Charly Suarez
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MANILA, Philippines — Charly Suarez kept his Olympic hopes alive with a convincing victory over Abdalai Anarbai Uulu of Kyrgyzstan to move to the semifinals of the Asian Olympic Qualifying Event last April 9 in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Suarez, the last man standing in the country’s bid to send another boxer to the London Olympics, easily beat Uulu, 14-5, in their 60 kg. (lightweight) quarterfinal encounter at the Daulet Sports Complex.

For Suarez to make the Olympics, the Filipino boxer must win the gold medal.

Standing in his way in the semis is Japanese champion Daisuke Narimatsu, who advanced after whipping Myrat Pazzyyev of Turkmenistan, 17-13.

If Suarez survives Narimatsu, he will face the winner of the other semis pairing featuring fighters from China and Iraq, for the gold medal.

A two-time SEAG champion, Suarez immediately scored against Uulu, an Asian championships bronze medalist, taking a 4-1 lead after the first round.

The next two rounds were no different as the Filipino piled up the points to settle the issue.

Suarez’s victory gave the Philippine contingent a sigh of relief following the string of losses suffered by Rey Saludar, Dennis Galvan, Wilfredo Lopez and Joegin Ladon early in the tournament.

Boxing is the only sport where the country is hoping to win a medal in London.

So far, only light-fly Mark Anthony Barriga has earned a trip to London.