Charly Suarez has successfully defended his WBA Asia super featherweight crown in scintillating fashion at the Elorde Sports Complex in Parañaque over the weekend.
The 33-year old Rio Olympian from Davao Del Norte defeated veteran campaigner Mark John Yap via a 12-round unanimous decision, winning on all three scorecards, 120-108, 120-108 and 118-110.
Yap was able to befuddle Suarez with stiff jabs and hooks to the body.
But Suarez seized control midway through the 6th round when he opened up a cut beneath Yap's right eye, courtesy of a power left hook coupled with a quick right.
Yap tried the weather the barrage in the second half of the fight but Suarez's left-right combinations and well-timed counter-punching were too much to handle for the Cagayan De Oro native.
"It was a great learning experience for me. This fight taught me how to be patient and be tactical when facing a resilient boxer like Yap," said Suarez.
The win improved Suarez record to 12-0 with 7 knockouts, while Yap dropped to 30-17 with 15 KOs.
It was Suarez's first successful defense of the WBA Asia belt which he won last March.