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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

Servania boosts bid for crack at world title

Sep 29, 2018 - 6:37 PM

Genesis Servania's one-punch knockout of Mexican Carlos Carlson proves that the Filipino fighter deserves another shot at a world crown

ACTION-PACKED. Genesis Servania unleashes a lethal punch against Carlos Carlson. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Genesis Servania KOs Mexican foe

Sep 29, 2018 - 10:38 AM

The pride of Bacolod City floors Carlos Carlson with a perfectly-timed right hand counter in their super bantamweight clash

QUICK WORK. Genesis Servania needed only three rounds for his 32nd win. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Donnie Nietes, Aston Palicte clash for vacant WBO title

Sep 08, 2018 - 3:48 PM

The two Negrenses battle for the junior bantamweight crown in just the third all-Filipino world title fight

MOTIVATED. Donnie Nietes (left) looks to extend his 14-year unbeaten streak while Aston Palicte hopes to join the roster of Filipino world champions. Photos by Jhay Oh Otamis (Nietes) and Ryan Songalia (Palicte)

Froilan Saludar misses shot at PH boxing history

Jul 28, 2018 - 10:44 AM

The pride of South Cotabato loses his chance to reign as world champion with brother Vic after suffering a TKO loss to Japanese foe Kimura

SNAPPED. Froilan Saludar sees his 5-fight winning streak snapped. Photo from Saludar's Facebook account

Ancajas returns to Fresno for September title defense

Jul 13, 2018 - 5:52 PM

The Filipino world champion is set to defend his IBF super flyweight crown on September 14 against a still unnamed opponent

RING CEREMONY. Filipino world champion Jerwin Ancajas (center) receives a ring from IBF president Daryl Peoples (second from left) for defending his title 3 times last year. They're flanked by (from left) Ancajas' manager/trainer Joven Jimenez, IBF ratings chairman Anibal Miramontes and international matchmaker Sean Gibbons. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Another all-Filipino bout penciled this August in Cebu

Jun 06, 2018 - 2:29 PM

Undefeated for almost 14 years, Donnie Nietes may put his winning streak on the line against compatriot Aston Palicte on August 18 in Cebu City

ALL-FILIPINO. Filipinos Donnie Nietes (left) and Aston Palicte are slated to square off for the vacant WBO world super flyweight title on August 18. Nietes photo by Jhay Oh Otamis and Palicte photo by Ryan Songalia

Ancajas’ potential unification fight foe Yafai wants to be division ‘top man’

May 27, 2018 - 5:09 PM

WBA king Khalid Yafai may be in line for Jerwin Ancajas as the Filipino champion successfully defends his IBF super flyweight belt against compatriot Jonas Sultan

IBF super flyweight king Jerwin Ancajas extends his winning streak to 17 fights with his unanimous decision win over Jonas Sultan. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Ancajas defends IBF belt, bests Sultan with UD win in historic All-Filipino clash

May 27, 2018 - 11:36 AM

The titleholder from Panabo City retains his super flyweight crown for the 5th time and extends his winning streak to 17 fights

CHAMP. Jerwin Ancajas retains his world title for the 5th time in two years. Photo by Alvin S. Go

HIGHLIGHTS: Jerwin Ancajas vs Jonas Sultan fight for IBF world title

May 27, 2018 - 9:58 AM

Follow live updates of the Jerwin Ancajas vs Jonas Sultan IBF super flyweight title fight on Saturday, May 26 at 9:30 pm ET (Sunday, May 27, 9:30 am Philippine time) in Fresno, California

Locked and weighed in: Ancajas, Sultan slug it out for world title

May 26, 2018 - 8:44 PM

The two Filipino boxers square off tomorrow, May 27 (Philippine time), for the IBF world super flyweight belt

SLUGFEST. IBF super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas and challenger Jonas Sultan square off in the first all-Filipino world title in nearly a century. Photo by Alvin S. Go

Sultan vows not to waste world champion chance vs Ancajas

May 25, 2018 - 8:57 PM

The 26-year-old Sultan is a win away from realizing his dream of wearing a world title belt

COLLISION COURSE. IBF champion Jerwin Ancajas and challenger Jonas Sultan square off in the first all-Filipino world title in 93 years. Photo by Alvin S. Go

Ancajas not thinking of KO win in world title clash vs compatriot Sultan

May 21, 2018 - 9:24 PM

In his 16-fight winning streak starting in 2012, Ancajas has not gone the distance in all but one bout

GEARING UP. IBF super flyweight champion is still trying to lose weight for his May 27 bout against compatriot Jonas Sultan. Photo by Alvin S. Go

LOOK: Jerwin Ancajas gears up for first all-Filipino world title bout in 93 years

May 20, 2018 - 7:41 PM

The Filipino champion puts his IBF super flyweight title on the line for the 5th time against compatriot Jonas Sultan

DEFENDING THE THRONE. Jerwin Ancajas eyes to defeat compatriot Jonas Sultan in his 5th title defense for his IBF super flyweight title. Photo from Alvin Brian Go

Paras falls prey to Japanese champ in world title bout

May 20, 2018 - 5:22 PM

The 19-year-old Filipino scores a knockdown but fails to finish the job as Hiroto Kyoguchi defends his IBF minimumweight belt

FALLING SHORT. A win for Vince Paras could have resulted in another all-Filipino world title fight. Photo from Paras' Facebook account

Filipino Romero Duno unanimously outpoints Mexican in US main bout

May 18, 2018 - 1:16 PM

The 22-year-old pride of General Santos City has come a long way since his US debut last year

PILING IT UP. Romero Duno (right) extends his winning streak to 8 fights with a win over Gilberto Gonzales. Photo from Golden Boy Boxing's Twitter account (@goldenboyboxing)

On Mother's Day, Mark Barriga dismantles his foe for ailing mama

May 14, 2018 - 8:08 PM

The 24-year-old's mother last watched her son fight back when he was still an amateur representing the Philippines in the 2012 London Olympics

MORE THAN BOXING. Mark Barriga shares his win that propelled him to a world title shot with his mother Melita. Photo by Delfin Dioquino

Barriga to challenge for IBF title after UD win over Colombian

May 14, 2018 - 12:57 AM

The London Olympian keeps his record spotless with 9 wins

ROAD TO SUPREMACY. Mark Barriga is a win away from the IBF minimumweight title. Photo by Delfin Dioquino

AJ Banal keeps 5-year undefeated streak alive with UD win

May 13, 2018 - 11:27 PM

The Filipino boxer wins his 8th consecutive professional fight vs Indonesian Master Suro

RACKING IT UP. AJ Banal improves his professional boxing record to 36 wins. Photo by Delfin Dioquino

Genesis Servania floors Indonesian foe in first PH bout since 2015

May 13, 2018 - 9:34 PM

The 26-year-old pummels Indonesia's Jason Butar Butar from the get-go before delivering the finishing blow in the 5th round

STOPPAGE. Genesis Servania improves his record to 31 wins against one loss. Photo by Delfin Dioquino

Sonsona returns from 3-year boxing hiatus with UD win vs Indonesian

May 13, 2018 - 6:55 PM

Admitting to be a party boy, the former Filipino world champion regrets taking the sport for granted

COMEBACK. Marvin Sonsona (second to the right) says his boxing career is back on track. Photo by Delfin Dioquino

Ancajas has mixed feelings in bout vs compatriot Sultan: 'Paano ka magsasaya?'

May 12, 2018 - 9:36 PM

The two fighters make history as they face in the first all-Filipino world title bout since 1925

RISING. Jerwin Ancajas says his upcoming world title fight against fellow Filipino Jonas Sultan is a testament of the Philippine's level in the international boxing scene. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Barriga on bout vs veteran foe: 'Hindi lahat ng nakalaban niya, kagaya ko'

May 12, 2018 - 6:15 PM

A win over Gabriel Mendoza would put the Filipino boxer next in line to contend for the IBF world minimumweight title

UNSCATHED. Mark Barriga (right) looks to extend his winning fight streak to 9 bouts against Gabriel Mendoza. Photo from PublicityAsia

Ancajas, Yafai out to defend titles before potential unification bout

May 01, 2018 - 10:01 AM

Filipino Jerwin Ancajas and British Khalid Yafai fight on the same card in Fresno, but both may be on course for a unifier

ALL-FILIPINO. Jerwin Ancajas is deep in training for his mandatory title defense against compatriot Jonas Sultan. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Mark Barriga gears up for 'biggest' pro fight of his life

Apr 24, 2018 - 3:47 PM

The 2012 Olympian will square off against Gabriel Mendoza in an IBF minimumweight world title eliminator on May 13

PRIME POSITION. A win by Mark Barriga against Gabriel Mendoza will make him the top contender for the IBF minimumweight  title. Photo from PUBLICITYASIA

Filipino pugs advance to Asian Youth Boxing Championships quarterfinals

Apr 23, 2018 - 8:57 PM

The regional tournament serves as the qualifying event for the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina in October

FLEXING THEIR MUSCLES. All 3 boxers sent by the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines defeat their respective opponents in the second round of preliminaries. Photo by Shutterstock

Nonito Donaire looks to play spoiler in Belfast vs hometown hero Carl Frampton

Apr 21, 2018 - 8:58 PM

'The Filipino Flash' and 'The Jackal' vie for the interim World Boxing Organization featherweight title

WINNING WAYS. Nonito Donaire eyes to join the growing list of Filipino boxers who have found success in the international stage since the year began. File photo by Alexis Cuarezma/Getty Images/AFP

Filipino Olympian boxer dies in motorcycle accident

Apr 21, 2018 - 1:48 PM

Leopoldo Cantancio was a two-time Olympian and took home medals in the 1986 and 1990 Asian Games as a lightweight boxer

COUNTRY'S PRIDE. Leopoldo Cantancio saw action in the 1984 and 1988 Summer Olympics as a lightweight boxer. Photo from Cantancio's Facebook account

Matthysse thinks Pacquiao 'not the same fighter' since KO to Marquez

Apr 18, 2018 - 6:35 PM

Argentinian Lucas Matthysse says he will fight 'to the death’ to defend his WBA regular welterweight title against the Filipino champion

READY FOR BLOODSHED. Lucas Matthysse says he will fight to the "death" to defend his WBA regular welterweight title against Manny Pacquiao. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Donnie Nietes climbs to super flyweight, drops IBF flyweight belt

Apr 11, 2018 - 5:08 PM

'To go up in weight is never easy but this is my dream, to become a 4th division world champion and to fight all the big names at super flyweight,' says Nietes

UP A NOTCH. Donnie Nietes moves up to the super flyweight division. Contributed photo

Filipino boxer Reymart Gaballo wins interim WBA bantamweight title

Mar 24, 2018 - 8:48 PM

Reymart Gaballo keeps his record spotless with a unanimous decision win over American Stephon Young

CHAMP. Reymart Gaballo is the new interim WBA bantamweight champion following his unanimous decision win over Stephon Young. Photo by Sanman Promotions

'Underdog' Michael Dasmariñas determined to take home IBO world title

Mar 07, 2018 - 7:38 PM

Michael Dasmariñas, ranked 12th by the World Boxing Council, will be facing No. 4 rated Karim Guerfi of France for the International Boxing Organization bantamweight world title

WORLD TITLE. Michael Dasmarinas (left) will contend for the International Boxing Organization bantamweight world title on April 20 in Singapore. At Dasmarinas' side is trainer Tacy Macalos. Photo by Delfin Dioquino

Filipino boxer Romero Duno defeats crafty Juan Sanchez by decision in LA

Sep 24, 2017 - 11:54 AM

Juan Pablo Sanchez didn't come to lay down but Romero Duno gets the win by unanimous decision.

TOUGH WIN. Romero Duno had to work to a decision win against a fighter not keen on being bulldozed. Photo by Jhay Oh Otamias

Donaire, with new promoter and trainer, returns with decision win over Hernandez

Sep 24, 2017 - 10:31 AM

Nonito Donaire wins a unanimous decision against unheralded Mexican boxer Ruben Garcia Hernandez in San Antonio.

BACK WITH A WIN. Nonito Donaire Jr returned to the featherweight division with a new promoter and new head trainer. Photo from Ringstar Sports

GAB, DOH sign MOA to provide free exams for pro boxers

Aug 16, 2017 - 7:38 AM

The provision will be included in the Games and Amusements Board s budget proposal for next year

HEALTH COVERAGE. GAB chairman Abraham Mitra and DOH secretary Paulyn Rosell-Ubial shake hands after signing their agreement as members of the boxing community look on. Photo from GAB

Rising star Paalam, returning conqueror Bautista primed for 2017 SEA Games

Aug 13, 2017 - 6:50 PM

Carlo Paalam and Ian Clark Bautista are part of a strong boxing team the Philippines will send to the Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia

READY TO RUMBLE. Carlo Paalam, whose used to sell newspapers, cigarettes and vegetables in Cagayan de Oro to survive, will make his SEA Games debut in Malaysia. Photo by Toby Roca/Rappler

Boxing: Jade Bornea faces tough Thai in Polomolok step-up

Aug 06, 2017 - 6:11 PM

Jade Bornea s promoter predicts he ll be a world champion in two years

STEP-UP FIGHT. Jade Bornea will face what looks to be his toughest test to date against once-beaten Jakkrawut Majoogoen of Thailand. Photo from Sanman Promotions

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

WATCH: Jerwin Ancajas is ready for primetime

Jun 30, 2017 - 1:41 PM

Ancajas may not get much recognition walking down the street just yet but that could change in the near future

EXPOSURE. Jerwin Ancajas had no Philippine TV coverage for his world title victory or first defense, but will have the world as his stage underneath the Pacquiao-Horn fight. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Pacquiao vs Horn - Battle of Brisbane

Jun 30, 2017 - 12:26 PM

Follow live updates of the Manny Pacquiao vs Jeff Horn WBO welterweight title fight plus IBF junior bantamweight champ Jerwin Ancajas vs Teiru Kinoshita

Jerwin Ancajas gets spotlight of a lifetime on Pacquiao-Horn card

Jun 28, 2017 - 5:15 PM

Jerwin Ancajas will get his biggest exposure – and payday – for his second title defense in the Pacquiao Horn co main event

CHAMPION'S SPOTLIGHT. Jerwin Ancajas (L), seen alongside Irish Olympic star Michael Conlan, will be making a career-high payday and having his highest exposure in the co-featured fight below Pacquiao-Horn. Photo from Ancajas' Facebook

Overlooked champ Marlon Tapales continues to fight for respect

Apr 20, 2017 - 10:00 AM

WBO bantamweight champion Marlon Tapales could be one of the best Filipino boxers ever his manager feels But he s still struggling for attention in his home country

UNDERRATED. Filipino boxer Marlon Tapales has delivered exciting performances on his way to the championship, but a lack of TV support means few Filipinos have seen his recent wins. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Jonas Sultan, road warrior and reluctant Zorro, set for Jaro showdown

Mar 17, 2017 - 2:05 PM

Sultan vs ex world champ Sonny Boy Jaro figures to be one of the best domestic fights of the year in the Philippines even if there s been relatively little hype on it

ZORRO. Jonas Sultan isn't one of the more celebrated boxers in the Philippines, but he's making his reputation by pulling off upsets over better-known fighters around the world. File photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

WATCH: Pinoy boxer Rey Megrino scores 23-second KO in Hong Kong

Mar 11, 2017 - 11:06 PM

Megrino blasts out Japanese fighter Yuki Strong Kobayashi with his first serious punch of the fight

DANGEROUS JOURNEYMAN. Rey Megrino is the most dangerous opponent with a nearly-even record in the sport today. Photo from Brico Santig's Facebook

Arum dismisses reports of Pacquiao-Khan fight deal as 'BS'

Feb 21, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Bob Arum says reports of a deal for Manny Pacquiao to face Amir Khan have come out of nowhere

NOT YET DONE. Top Rank CEO Bob Arum says there's no truth to reports that Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan have reached an agreement for a fight. File photo by Wendell Alinea/Rappler

Drian Francisco returns to the ring with dominant win over Mateo Handig

Feb 19, 2017 - 3:00 AM

Gintong Kamao dominates in his first fight in 15 months while Mark Anthony Barriga remains unbeaten

RUST SHAKER. Drian Francisco says he feels like he's 25 years old again after outpointing the brave Mateo Handig. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP