RIO DE JANEIRO – Charly Suarez promptly accepted his fate in his first ever Olympics, although deep in his heart, the Filipino lightweight believes he won over Joe Cordina in their 60 kg. bout on Saturday (Sunday, Manila time) at the Riocentro Convention Center here.
Being a Christian made it easier for the 27-year-old native of Sawata, Davao del Norte to come to terms with the split decision loss (2-1) he suffered against the taller Briton.
“Kung wala akong Kristo sa buhay ko, baka iiyak-iyak ako, o tatalon ako diyan. Siyempre, masakit yun, Olympics yan, e,” he said moments following his loss in the preliminaries.
“Pero sa akin natanggap ko ng buong puso yung pagkatalo ko.”
Suarez, however, didn't entirely agree with the judges' decision, saying he feels he did enough to advance past his debut bout against Cordina.
"Sa tingin ko naman panalo ako," he said. "Ginawa ko yung best ko."
Suarez could have faced Hurshid Tolibaev of Uzbekistan had he made it to the second round. Tolibaev beat Hakan Eresker of Qatar just before the Filipino climbed the ring.
A silver medalist in the last Asian Games in Incheon, Korea, Suarez said he has Tolibaev’s number, having knocked him down during their past meeting in the AIBA Pro tournament.
“Napabagsak ko na yan, kaya wala akong worry dun,” he recalled of his previous encounter with the Uzbek boxer.
Suarez couldn’t help then but think about him losing all three rounds in the scorecards of one of the judges from Uzbekistan.
Jasurbek Kurbanov is the only judge who scored the bout a shutout against Suarez, tallying it 30-27, in favor of Gordina.
“Wala man lang isang (round) na binigay sa akin,” he said. “Kahit sinong tao ang walang alam sa boksing siyempre yun ang iisipin (na pinaboran yung Uzbek) kasi Uzbek ang susunod (ko sanang kalaban).”
But it’s another learning experience for Suarez, who’s been with the national team since he was 15. And he believes it will only make him both a better fighter and person.
“Meron sigurong mas higit pa na ibibigay sa akin ang Panginoon. Hihintayin ko na lang yun,” Suarez stressed.