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Randy Suico – Real Threat to Erik Morales
By Epifanio M. Almeda (May 24, 2004) 
Randy Suico
With the fight between Ring Magazine and People’s Featherweight champion Manny Pacquiao and WBA/IBF champion, Juan Manuel Marquez ending in a draw, Erik Morales’ super-featherweight title will not be threatened by a Filipino banger. Right?

Wrong! Described by his Japanese manager, Joe Koizumi, as Asia’s best kept secret, WBC and WBA #2 super-featherweight Randy Suico (20-0, 17 KOs) is a win away from challenging Morales. Randy fights World Boxing Council No.1 super featherweight contender Mzonke Fana (21-2, 8 KOs) of South Africa on May 28, 2004 in Soweto for the right to challenge “El Terrible”.

Referred to as “komong bato” (stone fisted), the 24-year old 5’ 7’’ Suico stopped all, but 3 fighters who faced him in the ring. Defending his Orient-Pacific Boxing Federation super-featherweight crown before his fans in his base Cebu City, Philippines last January 30, Suico blasted South Korean challenger Seungkeun Baek to the canvas 45 seconds into the second round with 3 successive lefts to the jaw. So devastating was the punishment that Baek remained unconscious for about 5 minutes.

Suico’s only appearance in the USA was on September 13, 2002 when he TKO’d Juan Garcia in the 4th round in Las Vegas, Nevada.

While Morales is the experienced and battle tested warrior whose lone defeat many believe is a win against Marco Antonio Barrera, it will not be a surprise for the Suico followers if he will be able to take the fight to Erik and beat him.

Should Morales prevail over IBF champion Carlos “Famoso” Hernandez in their July 31st unification fight and Randy beats Fana, those who know Suico would be looking forward to see him fight Erik for the latter’s WBC/IBF unified titles.

For those who haven’t heard of Randy Suico, take notice!

Suico’s Official Ring Record
(Courtesy of Philippine Games and Amusement Board Commissioner Angel P. Bautista and Chief Sports & Games Regulation Officer Noli C. Flores)

No. of Fights - 20, Wins-20 (17 by KOs), Loss-0

Date/ Suico’s Weight/ Scheduled Rounds/ Name of Opponent /Result:
Aug 1/98 124 6 Ernie Navares TKO 2
Sep 26/98 126 8 Chu Ferrer TKO 5
Nov 28/98 128 10 Ramon Molina TKO 4
Mar 20/99 126 12 Jonathan Mercado KO 7
May 14/99 128 10 Ferdinand Caracena KO 3
Jul 31/99 131¾ 10 Jun Balabat TKO 2
Sep 25/99 131 10 Joe Escriber UD
Dec 19/99 130 8 Jun Tanigawa KO 3
Feb 26/01 129 12* Ramon Molina TKO 3
Apr 1/01 131 10 Israel Melendez UD
Jul 22/00 130 12* Joel Gonzales TKO 12
Jan 26/01 130 12* Dante Paulino TKO 8
May 5/01 131 10 Khumpoon Eusamphan TKO 2
Aug 31/01 131 10 Karim Nashar TKO 1
Dec 22/01 129½ 12* Jun Longakit TKO 1
Apr 27/02 129½ 12* Sungho Yuh TKO 6
Sep 13/02 130½ 10 Juan Garcia TKO 4
Mar 29/03 129¾ 12** Timbul Hutagalung KO 4
Jun 29/03 130 10 Kazunori Fujita UD
Jan 30/04 130 12** Seungkeun Baek KO 2

* Philippine Super Featherweight Championship
** Orient-Pacific Super Featherweight championship.
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