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Charly Suarez’s path to title shot takes detour with replacement foe Luis Coria

Charly Suarez (L) lands a jab on Yohan Vasquez throughout their bout in August of 2023. Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc through Getty Images

After 3 years in boxing, Charly Suarez has actually discovered to roll with the punches outside the ring also.

For the previous a number of months, Suarez had actually been anticipating to combat fellow unbeaten competitor Henry Lebron on April 13 at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Tex. Those prepares altered a couple weeks ago when Lebron withdrew, leaving Suarez to deal with replacement enemy Luis Coria in an eight-round junior light-weight bout on the Top Rank promoted card, which is headlined by the ring return of heavyweight possibility Jared Anderson versus Ryad Merhy.

Switching from Lebron, a counterpunching southpaw, to an aggressive orthodox fighter needed a considerable change to training. Fortunately for Suarez and group, there are lots of right-handed fighters at the Top Rank fitness center in Las Vegas, where they have actually been training for the previous 3 months.

“That’s the way it is in boxing, there are situations like that…so I’m always ready,” stated the 35-year-old Suarez (16-0, 9 knockouts) of San Isidro in Davao del Norte province, Philippines.

Trainer/supervisor Delfin Boholst states that Suarez’s substantial amateur experience, which culminated in an area at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, is why he can change quickly to a modification in challenger.

Charly Suarez commemorates after beating Yohan Vasquez. Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc through Getty Images

Coria (15-6, 7 KOs) might have more losses on his record, however the 25-year-old from the southern California town of Perris has actually revealed himself to be a difficult out considering that turning pro in 2016. The Robert Garcia-trained fighter has actually never ever been stopped, having actually torn down junior light-weight competitor Robson Conceicao in a close choice loss in 2020, and directly losing to preferred fighters Enrique Vivas and Adam Lopez.

Coria’s last bout remained in December, when he lost a choice to when beaten fighter Omar Salcido, likewise in Texas. Suarez is defending the 2nd straight time in the U.S., having actually beat Yohan Vasquez last August in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“He’s young and a fighting boxer. I’ve seen his fights, he is good,” stated Suarez, who is helped in the corner by his cousin and fellow ex-Olympian Mark Anthony Barriga.

“I can’t say that I will knock him out but I will do my best to win the fight.”

“Luis Coria is a very durable fighter. He has a Mexican heart,” stated Boholst.

“I’ve seen his movements and Charly can handle this guy as long as he’s in great shape. Coria has losses but he’s a very durable fighter. We don’t want to give him any type of chance. This is boxing, if we make a mistake you’re done.”

Despite the switch in challenger, the battle brings high stakes for Suarez, who is ranked no. 5 by the IBF and no. 11 by the WBO. Suarez states he has actually been informed by Top Rank matchmakers that a win over Coria is most likely to result in a battle versus Andres Cortes (21-0, 12 KOs), a compelling competitor from Las Vegas who is coming off interruptions over Bryan Chevalier and Xavier Martinez in his last 2 battles.

Suarez, who is defending the 2nd straight time in the U.S., hopes that keeping his winning streak will result in a title battle versus IBF junior light-weight titleholder Joe Cordina, who beat Suarez by split choice in their bout at the 2016 Olympics.

“For now I need to win this fight,” stated Suarez. “One step at the time.”

Ryan Songalia has actually composed for ESPN, the New York Daily News, Rappler and The Guardian, and becomes part of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism Class of 2020. He can be reached at [email protected].


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