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.

Sep 2017
BOXING 04:18am, Sep 23, 2017
Jack Tepora scores crushing one-punch KO of Lusanda Komanisi in South Africa

MANILA, Philippines - Jack Tepora displayed serious one-punch power in his first international fight as a pro, knocking out Lusanda Komanisi in two rounds at the Orient Theatre in East London, South ...

BOXING 07:56am, Sep 21, 2017
Sink-or-swim for Jack Tepora in South Africa

MANILA, Philippines – On the heels of Milan Melindo’s brave victory over Hekkie Budler this past weekend, another Cebu-based boxer hopes to boost his career at the expense of a South African foe as ...

BOXING 08:30am, Sep 18, 2017
Humble Sultan admits he must improve before facing champion Ancajas

CEBU CITY, Philippines - There were more than a few boxing fans who had no idea who Jonas Sultan was when he stepped into the ring with Johnriel Casimero on Saturday, September 16, in a meeting of ...

BOXING 06:05pm, Sep 17, 2017
ALA boss disappointed in Jason Pagara's 'way below par' performance

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Michael Aldeguer was none too pleased with the performance of Jason Pagara this past Saturday, September 16. Pagara (40-2-1, 25 knockouts) looked nothing like a fighter ...

BOXING 12:06pm, Sep 17, 2017
Golovkin-Alvarez ends in split-decision draw

CEBU CITY, Philippines (UPDATED) - In the fight for middleweight supremacy, the 3 judges could not come to a consensus opinion. Gennady Golovkin and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez had to settle for a ...

BOXING 11:43pm, Sep 16, 2017
Bloodied Melindo retains title over Budler with heroic effort

CEBU CITY, Philippines (UPDATED) - With blood streaming from cuts over both eyes, Milan Melindo proved not only was he a worthy champion, but he had as big a heart as anyone in boxing today. Melindo ...

BOXING 09:46pm, Sep 16, 2017
Sultan outfights Casimero, becomes top contender for IBF champ Ancajas

CEBU CITY, Philippines - Jonas Sultan showed the maturity and poise of a top contender as he outboxed and outfought two-time world champion Johnriel Casimero on Saturday, September 16 at ...

BOXING 06:24pm, Sep 15, 2017
Milan Melindo explains weight problem: 'Maybe God challenged me'

CEBU CITY, Philippines - If Milan Melindo knew he was over the weight limit on his first trip to the scale, he put up a good front. His team must've known it would at least be close as Melindo, his ...

BOXING 01:06pm, Sep 15, 2017
Milan Melindo makes weight on second try after weighing heavy

CEBU CITY, Philippines (UPDATED) - It took two trips to the scale and some time in the steam room but Milan Melindo made the weight for his IBF junior flyweight world title fight. Melindo (36-2, 13 ...

BOXING 08:59am, Sep 15, 2017
Haters motivated Milan Melindo to become a champion

MANILA, Philippines – For years, Milan Melindo had to listen to the naysayers who doubted if he’d ever be a champion after his two failed efforts to lift world titles. He finally made good on his ...