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Pinoy boxer Romero Duno wins, joins line of world title aspirants

May 17, 2019 - 4:31 PM

The pride of Cotabato City's bruising victory over Mexican Juan Antonio Rodriguez is likely to pave the way for a world title crack

Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Injured Filipino boxer returns from Japan

May 14, 2019 - 11:07 PM

Renerio Arizala is coming back home after undergoing two brain operations following his stoppage loss to a Japanese foe

COMING HOME. Renerio Arizala has been in Japan since March. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler


IBF gives Jerwin Ancajas highest honor

May 09, 2019 - 6:27 PM

The pride of Panabo City remains as the longest reigning 115-pound champion among boxing’s major governing bodies.

TOP MAN. After a systematic demolition of Japanese Ryuichi Funai, Jerwin Ancajas gets the Jersey Joe Walcott plum from IBF. File photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Ancajas sees another tough foe in Moloney

May 07, 2019 - 3:15 PM

After stopping Japanese Ryuichi Funai, Filipino champion Jerwin Ancajas expects another bruising battle against next opponent Andrew Moloney

STILL KING. Jerwin Ancajas defends his IBF super flyweight belt for the seventh time against  Ryuichi Funai. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Juicier fights loom for Ancajas in U.S.

May 06, 2019 - 3:53 PM

Raking in about P8.5 million in his latest successful title defense, the Filipino boxing champion stands to receive more

STAY. Jerwin Ancajas will remain in the super flyweight division after the seventh title defense of his IBF belt. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler


Team Ancajas, Filipinos celebrate; Japanese delegation classy in loss

May 06, 2019 - 1:27 PM

The Filipino champion defends his IBF super flyweight crown for the seventh time with a stoppage win over Ryuichi Funai

RESPECT. The camp of Japanese challenger Ryuichi Funai gamely pose for a photo with Filipino boxing champion Jerwin Ancajas (middle). Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler


No more ring surprises for Ancajas

May 04, 2019 - 10:39 PM

Filipino champion Jerwin Ancajas vows he won't be caught off-guard in his title defense versus Japanese Ryuichi Funai

FEISTY. Jerwin Ancajas (left) plans to come out more aggressive in his seventh title defense versus Ryuichi Funai. Photo from Top Rank Boxing

Ancajas solid 7-1 favorite to beat Funai, retain title

May 03, 2019 - 3:22 PM

Coming off a disappointing draw, Filipino champion Jerwin Ancajas vows to defend his title 'in style’

TOP FORM. Filipino champion Jerwin Ancajas (left) says he’ll be in his best shape when he faces Japanese challenger Ryuichi Funai. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Donaire stops Young in another KO of the Year candidate

Apr 28, 2019 - 4:30 PM

'The Filipino Flash' knocks out the American cold with a thunderous left hook to the chin to advance to the World Boxing Super Series finals

STILL GOT IT. Nonito Donaire earns his 40th win with a bang. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler


Nonito Donaire gets new foe for World Boxing Super Series

Apr 26, 2019 - 1:48 PM

The Filipino boxer's initial opponent Zolani Tete of South Africa goes down with a shoulder injury

CHAMP. Nonito Donaire will defend his WBA super world bantamweight belt. Photo by Wendell Alinea/Rappler


Ancajas 95% ready as he leaves for U.S. title tiff

Apr 23, 2019 - 8:05 PM

The Filipino champion will be making his 7th title defense of his IBF super flyweight crown

KEEPING THE THRONE. Jerwin Ancajas nears his deadliest form heading into his title defense. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler


Casimero stops Franco, cops WBO interim bantam crown

Apr 21, 2019 - 6:37 PM

Filipino boxer Johnriel Casimero continues his climb back to the top as he lines himself up for the WBO regular title

BACK ON TRACK. Johnriel Casimero scores his 18th stoppage win. Photo from Alvin S. Go/Rappler


Casimero punching power put to test vs Mexican Franco

Apr 20, 2019 - 7:25 PM

Filipino fighter Johnriel Casimero tackles Ricardo Espinosa Franco for the WBO interim bantamweight crown

FIRST FORAY. Johnriel Casimero (left) tries his luck in the 118-pound division. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Casimero battles KO specialist Franco for WBO interim crown

Apr 18, 2019 - 7:13 PM

Filipino Johnriel Casimero vies for the WBO interim bantamweight title against a Mexican fighter riding on a 10-knockout binge

NEW TARGET. After an  junior unsuccessful foray in the bantamweight class, Johnriel Casimero debuts in the 118-pound division. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Pacquiao urges Ancajas to throw more punches

Apr 12, 2019 - 7:05 PM

'Use your left and right hand,' Manny Pacquiao advises IBF super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas

STAYING ON TOP. Jerwin Ancajas looks to defend his crown against Japanese Ryuichi Funai in California next month. File photo by Alvin Brian Go

Ancajas embraces change to boost upcoming title defense

Apr 09, 2019 - 7:47 PM

Jerwin Ancajas aims to do better in his preparation for Japanese mandatory challenger Ryuichi Funai

AIMING HIGHER. Jerwin Ancajas wants to one-up his training for his May fight. Photo by Alvin Brian Go/Rappler

Dasmariñas, Salva to tackle formidable world champs

Mar 25, 2019 - 6:58 PM

The two fighters seek to join the growing list of Filipino world champions in their quest for IBF crowns

BIG NAMES. Michael Dasmarinas will face either Puerto Rican Emmanuel Rodriguez or Japanese Naoya Inoue for the IBF bantamweight belt. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler


Dasmariñas, Salva seek to gain world title crack

Mar 22, 2019 - 8:13 PM

Michael Dasmariñas and Samuel Salva hope to boost their world title hopes in separate crown eliminator bouts

DETERMINED. Michael Dasmariñas (right) vows to make up for a previous lackluster performance versus Kenny Demecillo. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Pacquiao says 'why not?' to Spence challenge

Mar 17, 2019 - 2:25 PM

The American champion says 'it would be my honor' to fight the Filipino boxing icon

STARS COLLIDE. Manny Pacquiao and Errol Spence could figure in a title unification bout in the welterweight division. Photos from Alvin S. Go/Rappler (Pacquiao) and AFP (Spence)


Donnie Nietes vacates title

Mar 01, 2019 - 5:21 PM

The longest reigning Filipino boxing titlist opts to relinquish his WBO super flyweight belt

NO GO. Donnie Nietes begs off from a WBO-mandated rematch against compatriot Aston Palicte. File photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

WATCH: Pacquiao turns emotional talking of son's boxing dream

Mar 01, 2019 - 2:25 PM

Manny Pacquiao shares that his son Jimuel once told Jinkee: 'Mommy, you’re killing my dream'

HURTING. Manny Pacquiao says it pains him to see his son getting hurt in boxing. Screenshot from Rappler video

Out late, Jerwin Ancajas still hits training early

Feb 27, 2019 - 5:33 PM

After getting honored as one of the country’s top boxers, Jerwin Ancajas quickly gets back to training for his seventh defense of the IBF super flyweight crown

TOP GUN. Jerwin Ancajas, who’s gearing up for Japanese challenger Ryuichi Funai, receives the major award for boxing in the 2019 PSA Awards. Photo release

Dasmariñas, Demecillo headline eliminator for world crown

Feb 23, 2019 - 11:43 AM

Michael Dasmariñas and Kenny Demecillo clash for the right to challenge for the IBF bantamweight title

RISING STAR. Reigning IBO bantamweight champion Michael Dasmariñas puts his 10-bout win streak on the line. Photo by Nicholas Yeo/AFP

Peñalosas head 4-KO sweep of PH pugs over foreign foes

Feb 17, 2019 - 11:04 AM

Dave Peñalosa clinches the WBO Oriental featherweight crown as Carlo Caesar Peñalosa, Johnriel Casimero, and Carl Jammes Martin also win by stoppage

UNBEATEN. Dave Peñalosa dominates Marcos Cardenas to remain unscathed after 15 bouts. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Tapales ready to make another world title run

Feb 16, 2019 - 8:40 PM

Having learned his lesson, former world champion Marlon Tapales goes under the featherweight limit and vows to beat Mexican Fernando Vargas Parra

SECOND CHANCE. A solid performance against Fernando Vargas Parra in California may just give Filipino fighter Marlon Tapales a chance at redemption. File photo by Mike Miguel/Rappler

Peñalosa struggles to make weight in WBO title fight vs Cardenas

Feb 15, 2019 - 8:12 PM

Dave Peñalosa fights for the vacant WBO featherweight crown against Mexican Marcos Cardenas

HEAVY HANDED. Dave Peñalosa (right) makes weight just in time as he bids to win by stoppage against Marcos Cardenas. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Rising PH boxers Duno, Gaballo set sights on world titles

Feb 14, 2019 - 5:26 PM

The up-and-coming fighters both boast impressive records and are coming off rousing stoppage wins

EYES ON THE PRIZE. Romero Duno (left) and Reymart Gaballo want to become world champions one day. Photos by Jhay Oh Otamias (Duno) and Alvin S. Go/Rappler (Gaballo)


Servania yields to foe, drops world title aspirations

Feb 12, 2019 - 7:09 AM

Although heavily favored against his American opponent, the Filipino boxer drops a unanimous decision loss

STREAK OVER. Genesis Servania suffers his second loss of his career after tallying 3 straight stoppage wins. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler


Libranza wins debut fight in US; Servania faces Castro in Carson

Feb 10, 2019 - 10:49 PM

Filipino fighter Genisis Libranza scores a close but unanimous decision win over Mexican Gilberto Mendoza in their flyweight bout

SECOND CHANCE. Genisis Libranza (right) makes the most of his second shot to compete in the US. Photo from Mayweather Promotions

Duno, Gaballo knock out foreign foes

Feb 09, 2019 - 11:18 PM

Filipino fighters Romero Duno and Reymart Gaballo live up to their reputation as power punchers

OVERPOWERED. Unbeaten Reymart Gaballo dominates Japanese Yuya Nakamura to hike his record to 18 knockouts in 21 wins. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Duno, Gaballo favored over foreign opponents

Feb 08, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Romero Duno aims to knock out Indian Kuldeep Dhanda when they clash for the vacant WBO Asian lightweight crown

KO SPECIALIST. Romero Duno (right) stands heavily favored against Kuldeep Dhanda as the Tagum City pride boasts an 18-1 record, 14 by knockout. Photo by Alvin S. Go

WBO orders Nietes-Palicte II

Feb 07, 2019 - 9:54 AM

The camp of super flyweight champion Donnie Nietes isn't keen on fighting fellow Filipino Aston Palicte again after a controversial draw last September

UNIFICATION. Instead of a rematch with Aston Palicte (right), Donnie Nietes wants to pursue a unification bout in April. File photo from HBO Boxing

Gaballo, Duno lead ESPN5 fight card

Feb 05, 2019 - 6:29 PM

Reymart Gaballo tackles Japanese Yuya Nakamura, while Romero Duno battles Indian Kuldeep Dhanda

HEADLINE. Reymart Gaballo (left) and Romero Duno banner the ESPN 5 boxing card on Saturday, February 9. Photo from release

PH boxer Eumir Marcial scores stoppage win in Prague tiff

Feb 03, 2019 - 5:58 PM

The 23-year-old slugger from Zamboanga stymies his foe within 3 rounds in the Europe vs Asia Boxing Tournament

GETTING THERE. Two-time SEA Games gold medalist Eumir Marcial (left), who's coached by Ronald Chaves, says he's still far from top shape coming off the Christmas break. Contributed photo


3 fights possible for Pacquiao in 2019

Jan 31, 2019 - 6:22 PM

Manny Pacquiao tries to further embellish his boxing legacy as a 40-year-old fighting thrice at the highest level

READY FOR MORE. Manny Pacquiao says he’s ready to fight again by May. Photo by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions

Pinoy boxer Mike Plania wins over Mexican foe by unanimous decision

Jan 14, 2019 - 4:38 PM

The win motivates Mike Plania to work hard and become a world champion

UP AND COMING. Mike Plania draws inspiration from eight-division boxing star Manny Pacquiao. Photo from Plania's Facebok

More in store for Nietes in 2019 after claiming another belt

Jan 01, 2019 - 8:02 PM

If he defends his World Boxing Organization crown, the 4-division champion has Thai superstar Srisaket Sor Rungvisai at the top of his list of fighters he wants to face next

STILL HUNGRY. Donnie Nietes wants to tangle with anybody among the 115-pound division's top guns. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler


Before year ends, Nietes captures 4th world title

Dec 31, 2018 - 10:52 PM

The 36-year-old remains unbeaten in his last 35 fights spanning 14 years

ELITE. Donnie Nietes joins Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire as the only Filipinos to have titles in 4 weight classes. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler


Nietes in elite company by clinching WBO super flyweight title

Dec 31, 2018 - 8:26 PM

'Ahas' pulls off a split decision win over Japan's Kazuto Ioka to become the third Filipino with a title in 4 weight classes

PILING IT UP. Donnie Nietes notches his 42nd win in his professional career. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP


Ring warriors: Filipino boxing world champions of 2018

Dec 27, 2018 - 2:44 PM

Some big names return and new faces also emerge as the Philippines thrives yet again in the international boxing scene


Pacquiao: 'You haven't seen the best of me'

Dec 18, 2018 - 11:46 PM

Manny Pacquiao gears up for his World Boxing Association welterweight crown defense against Adrien Broner

FIGHT READY. Senator Manny Pacquiao turns 40, but warns that the world hasn't seen the best of him. Photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

'Stronger, faster' Pacquiao turns 40 with lavish birthday bash

Dec 18, 2018 - 1:48 PM

Manny Pacquiao raffles off a car, pickup trucks and appliances while President Rodrigo Duterte attends the party

WELL-WISHERS. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Senator Emmanuel Pacquiao during the Senator's birthday celebration. Photo by  Robinson Niãal Jr/ Presidential photo

Barriga to come back stronger after missing world title shot

Dec 03, 2018 - 3:12 PM

The Filipino boxer has come to terms with his split decision loss to Carlos Licona for the vacant IBF minimumweight belt

BOUNCE BACK. Mark Barriga absorbs his first defeat in his professional career after 9 straight wins. File photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler


Filipino boxer Mark Barriga falls short of world title

Dec 02, 2018 - 3:32 PM

The former Olympian fails to snatch the IBF minimumweight crown after absorbing a split decision loss to Mexican-American Carlos Licona

HALTED. Mark Barriga sees his nine-fight winning streak snapped. Photo by Alvin S. Go


Barriga switches stance in world crown collision vs Licona

Dec 01, 2018 - 8:26 PM

Undefeated Filipino fighter Mark Barriga looks to exploit his hand speed and ring smarts against Mexican-American Carlos Licona for the IBF minimumweight crown

Photo from RealFight PH (@realfihgtph)

Lighter Barriga set to put pressure on Licona

Nov 29, 2018 - 7:46 PM

Now at 107 pounds, Filipino fighter Mark Barriga expects to get his rhythm early against Mexican-American Carlos Licona in their Los Angeles bout this weekend

ALL SET. Mark Barriga plans to come out more aggressive against Carlos Licona in their IBF minimumweight title clash. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Donaire says world title triumph 'not the way I want to win'

Nov 04, 2018 - 1:57 PM

The Filipino Flash snatches the WBA bantamweight belt from Ireland's Ryan Burnett, who suffers a back injury

STILL NOT DONE. Nonito Donaire bags his 7th world title. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler


3 Filipino boxers bag medals in Finland tilt

Oct 22, 2018 - 6:50 PM

Marvin Tabamo, Ramel Macado, and Ryan Boy Moreno return home with medals

ON TOP. Filipino boxer Marvin Tabamo rules the flyweight division. Photo from ABAP


Jerwin Ancajas moving up in weight

Oct 01, 2018 - 11:30 PM

But first, the IBF super flyweight champion wants a shot at a career-defining fight against Thai superstar Srisaket Sor Rungvisai

After his sixth title defense ended in a draw, the Filipino boxer could be heading into the bantamweight division. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler


Peñalosa cousins, two other Filipino boxers KO Tanzanian foes

Oct 01, 2018 - 8:19 PM

The 4 Filipinos barely broke sweat as they never went beyond the third round

UNSCATHED. Dave Peñalosa remained unbeaten in 14 bouts with a second-round stoppage win against Twalib Tuwa. Photo by Mike Miguel/Rappler