"Simula pa lang ito" - Olympics-bound Pinoy boxer Charly Suarez
Santino Honasan on Apr 01, 2016 12:03 PM
Charly Suarez (in blue) secures a spot in the 2016 Rio Olympics after defeating Shan Jun in the men's lightweight semifinals of the Asia and Oceania Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament in Qian'an, China. (AP Photo)
With a nose-breaking TKO win over Chinese opponent Shan Jun in the semifinals, Pinoy pug Charly Suarez has booked himself spot in the Asia and Oceania Boxing Olympic Qualification Finals in the men’s lightweight division, but more importantly, a slot in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
For Suarez, this is the realization of a long-time dream, something that he has worked for tirelessly.
“Matagal kong pinapangarap ito, matagal kong hinihiling ‘to sa Panginoon, iniyakan ko na makamit koi to. Hiniling ko na maka-Olympics, ibinigay ng Panginoon.” an emotional Suarez told ABS-CBN News’ Dyan Castillejo through an interview.
And while the 27-year old SEA Games gold medalist and Asian Games silver medalist has punched through to the finals, he knows that this is only the start of a long road to the Olympics, and an even longer one to a gold medal in Rio.
“Starting pa lang po ito eh, nasa level one pa lang po, kasi marami pa pong proseso. Sa isip ko, ito pa lang yung simula,”
That road begins in the Olympic Qualification finals against Mongolia’s Dorjnyambuugiin Otgondalai, a familiar foe for the Pinoy. Otgondalai defeated Suarez in the Gold Medal match of the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon.
“Yung kalaban ko bukas, nakalaban ko na din yun, nagkita kami sa President’s Cup, tapos tinalo ako sa Asian Games. Bukas, kami ulit.”
Aside from going all the way, Suarez also has a little bit of payback in his mind. “Yung isip ko naman, siyempre maka-bawi,”
interview courtesy of Dyan Castillejo, ABS-CBN News