with the often under-rated Alphoe Dagayloan (14-4-6, 5) in a bout many fans who follow the Filipino scene had been excitedly anticipating. This started hot and in the first round Dagayloan was rocked and Ligas looked for the quick finish. Credit however to Dagayloan for spoiling and getting a chance to clear his head, seeing out the round and showing his experience. Despite Dagayloan surviving the early storm Ligas looked sensational through the first round, rocking his man several times. Dagayloan had a much better round 2, as his pressure began to have some success and that pressure continued to have success as the bout went on, though Ligas’s power looked like it could change the fight at any moment.
As the rounds went on this began to turn into a Dagayloan fight, with messy action, and a lot of close combat. This definitely saw Dagayloan making life uncomfortable for Ligas, and taking some rounds along the way. Whilst it looked like it was becoming Dagayloan’s bout he still seemed to take a lot of clean power shots from Ligas, who was timing him coming in and even pushing him around in the clinch in the later rounds. At the final bell Ligas’s team loudly celebrated whilst Dagayloan’s team were much quieter and reserved.
After 12 rounds we went to the judges who all had the bout 115-113, giving the unanimous decision, and the title, to Ben Ligas with a narrow decision.
The final bout on the show saw former amateur standout Charly Suarez (5-0, 4) take on the hard hitting Jon Jon Estrada (11-8-1, 10). Coming in to this one Suarez had blown away his first 4 opponents in a combined 8 rounds, but here Estrada had come to test him and managed to survive the 10 round schedule with. Not only did Estrada survive but he had moments himself, though in the end he lacked the skills and speed needed to really push Suarez.
After 10 rounds Suarez was announced the unanimous decision winner, taking pretty much every minute of the fight against a game, but over-matched, Estrada. Credit to Estrada for giving his all here but the scores of 99-91 and 100-90 in favour of Suarez really were indicative of the contest. Though the best win of Saurez’s professional career, it was a pretty dull and uninteresting contest overall.
Hanoi Vietnam February 9, 2021
Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao is on the cusp of announcing his next opponent, and whilst this always generates huge interest amongst boxing fans, it also heralds the inevitability that his omnipresence in major fights of the modern era is drawing to an inevitable close.
The Philippines has always been regarded as an assembly line for raw yet exciting boxing talent, and the quest to find the next Pacman, if at all possible, is an irresistible one. There is already an abundance of world class boxers in the very lightest weight classes, but not much serious conversation about heavier division fighters.
Mark Magsayo, a 21-0 featherweight is a quality youngster recently signed by Manny Pacquio promotions, and now with Freddie Roach at Wild Card Gym. Another MPP signing that is showing huge potential is middleweight Eumer Marcial, an Olympic medal favourite, and a boxer that has already embarked on a pro career scoring a dominant debut win in the States.
Charly Suarez is the latest to throw his hat into the ring. The Philippines most decorated amateur, this super featherweight has already fought and beaten most of the world’s top boxers in the three round format. His skills are sublime, but even more impressively, Suarez shows the attributes that will likely make him even more dominant force in the professional arena. This Davao born fighter who hails from the very same island as Manny Pacquiao shares an attribute bestowed upon the famous Senator - He can really bang!
His resume currently sits at 4 and 0 – all by Knockout.
VSP Boxing promotions in Vietnam were quick to sign this rising star, and moot that his path to world rankings looks assured. The calibre of Suarez is undeniable, and can be scaled to a performance against Vasyl Lomachenko many years ago, whilst the Philippines’ youngster was still honing his craft.
“ I was asked to fight Loma on three days’ notice and I declined. I had injured my shoulder, and was not able to raise my arm. I was told that they could not replace me, so I accepted the match and decided to do my best. I made a plan to counter his counter, as it was very hard for me to attack and maintain a strong defence.” Suarez recalled.
Despite Lomachenko winning the bout, many were so impressed by the confident Suarez showing, they were already declaring him a future world star.
“I would love to fight Loma again. He is really a smart boxer, but I know that I have improved so much since we last met in the ring, the outcome would be very different.”
International fans will get there first look at Charly Suarez for 2021 this coming weekend, when the VSP Boxing star returns to the ring at Tarlac, Philippines. “The King's Warrior” has set himself a solid first up task, confronting the heavy punching Jon Jon Estrada, a renowned warrior who has scored 10 mthudding knockouts in his 11 career wins.
Charly Suarez’s only commentary regarding the impending task: “Team Suarez is ready! Expect fireworks!”
Whilst refusing to look past his date with Estrada, it's no secret that Suarez, and yet with only 4 pro bouts to his name, looms as the Philippines' most skilled and exciting fighter. The boxing prodigy wants to face the biggest names in the sport, with sights set on the likes of Leo Santa Cruz, Tevin Farmer, and even the "Tank" Gervonta Davis.
Charly Suarez is looking to enhance his unbeaten record this Saturday against a mean intentioned Jon Jon Estrada. This fight is sure to be a cracker given the imposing KO stats of the combatants, with both having the weapons to turn the lights out if the opportunity presents.
Suarez v Estrada Saturday February 13.
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Earlier today it was reported that unbeaten Filipino former amateur standout Charly Suarez (4-0, 4) was set to return to the ring in February for a bout against fellow Filipino Jon Jon Estrada (11-7-1, 10), in Tarlac.
The news, reported by various Filipino sources, will be great news for those who followed Suarez as an amateur, and expected big things of the "King's Warrior".
In 2019, when Suarez turned professional at the age of 30, the expectation was that he was going to be fast tracked. Sadly however that never happened, and 2020, being 2020, saw him fight only once, a 3 round blow out against Dave Barlas in February. Sadly that inactivity further slowed his career progress.
Now aged 32 it really is now or never for the talented Suarez.
As for Estrada the 31 year old puncher has lost his last 3, and 4 of his last 5, and is a long way removed from the man who was once 10-3 (9), with a solid win over former OPBF title challenger Brian Lobetania. Estrada, as with Suarez, really has no momentum coming in to this, though does have the power that should do enough to get Suarez's respect, at least for a round or two.
The bout, which will be part of a show promoted by Cucuy Elorde does have some confusion over when it will take place. Some sources are reporting February 13th, a date advertised on a PowSports promotional video for the bout and a date listed by Boxrec, with others suggesting the bout will be on February 23rd.
Also set for this show is an interesting match up between Ranelio Quizo (7-1, 1) and Prince Andrew Laurio (10-3-1, 7), who are both solid fighters at this level and could end up having the best bout on the show. There is also an interesting match up between Ali Canega (2-0, 2) and Glenn Bismanos (6-1-3, 4), this should also end up being much more competitive than the main event.
HCMC Vietnam February 7, 2020
Philippines’ most celebrated amateur star Charly Suarez has pledged to plunder the professional fight form in 2020, and he opened his account for the year in spectacular style in Ilocos Norte last night. The popular boxer, known as the King’s Warrior, had an illustrious run in the amateurs that included medals in the Asian and SEA Games, winning his most recent gold in December. He was a controversial elimination in the Rio 2016 Olympics final rounds against the outstanding Brit Joe Cordina, who has since gone on to be an unbeaten pro at 11 and 0.
The festival in Ilocos Norte in Luzon, Philippines is celebrated for two weeks from January 27 to February 9, and is renowned for hosting many arts and cultural events. What was significant about last night’s offering was that it was the first time the festival has celebrated boxing, and Ms Cucuy Elorde and her team did an amazing job to bring the excitement of the sport to the northern province. The fight card was strong, with many closely contested yet highly combative contests, some resulting in explosive knockouts. The Elorde gym unveiled two stable stars – Ben Ligas and Argie Toquero – both scoring exceptional wins that did not require any help from the judges.
Charly Suarez fought the main event against a bigger Dave Barlas, who came into the the contest with 5 wins from 6 prior fights. Suarez was right on the super featherweight limit of 130lb, whilst the rugged Barlas recorded 133lb, but this was to be of no consequence. Barlas was tight and competitive in round one, which appeared to be a spirited stanza for both fighters, each showing good movement and skills. Round 2 started in a similar vein, but Suarez started to go to work, creating opportunities with some great angles, and sent Barlas to the canvas with a machete like left to the body. Dave Barlas at only 21 years of age, showed great character to resume his stance and survive the round, but the end was near. Round 3 began with Barlas attempting to recoup lost points and kudos, but Suarez was exemplary in his shot selection, and gave his talented young opponent no chance to balance and find his groove. Dave Barlas attempted to land some good shots of his own, but largely, these were met with brutal counters. The very willing Barlas hit the canvas two times before referee Jerrold Tomeldan called an end to the punishment in round three.
The talented and lethal Suarez advances to an ominous 4 wins without loss - all by way of knockout. It was very obvious that Dave Barlas is a very promising young fighter, but the boxing IQ of Suarez continued to put him in high probability ring positions, and his blazing hands and power did the rest.
Charly Suarez is on a mission to break into the world top 10 as quickly as possible, and based on last night’s blistering performance, where he made a top prospect in Barlas look second rate, few would argue. There is no doubt that even with only 4 wins as a pro, Suarez shapes as potentially one of, if not the, best prospect in Philippines boxing.
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