Suarez returns as pro with TKO win in Ilocos


Three-time Southeast Asian Games gold medalist and Olympian Charly Suarez captured the Luzon Professional Boxing Association super featherweight title via a third round technical knockout win over Dave Barlas on Friday at the Sto. Domingo People’s Coliseum in Ilocos Sur.
Suarez, 31, kept his record unblemished — 4-0 — all by way of knockout.
The 21-year-old Barlas’ record dropped to 5-2-1 win-loss-draw with three knockouts.
It was Suarez’s first pro bout after winning the men’s lightweight gold medal during the 30th SEA Games that the country hosted in December.
Suarez, a San Isidro, Davao del Norte native is eyeing to fight next former world champion Oscar Valdez to get a world title shot against World Boxing Organization (WBO) super featherweight champion Jamel Herring.
He also expressed interest to fight unified lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko, who is presently holding the WBO, World Boxing Association and World Boxing Council belts.
“Dream fight ko naman lahat kasi gusto ko makalaban ‘yung mga world champions at makabawi sana kay (Vasyl) Lomachenko (It’s my dream to fight them all plus I really want to fight and get even with Lomachenko),” Suarez told The Manila Times in a phone interview.
During Lomachenko’s amateur days, he beat Suarez via unanimous decision in the 2013 World Series of Boxing.



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