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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


Crawford stops Khan to retain WBO welterweight title

Apr 21, 2019 - 2:47 PM

The American champion keeps his record spotless as the Englishman decides not to continue fighting because of an accidental low blow

UNBEATEN. Terence Crawford hikes his record to an immaculate 35-0. Photo from Top Rank's Twitter account (@trboxing)


WATCH: Lomachenko destroys Crolla with 4th round KO

Apr 13, 2019 - 2:33 PM

Vasiliy Lomachenko unleashes a brutal right hook that sends Anthony Crolla crashing face first to the canvas

DEVASTATING. Vasiliy Lomachenko continues his meteoric rise to the top of the boxing world. Photo from Top Rank Boxing

Saludar keeps WBO world title over Taniguchi

Feb 26, 2019 - 11:12 PM

Saludar earns the nod of the 3 judges for his first successful title defense of the 105-pound crown

STILL ON TOP. Filipino Vic Saludar (right) wins via unanimous decision over Japanese Masataka Taniguchi. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Vic Saludar stakes WBO title in Tokyo

Feb 26, 2019 - 12:04 PM

Saludar and Japan's Masataka Taniguchi make weight for boxing’s lightest weight division

TITLE DEFENSE. Vic Saludar of the Philippines (L) fight dangles his WBO minimumweight title boxing bout in Tokyo, Japan. File photo by Jiji Press/AFP

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


New Year’s Eve bout: Nietes targets 4th world title vs Ioka

Dec 30, 2018 - 5:14 PM

Filipino champion Donnie Nietes and Japanese Kazuto Ioka dispute the WBO super flyweight crown on December 31 in Macau

FIREWORKS. Expect an explosive duel as both Donnie Nietes (left) and Kazuto Ioka vow to return to their countries as champions. Photo by Alvin S. Go

Lomachenko beats Pedraza to unify lightweight belts

Dec 09, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Ukraine's Vasyl Lomachenko knocks down Puerto Rico's Jose Pedraza twice in an explosive 11th round

NEXT GOAL. After claiming the WBA and WBO titles, Vasyl Lomachenko looks to unify all major lightweight belts.

Lomachenko ready for unification bout, not interested in Pacquiao

Dec 08, 2018 - 9:16 AM

Lightweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko says fighting Filipino great Manny Pacquiao at any weight is not in his plans

NOT IN THE CARDS. Vasyl Lomachenko says he’s not disrespecting Manny Pacquiao, but thinks the boxing icon’s ’career is done.’ File photo

Lomachenko returns from injury in lightweight unification bout

Dec 07, 2018 - 1:26 PM

Pound-for-pound star Vasyl Lomachenko returns to the ring against WBO champ Jose Pedraza

BACK IN FORM. WBA lightweight champion says he’s now ‘100 percent’ months after a right shoulder surgery. File photo

Saludar seeks world title with Nietes

Nov 09, 2018 - 6:51 PM

Vic Saludar looks to stay sharp in his first title defense against Japanese Masataka Taniguchi on December 31

FAVORED. After snatching the title from Ryuka Yamanaka, Vic Saludar (left) stands as favorite to defend his WBO minimumweight crown against Masataka Taniguchi. Photo by AFP

Nietes all set to fight Ioka for fourth world title

Nov 03, 2018 - 5:36 PM

Filipino champion Donnie Nietes and Japanese Kazuto Ioka tangle for the WBO super flyweight belt

ALL SET. Donnie NIetes vies for a convincing win this time after settling for a split draw against compatriot Aston Palicte in their title fight last September. File photo by Jhay Oh Otamias

Heavyweight champion Joshua stops Povetkin

Sep 23, 2018 - 9:58 AM

Britain's Anthony Joshua knocks out Alexander Povetkin to retain his world heavyweight titles

KNOCKOUT. Russia's Alexander Povetkin falls backwards as Britain's Anthony Joshua throws a punch to knock him to the canvas in the 7th round during their boxing world heavyweight title fight. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Munguia batters Cook to retain light middle crown

Sep 16, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Mexico's Jaime Munguia is seen as a potential future opponent for middleweights Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez

OUTMATCHED. Jaime Munguia (right) overwhelms Brandon Cook during their WBO junior middleweight title. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Rematch in order for Nietes, Palicte

Sep 09, 2018 - 1:30 PM

Boxing pundits thought the older, craftier Donnie Nietes got the better of fellow Filipino Aston Palicte

SURPRISE DRAW. The scores in the Donnie Nietes-Aston Palicte bout turned out to be perplexing. Photo from HBO Boxing's official Twitter account (@HBOboxing)

Dubious draw denies Donnie Nietes fourth division title

Sep 09, 2018 - 12:42 PM

A victory for Nietes would have put him alongside Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire as the only Filipino fighters with world titles in four weight classes

STALEMATE. Compatriots Donnie Nietes (left) and Aston Palicte figure in a draw. Photo from HBO Boxing's official Twitter account (@HBOboxing)


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)

Filipino superfly Donnie Nietes risks 14-year unbeaten streak

Sep 07, 2018 - 10:02 AM

Donnie Nietes and Aston Palicte battle for the vacant WBO super flyweight title in an all-Filipino bout

ALL-FILIPINO. Donnie Nietes battles Aston Palicte for the vacant WBO super flyweight title. File photo by Jhay Oh Otamias

Alvarez stuns Kovalev in 7th to seize WBO light heavyweight title

Aug 05, 2018 - 12:41 PM

The Colombian lands a devastating right hook to send the Russian to the canvas for the 3rd and final time

UPSET. Eleider Alvarez keeps his record spotless with an upset of Sergey Kovalev for the WBO light heavyweight belt. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP


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


Munguia dominates Smith to retain WBO title

Jul 22, 2018 - 3:01 PM

Mexican Jaime Munguia defends his junior middleweight belt with a unanimous decision win over British Liam Smith

UNDEFEATED. Jaime Munguia tops Liam Smith to keep his record perfect at 30-0. Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images/AFP

Doping is worse than losing, says Anthony Joshua

Jul 19, 2018 - 3:34 PM

World heavyweight champion says: 'I would rather take a loss than be done for doping'

CHAMP. File photo shows Anthony Joshua of Great Britain celebrating his victory over Joseph Parker of New Zealand at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, March 31, 2018. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Vic Saludar snatches Yamanaka’s WBO 105-pound title in Japan

Jul 13, 2018 - 10:34 PM

The pride of South Cotabato outpoints his Japanese foe to clinch the WBO minimum weight belt

UNANIMOUS WIN. Japanese Ryuya Yamanaka (right) relinquishes his title to Filipino challenger Vic Saluda in Japan. Photo by AFP

Nietes-Palicte title bout moved to Los Angeles

Jul 13, 2018 - 8:12 PM

The all-Filipino battle for the vacant WBO welterweight crown has been reset to September 8 at the Los Angeles Staples Center

COMPATRIOTS. Donnie Nietes (left) holds a vast edge in experience over Aston Palicte. Rappler file photo

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


Trainer Roach 'hurt' by Pacquiao snub after split

Apr 14, 2018 - 9:14 AM

Manny Pacquiao splits with his trainer of 15 years, Freddie Roach

SPLIT. Freddie Roach (left) is no longer Manny Pacquiao's trainer. File photo shows Pacquiao training with Roach as he prepares for a fight against Floyd Mayweather in 2015. Photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank

Ex-champ Tyson Fury to make boxing comeback in June

Apr 13, 2018 - 2:05 PM

'I can't wait to get in there and prove I am the best, even after all this time out,' says Fury

COMEBACK. Former British heavyweight world boxing champion Tyson Fury, (left), with promoter Frank Warren, speaks during a press conference to announce Fury's comeback, in central London on April 12, 2018. Photo by Ben Stansall /AFP

Anthony Joshua eager to face Deontay Wilder in heavyweight unification bout

Apr 11, 2018 - 3:28 PM

Joshua owns the WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight titles, while Wilder holds the WBC crown

The week in photos: March 31-April 6, 2018

Apr 07, 2018 - 3:18 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Children look out of the window of a bus upon their arrival at the Abu al-Zindeen checkpoint near the northern Syrian town of al-Bab after Jaish al-Islam fighters and their families from the former rebel bastion's main town of Douma were evacuated from the last rebel-held pocket in Eastern Ghouta on April 3, 2018.Russia-backed regime forces have retaken control of 95 percent of Eastern Ghouta since February 18 through a combination of a deadly air and ground assault and evacuation deals. / AFP PHOTO / Nazeer al-Khatib

Heavyweight Anthony Joshua has eyes only for opponent Joseph Parker

Mar 28, 2018 - 12:12 PM

Joshua says, 'it's 1,000 percent one fight at a time... My future stops on Saturday. One fight at a time. All this talk about Wilder. I'm looking at Parker, he's a champion for a reason'

STARE DOWN. Britain's Anthony Joshua (left) and New Zealand's Joseph Parker face off posing during a press conference in London on March 27, 2018 ahead of their world heavyweight title unification boxing bout. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Brit boxer Joshua tells heavyweight American rival Wilder to 'stop the fantasy'

Mar 22, 2018 - 6:46 PM

Should such a bout between British boxer Joshua, the IBF and WBA title-holder, and American rival Wilder, the WBC champion, take place it could be one of the richest in history

CHAMP. In this file photo Britain's Anthony Joshua, WBA, IBF and IBO world heavyweight boxing champion, attends a press conference in central London to promote his March 31 world heavyweight unification bout against New Zealand's Joseph Parker, WBO world heavyweight champion, to be fought in Cardiff. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Nietes on moving up to super flyweight: 'Desididong desidido na talaga'

Mar 14, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Donnie 'Ahas' Nietes eyes a fight against Roman 'Chocolatito' Gonzales for the vacant WBO super flyweight belt

NEXT LEVEL. Donnie Nietes wants to take his career up a notch by moving from flyweight to super flyweight. Contributed photo


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

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

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

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

Joshua taunts heavyweight boxing rivals on Twitter

Nov 10, 2017 - 4:31 PM

Anthony Joshua, the IBF and WBA heavyweight king, sends tweets to WBO champion Joseph Parker and WBC titleholder Deontay Wilder, as well as taunts fellow Briton Tyson Fury, who has not fought since November 2015

CHAMP. In this file photo, Cameroon-born Carlos Takam (left) recoils from a straight right from Britain's Anthony Joshua during their world heavyweight title fight at The Principality Stadium in Cardiff on October 28, 2017. Joshua stopped Takam in 10th round to retain his championship belts. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Wilder willing to fight Joshua in UK for a heavyweight boxing mega-fight

Nov 08, 2017 - 9:34 PM

American Wilder, 32, defended his WBC title with a first-round knockout of Bermane Stiverne last weekend and now wants a crack at Joshua's WBA and IBF belts

WBC CHAMP. Deontay Wilder celebrates after knocking down Bermane Stiverne in the first round during their rematch for Wilder's WBC heavyweight title at the Barclays Center on November 4, 2017 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Filipino boxer Pumicpic pulls off big upset in Japan, wins decision over Amagasa

Sep 30, 2017 - 2:10 AM

Richard Pumicpic pulls off the biggest win of his career, and will likely earn a world ranking to go along with the WBO Asia Pacific featherweight title

BIG UPSET. Richard Pumicpic went overseas to defeat Hisashi Amagasa, who had previously knocked down Guillermo Rigondeaux. File photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Pacquiao-Horn rematch off due to scheduling conflict – report

Sep 01, 2017 - 2:53 PM

Pacquiao s camp advises Australian organizers that he will have other commitments at that time

GAB PROTEST. The boxing governing body of the Philippines has called for a 'thorough review' of the officiating of the Pacquiao-Horn fight by the WBO. Photo by Wendell Alinea/OSMP

Uber and Grab, Napoles, Marcos | Evening wRap

Jul 11, 2017 - 7:57 PM

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Pacquiao on WBO review: ‘Nothing surprises me now’

Jul 11, 2017 - 7:09 PM

After 3 of the 5 review judges reaffirm the decision for Horn Pacquiao says let the people judge for themselves

NOT SURPRISED. Manny Pacquiao says "We have seen worse judgments in the past where judges manipulated results. Nothing surprises me now." File photo by Patrick Hamilton/AFP

Lorenzana, Pacquiao vs Horn, Trump Jr | Midday wRap

Jul 11, 2017 - 12:40 PM

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WBO review confirms Horn beat Pacquiao

Jul 11, 2017 - 10:38 AM

WBO set up a panel of independent and anonymous judges who were asked to determine who won each round The results show Jeff Horn won the title

Time to move on from Pacquiao-Horn

Jul 08, 2017 - 7:15 AM

A 38 year old fighter should consider himself lucky if a disputed decision is the worst that befalls him The treatment of other greats at the end has been far more ignominious

MOVING ON. Being on the wrong end of a disputed decision is the least of the concerns for a 38-year-old fighter. Photo by Patrick Hamilton/AFP

WBO to review Pacquiao-Horn judging, but says no reversal of decision

Jul 06, 2017 - 9:00 PM

The WBO will have a panel of 5 judges review the fight and score it unofficially but says they have no power to reverse the decision

REVIEW GRANTED. Manny Pacquiao has said he felt he won by 4 or 5 rounds, but the judges all scored the fight in favor of Jeff Horn. Photo by Patrick Hamilton/AFP

Abu Sayyaf, MILF, Pacquiao | Evening wRap

Jul 05, 2017 - 8:45 PM

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Lorenzana, Marcos, Pacquiao vs Horn | Evening wRap

Jul 03, 2017 - 9:45 PM

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