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Randy Suico is now in his twelfth year as a professional prize fighter. He has won Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) titles in three different weight divisions. Not a bad career by any standards but for those who have followed his exploits through the years there is always the question of whether he could have accomplished so much more.

Suico was one of the original “Golden boys” of the ALA Gym; amateur boxers who made a habit of winning national titles. Those who watched the amateur contests here in Cebu during the 1990’s remember the skinny teenager with prodigious raw power. Deciding his ring moniker, which means ‘Hands of Stone’ in Cebuano, was a no brainer.

When he turned pro the knockouts wins piled up and the fans came in droves. But as he climbed the rankings his opponents exploited his flaws. Suico had a world title shot in 2006 and he lost by 9th round TKO to Juan Diaz for WBA world lightweight title. He still feels until now that the fight should not have been stopped. He always had that puncher’s chance. That night, the punch wasn’t enough. He never got another shot.

The 30 year old Suico (29W-6L-1D, 25 KO’s) will fight Phil. welterweight champ Arnel Tinampay ( 12W-11L-1D, 4 KO’s) in an 8 round non-title bout in the undercard of Pinoy Pride II this November 27 headlined by Milan “El Metodico” Melindo against former IBF world lt. flyweight champion Carlos Tamara of Colombia.

Suico’s career has in a way come full circle now that he is back with ALA Promotions even if their main concern is on the promotional side. He will still be with manager Joe Koizumi and work with his old trainer Juanito Ablaca. The ALA gym trainers may give their input if necessary.

Suico lost his OPBF lt. welterweight title to Motoki Sasaki by split decision in Japan last July. His right hand was hurting during training and he was hesitant in punching at full force. This lead to Suico losing his timing during fight time. But he feels that given another chance, he will train hard and focus on getting another shot not just at the OPBF, but at a world title.

It’s been two years since Suico fought in Cebu. Those who have followed his career through the years hope that this homecoming will lead to a rejuvenation of sorts and one more stab at glory.

(Photo below: Suico with trainer Juanito Ablaca (left))




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