LA TRINIDAD, Benguet
Carlo Magali ends a three year lay-off as he goes up against what could be the hottest Filipino super
featherweight fighter and a former Olympian next month. Magali (25-13-3 win-loss-draw) will dig deep in his vast experience when he faces 2016 Rio de Janiero Olympian Charly Suarez on October 23 at the Elorde Gym in Sucat, Paranaque.
“I think experience will be my advantage, said Magali in Filipino during a break of his workout and sparring against a bigger and heavier opponent Reymond Yanong at the Highland Gym here Tuesday. Magali will be the 13th opponent of former Philippine boxing team member Suarez whose last fight was Mark
John Yap who fell twice to the Benguet based fighter. Magali said that he had been training for four months
now in his preparation against the former Philippine team member who he describes as good.
“I just check out the boys before I go fly to Bangkok, Thailand tomorrow night,” said manager and Highland Boxing Promotions owner Brico Santig. “Magali has chosen to stay here in Trinidad and has been here for more than 10 years and married to a local,” said Santig, who has a gym in Bangkok as well as in Dubai.
Magali, originally of Bohol, was supposed to fight in South Africa last August 21 against Ayanda Nkosi of said country. Magali, who just turned 36, was with trainer Jaypee Alipio and assistant Jomar Fajardo, but
the fight did not materialize for unknown reasons.
The Magali entourage had a delayed flight and had trainigns in Manila including sparring sessions with Mark John Yap (30-17-0, 15KOs), who he fought twice in the past and won and fellow Highland boxers
MJ Uduna (4-1-2) and Reymond Yanong (11-7-1, 9KOs). Magali last fought on December 21, 2019 where he faced Al Toyogon and won a split decision to take the vacant ABF and Philippine super featherweight titles at Manila Arena in Manila. Nkosi, on the other hand, has 14 wins, one loss and eight knockouts.
Nkosi in his last fight retired Emanuel Lopez of Mexico in the 7th round to take the World Boxing Federation World lightweight title last September 28, 2019 in Johannesburg.