Mangubat earns shot at Suarez for WBA Asia belt

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TOMJUNE Mangubat earns the biggest break of his young budding career as he is set to fight former Olympian Charly Suarez for the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) Asia super featherweight strap on March 5, 2022 in Parañaque City.

The 24-year-old Mangubat, who trains out of the Omega Boxing Gym in Cebu, replaces Suarez’s original opponent Roldan Aldea, who backed out because of an injury.

Mangubat is coming into this fight with a four-fight winning streak. Following his split decision loss to Korean Jong Seon Kang in 2019, Mangubat beat Allan Villanueva, veteran Ernie Sanchez, Ryan Maano and Reymond Empic.

After an impressive amatuer career, the 33-year-old Suarez made his pro debut in 2019 and has been impressive so far. He was very busy in 2021 and logged five victories against Delmar Pellio, Lorence Rosas, Eduardo Mancito, Pablito Canada and Jon Jon Estrada.

This will be Suarez’s first fight for a regional belt which will be his ticket to becoming a world-rated pugilist.

Mangubat is 15-2-1 with 12 knockouts, while Suarez, a 2016 Rio Olympian, is 9-0 with six knockouts.

Meanwhile, Jino Rodrigo will take on Van Hai Nguyen in the main supporting fight.

Also seeing action in the stacked show are former world champion Vic Saludar (21-5, 11 KOs), promising unbeaten prospect Carl Jammes Martin (18-0, 15 KOs), Bienvenido Ligas (13-2-2, 9 KOs), Jhunriel Ramonal (17-9-6, 10 KOs), Arnel Baconaje (14-5, 11 KOs), Richard Pumicpic (22-12-2, 7 KOs) and Lorenz Ladrada (11-2-1, 3 KOs).

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