CHARLY Suarez became the second Filipino to secure a berth in the Rio De Janeiro Olympics after reaching the finals of the Asia/Oceania Qualifying Tournament in Qian’an, China on Thursday.
Suarez defeated home bet Shan Jun via technical knockout in the semifinals of the lightweight division, assuring the Filipino fighter of at least a silver in the competition and a berth in the Olympic Games.
Suarez shattered the nose of Jun in the first round and it was the beginning of the end for the Chinese foee, who was forced to retire before the start of the third round. The Filipino fighter was leading on all the three scorecards when the fight came to a halt.
Suarez will face Otgondalai Dorjnyambuu of Mongolia for the gold after he beat Daisuke Narimatsu of Japan, 29-28, 29-28, 29-28.
The 27-year-old Suarez, a silver medalist in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, joined light flyweight Rogen Ladon, who earlier copped a ticket to Rio with a victory over an Indian foe.