Filipino boxer Charly Suarez is looking to join the national team again for another go at the Olympic gold.
Suarez, an Asian Games silver medalist and 3-time Southeast Asian Games gold medalist, competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics. He recently turned pro, but still competes in the amateur ranks.
He is hoping to join the team that will compete in the World Qualifying Tournament (WQT).
“Ako’y taos pusong lalahok kung bigyan ako ng pagkakataon ng ABAP,” Suarez said in an article posted on PhilBoxing.com.
“Tinanong ni boss Ed (Picson) kung anong timbang ang lalaban ko at sagot ko 57 kg kasi 59 kg ako sa pro. Kaya ko ito at pagsumikapan ko. Inform ni boss Ed ako kung kailan ang schedule sa qualifying at balik ako sa ABAP,” he added, referring to the general secretary of the ABAP, the sport’s national governing body.
The 31-year-old won gold in the recent SEA Games at the 60kg class (lightweight). But the weight classes in the Olympics, are different. The Olympic featherweight limit is 57 kg and lightweight 63kg.
If he gets the chance to compete, he promises a better performance compared to the time he was eliminated by Welshman Joe Cordina in Rio.
“By God’s grace, kung ibigay itong pagkakataon sa akin, di ko ito sasayangin at pakakawalan ng mag-qualify,” he said.
“Ang experience na naranasan ko, ito’y nagbibigay hubog sa akin para maging mabuting atleta outside and inside. Pasalamat ako sa mga pagkakamali at pagkukulang ko dati para mapunan ko ngayon at mai-perform ang best ko.”
Suarez is 4-0 as a pro.
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