Suarez wants world crown

Charly Suarez, fresh from scoring a come-from-behind victory a few days ago in Australia, believes he is ripe for a world title shot.

At 34, time is no longer on his side and his 12th-round knockout of erstwhile unbeaten Paul Fleming of Australia, is proof that he deserves a shot at the world 130-lb title of one of boxing’s four recognized world governing bodies.

“(I want a) world championship fight,” Suarez said from Sydney.

Fleming entered the fight armed with a 28-0 with 18 knockouts record.

Though also undefeated, Suarez’s mark before the Fleming fight was 14-0 with eight knockouts with most of his wins coming mostly against nondescript foes.

But Suarez’s vast amateur experience proved to be the gamechanger in his showdown with Fleming, who suffered a bad knockdown in the final round before being rescued by referee Pat O’Connor.

Fleming, a veteran of the 2012 London Olympics, turned his back after taking a barrage from Suarez, compelling the third man on the ring to call a halt to the contest.
Suarez, who fought in the 2016 Rio Olympics, was trailing on all three scorecards when the fight was stopped and Fleming would have been awarded a unanimous decision win had it not been for Filipino’s sudden surge.

Suarez is expected to crack the top 15 ratings of the World Boxing Council, World Boxing Association and World Boxing Organization and should improve on his current No. 8 standing in the International Boxing Federation.

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