Suarez prays for ‘big fights’ in US


OLYMPIAN Charly “The King Warrior” Suarez, charged by his victory in his fight debut on US soil more than a week ago, targets a world title eliminator or even a world title fight.

Suarez extended his unbeaten streak to 16 fights following his unanimous decision victory over the Dominican Republic’s Yohan Vasquez in Oklahoma.

“That’s something I’m hoping and praying to happen since I decided to become pro—a shot at a world title,” Suarez, 35, told BusinessMirror over the weekend.

The Rio de Janeiro Olympian and a silver medalist at the Incheon 2014 Asian Games, sustained a swollen right hand in that fight against Vasquez, who’s six years his junior, according to trainer and manager Delfin Boholst.

“God willing that they notice me this time, but I’m willing to accept everything that comes my way,” Suarez said. “I am just happy that Sir Bob Arum has already congratulated me, now I’m just waiting for an opportunity.”

Suarez, who already knocked out nine opponents as a pro, fights under Arum’s Top Rank Promotions.

He, however, is in a weight division that has a formidable cast of champions—World Boxing Organization’s (WBO) Emanuel Navarrete of Mexico and Welsh International Boxing Federation’s (IBF) Joe Cordina of UK, World Boxing Association’s (WBA) Hector Luis Garcia of the Dominican Republic and World Boxing Council’s O’Shaquie Foster of the US.

If Suarez decides to fight in his natural division at lightweight, he could be pitted against unified WBA, IBF and WBO champion Devin Haney of the US.

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