Rio Olympian Charly Suarez successfully defended his World Boxing Association (WBA) Asia Super Featherweight title and clinched the new Philippine Super Featherweight belt by beating fellow Filipino Carlo Magali via a 12-round unanimous decision in the “Ultimate Knockout Challenge: Battlefield” main event on Sunday, October 23, at the Elorde Sports Complex in Paranaque City, Metro Manila.
Charly Suarez, who hails from Sawata, Davao del Norte, remained undefeated with a clean 13-0 card, including seven knockouts.
The Philippine Army Private first defended his title in March this year.
Rio Olympics veteran
He fired long-range shots to keep Magali at bay, unmindful of the latter’s huge crowd of supporters. Suarez showcased his all-around skills, speed, and excellent footwork to frustrate the challenger’s bid.
Suarez earned 119-109 twice and 118-110 on the judges’ scorecards.
Defending national champion Magali was touted as Suarez’s toughest opponent with a reputation for busting his opponents. He ended a Commonwealth Games gold medal winner’s career several years ago and unfortunately ended Australia’s top fighter Davey Browne’s life after their brutal contest in Down Under.
Suarez, in his Charly Suarez Official Facebook page, quoted, “Vision gets the dreams started and dreaming employs God-given imagination to reinforce the vision.”
He said, “Both are part of something I believe is absolutely necessary to building the life of a champion, a winner, a person of high character who is consistently at the top of whatever game he or she is in. And I believe that my performance and accomplishment last night has proven this statement to be true.”
“Buong puso at kababaang loob kong ipinagpapasalamat sa Panginoon di lang ang mga pagkakataong binibigay nya para sa akin at aming team kung hindi maging sa mga nagiging bunga ng bawat laban na aming pinaglalaanan ng panahon, lakas, determinasyon, at talento na tanging galing sa Diyos (With all my heart and humility, I thank the Lord not only for the opportunities he gives for me and our team, but also for those that become the result of every fight that we dedicate time, strength, determination, and talent that only comes from God),” the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games multiple gold medalist said.
Charly Suarez expressed gratitude
The 34-year-old Suarez said he’s overwhelmed by the support and prayers he received throughout his journey, thanking his supporters, prayer warriors, and loved ones. “You have always been my inspiration and I will give it my all not just for myself but for all of you as well. Sa kinabibilangan kong hukbo ng Sandatahang Lakas ng Pilipinas, buong puso kong ipinagmamalaki na maging kabahagi sa prestihiyosong organisasyon na ito (To the Armed Forces of the Philippines, I am very proud to be a part of this prestigious organization).”
He also thanked his sponsors and promoters, Robert Hill, Cucoy Elorde, and Enduro Factory, among others, for their trust in the skill and talent the Lord has given him, which gives him the drive and confidence in doing more than just his best.
He expressed his gratitude to his coach-cum-manager Army reservist 1st Lt. Delfin Boholst for bringing out his best inside and outside the ring.
It can be recalled that Suarez was hailed as WBA Asia’s Boxer of the Month in March 2022. He is coached by Army reservist 1st Lt. Delfin Boholst.
Boholst said, “We are fast-tracking his climb to the world ratings. Charly’s ripe (for a title shot) because of his age and his wealth of experience (fighting in the amateur ranks).”