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.

Jun 2017
BOXING 05:29pm, Jun 24, 2017
Onggocan retains IBF youth belt, TKOs Pantilgan in Calamba

CALAMBA CITY, Philippines - Robert Onggocan made a successful homecoming to the Philippines, stopping Marjun Pantilgan after the ninth round to retain the IBF youth flyweight title in Calamba ...

BOXING 10:27pm, Jun 19, 2017
Sparring with sandals: A boxing trainer fights for support in Leyte

TANAUAN, Philippines - At the town plaza in Tanauan, Leyte, Manly Minguel lines up two teenagers and sets them up in their boxing pose. Right hands affixed to their chins, left hands held high out ...

OTHER SPORTS 07:43pm, Jun 17, 2017
Eye injury cuts Rolando Dy's UFC debut short

MANILA, Philippines - The UFC debut of Rolando Gabriel Dy didn’t go the way he had hoped it would as the fight was stopped following the second round of his bout against Alex Caceres due to concerns ...

NBA 02:35pm, Jun 13, 2017
Pacquiao predicted the Warriors would win in 5 games

MANILA, Philippines - Manny Pacquiao called it. Days before the NBA Finals began, the WBO welterweight champion offered his prediction for who would lift the 2017 trophy: the Golden State Warriors ...

BOXING 09:32pm, Jun 12, 2017
Casimero to make 115-pound debut against Mepranum in Iligan

MANILA, Philippines - Johnriel Casimero will begin his search for a third world title on Sunday, June 25 when he faces former title challenger Richie Mepranum in a 10-round scheduled junior ...

BOXING 07:19pm, Jun 11, 2017
Filipino boxers Inson, Dante lose decisions in South Africa

MANILA, Philippines - Filipino boxer Jayar Inson sustained the first defeat of his pro career, losing a unanimous decision to Thulani Mbenge in a battle of unbeaten welterweights on Saturday, June ...

BOXING 08:00am, Jun 11, 2017
Romero Duno, Aston Palicte TKO foes in Philippine homecoming

MANILA, Philippines - After making his name in the United States, Romero Duno had a successful homecoming on Saturday, June 10, tearing down Jason Tinampay in the 8-round main event at the ...

BOXING 08:13pm, Jun 09, 2017
Boxers Duno, Palicte face GenSan tune-ups before US fights

MANILA, Philippines - Boxing prospects Romero Duno and Aston Palicte are set for international campaigns, but will first handle business in General Santos City. Both fighters made weight Friday, ...

BOXING 04:49pm, Jun 03, 2017
No soft matchmaking for Tepora, Araneta in next fights

MANILA, Philippines – “This is our way of giving back to Philippine boxing fans to show that this is who we really are.” That’s what Omega Pro Sports International president Pio Paulo Castillo said ...

BOXING 01:52pm, Jun 02, 2017
Filipino boxer Michael Farenas scores bloody KO in comeback fight

MANILA, Philippines - Michael Farenas was a knockout winner in his first fight in nearly two years. The Filipino veteran Farenas (42-5-4, 34 knockouts) knocked down Martin Angel Martinez (17-12-1, ...