LIMA-- Carlos Suarez is no stranger to boxing.
The 19-year-old from Lima has been fighting for over 12 years and just turned professional. He's 2-0 with two knockouts in the super flyweight 115-pound weight class.
Suarez knocked out Joe Bush in the second round on April 27 at the Grand Plaza in Toledo. He knocked out Ricky Lacefield in the first round at the Humble Civic Center and Arena Complex in Humble, Texas, near Houston, on May 6.
"It was just like any other fight (against Bush) for me coming into it," Suarez said. "It was obviously different at the pros. More people screaming and I had a lot of my family there so that was nice. First round, I was beating him but I was just trying to set him up for the knockout. Then it ended up coming in the second round."
Suarez's second fight was against a familiar foe in Lacefield.
"I fought the guy before at the National Golden Gloves when I was about 16 and it was a pretty competitive fight," Suarez said. "This time in the first round, he ran into a straight hook and then he was down. He got up and then about 10 seconds later I caught him again with the right and he was out."
Last summer, Suarez had the opportunity of representing Trinidad and Tobago in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. He has dual citizenship in the United States and Trinidad and Tobago.
"That helped me take that step that I needed for my confidence going into the pros," Suarez said. "That still helps me out to this day."
Boxing is more than just trying to constantly knockout your opponent. Suarez knows the insights of the sport and he has many strengths that he uses to his advantage.
"My intelligence in the ring and my speed are my biggest strengths," Suarez said.
Since Suarez is still trying to fight his way to the top of his sport, he has to take each fight he can get.
"I'm just going to keep trying to book fights and keep climbing the ranks," Suarez said. "I just want to keep putting my name out there and keep doing what I'm doing."
Each fight involves plenty of hard work and training.
"Three workouts a day pretty much. it's almost harder just trying to get up and workout, once I'm here it's not so bad," Suarez joked. "I'm in here every day, I run every morning and we do strength stuff at night time. I'm just trying to stay busy right now and climb the ranks as fast as I can."
Carlos' father, Joe Suarez, is his trainer and coach. He's happy to see that all of the hard work that his son has done over the years has paid off.
"It's a great feeling, bringing him up as a young kid and seeing him win national championships," Joe Suarez said. "Then seeing him qualify for the Olympics and work his way through that tournament was a great experience for him. Now we're in the professional ranks and we're working him up to a world championship."
A major adjustment for Suarez transitioning from the amateur ranks to being a professional is that he doesn't have to wear head gear.
"I like it a lot better," Suarez said. "I would tend to complain because the sweat would always get in my eyes from the head gear. I didn't like the shirt either. Now I can feel a little more comfortable in there."
Joe Suarez was the one who had to adjust to Carlos not wearing head gear more than Carlos himself.
"I was kind of nervous the first time," Joe Suarez said. "It's a big difference but once I saw him perform I felt more comfortable."
For information on sponsoring Suarez as a professional, one can contact Joe Suarez at 419-773-0523.