Suarez bows to Chinese foe, fails to earn Olympic slot
MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxer Charly Suarez failed to earn an Olympic slot after losing to Chinese boxer Liu Qiang in the lightweight division finals of the AIBA Asian Olympic qualifying event in Kazakhstan on Thursday afternoon.
Suarez fell behind in the judges’ scorecards after the first two rounds and was unable to do enough in the final round to overhaul the deficit.
With his defeat, Suarez failed to earn a slot in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Filipino boxer Mark Anthony Barriga remains the only Filipino fighter who will participate in the London Olympics.
In the first two rounds, the taller Liu kept Suarez away with a stiff jab and the Filipino boxer could not unleash his punches.
Suarez fell behind 4-8 after the first two rounds, but became more aggressive in the third. He unleashed several combinations and caused Liu’s nose to bleed, but the judges still saw the round as a tie, 7-7.
Suarez lost with a final score of 11-15.
Suarez, a two-time Southeast Asian Games gold medalist, qualified in the final round after defeating Japanese pug Daisuke Narimatsu.