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.

Mar 2017
OTHER SPORTS 05:13pm, Mar 24, 2017
WWE wrestler Kane to run for mayor in Tennessee

MANILA, Philippines - We’ve seen Corporate Kane, Demon Kane, and now, Mayor Kane? The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) veteran whose real name is Glenn Jacobs is running for mayor of Knox ...

BOXING 03:25pm, Mar 24, 2017
After 6-year ring absence, Pinoy boxer Jun Talape returns in Singapore

MANILA, Philippines - For the past two years, Jun Talape had been living in Singapore, imparting the wisdom he had accrued from his 31 professional bouts to students as the head coach of the Vanda ...

BOXING 02:51am, Mar 23, 2017
Pinoy boxer Romero Duno signs with Golden Boy Promotions

MANILA, Philippines - Romero Duno, the Filipino lightweight prospect who made a name for himself earlier this month with an upset knockout win over Christian Gonzalez, has signed a deal with ...

BOXING 03:00am, Mar 20, 2017
Pagcaliwangan shakes off rust, KOs Mexico's Villamar in 3

MANILA, Philippines - Marc Pagcaliwangan admits there was a lingering feeling of rust as he stepped into the ring for his first fight in two years. Three rounds later the Filipino-Canadian junior ...

BOXING 02:15am, Mar 20, 2017
Boxing: Heno blasts Ganoza with Hamed-esque uppercut in 9th round

MANILA, Philippines - When the Jonas Sultan-Sonny Boy Jaro main event for Sunday’s card at Makati Cinema Square fell apart two days before fight night and turned the triple-header into a double ...

BOXING 01:18pm, Mar 19, 2017
Golovkin wins decision over determined Jacobs as knockout streak ends

MANILA, Philippines - It was the toughest fight of Gennady Golovkin's career, but in the end he remains unbeaten. Golovkin was taken the 12-round distance for the first time in his professional ...

BOXING 12:00pm, Mar 19, 2017
'Chocolatito' Gonzalez suffers first career loss

MANILA, Philippines - Twelve years after making his pro debut, Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez has suffered his first loss. The Nicaraguan pound-for-pound star dropped a 12-round majority decision to ...

BOXING 09:25pm, Mar 17, 2017
Boxing fans deserve better than mismatches

MANILA, Philippines - Tomorrow night, on Saturday, March 18, two of the best young fighters from the Philippines will be in action against Indonesian fighters. On paper it looks like unbeaten Pinoys ...

BOXING 02:05pm, Mar 17, 2017
Jonas Sultan, road warrior and reluctant Zorro, set for Jaro showdown

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – If you’re a boxing fan in Manila, you’ll want to spend the afternoon at the Makati Cinema Square this Sunday, March 19. That’s because one of the best domestic cards ...

BOXING 06:43pm, Mar 16, 2017
Duno to receive 'hero's welcome' motorcade in GenSan on March 22

MANILA, Philippines - Fresh off his star-making knockout win in Los Angeles, Filipino boxer Romero Duno will receive a hero’s welcome in General Santos City on March 22. Duno (13-1, 12 knockouts) ...