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.
*for more information, check out Victory 8 Boxing
HCMC Vietnam Jan 4, 2020
Philippines star Charly Suarez will make a concerted attack on the world rankings in 2020, commencing with a professional bout in Manila on Feb 2. He is scheduled to meet the credible Dave Barlas - who has won 5 of 6 previous bouts. The match will mark only the fourth appearance of the heralded fighter in the ring as a professional.
Suarez is perhaps the Philippines most celebrated amateur boxer in recent years, and now at the age of 31, has finally decided to turn his talents to the pro arena. The freakishly talented fighter realises that he will need quick wins and regional titles to rocket into world contention, and tackles his Feb 2 assignment with an unblemished 3 and 0 record. Impressively, all three wins thus far have ended in early stoppage.
Those that have witnessed the Philippines champion in his amateur form say that not only will Suarez transition seamlessly to the pros, but he will inevitably reign as one of Asia’s best fighters. Blessed with tremendous hand and foot speed, Suarez has incisive power that he applies almost intuitively. His years of competing as a top level amateur have clearly honed a ring IQ that will allow him to climb the ranks in search of world honours. He famously fought Vasyl Lomachenko some years back on three days’ notice whilst carrying a significant shoulder injury. Those who saw the bout earmarked the young Filipino as a future world aspirant.
Charly Suarez starred for the World Team in a Victory 8 exhibition contest in Hanoi, where he competed in the greatest match up that Vietnam has ever seen. Cheered on by a crowd of 25,000 people, Suarez fought a high skills chess match with the outstanding local Nguyen Van Hai, and both boxers went on to score SEA Games medals. Charly Suarez led the Philippines team and won Gold in the 60kg division.
Victory 8 promotions have a huge opinion of Suarez, and are trying to secure this amazing talent for a big fight in HCMC in April. They have indicated that news on this will be available in coming weeks.
*story sourced from Victory 8 Boxing.
Just moments ago we saw the under-card for John Riel Casimero's bout with Cesar Ramirez come to an end, with 4 bouts having been televised as part of the build up to the main event.
Unbeaten former amateur stand out Criztian Pitt Laurente (3-0, 3) scored a blink and you miss it win over the win-less Christian Gabayeron (0-3), who was taken out with a body shot. Laurente, who is a talent, landed a thunderous left hand and Gabayeron was left in agony for the 10 count.
It didn't take Charly Suarez (3-0, 3) much longer to pick up his third professional win, as he dispatched Virgil Puton (17-13-2, 8) in alarmingly quick fashion. The former Olympian would have been expecting something of a test here but just blitzed Puton with body shots.
In a much more compelling bout Orlie Silvestre (14-5-2, 8) and Ronald Alapormina (4-3-3, 1) fought to a 6 round split decision draw. This bout looked a mismatch on paper but Alapormina fought like a man confident of picking up the win, and really set a high work rate. In the end the judges struggled to split the men, scoring the bout 58-56 one way, 58-56 the other way and then 57-57 to leave us with the draw.
The chief supporting bout on the card saw Vincent Astrolabio (14-3, 10) take on Kevin Aseniero (9-3-1, 5). Entering the bout Astrolabio was the WBO Oriental Bantamweight champion and was looking to make his first defense of the title. The bout really failed to catch fire until the end of round 4, when both men finally began to let their hands go. Sadly the bout didn't last much longer, as Aseniero suffered a cut in round 5 and the referee was forced to step in and stop the contest. Due to the cut, which came from a punch, Astrolabio scored a 5th round TKO win
Earlier today in the Philippines fans had the chance to see 2016 Filipino Olympian Charly Suarez (1-0, 1) make his professional debut.
The 30 year old from Davao del Norte, took on the previously unbeaten Ernesto Cagampang (2-1, 2) in a scheduled 6 round bout, but needed only 2 rounds to see off Cagampang, who was taking a huge step up in class despite facing a debutant.
Originally plans had been for Suarez to make his debut earlier, with a December date being speculated on originally, but despite needing to wait until today he managed to show what he can do and kick off with a much needed, and highly expected, win.
It's unclear when Suarez will return to the ring, though it's likely he will be featured in some tough bouts before the end of the year. He was a stellar amateur and given that he's now 30 he and his team can't really waste time. The fact he took on an unbeaten fighter on debut is a good sign, in some ways, but he certainly can't be handled with a softly softly approach through the rest of the year, and we wouldn't be that shocked to see him in with an OPBF ranked fighter before we start 2020.
At the moment full details haven't yet been revealed, though things like opponent and dates are expected to be announced in the coming days with the hope clearly being, for Joven to create another world class fighter.
At 30 Suarez will need to be fast tracked, but the reality is that we're seeing more and more fighters being fast tracked anyway so this shouldn't be a problem for someone with Suarez's deep amateur background
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