Ryan Songalia



Follow him on Twitter via @ryansongalia
Email him at: ryan.songalia@rappler.com

A native of Jersey City, N.J., Ryan has been a reporter since 2006. He is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) and is currently a staff reporter for The Ring magazine. He has written for the New York Daily News, USA Today, Esquire Philippines, Philippine Daily Inquirer and the Philippine Star.

Ryan is a fan of music artists Nine Inch Nails, My Chemical Romance, Sonic Youth, Talking Heads, Wu Tang Clan and MF Doom. His favorite television shows are Third Rock from the Sun, The Adventures of Pete and Pete and Cowboy Bebop, and his favorite movies are Good Will Hunting and Cable Guy.

Ryan also lectures at colleges around the Philippines and can be found roaming about Metro Manila on random jeepneys or ordering a Dirty Tanqueray Martini with two olives at your local public house.

Apr 2017
BOXING 06:04pm, Apr 29, 2017
Filipino boxers Servania, Sanchez score KOs in Japan

MANILA, Philippines - Unbeaten featherweight Genesis Servania racked up his third straight win since relocating to Japan on Saturday, April 29, stopping his Filipino compatriot Ralph Jhon Lulu in ...

BOXING 04:45pm, Apr 28, 2017
Nietes strips naked to make weight for flyweight title fight

CEBU CITY, Philippines - Weigh-ins for Donnie Nietes fights tend to be little more than photo opportunities, as his metronomic consistency through his 14-year career has kept him at or under the ...

BOXING 10:39pm, Apr 27, 2017
Donnie Nietes: The legacy that could’ve been

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Donnie Nietes has heard – and disregarded – dismissive remarks made about his upcoming opponent, Komgrich Nantapech. A good portion of boxing fans have probably never heard ...

BOXING 03:57pm, Apr 26, 2017
ALA errs on the side of caution with Mark Magsayo

MANILA, Philippines – After winning his biggest fight to date a year ago, Mark Magsayo had thought he would be stepping forward – not backward – in competition. In front of thousands at an outdoor ...

BOXING 06:55pm, Apr 23, 2017
Tapales knocks out Omori again, but title remains vacant

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - Marlon Tapales may have lost his WBO bantamweight title on the scales, but he'll return to the Philippines with a victory. The Filipino boxer dropped Shohei Omori ...

BOXING 02:35am, Apr 23, 2017
Tete outclasses Villanueva, wins interim WBO bantamweight title

MANILA, Philippines - Filipino boxer Arthur Villanueva sustained the second defeat of his pro career, losing a 12-round unanimous decision to Zolani Tete on Saturday, April 22 (Sunday Manila time) ...

BOXING 05:06pm, Apr 22, 2017
WATCH: Down goes the referee, and down go the boxers too

SANTA ROSA, Philippines - It may be heating up outside, but in boxing it's still fall season. Veteran referee Virgilio Garcia took a spill in the ring during the second round of a fight between ...

BOXING 02:10pm, Apr 22, 2017
Tapales misses weight for title defense, loses WBO belt on scale

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - Filipino boxer Marlon Tapales was stripped of his WBO bantamweight title after missing weight on Saturday, April 22 for his first defense against Shohei ...

BOXING 03:26am, Apr 22, 2017
Saulong rises from canvas to win, Rosia scores KO in Santa Rosa

MANILA, Philippines - Ernesto Saulong had to overcome a fifth-round knockdown to score a close 10-round unanimous decision win over Jestoni Autida on Friday, April 21 at the Brusmick Commercial ...

BOXING 10:00am, Apr 20, 2017
Overlooked champ Marlon Tapales continues to fight for respect

MANILA, Philippines - It was a Rocky movie set in Southeast Asia. Marlon Tapales, the gritty Filipino fighter from Lanao del Norte, survived two knockdowns in round 5 to stage the comeback of a ...