Suarez lands a proper hand on Paul Fleming. Photograph by Philippine Military
Coming into the twelfth and last rounds this previous Wednesday, Charly Suarez figured his aggression and energy punching had constructed a strong lead for him in opposition to native fighter Paul Fleming in Sydney, Australia.
He had no technique to know that he wanted a knockout to win, and can be returning house to the Philippines because the loser if he didn’t end his opponent. It was solely afterwards, when he stopped the beforehand unbeaten Fleming with a minute left within the bout, that he came upon what the scores had been.
“Even when they cheat on me, they’ll’t cheat me. That’s what the TKO [prevented],” mentioned Suarez (15-0, 9 knockouts) of San Isidro in Davao del Norte province within the Philippines.
The 34-year-old stamped himself as a respectable contender within the 130-pound division, simply 4 years after turning skilled following a profession as one of many Philippines’ most adorned amateurs ever.
The 2016 Olympian entered the combat rated no. 8 by the IBF at junior light-weight, however is certain to enter the rankings for a couple of different sanctioning our bodies after selecting up a couple of minor belts. He says he has no choice for which of the 4 main world titles he fights for, so long as he will get a shot quickly.
“I’m at all times prepared and hungry for a title shot,” mentioned Suarez, who’s enlisted within the Philippine Military with the rank of Personal First Class. “No particular identify, however anybody.”
The WBC title is at the moment held by O’Shaquie Foster, whereas Hector Garcia holds the WBA title, Shavkat Rakhimov holds the IBF belt, and Emanuel Navarrete holds the WBO belt.
What he’s out there for is a significant promoter who will help facilitate these alternatives. Suarez, who’s managed and educated by one other former Olympian, Delfin Boholst, is a promotional free agent, although he credit Robert Hill of VSP Promotions with serving to prepare a number of the alternatives with which he constructed his professional resume’.
“Whoever offers us a very good provide, let’s take it,” mentioned Suarez. “We’re searching for the one who will care for me, and we’re excited for that point.”
Suarez says he’ll take two weeks off to recuperate from the bout with Fleming earlier than resuming his coaching at his base in Manila.
Ryan Songalia has written for ESPN, the New York Every day Information, Rappler and The Guardian, and is a part of the Craig Newmark Graduate College of Journalism Class of 2020. He may be reached at [email protected].