Fernandez, Suarez on track for gold
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 21, 2017 07:46 PM
Charly Suarez dominated Khir Akyazlan Azmi of Malaysia in the light welterweight class.
KUALA LUMPUR – Mario Fernandez and Charly Suarez avenged the setback of Carlo Paalam as they posted big victories in the men’s boxing competition of the 29th Southeast Asian Games at the MITEC Hall 8 here.
Fernandez, who is hunting his third SEA Games gold medal, cruised to the semifinals with a unanimous decision win over Tran Phu Cuong of Vietnam in the bantamweight class.
On the same note, the comebacking Suarez dominated Khir Akyazlan Azmi of Malaysia with a unanimous decision win in the light welterweight class.
“Nag-concentrate po ako talaga sa laban kasi baka mangyari ang katulad kay Carlo,” said Suarez, referring to Paalam’s sorry setback from the hands of Muhamad Fuad of Malaysia to bomb out of contention in the light flyweight class.
Suarez, who is seeking his first SEA Games gold medal in a higher weight class, dominated the burly Malaysian in the first round with hard body punches before landing with a big cross on a three-punch combination in the third that forced the referee to make a standing eight count.
“Akala ko po, hindi bibilangan eh,” said Suarez, who qualified to last year’s Rio De Janiero Olympics but immediately lost in his very first match.
Earlier, Fernandez was on his usual hard-hitting technique in slowing down Cuong to move two matches away from bagging his third consecutive gold.
“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa Panginoon at binibigyan po niya kami ng magandang kundisyon,” said Fernandez, who joins flyweight Ian Clark Bautista, middleweight Eumir Felix Marcial and Suarez in the semifinal round.