INCHEON, Korea — Charly Suarez admitted his Mongolian opponent deserved the gold medal at the end of their lightweight final in the boxing competitions of the 2014 Asian Games.
Suarez lost via split decision to Otgondalai Dorjnyambuu of Mongolia on Friday at the Seonhak Gymnasium, giving the Philipping boxing team a lone silver to add to the bronze medals won by Mark Anthony Barriga, Wilfredo Lopez and Mario Fernandez in the quadrennial event.
Although one judge gave the Filipino the nod, 30-27, Suarez said the Mongolian fighter fought well enough to win the bout in the eyes of the two other judges on similar 29-28 scores.
“Hindi talaga para sa akin kaya okay lang,” said Suarez after the fight. “Magaling din naman eh. Basta ang masasabi ko magaling siya.”
Dorjunyambuu took advantage of his longer reach to control the fight against Suarez, who didn't pick up the pace until it was too late to turn the match around.
“Hindi naman po ako pressured na patulugin siya,” said Suarez. “Kung ano lang ‘yung mangyari sa taas ng ring. Sa akin, siyempre kahit anong mangyari sa akin, mag-pupuri pa rin ako sa Panginoon dahil sa basics na binigay sa akin.”
The Mongolian fighter was left unperturbed even after blood gashed from his left eyebrow due to a cut beginning in the second round.
“I was very confident,” said Dorjnyambuu through an interpreter. “I was afraid in the second round because of the cut but in the third round, I was confident.”
Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines president Ricky Vargas said he was satisfied with the silver medal by Suarez, but rued the judging in other bouts which the Filipino boxers lost.
“Okay na rin. But it’s getting more difficult to understand how boxing is judged. We thought we won. I advise you guys to watch the fight and make your own decision. I’m refraining from making any excuses,” Vargas said.