CHARLY Suarez will be the second boxer from Davao del Norte to play in the Olympics having secured a spot to the 2016 Rio Olympics following a technical knockout (tko) victory over Chinese Jun Shan in their AIBA Asian/Oceanian Olympic Qualifying Event lightweight semifinals clash Thursday evening at the Tangshan Sports Centre in Qian' an, Hebei Province in China.
His good friend Mark Anthony Barriga of Panabo City was the lone Filipino boxer in the 2012 London Olympics.
The 27-year-old Incheon Asian Games silver medalist Suarez, born in Sawata, Davao del Norte, tied his opponent in Cuban Alejandro Barrientos's scorecard (19-19) but led in the cards of Poland's Mariusz Gorny (20-17) and Morocco's Hassan Zoubid (20-18) before referee Dmytro Lazarev of Ukraine halted the bout.
Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (Abap) executive director Ed Picson, in a statement furnished to Sun.Star Davao Thursday evening, said, "Suarez shattered the nose of Chinese bet in the first round and forced his retirement before the start of the third round to join Ladon in the gold medal bout and the plane bound for Brazil in August."
Picson said Suarez unleashed "powerful combination that rocked the Chinese from the opening bell until he surrendered while in his corner".
Picson added that the top three three boxers in each male weight category will advance to the quadriennial world sports spectacle.
Suarez, meanwhile, will fight Mongolian Otgondalai Dorjnyambuu, a 3-0 semis winner over Japanese Daisuke Narimatsu, for the gold medal.
It can be recalled that Dorjnyambuu denied Suarez an Asian Games gold after the Mongolian won their championship fight via a controversial split decision in Incheon, South Korea last 2014.
Ladon, however, fell short of the gold and settled for silver instead after bowing to Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan in a split decision, 28-29, 29-28, 28-29.
Bukdinon's Mario Fernandez failed to qualify as he succumbed to Kazakh Kairat Yeraliyev in a unanimous decision with three judges scoring 30-27.
Eumir Felix Marcial of Zamboanga City, for his part, will try to earn a Rio seat in a box-off opposite Tuvshinbat Byamba of Mongolia.