Suarez expected to shine in Pinoy boxers' first crack for slots in Rio Olympics

Mark Escarlote on Aug 25, 2015 04:20 PM
Five Pinoy boxers start journey to Rio Olympics
His fighting style is attuned to the new scoring system. Dahil na rin sa pagsabak niya sa World Series of Boxing at sa AIBA Pro Boxing -- ABAP executive director Ed Picson on Charly Suarez.

Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines executive director Ed Picson is pinning his hope on veteran pug Charly Suarez to go all the way in the ASBC Elite Men’s Asian Confederation Boxing Championship in Bangkok, Thailand.

The 27-year-old 2014 Incheon, South Korea Asian Games silver medalist leads the five-man team in the continental event that will start on August 26 to September 5 and drew around 200 participants from over 30 countries hoping to earn slots in the AIBA World Championships in Doha, Qatar in October.

At stake in the Doha event are spots in the 2016 Rio Olympics. 

Though Picson is optimistic that all five will qualify for the World Championships, Suarez, who will compete in the 60 kg. class, for him has the biggest chance of topping the Bangkok tilt.

The top seven in each weight category in the ASBC tourney will earn tickets to the Doha joust.         

“I think all of them have a chance of qualifying to the World (Championship) with no exception. But I would think na ‘yung may pinakagamandang tsansa, siyempre, si Charly Suarez because of his experience and his exposure,” said Picson in his appearance Tuesday in the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum at Shakey's Malate.

“His fighting style is attuned to the new scoring system. Dahil na rin sa pagsabak niya sa World Series of Boxing at sa AIBA Pro Boxing,” added Picson.

Still, the ABAP official believes that other members of the team can also deliver.

“Hindi naman kami magpapadala roon ng boxer na patalo. Kaya nga lima lang ang pinadala namin,” he said of the crack Philippine team.

Joining Suarez are Singapore Southeast Asian Games gold medal winners Ian Clark Bautista (52 kg.), Eumir Felix Marcial (69 kg.) and Mario Fernandez (56 kg.), who is a back-to-back winner in the biennial meet and bronze medalist in the 2014 Asian Games. SEA Games silver medalist Rogen Ladon will compete in the 49 kg. class.

Coaching the team are Pat Gaspi, Boy Velasco and former Olympian and 1994 Asian Games gold medalist Reynaldo Galido.

This is the first of four World Championship qualifiers that ABAP is scheduled to participate in the sports association’s attempt to qualify as many Pinoy boxers as possible in the Rio Games.

Only the top three boxers in each weight class in the World Championship will make it to the 2016 Olympics.      

“This early gusto nating makauna kumbaga hangga’t ika nga ay mainit pa,” said Picson. “Mayroon pang ibang qualifying tournaments which will involve Asia and Oceania.”




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