Oscar Suarez, trainer to Freitas and Hamed, dies aged 47

Boxing lost a loyal servant this weekend with the unexpected death of Oscar Suarez. The trainer most widely known for shaping Brazilian Acelino ‘Popo’ Freitas. Later Suarez would take on the most high profile job in boxing, training Prince Naseem Hamed, and though maligned for his lack of impact on the Sheffield-man his death is reason for all of us to pause and take stock.

Suarez was believed to have been diagnosed with terminal cancer just over a month ago and leaves behind a wife, Marie, and six children. He was just 47.

All posted comments will be directed to the Suarez family at the end of the week.

The thoughts of the boxing world will be with his family. Boxingscene.com broke the news. Subsequently the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame provided the following obituary.

Many, many thanks for you comments, I will ensure all of them are forwarded to the Suarez family.

> If any of the Suarez family and those that knew him are stumbling across this little piece at this difficult time, 10 years on from Oscar’s diagnosis and passing, my traffic figures suggests you may be, I hope you are all well and thriving in life. With best wishes, David

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14 thoughts on “Oscar Suarez, trainer to Freitas and Hamed, dies aged 47

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  1. Went to China with Oscar and we spent alot of time together. He loved Jesus and his wife & family, he was a good man. We’ll miss him till then. God bless you Marie.


  2. I came online just to read a few things about the husband I MISS so much. When Oscar went into Hospice they gave me a book that told me what to expect as death neared, they failed to give me a book on steps I have to go thru to heal. It’s been and unbearably painful long road for me, but the ppl who send these stories and write such lovely things about Oscar, really and truly help. I am so grateful that so many ppl have reached out to give their condolences and express their grief, I am also very grateful for the positive stories which ppl have shared that show me how Oscar impacted their lives in a positive way. Again, Mr. Payne thank you for keeping this site going, you have no Idea the ease it has brought to my heart.


  3. Marie I am so sorry and shocked. Oscar was such a dear friend and the nicest person I have met. We had some good and hard times in training camps as you know. He could always see the goos in a person. Love and keep in touch, Maggie


  4. Judging by the timing of your comment Mariseli it proved an emotional time over Christmas and the New Year. Apologies for the delay posting your submission. I’ve been away from the site for a while.



  5. This is the first time I looked my dad’s name up in google and I was emotionaly pleased to know that my dad was loved by many. I would like to thank everyone who has taken out the time to think of my father and my family. We continue to honor my father Oscar Suarez for the man that he was and always will be in our hearts. Thank you…


  6. Oscar was one of the most kindest, humble people you could ever meet. He was such a lovable guy, we will never forget him. Our condolences to Mari and family, may God hold you in his hand during this dark time.

    Mari please don’t forget that we are here for you!!!

    Rest in Peace Cuz!!!!


  7. i wanna thank u oscar 4 always showing love 2 me and my son, u taught me alot about the game of boxing. i will put O.S. on my sons trunks in memory of u we will never 4 get u ,i love u my brother,and i will see u 1 day again, god bless u my brother,and i send my regards 2 the family


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