Carlos Suarez, at age 26, is in the midst of a promising professional boxing career and has traveled far and wide to pick up boxing matches which means not many area fans have seen the young pugilist fight in person.
The Lima native, who sports a 10-3-1 mark, has fought in Mexico, Trinidad and across the United States and now area boxing enthusiasts will get the opportunity to see him showcase his talents at the Hometown Showdown event Saturday in Celina.
Carlos Suarez will be taking on Atlanta’s Rondarius Hunter (4-4-1) in a super flyweight bout.
Known as “Simply the Best,” Suarez said it is tough to get pro fights, much less schedule any type of match in the area.
Joe Suarez, Carlos’ father, said the boxing commission in Ohio is strict and perhaps too strict which means they must travel in order to get fights.
“There are not a lot of shows in Ohio compared to Indiana and Michigan,” Joe Suarez said. “The fighters there can grow and develop as opposed to here (Ohio) where they are so strict it is almost like they are anti-boxing.”
Joe Suarez added that his son should have had 10 more fights.
“When he first fought (professionally) he knocked out two people and we couldn’t get a fight for a long time. No one wanted to fight him,” Joe Suarez said. “But now there are a lot of new promoters and network deals so things should be picking up a lot.”
Most fans became familiar with Suarez during his amateur days when he earned an appearance in the Olympics.
Introduced to the sport by his dad, Joe Suarez, Carlos Suarez began boxing at 8-years-old and said he was immediately obsessed with boxing.
By age 11, the Suarez family decided to begin training at the famed Kronk Gym in Detroit under the tutelage of Emanueal Stewart. Carlos Suarez said he felt he was developing into a top-notch talent and soon the wins came and with those victories national championship titles. By the time he was 18-years-old, he had racked up a record of 135-15, including 10 national crowns.
“That is when I could really see changes and improvements in my fighting style,” Carlos Suarez said about training in Detroit. “As the years progressed I started to find myself more as a fighter and more of a style where I could put my name on. I try to calculate all of my moves and try to look for openings, and I always throw with power. The majority of my punches are power punches.”
Suarez, who describes his style as boxer-puncher, capped off his illustrious amateur career by qualifying and competing in the Olympics in 2012.
“I always wanted to go pro for a long time,” Suarez said. “Even before I made the Olympics but I really didn’t want to go pro before then but luckily it all worked out how I wanted it to so I didn’t waste any time with sticking around in the amateurs.
Suarez said he learned that making the Olympics proved he could compete with the world’s best but it also taught him there was still plenty of work to do.
“It taught me both because I made it to the top three to qualify for the Olympics. I handled the first two guys pretty easy at that tournament but in the semifinals in the Olympic qualifier I wasn’t prepared mentally for my opponent and he was another step ahead of me and it showed me I had room for improvement but also knew I was good enough to compete with the people at the top.”
In his six years of being a professional, Carlos Suarez said he has had some ups and downs and stepped away from the ring at times to regroup and refocus as well as dealing with management and promotional issues. He added that the past year he seems to have gotten back on track.
Carlos Suarez said after his bout Saturday he will be scheduling an eight-round bout and then hopes to progress to get a shot at a world title.