Rio Olympian Suarez KO's PBF champ Puton in non-title bout

Charly Suarez watches as Referee Virgilio Garcia does a 10-count on Virgil Puton. Ivan Saldajeno
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Charly Suarez continued to impress in his young professional boxing career, knocking out Virgil Puton in one of the undercard bouts for the John Riel Casimero-Cesar Ramirez match at the San Andres Sports Complex on Saturday night.

Suarez, who played for the national boxing team in the Rio Olympics in 2016, leaned on a barrage of punches that knocked Puton, who was pushed to the ropes, down.

Puton, the current PBF lightweight champ, barely made the 10-count by Referee Virgilio Garcia, but Garcia eventually stopped the contest at the 1:41 mark of Round 1 as Puton remained wobbly as he stood up.

Suarez remains perfect at 3-0, all via finishes.

Puton, on the other hand, dropped to 17-13-2 win-loss-draw record.

Meanwhile, Criztian Laurente also moved up to 3-0 after knocking out Christian Gabayeron.

A smothering hit to the body from Laurente decided the contest as Gabayeron was out cold in just 32 seconds.

On the other hand, the bout between Mark Escriber and Reymark Ibones also ended abruptly but for the wrong reason.

An apparent accidental headbutt in the third round caused a cut at the lower part of Escriber's eye.

The referee deemed that Escriber, who actually knocked Ibones down in Round 1 and even opened wounds at the upper part of both his eyes, could not continue.

The judges called it a technical draw.

Ibones remains unbeaten at three wins and two draws, while Escriber incurred his first draw after splitting his first four bouts as a pro.

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