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Jason Pagara faces make-or-break test against unbeaten Hiroki Okada

Oct 27, 2017 - 8:35 PM

Pagara will try to get back into contention after his disappointing draw against James Onyango in September

ON THE ROAD. Jason Pagara's promoter admits his fighter had lost focus and fallen out of shape over the past year, and hopes he can get back in gear against this unbeaten Japanese contender. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

IBF orders immediate rematch of Melindo vs Budler title fight

Oct 19, 2017 - 9:49 PM

Milan Melindo and Hekkie Budler are ordered to fight a rematch of their fight which took place September 16, 2017 in Cebu City

REMATCH. The IBF has ordered a rematch between Filipino boxer Milan Melindo and South Africa's Hekkie Budler, saying the actions of Melindo's cornermen during doctors exams were "inappropriate conduct which has affected the outcome of the fight." File photo by Gelo Litonjua

Arthur Villanueva to face bantamweight champ Luis Nery in non-title fight

Oct 18, 2017 - 4:14 PM

The Filipino boxer will face WBC bantamweight champ-in-limbo Luis Nery on November 4 in Tijuana, Mexico

OVERSEAS. Bago City's Arthur Villanueva will face one of the top bantamweights in the world in a non-title fight. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Hard-punching Alvarado will be IBF champ Melindo's no. 1 contender

Oct 16, 2017 - 8:26 PM

Alvarado earns the number one ranking in the IBF by destroying Teeraphong Utaida, a fighter Melindo had gone the distance against

MANDATORY CHALLENGER. "Melindo should prepare. My heart beats to become champion," says Felix Alvarado. Photo from Alvarado's Facebook

ALA boss disappointed in Jason Pagara's 'way below par' performance

Sep 17, 2017 - 6:05 PM

Promoter Michael Aldeguer expresses concern over Jason Pagara's health after he took numerous punches in the late rounds of his draw against James Onyango

DISAPPOINTMENT. After struggling to a draw against an unknown Kenyan, promoter Michael Aldeguer says 'it’s going to be a disaster for him' if Jason Pagara fights a top contender. Photo by Ryan Songalia/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

Hekkie Budler didn't fly to Cebu for a vacation

Sep 14, 2017 - 8:21 AM

Hekkie Budler who faces Milan Melindo this Saturday is intent on returning to South Africa with the IBF junior flyweight title

TITLE CHALLENGER. Hekkie Budler (L) and Colin Nathan (R) have a ton of respect for Milan Melindo but remain confident they can bring the title back to South Africa. Photo from Colin Nathan's Facebook

In Johnriel Casimero’s crosshairs: Sultan, Ancajas, then Srisaket

Sep 12, 2017 - 8:41 AM

Johnriel Casimero had to adjust his plans after his dream fight with Roman Gonzalez died on the vine Now he sets his ultimate goal on Gonzalez s conqueror Srisaket Sor Rungvisai

TITLE ELIMINATOR. Johnriel Casimero doesn't believe his opponent Jonas Sultan is a dangerous foe: "Maybe I am a dangerous fighter to him." File photo by Charles Salazar/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

Nietes to face Reveco-Nantapech winner in mandatory defense

Jul 30, 2017 - 11:05 AM

Donnie Nietes will make his first IBF flyweight title defense against the winner between Juan Carlos Reveco and Komgrich Nantapech

MANDATORY DEFENSE. Donnie Nietes will either defend his title in a rematch against Komgrich Nantapech, or face former WBA flyweight titleholder Juan Carlos Reveco. File photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

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

Melindo to make first title defense against ex-champ Budler

Jul 13, 2017 - 12:04 PM

Milan Melindo will face former 105 pound titleholder Hekkie Budler of South Africa in his first defense of the IBF junior flyweight title

FIRST DEFENSE. IBF junior flyweight champ Milan Melindo will face South Africa's Hekkie Budler on September 16 in Cebu City. File photos

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

Milan Melindo robbed of his crowning moment by TV delay

May 23, 2017 - 9:19 PM

Fans should have celebrated Milan Melindo s championship victory in the streets Instead they were left searching for live streams online

SHORTCHANGED. Milan Melindo's dream of becoming a world champion finally came true, but the fight was now shown in the Philippines as was first advertised by ABS-CBN. Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Melindo, Yaegashi make weight for IBF junior fly title fight

May 20, 2017 - 3:37 PM

The fight will not be shown on same day delay as previously announced

ON TARGET. Milan Melindo and Akira Yaegashi both weight 107.5 pounds ahead of their IBF junior flyweight title fight on Sunday in Japan. Contributed photo

‪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

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

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

LIVE BLOG: Donnie Nietes vs Komgrich Nantapech - IBF flyweight title fight

Apr 29, 2017 - 2:51 PM

Live updates from the Nietes Komgrich card in Cebu City beginning at 7 pm on Saturday April 29

Nietes strips naked to make weight for flyweight title fight

Apr 28, 2017 - 4:45 PM

Donnie Nietes weighs in slightly over at 112 4 pounds but returns to the scales nude to make the weight for his IBF flyweight title fight against Komgrich Nantapech

VACANT TITLE. Donnie Nietes says he saw fear in Komgrich Nantapech as they faced off at the weigh-in. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Donnie Nietes: The legacy that could’ve been

Apr 27, 2017 - 10:39 PM

Donnie Nietes fights for a third world title this weekend but the question of why he hasn t fought bigger names plagues his legacy

QUIET CHAMPION. Donnie Nietes had hoped to fight big name champions Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez and Juan Francisco Estrada but the marquee fights have so far eluded the Filipino champion. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

ALA errs on the side of caution with Mark Magsayo

Apr 26, 2017 - 3:57 PM

Mark Magsayo feels ready to fight the best fighters at featherweight but his promoter feels he has a lot to learn

HOLDING PATTERN. Mark Magsayo is underwhelmed by his next opponent, but ALA Promotions has a reason for taking it slow with him. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

With 'Chocolatito' deposed, Nietes wants to unify at flyweight

Mar 29, 2017 - 1:37 PM

With the big names 3 pounds north at 115 pounds Donnie Nietes wants to get past Komgrich Nantapech and unify the flyweight titles

AHAS. Donnie Nietes didn't become a two-division champion by overlooking opponents, and doesn't plan to start against Komgrich Nantapech. 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

Nietes-Eaktawan set for April 29 in Cebu

Feb 18, 2017 - 3:38 PM

Donnie Nietes will have hometown advantage when he faces Eaktawan Krungthepthonburi for the vacant IBF flyweight title

TITLE FIGHT Donnie Nietes will try to become the third Filipino to win world titles in 3 divisions. Photo by Arvee Eco/Rappler

Villanueva faces Tete with world title shot at stake

Feb 10, 2017 - 8:43 PM

Arthur Villanueva will face Zolani Tete this April in Manchester with the winner to fight for the WBO bantamweight championship

KING ARTHUR. Arthur Villanueva will face a "complete fighter" in Zolani Tete with a world title shot at stake. File photo by Denmark Dolores/Rappler

Filipino boxer Jerusalem to challenge Menayothin for WBC belt

Jan 06, 2017 - 12:45 PM

Unbeaten prospect Melvin Jerusalem will face WBC minimumweight titleholder Wanheng Menayothin on January 25 in Thailand

TITLE CHALLENGER. Melvin Jerusalem will have the odds against him when he travels to Thailand to face WBC 105-pound titleholder Wanheng Menayothin. Photo from Jerusalem's Facebook

Pagara returns from KO loss with decision win over Ghanaian foe

Nov 26, 2016 - 11:04 PM

Albert Pagara returns to the win column after his knockout loss to Cesar Juarez winning a decision over Raymond Commey

COMEBACK. Albert Pagara returned to the ring for the first time since his knockout loss to Cesar Juarez, winning a unanimous decision in Cebu City. File photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

KJ Cataraja dreams big in school and the boxing ring

Nov 23, 2016 - 5:51 PM

Cataraja is a criminology student at the University of the Visayas by day and an undefeated pro boxer by night Poverty motivated him to pursue an ambitious life

Boxing: Mark Magsayo faces Mexican on Nietes-Sosa card

Aug 26, 2016 - 7:44 PM

The unbeaten Filipino boxer will face Ruben Garcia in his second fight in the United States

MAGNIFICO. Mark Magsayo says he has worked on tightening his defense after being knocked down for the first time in his last fight. File photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Donnie Nietes vacates world title, will face Edgar Sosa at flyweight

Aug 04, 2016 - 2:55 AM

Donnie Nietes will face former champion Edgar Sosa in September as he seeks a title shot against unified flyweight champ Juan Estrada

NEW JOURNEY. Donnie Nietes will seek a world title in his third weight class as he moves to the flyweight division. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Albert Pagara discharged from hospital after knockout loss

Jul 10, 2016 - 7:55 PM

All tests come back negative for serious injury after Albert Pagara was knocked out in 8 rounds by Cesar Juarez

DOING BETTER. Albert Pagara was stopped in 8 rounds by former title challenger Cesar Juarez. File photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

WATCH: Albert Pagara suffers knockout loss to Cesar Juarez

Jul 10, 2016 - 1:27 PM

Albert Pagara loses for the first time in his 27 fight career

UPSET. Albert Pagara was stopped in 8 rounds by former title challenger Cesar Juarez. File photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Albert Pagara suffers first loss, gets stopped by Cesar Juarez in 8

Jul 10, 2016 - 11:58 AM

Albert Pagara drops Cesar Juarez in the first round but it s Cesar Juarez who has the last laugh

KNOCKOUT LOSS. Albert Pagara suffers the first defeat of his career against Cesar Juarez. File photo by Arvee Eco/Rappler

Albert Pagara is no Pacquiao wannabe

Jul 09, 2016 - 8:21 PM

Philippine boxing fans may be looking for the next Manny Pacquiao Albert Pagara is intent on being his own man

UNDEFEATED. Albert Pagara, seen firing a left hook at Yesner Talavera during his last fight in February, will face one of his most durable opponents to date in Cesar Juarez. File photo by Arvee Eco/Rappler

Nietes batters Garcia into submission for ninth title defense

May 28, 2016 - 10:39 PM

Donnie Nietes drops Raul Garcia twice before Garcia s corner throws in the towel after the fifth round in Bacolod City

STILL CHAMP. Donnie Nietes remains the top junior flyweight in the world following a dominant win over former champ Raul Garcia. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Boxing: Nietes set for Garcia defense but wants 'big name' fights

May 26, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Donnie Nietes wants to fight unified flyweight champion Juan Estrada but must first get past Raul Garcia on Saturday and a third fight with Moises Fuentes

LONG-TIME CHAMP. Donnie Nietes, who has been a world champion since 2007, wants to move up in weight to face unified flyweight champ Juan Francisco Estrada. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Donaire, Bedak make weight for title clash

Apr 22, 2016 - 2:56 PM

Nonito Donaire and Zsolt Bedak both look fit and ready for their junior featherweight championship fight in Cebu

Both Donaire and Bedak were trim and ready. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Donaire dedicates Bedak fight to dad, seeks KO win

Apr 22, 2016 - 11:34 AM

I am a warrior and I go out there with dignity and honor in destroying an opponent says Donaire Jr

Donaire, shown against Anthony Settoul in 2015, wants to score an impressive win to get back on the American TV radar. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Boxer Mark Magsayo: 'I want to follow the footsteps of Manny Pacquiao'

Apr 22, 2016 - 12:43 AM

Featherweight prospect Mark Magsayo hopes his fight with Chris Avalos this Saturday will be his springboard to international success and world titles

MAGNIFICO. Mark Magsayo hopes his fight with Chris Avalos leads him to bigger fights in the United States. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Jimmy Paypa downs Bernabe Concepcion, wins upset decision

Mar 13, 2016 - 12:22 PM

Jimmy Paypa fights the fight of his life outboxing Bernabe Concepcion for an upset decision win

FIGHT OF HIS LIFE. Jimmy Paypa outboxed and outworked Bernabe Concepcion for a split decision win in Pasig. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Pagara, Magsayo batter overmatched opponents to remain undefeated

Feb 28, 2016 - 2:14 PM

Filipino boxing prospects Albert Pagara and Mark Magsayo had to deal with frustating opponents but earned decision wins

STILLU UNBEATEN. Albert Pagara fires a left hook at Yesner Talavera. Pagara had a frustrating night trying to chase Talavera around the ring. Photo by Arvee Eco/Rappler

Donaire vs Bedak title fight moved to Cebu on April 23

Feb 25, 2016 - 8:05 PM

The fight will be Nonito Donaire s first world title fight in the Philippines since 2009

NEW VENUE. Nonito Donaire will be fighting for the fifth time in his country of birth when he meets Zsolt Bedak (R). Donaire photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank, Bedak photo by Thais Llorca/EPA

Nietes to face Fuentes next, but eyes Estrada for October

Jan 24, 2016 - 3:11 PM

The WBO may force a third fight with Moises Fuentes on Donnie Nietes but Nietes promoter is already looking ahead to a move up in weight

ONE MORE TIME. WBO junior flyweight champ Donnie Nietes answered all questions after knocking out Moises Fuentes, but the WBO wants to see it happen again. File photo by Denmark Delores/Rappler

Villanueva, Melindo heal title fight woes with split-decision wins

Nov 29, 2015 - 5:17 AM

Filipino contenders Arthur Villanueva and Milan Melindo rebounded from their losses in recent title fights with decision wins at Pinoy Pride 34 in Cebu

KING'S GAMBIT. "King" Arthur Villanueva lands a right hand on Victor "Spock" Mendez in a split-decision victory. Photo by Rappler

Mark Magsayo: Future of Philippine boxing?

Oct 18, 2015 - 8:30 PM

With the top Filipino boxing champions all past age 30 Mark Magsayo says it s his dream to be like them

PROSPECT. Mark Magsayo is a perfect 13-0 in his boxing career since turning pro two years ago. Photo by Jhay Otamias/Rappler

Donnie Nietes makes easy work of Juan Alejo in US debut

Oct 18, 2015 - 1:38 PM

The Philippines only current world champion dominated the inexperienced Mexican from start to finish

AND STILL. Donnie Nietes had little trouble in winning his American debut, and could be on the horizon of bigger fights. File photo by Ryan Songalia

Donnie Nietes is confident he’d beat ‘pound-for-pound’ king Gonzalez

Oct 15, 2015 - 7:03 AM

The Philippines lone current boxing champion thinks he can defeat he sport s pound for pound best fighter if given the chance

AHAS RECOILS. Donnie Nietes (R) lands a left uppercut on Felipe Salguero during a title defense in June of 2012. Photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Nietes to defend WBO belt against Alejo in US debut

Aug 29, 2015 - 1:44 PM

The Philippines only current boxing champion makes his American debut in October against relatively unknown Juan Alejo

NEW FRONTIER. Donnie Nietes makes his next title defense on October 17 at the StubHub Center. File photo by Ryan Songalia

Villanueva outworks Arroyo in title fight but loses technical decision

Jul 19, 2015 - 12:29 PM

Filipino boxer Arthur Villanueva threw 216 more punches than Puerto Rico s McJoe Arroyo but loses a decision in his first world title opportunity

Arthur Villanueva loses his first fight in a battle of unbeatens. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler