Charly Suarez fights Kazakhstan boxer in final

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

AS IF he's never been sidelined by a spate of injuries for 18 months, two-time Southeast Asian (SEA) Games champion Charly Suarez of the Philippines won a trip to the men's lightweight finals set today after beating his opponent in Friday's semi-finals at the Baluak Sholan Palace of Culture and Sports in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Suarez was the first PLDT-Abap boxer to enter the gold medal round having pulled off a split decision win over his taller Mongolian opponent Otdondalai, an Olympian. Two judges scored the bout 30-27, 29-28 but a Kazakh judge favored the Mongolian, 30-27.

"By God's grace nakaluy-an gyud ko. Finals na ko! (I made it to the finals by God's mercy)," Saludar bared to this writer in a Facebook chat yesterday afternoon.


He shrugged off the Kazakhstan judge's decision of the fight, saying, "Kumpyansa man ko na mudaug kay wala man paigo sa akoa ang Mongolian. Kaigo siya pero dili gyud ko mapuruhan kay naa man koy depensa. Klaro kaayo akong paigo saiyaha. Ang iyaha sa akoa lang bukton (I was confident to win because I had clearer shots against my rival. He would punch me but I was able to defend myself. He hit just my arm)."

Suarez battles Kazakh Berik Abdrakhmanov for the title. The latter, according to Suarez, is a complete package, saying: "Maayo gyud siya sa tanan. Gawas, sulod maayo sya. Tan-awon lang ugma basin mag-usab ang iyahang style (He's good at everything. He can fight at all angles. Let's just see if he changes his style tomorrow)."

The World Series of Boxing veteran Suarez said he looks forward to playing for the championship. "Buhaton nako ang tanan para mudaug sa dula. Syempre trust sa atoang Ginoo. Dili ko mahadlok nga taga Kazakhstan akong kalaban sa final. Gina-pray nako nga maging fair ang judges sa among dula (I'll do everything to win. I trust god. I will not be afraid of biased officiating since I'm playing against a hometown boxer in the final. I'm praying that the judges will be fair)," he said.

Suarez also said that he shook Abdrakhmanov's hand while going to take their meal yesterday.

When asked about his injuries, he replied in the vernacular, "I'm very okay now, thank God I'm not hurt seriously in my previous fights here. I'm ready to fight for the gold."

Meanwhile, Suarez's teammate Rey Saludar was set to meet Ilyas Suleimenov of Kazakhstan in the men's flyweight semis as of yesterday presstime.

Rogen Ladon and Dennis Galvan bowed out in their respective quarter-final bouts.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 13, 2014.


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