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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


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