CEBU CITY, Philippines — Olympic boxer Charly “King’s Warrior” Suarez considers the biggest fight of his professional boxing career a blessing rather than an obstacle.
The 33-year veteran of the 2016 Rio Olympics told CDN Digital that he and his opponent, Tomjune “Wardog” Mangubat have one thing in common; they are both chasing their dreams in boxing.
Rather than making threats and predicting a knockout victory, as most boxers say, Suarez has taken a calmer approach in the biggest fight of his career, involving the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) Asia Super Featherweight title.
Suarez and Mangubat’s highly anticipated showdown is set for March 5 in Parañaque City.
“I see Tomjune as an emerging prospect chasing his dream, just like me. We may be years and experiences apart, but God has placed us to cross paths and see each other in the ring, and I count that’s a blessing said Suarez, a silver medalist at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games and a three-time gold medalist at the Southeast Asian Games.
In terms of amateur experience, Suarez has the advantage.
In the professional scene, however, the younger Mangubat, 24, of the Omega Boxing Gym has the upper hand.
Suarez is undefeated in the pro scene with nine wins with six knockouts, while Mangubat has a 15-2-1 (win-lose-draw) with 12 knockouts.
When asked about his chances of winning the title, Suarez said he did not fully rely on his experience and skills. Instead, he would let everything rest on his faith.
“I don’t rest on my skills or my experience. I’m just someone who gives my 100 percent in everything I do, and I trust Christ to be with me ringside,” said Davao del Norte’s Suarez.
“Every fight is important and deserves my best; I owe it to my opponent, myself and my God,” Suarez said.
He also said he wouldn’t reveal too much about his advantage over Mangubat, or hint at his game plan in the ring.
‘That’s up to me to know and up to you to find out! haha. I will say this when I asked the Lord for confidence; He didn’t just give me confidence. He gave me opportunities and challenges to make me realize that my trust is only in the Lord,” Suarez added.
He also devotes his struggle to his faith in God.
“Of course to my Lord, to whom I give my life, my parents who have never failed to be my source of strength and joy, my prayer warriors who have constantly supported me in my career. My sponsors and friends who believe in my journey as an athlete,” said Suarez, whose last fight ended last December with a unanimous decision against Delmar Pellio.
Suarez also said his training camp was going well. He didn’t reveal too much information about where he is currently training and which boxers he was sparring with.
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