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Virus rules German Jurgen Braehmer out of Callum Smith bout

Feb 21, 2018 - 10:58 AM

Braehmer's place in the super-middleweight semi-final bout Saturday against the unbeaten Smith will be taken by former kick-boxer Nieky Holzken of the Netherlands

DOWNED BY VIRUS. In this file photo Germany's Juergen Braehmer (right) and Britain's Nathan Cleverly fight in a WBA light-heavyweight in Germany on October 1, 2016. Photo by Ronny Hartmann / dpa / AFP

George Groves confident of shoulder injury recovery

Feb 20, 2018 - 1:43 PM

Groves says he is a fast healer after his shoulder popped out during the final round of a unanimous points victory over Chris Eubank Jr

INJURED. File photo of British boxer George Groves after defeating Italian boxer Andrea Di Luisa during their international super-middleweight contest in east London, England on January 30, 2016. Photo by  Leon Neal/AFP

'Extremely worried' Olympics body threatens to expel boxing

Feb 04, 2018 - 10:06 PM

This comes as the IOC opens an investigation into the sport's controversial governing body and says concerns linger over possible match-fixing at Rio 2016

AMATEUR BOXING. In this file photo, Ankushita Boro (L) of India and Ekaterina Dynnik of Russia take part in the final bout of the Women’s Light Welterweight (64kg) category at the AIBA Youth Women's World Boxing Championship 2017 in Guwahati on November 26, 2017. / Biju Boro/AFP

Jerwin Ancajas remains world champ via TKO in rousing U.S. debut

Feb 04, 2018 - 12:58 PM

Jerwin Ancajas does not let it go the distance to retain his IBF junior bantamweight world title

STOPPAGE. Jerwin Ancajas makes a statement win in his US debut. Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Mayweather drops another hint at MMA fight

Feb 03, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Mayweather might be seen standing inside a UFC cage in a few months

RETURNING THE FAVOR. Mayweather's teaser video is hinting that he will see McGregor in the cage this time. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/AFP

Jerwin Ancajas debuts in U.S. to defend IBF jr bantamweight belt

Feb 02, 2018 - 3:50 PM

It is new territory for the 26-year-old from Panabo City and he hopes to live up to expectations of fans looking for the next great Filipino fighter

CHAMP. Filipino Jerwin Ancajas IBF junior bantamweight champ finally debuts in the US. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Canelo Alvarez to face Gennady Golovkin in middleweight title rematch

Jan 30, 2018 - 4:22 PM

The sensational sequel puts Golovkin's World Boxing Association, International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Council crowns up for grabs

REMATCH. In this file photo, Gennady Golovkin of Kazakhstan shows his title belts following his WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight championship fight with Canelo Alvarez at the T-Mobile Arena on September 16, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. John GURZINSKI / AFP

Before becoming champion, Jerwin Ancajas fought poverty and hunger

Jan 19, 2018 - 7:07 PM

Even as his popularity rises, Ancajas never loses sight of his early struggles and sacrifices

HUNGER TO SUCCEED. Jerwin Ancajas recalls days before he was champion when his father struggled to feed him and his siblings.

Nietes vs Reveco title defense set for LA, will open HBO broadcast

Jan 19, 2018 - 1:10 PM

Donnie Nietes will make his first appearance on HBO on February 24

BIG EXPOSURE. Donnie Nietes vs Juan Carlos Reveco will open the HBO Boxing After Dark broadcast. File photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Lomachenko’s manager says Pacquiao fight not happening: ‘He’s an old man’

Jan 18, 2018 - 4:50 PM

'Lomachenko beating him takes him nowhere,' says Egis Klimas

NOT INTERESTED. Lomachenko's manager thinks Pacquiao should fight guys closer to his own weight. Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images/AFP

Mark Anthony Barriga vs ex-champ Jose Argumedo ordered for IBF title eliminator

Jan 13, 2018 - 7:14 PM

Barriga vs Argumedo is being eyed for March in either China, Mexico, or the US

TITLE ELIMINATOR. Mark Anthony Barriga will face former champion Jose Argumedo of Mexico for the right to challenge for the IBF strawweight title. File photo by PJ Estan/Rappler

Chinese boxer Zou Shiming fights to save eyesight and career

Jan 12, 2018 - 3:52 PM

The two-time Olympic gold medalist may never fight again due to eye injuries

ROAD TO RECOVERY. Despite suffering eye injuries which are likely to end his career, Zou Shiming reassures his fans "I'm still me." File photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Canelo-Golovkin rematch will happen in May - report

Jan 12, 2018 - 9:09 AM

The rematch of their contentious draw will happen on Cinco de Mayo, according to the Los Angeles Times

REMATCH. Gennady Golovkin and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez battled to a draw in their first meeting. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Jayson Mama, Palaro star and unbeaten pro boxer, headlines in GenSan

Jan 11, 2018 - 7:22 PM

Jayson Mama will face Michael Camelion for the vacant WBO Asia Pacific youth flyweight title on January 21 at the Gaisano Mall Atrium in General Santos City

PROSPECT. Jayson Mama balances his life as a pro boxer and student at Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Colleges. Photo from Sanman Promotions

Before training camp, Nonito Donaire helps give away 100 homes in Iloilo

Jan 07, 2018 - 8:45 PM

Donaire will fight Carl Frampton on April 21 in Northern Ireland

GIVING BACK. Nonito Donaire Jr came to the Philippines to help turnover homes donated to typhoon victims before officially starting training camp for his fight with Carl Frampton. File photo by Alecis Cuarezma/Getty Images/AFP

Romero Duno matched with 'perfect opponent' on Linares-Gesta card

Jan 07, 2018 - 5:41 PM

Yardley Suarez is known for coming to fight, and not having the best chin

NEXT UP. Romero Duno will face Mexican banger Yardley Suarez on January 27 at The Forum. File photo by Jhay Oh Otamias

Pinoy boxer Ernesto Saulong gets title shot vs IBF champ Ryosuke Iwasa

Jan 06, 2018 - 7:27 PM

Iwasa makes his first title defense against Saulong on March 1 in Japan

TITLE SHOT. Ernesto Saulong will get a shot at the IBF junior featherweight title held by Japan's Ryosuke Iwasa. Photo from Saulong's Facebook

Milan Melindo vows to fight on: 'I can be world champion again'

Jan 04, 2018 - 7:30 AM

After some much needed rest, Melindo wants to begin his quest for a second world championship

END OF REIGN. Milan Melindo says it just wasn't his night when he lost to Ryoichi Taguchi, but isn't making excuses. Photo by Toru Yamanaka/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Brave Melindo loses decision to Taguchi in unification fight

Dec 31, 2017 - 10:42 PM

Milan Melindo loses his IBF title to WBA champion Ryoichi Taguchi in Japan

Taguchi outslugs Melindo to win bloody unification fight

Dec 31, 2017 - 9:13 PM

Ryoichi Taguchi wins a unanimous decision over Milan Melindo to unify the WBA and IBF junior flyweight titles

BLOODBATH. Milan Melindo suffered cuts over both eyes in a unanimous decision loss to Ryoichi Taguchi in Japan. Photo by Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Why the Melindo-Taguchi championship fight won't be shown live in PH

Dec 30, 2017 - 10:29 PM

Melindo vs Taguchi will be shown in the Philippines on January 2, two days after the fight takes place

UNIFICATION BOUT. Milan Melindo's title-winning fight wasn't shown live in the Philippines, and neither will his unification bout against Ryoichi Taguchi on New Year's Eve. Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Marlon Tapales makes ring return in March, may sign with ALA

Dec 30, 2017 - 8:51 PM

Tapales will face a Thai opponent in Australia on March 17

UNDER CONSIDERATION. The management of Marlon Tapales reveals they're considering an offer to sign with ALA Promotions. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Milan Melindo not worried about Taguchi’s height: It's boxing, not basketball

Dec 30, 2017 - 3:22 AM

Strategy, not height will determine the winner, says Melindo's trainer Edito Villamor

SHORTER CHAMPION. Milan Melindo stands 4 inches shorter than Ryoichi Taguchi, but has made a career out of beating taller foes. Photo from ALA Promotions' Facebook

WATCH: Ten best knockouts of Pinoy boxing in 2017

Dec 29, 2017 - 7:00 PM

A look back at the most destructive knockouts by Filipino boxers in 2017

HEAVY HITTERS. Romero Duno had one of the most destructive KOs of Pinoy boxing in 2017. Photo by Jhay Oh Otamias/Rappler

Milan Melindo wants to become a boxing legend, starting with title unification

Dec 27, 2017 - 7:20 PM

Milan Melindo and Ryoichi Taguichi will unify the WBA and IBF titles, with Ring magazine's lineal championship on the line as well

UNIFICATION. Milan Melindo believes his opponent is a one-trick pony, saying Ryoichi Taguchi is "nothing" if he can stop his left hook to the body. Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

The next Manny Pacquiao? No, he's the first Jerwin Ancajas

Dec 27, 2017 - 3:45 AM

Jerwin Ancajas admits feeling pressured to live up to the 'next Manny Pacquiao' tag, but he's focused on making his own legacy

PROTÉGÉ. There are some similarities between Jerwin Ancajas and Manny Pacquiao, but Ancajas is focused on building his own identity as a champion. Photo from Pacquiao's Facebook page

Brian Viloria to get vacant flyweight title shot – manager

Dec 26, 2017 - 4:27 PM

Viloria will try to win his fifth world title on February 24 in Inglewood, California

ANOTHER TITLE FIGHT. Former two-division champion Brian Viloria will face unbeaten contender Artem Dalakian for the vacant WBA flyweight title, his manager tells Rappler. File photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Jerwin Ancajas signs two-year deal with Top Rank

Dec 25, 2017 - 4:19 PM

Jerwin Ancajas will fight the first bout of his deal with Top Rank on February 3 in Texas

NEW DEAL. Jerwin Ancajas will now be promoted by Top Rank, which had guided the careers of Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire Jr. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Filipino athletes who made waves on social media in 2017

Dec 24, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Here are some of the most talked about local athletes and sports teams on Rappler's social media accounts for this year

2017: The best of Philippine boxing

Dec 23, 2017 - 2:02 PM

Jerwin Ancajas has a breakout year, while champions and contenders rise up on the ever-changing scene of Philippine boxing

Danny Garcia to face Brandon Rios in comeback from first loss

Dec 22, 2017 - 7:36 AM

Garcia faces Rios in his first fight after losing a decision to Keith Thurman

RING RETURN. Danny Garcia steps back into the ring after missing the rest of 2017 following his first defeat. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Jason Pagara misses weight, loses by sixth-round TKO in Japan

Dec 19, 2017 - 9:28 PM

Jason Pagara weighs in two pounds over the 140-pound limit before getting stopped in 6 rounds by Hiroki Okada

KNOCKED OUT. Jason Pagara may be done as a world title contender after being stopped by Hiroki Okada in Japan. File photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Mercito Gesta gets chance to rewrite his story with second world title shot

Dec 19, 2017 - 6:57 AM

Over 5 years after his first world title shot, Mercito Gesta gets a second opportunity against WBA lightweight champion Jorge Linares

ANOTHER SHOT. Filipino boxer Mercito Gesta gets a second shot at a world title when he faces Jorge Linares. Photo from Gesta's Facebook page

Rappler Fight Night: Ivan Soriano vs Jaysever Abcede, Mark Anthony Barriga vs Glenne Calacar

Dec 18, 2017 - 3:54 PM

Ivan Soriano faces Jaysever Abcede for the interim OPBF junior flyweight title, plus Mark Anthony Barriga vs Glenne Calacar and AJ Banal vs Jason Egera

Barriga continues march towards title contention; AJ Banal wins ring return

Dec 17, 2017 - 6:35 PM

Mark Anthony Barriga boxes his way to a unanimous decision win while AJ Banal shakes off some ring rust after two years out of the ring

STILL UNDEFEATED. Mark Anthony Barriga, a 2012 Olympian, could be on track for a world title elimination bout in 2018. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

McGregor not interested in Pacquiao fight, wants MMA bout next

Dec 17, 2017 - 10:19 AM

'I think a true fight is what I want to do next,' says the MMA fighter turned 0-1 boxer

BACK TO THE CAGE. Asked what is in his immediate future, Conor McGregor said "MMA next." Photo by Paul Faith/AFP

Jerwin Ancajas to defend title against Israel Gonzalez in U.S. debut

Dec 16, 2017 - 2:26 PM

Jerwin Ancajas will face a once-beaten Mexican in Corpus Christi, Texas on February 3, 2018

NEXT DEFENSE. Jerwin Ancajas will make his US debut in February, 17 years after his promoter Manny Pacquiao first fought there. Photo By Alvin S. Go/Team Ancajas

Mayweather-McGregor sells 4.3 million PPVs, just short of May-Pac record

Dec 15, 2017 - 11:21 AM

Mayweather and McGregor got a lot of buck for their bang

KNOCKOUT BUSINESS. Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor generated a lot of money in their crossover fight despite cries of mismatch from many in the sport. File photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Jeff Horn retains WBO welterweight title with TKO win over Corcoran

Dec 13, 2017 - 10:25 PM

Horn is now in line to face the undefeated American Terence Crawford

STILL CHAMP. Australian boxer Jeff Horn (left) and English boxer Gary Corcoran fight during their World Boxing Organisation welterweight title bout at Brisbane Convention Centre in Brisbane on December 13, 2017. Australian Jeff Horn retained his World Boxing Organization welterweight title with an 11th round TKO win over English challenger Gary Corcoran in Brisbane on December 13. Photo by Patrick Hamilton/AFP

Tyson Fury cleared to fight again after 'nightmare' two-year layoff

Dec 13, 2017 - 8:26 AM

Tyson Fury's two-year ban for a positive drug test has been backdated, clearing the way for his ring return

RING RUST. Tyson Fury has dealt with many problems since winning the heavyweight title, having ballooned in weight, failed drug tests, and suffered depression. File photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

WBO champ Jeff Horn a 'dirty' fighter, taunts challenger Corcoran's camp

Dec 11, 2017 - 1:35 PM

Australian champion Jeff Horn defends his World Boxing Organization welterweight belt for the first time against English challenger Gary Corcoran in Brisbane on December 13

NEXT FIGHT. World Boxing Organization titleholder Jeff Horn (left) of Australia and Gary Corcoran of Britain attend a press conference at Brisbane Convention Centre on October 23, 2017. Horn will defend his WBO World welterweight title for the first time when he takes on Corcoran on December 13. Photo by Patrick Hamilton/AFP

Lomachenko forces Rigondeaux to quit on his stool

Dec 10, 2017 - 12:46 PM

Guillermo Rigondeaux packs it in after the sixth round, quitting on his stool for his first ever defeat as a pro.

EASY WORK. Vasyl Lomachenko puts a beating on Guillermo Rigondeaux until the Cuban fighter quits on his stool following the sixth round. File photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images/AFP

Aston Palicte sets sights on title fight after dismantling Jose Rodriguez in Texas

Dec 09, 2017 - 6:35 PM

Aston Palicte is in devastating form for his most experienced foe to date, stopping Jose Alfredo Rodriguez in 5 rounds

HEAVY HITTER. Aston Palicte finished off the former title challenger from Mexico with a mix of uppercuts and overhand rights. File photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Vasyl Lomachenko takes on unbeaten Guillermo Rigondeaux

Dec 09, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The 29-year-old Lomachenko (9-1, 7 KOs) will defend his World Boxing Organization junior lightweight belt against the unbeaten Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs) when they meet at Madison Square Garden Theater

PROMISING. File photo of Vasyl Lomachenko of Ukraine after beating Miguel Marriaga of Columbia by TKO in the seventh round during their WBO World Championship Junior Lightweight title fight at the Microsoft Theater on August 5, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

Pacquiao launches search to discover Chinese boxing stars

Dec 09, 2017 - 8:34 AM

There are plans to build a Manny Pacquiao International Boxing Academy in Beijing to develop the sport in the world's most populous country

LOOKING AT CHINA. File photo of Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao (right) fighting Jeff Horn of Australia last July 2, 2017. Photo by Patrick Hamilton/ AFP

James DeGale in tip-top shape ahead of Caleb Truax bout

Dec 06, 2017 - 12:48 PM

DeGale takes on Truax at London's Copper Box Arena on Saturday, December 9, in his first fight on home soil for three years and the UK boxer's first bout since surgery on his right shoulder following his bruising draw against Badou Jack in January

LAST FIGHT. Badou Jack and James DeGale react after their WBC/IBF Super Middleweight Unification bout resulted in a draw at the Barclays Center on January 14, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Miguel Cotto retires from boxing with loss to Sadam Ali

Dec 04, 2017 - 1:02 PM

'It is,' says Puerto Rican boxer Miguel Cotto when asked if the bout is his last. 'I want to be happy in my home and enjoy my family.'

HIS LAST. Miguel Cotto reacts after losing to Sadaam Ali in their Junior Middleweight bout at Madison Square Garden on December 02, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

John Vincent Moralde battered by Toka Kahn Clary in US debut, loses by 7th round TKO

Dec 02, 2017 - 12:07 PM

John Vincent Moralde suffers his first defeat as a professional as his corner keeps him on his stool after 7 rounds

FIRST LOSS. John Vincent Moralde will move up to 130 or 135 pounds after struggling to make featherweight, his promoter says. Screenshot from live stream

British boxer Tyson Fury vows to 'be myself' upon ring return

Nov 29, 2017 - 1:49 PM

The British boxer has been out of action for two years, with a failed drugs test in June 2016 blocking his comeback to professional boxing

Charr ends Germany's 85-year wait for a boxing world heavyweight champion

Nov 27, 2017 - 12:53 PM

The Beirut-born Manuel Charr is Germany's first world heavyweight champion since Max Schmeling reigned from 1930-1932

CHAMP. Germany's Manuel Charr (center) raises his fist as Russia's Alexander Ustinov is on his knees during the eighth round of their WBA world heavyweight boxing title bout on November 25, 2017 in Oberhausen, western Germany. Photo by Guido Kirchner/dpa/AFP