CHARLY Suarez proved that he’s the next big Filipino star after scoring an impressive 12th round technical knockout of fellow former Olympian Paul Fleming on March 15 at the Kevin Betts Stadium in Mount Druitt, Sydney, Australia.

Suarez landed a solid counter left that dropped Fleming to the canvas in the final round of a 12-round International Boxing Organization (IBO) super featherweight title eliminator. Fleming was dazed and confused but mustered enough strength to beat referee Pat O’Connor’s 10-count. However, the 34-year-old Suarez immediately pounced on him with an array of combinations. Fleming was staggered with Suarez’s onslaught, which forced O’Connor to wave the fight off in the 1:58 mark of the final frame.

Suarez displayed his toughness and punching prowess in the fight. He took the 34-year-old Fleming’s best shots and threw some vicious combinations to the head and body that had the Australian in trouble at times.

Suarez consistently landed with his left on Fleming’s head and also showed some impressive counter punching.

Fleming used his long reach to connect with his combinations on Suarez’s head and body. However, Fleming apparently gassed out in the later rounds and opened himself up to that punch that knocked him down.

Suarez improved to 15-0 with nine knockouts, while Fleming suffered his first career defeat in the pro ranks and dropped to 28-1-1 with 18 knockouts.

With the win, Suarez snagged three regional titles—the World Boxing Association (WBA) Oceania, World Boxing Council (WBC) Asian Boxing Council and IBO Inter-Continental super featherweight belts.

Suarez also becomes the mandatory challenger of IBO super featherweight champion Anthony Cacace. He’ll also most likely enter or move up in the rankings of the International Boxing Federation (IBF), WBC and WBA organizations.

Coming into the fight, Suarez was ranked No. 8 by the IBF. (EKA)