Suarez gets another shot for a Rio Olympics ticket

Mark Escarlote on Sep 08, 2015 05:32 PM
Suarez gets another shot for a Rio Olympics ticket
He must win his next fight. And if he overtakes the number two boxer in his weight class, he qualifies to the Olympics --- Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines executive director Ed Picson.

The door for the Rio Olympics qualifier might have shut down on lightweight Charly Suarez’s face after a dismal performance in the ASBC Asian Boxing Championships but the window for the Pinoy pug to make the trip to Brazil next year is still open.

All he needs to do is seize the opportunity this time.

Suarez’s hunt for an Olympic slot continues when he sees action in the AIBA Pro Boxing tournament in Uzbekistan later this month.

The competition will gather the world’s top 80 amateurs in 10 weight classes, and is professional in nature.

The top two ranked boxers in each weight class after the APB cycle earn outright berths to the Rio Olympics set August 5-21 next year.

Suarez is currently ranked third and if he can overtake the world no. 2 boxer in his division, the Pinoy boxer will automatically book an Olympic ticket.

Currently ranked No. 1 in the lightweight class is Uzbekistan’s Hurshiv Tojibaev, ahead of Russian Dimitry Polyanskiy.

"He must win his next fight. And if he overtakes the number two boxer in his weight class, he qualifies to the Olympics," said Ed Picson, executive director of the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP), in his appearance in the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum at Shakey’s Malate Tuesday.

The 27-year-old Suarez is one of the three boxers in the five-man national team that failed to advance in the medal round of the Asian Boxing Championships held in Bangkok last week where the top seven fighters were assured of slots in the AIBA World Championships in Doha next month.

Suarez holds a 3-3 record in the APB, winning his first fight, losing three in a row, and winning his last two.

In case Suarez comes up short, he will have another chance when the APB boxers ranked third to eighth meet their counterparts from the World Series of Boxing in another qualifying tournament for the Rio Olympics.

There are other Olympic qualifying events for the other Filipino boxers – the Asia Oceania on March 23 to April 3 in China and the World Qualifying on June 7 to 19 in Azerbaijan.

Light-flyweight Rogen Ladon and welterweight Eumir Felix Marcial, who won silver medals in Bangkok last week, qualified to the AIBA World Championships set on October 5 to 15.

Finalists in the Doha event will be assured of slots to Rio.

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