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Right Stance

By Dennis Principe

Hey Joe, It's Time to Let Go of Suico
19 Jul 2006

Despite being a failure in his first world title challenge, former OPBF super featherweight champion Randy Suico was not a total dissapointment Sunday at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas.

Punchstats show Suico got bombarded with loads of vicious blows unleashed by defending WBA lightweight king Juan Diaz. But Suico proved to be the gutsiest fighter of the night as he refused to give up the fight, hoping that he can let loose that one haymaker and score another monumental victory for the country versus a Mexican world champ.

Even so, referee Joe Cortez displayed an act of compassion by stopping the bout in the 9th round and save Suico from further hurt. Simply put, Suico failed to snatch the crown due to Diaz more superior boxing skills that night.


It doesnt mean however that Suico is an inferior fighter. Ask jaded observers of the sport and most of them will still agree that Suico remains as one of the country's brightest hope for a world crown.

It's just that fighting nondescript, patsy fighters the last few years finally took its toll on Suico. A crafty, multi-titled fighter during his amateur days with the ALA Boxing stable of businessman Tony Aldeguer, it's saddening to note that Suico never had any progress in the pro ranks after beating chumps from Indonesia, Japan and Thailand.

And blame Japanese manager Joe Koizumi for Suico's fast decline from being a promising world beater to a hapless title challenger.

Alright, we should thank Koizumi for helping Luisito Espinosa snare his second world crown. We thank him also for guiding Cebuano Joma Gamboa to a reign, albeit short, as WBA minimumweight ruler. And many more thanks to Koizumi-san for giving a good number of Filipino boxers a chance to fight in Japan and earn decent fight purse.

This time however, the issue is about the career in particular and life in general of the good-natured Suico.


For nearly seven years Koizumi had his chance of molding a lanky, powerful Suico into one potential boxing star. But seven years of fruitless work is enough to end a bootless partnership which, if done immediately, will benefit both Koizumi and Suico.

It's high time Suico find someone who can maximize his potentials by giving him meaningful bouts and quality training.

As for an influential handler, one thing that will come to mind is Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao.

Now also dabbling in boxing promotions via his MP Promotions, the ultra-busy Pacquiao, who can easily use his influence to schedule significant bouts for Suico, can also tap the Mandaue-native fighter as a potent sparring partner.

Still young at 26, give Suico two years of Pacquiao-like training and several more substantive fights and we will probably see another Filipino boxer who can compliment Pacquiao's mastery of the sport.


Perhaps Koizumi can follow the lead of eminent lawyer Rudy Salud who once managed the career of ex-world champ Gerry Peņalosa. After realizing that prolonging his involvement with Peņalosa will only be an exercise in futility, the likeable Salud gave the Negros-born boxer the freedom to find someone who can be an ideal manager for him.

Peņalosa, who had three failed title bids, decided to retire but eventually came back after a two-year hiatus.

Koizumi must realize that time is of the essence for Suico.

Given his boxing connections and good reputation, Koizumi can still look forward to a distinguished career as boxing writer/manager in the next 15-20 years at least.

On the other hand, Suico may only have five competitive years, at most, in the sport.

Life after boxing is something that Suico himself still needs to chew over. One thing is certain though, and that is the need for Koizumi to hand over the responsibility of rebuilding Suico's once promising career to a more ideal manager.

Although this is just my personal opinion, there is nothing personal here, Joe.

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