Filipino sensation Charly Suarez, fighting for the Milan-based Italia Thunder, scored his second victory in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) at the Mediolanum Stadium in Milan Saturday.
Suarez was ranged against Asian champion Anvar Yunusov, a Tajik who carried the colors of the United States (USA Knockouts) in the competition organized by the International Boxing Association (AIBA). The tournament is on its third season. Last year, Suarez fought for India’s Mumbai Fighters (the team is currently on leave).
The fight was the most fiercely fought in the 5-fight card, with the Filipino trailing going into the fourth round. However, the Davao native, buoyed by the lusty cheers of about 500 Filipinos in the audience who came out to support him, won the late exchanges. The fight was so close that 2 of the judges scored it a draw.
Suarez was jubilant after the victory, especially because unknown to anyone, he was nursing a shoulder injury prior to the fight. “I had to suck it up because so many Filipinos had bought tickets in advance. I didn’t want to disappoint them.”
He thanked the officials of ABAP led by chairman Manny Pangilinan and president Ricky Vargas for giving him the opportunity to fight in the international league which has a 5-round format sans head guards and singlets.
In an email to ABAP executive director Ed Picson, Suarez said he was going to undergo laser treatment for the injury before he goes up the ring again in March, possibly in the United States.