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Sink-or-swim for Jack Tepora in South Africa

Sep 21, 2017 - 7:56 AM

Jack Tepora will take his much-awaited step-up in competition against South African banger Lusanda Komanisi

INTERNATIONAL DUTY. The promoter of Filipino prospect Jack Tepora hopes to secure a world title shot should he win in South Africa. File photo by PJ Estan/Rappler

Humble Sultan admits he must improve before facing champion Ancajas

Sep 18, 2017 - 8:30 AM

Jonas Sultan is now the number one contender for IBF junior bantamweight champion Jerwin Ancajas after defeating Johnriel Casimero

NUMBER ONE CONTENDER. Jonas Sultan may now be number one contender, but he admits he needs "more practice and hard training" before he faces Jerwin Ancajas. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Bloodied Melindo retains title over Budler with heroic effort

Sep 16, 2017 - 11:43 PM

Milan Melindo scores a twelfth round knockdown and holds onto his IBF junior flyweight title by split decision

WARRIOR. Milan Melindo proves himself to be a blood and guts warrior in his win over Hekkie Budler. Photo by Gelo Litonjua

Romero Duno faces experienced Mexican Sanchez on Linares-Campbell card

Sep 13, 2017 - 8:12 PM

Duno will face Juan Pablo Sanchez in an 8 round junior lightweight fight on September 23

NEXT FIGHT. Romero Duno will face a battle-tested Mexican foe in a fight that promoter Jim Claude Manangquil expects to be tougher than his star-making performance against Christian Gonzalez. File photo by Jhay Oh Otamias

Christopher Camat: The Filipino boxer who fought Gennady Golovkin

Sep 13, 2017 - 9:00 AM

In 2004 Gennady Golovkin began his road to the Olympics with a qualifying tournament in the Philippines Christopher Camat a Filipino American was his final opponent in Palawan

QUALIFIER. Filipino-American boxer Christopher Camat has first-hand experience against unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, who faces Saul "Canelo" Alvarez this weekend in the most anticipated boxing fight of the year. Photo from Camat's Facebook

Heno erases doubt, gets OPBF belt with win over Japanese foe

Sep 11, 2017 - 4:25 PM

Edward Heno is the new OPBF light flyweight titleholder after finishing Seita Ogido at 1:35 of round 7

OPBF CHAMP. There was no dispute over the OPBF title this time around as Edward Heno finished matters inside the distance. File photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Flyweight champ Nietes will next face Argentina's Reveco in mandatory defense

Sep 09, 2017 - 6:28 PM

Juan Carlos Reveco earns a shot at IBF flyweight titleholder Donnie Nietes after winning an elimination bout in Argentina

MANDATORY CHALLENGE. Donnie Nietes (R) will face Juan Carlos Reveco in his first title defense, with Nietes' promoter aiming for an October or November date. File photo by Darryl Mangubat/Rappler

2012 Olympian Barriga takes step-up fight in China

Sep 06, 2017 - 1:20 PM

Mark Anthony Barriga will face Thailand s Wittawas Basapean on September 29 in Beijing China

STEPPING UP. Mark Anthony Barriga will face a two-time world title challenger in his first significant opponent as a pro. File photo by PJ Estan/Rappler

Marcial wanted to win boxing gold to avenge Paalam's controversial loss

Aug 25, 2017 - 3:59 AM

Eumir Marcial was motivated to avenge Carlo Paalam whom he believes was cheated out of a victory against a Malaysian opponent

PAYBACK. Eumir Felix Marcial of the Philippines (R) wanted to avenge the questionable loss of teammate Carlo Paalam to a Malaysian foe by winning the gold medal and knocking out another Malaysian opponent in the semis. Photo by PSC-POC Media

Marcial fights through injured knuckle for SEA Games boxing gold

Aug 24, 2017 - 11:13 PM

Eumir Marcial a southpaw threw all he had into every punch despite suffering from a nagging left knuckle injury

THROUGH PAIN. Eumir Felix Marcial of the Philippines (R) competes against Pathomsak Kuttiya of Thailand and wins gold despite fighting through a left knuckle injury. Photo by PSC-POC Media

Harmonito Dela Torre will face unbeaten Saul Rodriguez in Vegas

Aug 19, 2017 - 12:19 AM

The fight will be Harmonito Dela Torre s third straight in the United States

STEP-UP BOUT. Harmonito Dela Torre will face his first serious test as a professional in Saul Rodriguez. File photo from Sanman Promotions

Lack of training, injuries didn't stop Filipino Suarez from fighting Lomachenko

Aug 08, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Filipino boxer Charly Suarez says he was at 50 strength when he fought his heart out against pound for pound star Vasyl Lomachenko in 2012

FEARLESS. Charly Suarez demonstrated his fearlessness in a 2013 fight against Vasyl Lomachenko, fighting back against the boxing star with two injured shoulders after just 5 days of training. Photo by Toby Roca/Rappler

Boxer Charly Suarez makes SEA Games return with Tokyo 2020 in mind

Aug 07, 2017 - 5:00 PM

For Filipino boxer Charly Suarez the SEA Games is his first step toward his ultimate goal: a return to the Olympics

BACK TO THE SEA GAMES. Charly Suarez is making his return to the SEA Games after 6 years in a new weight category, seeking to show he's still one of the world's best fighters. Photo by Toby Roca/Rappler

Filipino boxer Genesis Servania to face featherweight champ Oscar Valdez

Aug 06, 2017 - 1:11 PM

Genesis Servania will face fellow unbeaten fighter Oscar Valdez for the 126 pound championship

CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHT. Genesis Servania will get his first world title shot when he faces WBO featherweight champ Oscar Valdez. File photo by Denmark Dolores/Rappler

Casimero to face Sultan, setting stage for all-Filipino world title fight

Aug 04, 2017 - 4:56 PM

The winner will be the number one contender for IBF junior bantamweight champion Jerwin Ancajas

ALL-FILIPINO ELIMINATOR. Two-division world champ Johnriel Casimero will face Jonas Sultan in a world title eliminator for the right to face IBF junior bantamweight champ Jerwin Ancajas. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Pinoy boxer Yap dropped 3 times, comes back to KO Masuda

Jul 30, 2017 - 11:47 PM

Mark John Yap stages the comeback of a lifetime to knock out Kentaro Masuda in the fourth round

COMEBACK IS REAL. Mark John Yap (R) kept his world title hopes alive with a dramatic comeback win over Kentaro Masuda. Photo from Yap's Facebook

Waiting game for Jason Pagara

Jul 26, 2017 - 2:43 PM

Jason Pagara will fight on the Milan Melindo Hekki Budler card on September 16 but when he fights for a world championship is a matter to be decided

NUMBER ONE CONTENDER. Jason Pagara, the WBO's number one contender at 140 pounds, is waiting to make his move for a title belt. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Boxing: Rosales, Gonzalez easily make weight in Mexico

Jul 22, 2017 - 4:56 PM

Both Jessie Cris Rosales and Jhonny Gonzalez weigh well under the 130 pound limit at the official weigh in

UNDER THE LIMIT. Jessie Cris Rosales and Jhonny Gonzalez have no issues on the scales for their 10-round junior lightweight title. Contributed photo

Pinoy prospect Onggocan heading to Germany to face unbeaten Martin

Jul 21, 2017 - 8:21 PM

Robert Onggocan will try to score another international upset this time against Mirco Martin on August 12 in Germany

BACK IN ACTION. Pinoy prospect Robert Onggocan will return to international duty on August 12, facing Germany's Mirco Martin. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Rosales ready to 'beat up' ex-champ Gonzalez in first serious test

Jul 18, 2017 - 5:56 PM

Jessie Cris Rosales is stepping way up in class against Jhonny Gonzalez but hopes to leave no doubts with a knockout win

STEP UP. Jessie Cris Rosales says he's not only looking to pull off the upset against Jhonny Gonzalez, but that he's "very ready to beat him up." Photo from Rosales' Facebook

SEA Games boxing matters little, but Philippines doesn't mind the medals

Jul 17, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The Philippines will send a strong boxing squad to the 2017 SEA Games which gets more attention than the more important world championships

HEADING TO MALAYSIA. Eumir Marcial withdrew from the AIBA World Championships to compete at the SEA Games. The SEA Games is a lesser tournament, but it's the easiest gold medal they'll have a shot at all year. Photo by Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee/Action Images via Reuters

Brian Viloria added to 'Superfly' card alongside 115-pound champs

Jul 16, 2017 - 7:00 PM

An impressive performance could earn Viloria consideration to fight one of the champions at 115 but his manager doesn t rule out a return to 112

BACK IN ACTION. Former two-division champion Brian Viloria will face an opponent to be named in his second fight at 115 pounds. File photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Pinoy boxer Dulay KOs unbeaten prospect Arboleda in LA

Jul 16, 2017 - 11:03 AM

Samar native Recky Dulay is the latest Filipino boxer trained by upstart coach Rodel Mayol to score a big win in the United States

UPSET. Recky Dulay's overhand right finds the target, handing Jaime Arboleda his first ever defeat. Photo by Jhay Oh Otamias

Rey Loreto loses decision to Thai champ in world title shot

Jul 15, 2017 - 6:58 PM

Loreto is dropped in the ninth round en route to a decision loss against Thammanoon Niyomtrong in Thailand

OUTBOXED. Rey Loreto (R) loses a unanimous decision to WBA strawweight champ Thammanoon Niyomtrong. Photo from Brico Santig's Facebook

Rey Loreto, who once wanted to quit boxing, now fighting for world title

Jul 14, 2017 - 8:20 AM

Loreto has had to deal with losses in and out of the ring to get to his world title fight against WBA strawweight champ Thammanoon Niyomtrong in Thailand

UPSET ARTIST. Davao's Rey Loreto went from losing his first 4 pro fights to earning a shot at WBA strawweight champ Thammanoon Niyomtrong this Saturday in Thailand. Photo from Loreto's Facebook

GAB 'blacklists' 70 boxers for submitting fake CT scans

Jul 08, 2017 - 12:38 PM

Seventy Filipino boxers have been barred from fighting until they can produce legitimate CT scan results

That time has come, Manny Pacquiao

Jul 05, 2017 - 4:41 PM

The sport of boxing is as unforgiving to older fighters as it is redeeming for younger ones Retirement should be his next step

WARRIOR. With nothing left to prove in the ring, Manny Pacquiao's next step should be retirement. Photo by Patrick Hamilton/AFP

Manny Pacquiao to 'think hard' about retiring

Jul 04, 2017 - 11:27 AM

The 8 division boxing champ says he will think about hanging up his boxing gloves for good after his body recovers

RETIRING? Manny Pacquiao says, 'I am also considering the opinion of people, the opinion of my family and my body.' Photo by Patrick Hamilton/AFP

WATCH: Jeff Horn pounds the mitts before Pacquiao showdown

Jun 29, 2017 - 4:20 PM

A large audience turns out to watch Jeff Horn work out before he challenges WBO welterweight titleholder Manny Pacquiao

BIG SUPPORT. The fans in Brisbane have gotten behind hometown bet Jeff Horn ahead of his against-the-odds challenge of Manny Pacquiao. Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Duco Promotions BIG SUPPORT. The fans in Brisbane have gotten behind hometown bet Jeff Horn ahead of his against-the-odds challenge of Manny Pacquiao. Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Duco Promotions

Jeff Horn disrespected by Pacquiao's 'texting', tardiness at press con

Jun 29, 2017 - 3:27 PM

Jeff Horn marks Manny Pacquiao tardy at the press conference and found his phone usage on the dais to be a bit disrespectful

LATE. Jeff Horn says it was "a bit disrespectful" that Manny Pacquiao was on his phone at Wednesday's press conference, for which he arrived late. Photo by Wendell Alinea/OSMP

WATCH: Manny Pacquiao shows hand skills for Australian media

Jun 27, 2017 - 10:39 PM

Manny Pacquiao reminds the media that while Jeff Horn may be a former schoolteacher Pacquiao dishes out lessons of his own in the ring

BANGING OUT. Manny Pacquiao works the punch mitts and fields questions from reporters at his media workout in Brisbane. Photo by Wendell Alinea/OSMP

Rappler Fight Night: Robert Onggocan vs Marjun Pantilgan

Jun 26, 2017 - 7:02 PM

Watch full video of the IBF youth flyweight title fight between Robert Onggocan and Marjun Pantilgan plus two other fights from the undercard

Onggocan retains IBF youth belt, TKOs Pantilgan in Calamba

Jun 24, 2017 - 5:29 PM

Robert Onggocan becomes the first boxer to stop Marjun Pantilgan after Pantilgan remains on his stool following the ninth round

PRODIGAL SON. After stopping Marjun Pantilgan, Robert Onggocan will return to Zamboanga del Norte to buy his father a tricycle. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Australian boxer's death vs Filipino was 'preventable,' says coroner

Jun 22, 2017 - 3:02 PM

A coroner says the referee should ve intervened when Davey Browne Jr showed signs of concussion in his 2015 bout against Filipino Carlo Magali

TRAGEDY IN THE RING. A Sydney coroner criticizes the actions of the referee and ringside physician during the tragic fight between Davey Browne Jr (R) and Carlo Magali (L) in 2015. File photo from Asian Boxing Scene's Facebook

Casimero to make 115-pound debut against Mepranum in Iligan

Jun 12, 2017 - 9:32 PM

Two division world champion Johnriel Casimero will face former title challenger Richie Mepranum on June 25 in Iligan City

NEXT STEP. Johnriel Casimero will begin his quest for a third world title in Iligan City, but what comes afterwards remains to be determined. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Boxers Duno, Palicte face GenSan tune-ups before US fights

Jun 09, 2017 - 8:13 PM

Romero Duno and Aston Palicte have plans in the US but first must handle business in General Santos City

HOME COMING. Romero Duno (R) returns to the Philippines for a tuneup fight before resuming his campaign in the United States. Contributed photo

Filipino boxer Michael Farenas scores bloody KO in comeback fight

Jun 02, 2017 - 1:52 PM

Michael Farenas scores a pair of knockdowns to stop Martin Angel Martinez in California

KO RETURN. Michael Farenas scored a third round stoppage but suffered a cut from an accidental headbutt. Photo by Jhay Oh Otamias

Pinoy boxer Amonsot to spar Horn as he prepares for Pacquiao fight

May 30, 2017 - 4:08 AM

Czar Amonsot will help Jeff Horn in the gym as he attempts to end Manny Pacquiao s title reign

SPARRING PARTNER. Filipino boxer Czar Amonsot will help Jeff Horn sharpen his skills as he attempts to pull off the upset over Manny Pacquiao. File photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

ALA not interested in Pinoy vs Pinoy Melindo-Petalcorin title fight

May 24, 2017 - 7:15 PM

Petalcorin s promoter says he will petition the IBF to become the mandatory challenger if Melindo won t fight him

DOMESTIC RIVALRY. The camp of IBF junior flyweight champ Milan Melindo thinks Randy Petalcorin should fight for other belts, but Petalcorin's camp thinks Melindo wants "the easier path." File photos

Melindo shocks Yaegashi with first round KO to win world title

May 21, 2017 - 6:35 PM

Milan Melindo drops Akira Yaegashi 3 times to score a first round technical knockout and win the IBF junior flyweight title

CHAMPION. The third time was the charm for Milan Melindo, who became the IBF junior flyweight champion in his third shot at a world title. Contributed photo

Petalcorin wants winner of Yaegashi-Melindo title fight

May 20, 2017 - 11:11 AM

Pinoy contender Randy Petalcorin wants a shot at the IBF junior flyweight title even if it means fighting his countryman Milan Melindo

HE WANTS NEXT. Filipino fighter Randy Petalcorin figures to be in the pipeline for whoever walks out of Tokyo with the IBF junior flyweight title. File photo by Arvee Eco/Rappler

‪Milan Melindo wants to erase past shortfalls with title win‬

May 17, 2017 - 8:21 AM

Melindo takes his title fight training to the extreme sparring 22 straight rounds at one point to prepare for Akira Yaegashi

GAB, DOH to provide free MRIs, PhilHealth to pro boxers

May 12, 2017 - 12:00 AM

Professional boxers will now have expanded medical care while promoters and managers will see their yearly expenses slashed

COVERED. Professional boxers will now have free yearly MRIs, CT scans and general check-ups, plus PhilHealth coverage as part of a partnership between the GAB and DOH. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Duno, Palicte to have 'homecoming' fights in Gensan

May 10, 2017 - 8:39 PM

Two of the best young fighters from the Philippines will fight on a free show June 10 in General Santos City

HOMECOMING. Romero Duno (L) will face Jovany Rota while Aston Palicte faces former title challenger John Mark Apolinario. File photos/Rappler

Ancajas to defend title against Kinoshita on Pacquiao-Horn card

May 10, 2017 - 4:25 PM

Ancajas will face his Japanese mandatory challenger in Brisbane Australia

NEXT DEFENSE. Jerwin Ancajas will face Teiru Kinoshita on July 2. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Philippine boxing culture must change to bring excitement back

May 08, 2017 - 8:22 PM

Some view Filipino vs Filipino fights as taboo but domestic competition is needed to revive the languishing boxing scene

CULTURE SHOCK. While domestic rivalries have set the Mexico and British boxing scenes on fire, quality Filipino vs Filipino fights are rare. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Young lion Sultan knocks out ex-champ Jaro in Rizal

May 07, 2017 - 11:23 PM

Jonas Sultan knocks Sonny Boy Jaro out of the ring for the 10 count in round 8 to continue his rise to world title contention

Jonas Sultan is currently ranked no. 14 in the world at 115 pounds by the IBF. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Filipino boxers Sonsona, Paypa KOed by unbeaten Russians

May 05, 2017 - 11:50 PM

Eden Sonsona is stopped in the fifth round by Evgeny Chuprakov while Jimmy Paypa is knocked out in the sixth round by Shavkat Rakhimov

KO LOSS. Eden Sonsona turns his back in the fifth round after complaining of pain in his back, ending the fight by technical knockout. Screenshot from livestream

PH boxers start strong at Asian Championships

May 01, 2017 - 3:35 PM

James Palicte Mario Bautista and Joel Bacho all score decision wins in their opening fights in Uzbekistan

INTERNATIONAL DUTY. Joel Bacho had to dig deep to defeat Elmer Sakenov of Kyrgyzstan in his first round match. Photo from Bacho's Facebook

Nietes outslugs Komgrich, wins third world title

Apr 29, 2017 - 10:52 PM

Donnie Nietes wins the IBF flyweight title joining Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire as the only Filipinos to win titles in 3 weight classes

HISTORY. Donnie Nietes overcomes a tough Thai fighter to win a world title in his third weight class. Photo by Darryl Mangubat/Rappler