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.

Aug 2017
BOXING 07:38am, Aug 16, 2017
GAB, DOH sign MOA to provide free exams for pro boxers

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The professional boxers of the Philippines are one-step closer to having vital health requirements covered free of cost after the Games and Amusements Board (GAB) and ...

BOXING 11:15pm, Aug 13, 2017
Manager claims robbery after Onggocan drops Martin, loses decision in Germany

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The manager/trainer of boxer Robert Onggocan claims the Filipino fighter was the victim of a dubious verdict in a 10-round decision loss to Mirco Martin on Saturday, ...

SEA GAMES 06:50pm, Aug 13, 2017
Rising star Paalam, returning conqueror Bautista primed for 2017 SEA Games

MANILA, Philippines – One is a returning conqueror seeking another gold medal, while the other is a rising star stepping onto his biggest stage yet. Flyweight Ian Clark Bautista and junior flyweight ...

SEA GAMES 04:05pm, Aug 10, 2017
After eye injury scare, boxer Mario Fernandez promises 3rd SEAG gold

MANILA, Philippines – Mario Fernandez had been poised to make one final attempt to qualify for the 2016 Olympics when it happened. It started with double vision and a white, cloudy spot on his left ...

BOXING 09:00am, Aug 08, 2017
Lack of training, injuries didn't stop Filipino Suarez from fighting Lomachenko

MANILA, Philippines – It's one thing to fight the best boxer in the world. It's an entirely different proposition to do so with less than a week of training and two injured shoulders. Those were the ...

SEA GAMES 05:00pm, Aug 07, 2017
Boxer Charly Suarez makes SEA Games return with Tokyo 2020 in mind

MANILA, Philippines – After the heights of the Rio Olympics, Charly Suarez is right back where it all started. Suarez will make his return to the Southeast Asian Games this month in Kuala Lumpur ...

BOXING 06:11pm, Aug 06, 2017
Boxing: Jade Bornea faces tough Thai in Polomolok step-up

MANILA, Philippines – Unbeaten prospect Jade Bornea will take his next step towards contention when he faces Thailand's Jakkrawut Majoogoen in a 10-round fight for the IBF Youth super flyweight belt ...

BOXING 01:11pm, Aug 06, 2017
Filipino boxer Genesis Servania to face featherweight champ Oscar Valdez

MANILA, Philippines - Filipino boxer Genesis Servania will get his first shot at a world title when he faces fellow unbeaten WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez on September 22, reports ...

BOXING 04:56pm, Aug 04, 2017
Casimero to face Sultan, setting stage for all-Filipino world title fight

MANILA, Philippines - Boxing fans are in for a rare Filipino vs Filipino treat as two-division world champion Johnriel Casimero is set to meet upcoming prospect Jonas Sultan on September 16 as a ...

OTHER SPORTS 08:52pm, Aug 03, 2017
Filipino fighters Rolando Dy, Jenel Lausa added to UFC Japan card

MANILA, Philippines - Filipino mixed martial arts fighters Rolando Gabriel Dy and Jenel Lausa will get a chance to bounce back from cage defeats when they see action on September 23 at UFC Fight ...