Suarez ready to don gloves anew for the coun­try

Manila Times - - SPORTS - JOSEF T. RAMOS

OLYMPIAN boxer Charly Suarez has no plans of re­tir­ing and in fact pre­par­ing for an in­ter­na­tional qual­i­fy­ing tour­na­ment for the World Cham­pi­onship in Ham­burg, Ger­many.

The Rio de Janeiro Olympics cam­paigner said he wants to im­press the na­tional coaches to in­clude him in the Asian World Cham­pi­onship qual­i­fy­ing tour­na­ment in Tashkent, Uzbek­istan sched­uled on April 30 o May 7.

If he’s not se­lected in the Asian joust, Suarez said he’s will­ing to rep­re­sent the coun­try in the South­east Asian ( SEA) Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Au­gust 19 to 31.

If Suarez could have his way, he wants to com­pete in Uzbek­istan where Asia’s finest box­ers slug it out for World meet berths but he won’t mind rep­re­sent­ing the coun­try anew in the bi­en­nial meet where he al­ready won two gold medals.

“The World Cham­pi­onship is more pres­ti­gious than the SEA Games that’s why I want to be in­cluded in the lineup in the Asian tour­na­ment. I want to com­pete there be­cause I al­ready won two SEA Games gold medals but it’s still the de­ci­sion of the coaches,” the 29-year old boxer told The Manila Times.

“But I’m also okay with the SEA Games,” added Suarez, who won the 2009 and 2011 SEA Games gold medals.

The na­tional box­ers will train in Baguio City where the coaches will de­cide on who will com­pete in those tour­na­ments. The na­tional box­ers will be split into two groups, as there will be an over­lap in the sched­ule of the World Cham­pi­onship and the SEA Games.

The World Cham­pi­onship is slated on Au­gust 25 to Septem­ber 9 in Ger­many.

If ever the coaches send Suarez to the bi­en­nial meet, the Davao del Norte boxer needs to go up from light­weight to wel­ter­weight since there is no light­weight divi­sion in the up­com­ing 29th SEA Games.

“There’s no prob­lem for me climb­ing up at wel­ter­weight class. All I have to do is train harder,” he said.

AFP PHOTO

Philip­pines’ Charly Suarez ( right) fights with In­dia’s Akhil Ku­mar in the men’s box­ing light wel­ter 60 kg pre­lim­i­nar­ies ses­sion 6 dur­ing the 2014 Asian Games in In­cheon on Septem­ber 26, 2014.

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