Suarez challenges Aldea for WBA Asia belt

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UNBEATEN former Olympian Charly Suarez makes a huge step in his pro boxing career with his first regional title fight.

The 33-year-old Suarez challenges World Boxing Association (WBA) Asia super featherweight champion Roldan Aldea in the main event of a boxing show promoted by Vietnam-based VSP Promotions on March 5, 2022.

Suarez, who fought in the Rio Olympics in 2016, has had an impressive run in the pro ranks thus far. He had a banner year in 2021 with five impressive victories, beating the likes of previously unbeaten Delmar Pellio, Lorence Rosas, Eduardo Mancito, Pablito Canada and Jon Jon Estrada.

This will be Suarez’s first attempt at a regional belt, which could catapult his name up in the world rankings.

Aldea should give Suarez a run for his money.

Aldea has fought some elite names like newly crowned International Boxing Federation (IBF) super featherweight titleholder Kenichi Ogawa, former world title challenger Terdsak Jandaeng and IBF No. 1 rated super featherweight Shavkat Rakhimov.

The 27-year-old Aldea won the vacant WBA Asia belt with a one-sided unanimous decision over Papuan Junior Kauko Raka last April 25, 2021 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

Suarez is 9-0 with six knockouts, while Aldea is 16-8-1 with nine knockouts.

On the other hand, Jino Rodrigo slugs it out with unbeaten Vietnamese Van Hai Nguyen in the main supporting bout.

Rodrigo was supposed to face former interim WBA featherweight champion Jhack Tepora on Dec. 17, 2021 in Panglao, Bohol. However, the fight was scrapped after Tepora suffered from gastroenteritis a few days before the fight.

Rodrigo last saw action on July 3, 2021, when he beat Roberto Gonzales via a convincing unanimous decision.

Nguyen is one of the promising prospects from Vietnam. He’s a Southeast Asian Games silver medalist.

Nguyen turned pro in 2015 and beat Ki Soo Lee by decision. He had a four year-year hiatus and returned in 2019, scoring a third round stoppage of Iwan Key.

Rodrigo is 6-2-2 with four knockouts, while Nguyen is 2-0 with a knockout.

Also scheduled to fight in the same event is veteran Jhunriel Ramonal (17-9-6, 10 KOs), who’s slated to face a yet-to-be-determined opponent.

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