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Magramo finally gets title crack vs Nakatani in August

Jun 01, 2020 - 7:35 PM

Giemel Magramo looks to join the long list of Filipino boxing world champions as he vies for the vacant WBO flyweight title against Junto Nakatani of Japan

ON A ROLL. Giemel Magramo has been on a seven-fight winning streak. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler


Plania faces Greer, becomes first Filipino to fight amid pandemic

May 31, 2020 - 7:58 PM

Mike Plania heads back to the ring to battle American Joshua Greer behind closed doors in Las Vegas on June 16

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

Heredia rejoins Casimero for unification vs Inoue

May 27, 2020 - 10:45 PM

Renowned Mexican strength coach Memo Heredia joins Johnriel Casimero’s training camp, signaling a possible bout

BACK SOON? If sports restrictions ease up, Johnriel Casimero may head back to the ring by July. Photo from Team Casimero

Team Ancajas hopes to fly to Vegas in June

May 23, 2020 - 3:32 PM

As US boxing mulls return, Jerwin Ancajas stays ready for his thrice-postponed title duel

STILL GOING. Jerwin Ancajas continues to train amid the lockdown. File photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Rappler Sports Timeout: What's up with Nesthy Petecio?

May 20, 2020 - 10:17 AM

Rappler catches up with Nesthy Petecio as the world boxing champion tries to stay focused on her Olympic goals amid the tough times

Gaballo, Magsayo head list of Filipino world title prospects

May 18, 2020 - 10:11 PM

Several Filipino boxers with perfect records are being touted as probable world champions

UNBEATEN. Mark Magsayo has not lost after 20 fights in his professional boxing career. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler


Former world champion Marvin Sonsona appeals for help

May 03, 2020 - 7:49 PM

Once a young boxing sensation, Marvin Sonsona pleads for help as he tries to put his troubled past behind

FALLEN CHAMP. Marvin Sonsona (left) hopes to put his troubled past behind. File photo from Top Rank

Ancajas, Casimero hope to defend crowns in July

May 02, 2020 - 9:25 PM

MP Promotions thinks Filipino boxers Jerwin Ancajas and Johnriel Casimero can still defend their world titles this year

TOP FORM. There may be no new fight date yet, but Johnriel Casimero continues his high-level training. Photo from Team Casimero

Ancajas' 9th title defense in limbo

Apr 24, 2020 - 9:00 PM

'We have to be hesitant when we talk about foreign fighters coming here,' admits Top Rank boss Bob Arum

UNCERTAIN. There may be no fight in the offing soon for Jerwin Ancajas. File photo by Alvin Brian S. Go/Rappler

Turning pro? Eumir Marcial to make final decision after ABAP meeting

Apr 24, 2020 - 5:48 PM

With the Tokyo Olympics delayed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the hard-hitting Eumir Marcial has been tempted to turn professional

OLYMPIC-BOUND. Eumir Marcial is the first Filipino boxer to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler


Casimero unification bout with Inoue off, Arum plans new fight for Filipino

Apr 23, 2020 - 8:01 PM

Even the backup plan for Johnriel Casimero’s anticipated fight against unbeaten Japanese Naoya Inoue won’t happen

DECISION. Johnriel Casimero needs to decide on his next step. File photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Casimero continues daily grind with motivation from Gibbons

Apr 21, 2020 - 7:41 PM

Johnriel Casimero hopes his career-defining fight with unbeaten Japanese Naoya Inoue will happen within the next 3 months

ALWAYS READY. Johnriel Casimero isn’t slowing down even if his US fight has been postponed. Photo from Team Casimero

Top fighters shun Nietes' challenge

Apr 18, 2020 - 8:47 PM

Four-division champion Donnie Nietes says he'll wait for ALA Promotions to arrange one of his 'dream fights'

PATIENCE. Donnie Nietes tries to stay in shape even with no scheduled fight yet. File photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Cebuano boxer sidelines as ‘kargador’ amid virus pandemic

Apr 15, 2020 - 4:01 PM

'I had to step up for my family,' says former champion boxer Jessie Cris Rosales

NECESSITY. Filipino boxer Jessie Cris Rosales admits he had to swallow his pride. Contributed photo

Title fight with Casimero possible in Japan, says Inoue

Apr 14, 2020 - 11:06 PM

The unification bout between John Riel Casimero and Naoya 'Monster' Inoue will possibly take place in Japan, provided that it is the 'safest' location

MOVING PLACES. Johnriel Casimero is set to face Naoya 'Monter' Inoue in safer place due to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Alvin Brian Go/Rappler

Garcia drums up bid to forge Pacquiao fight

Apr 14, 2020 - 9:18 PM

Mikey Garcia, who served as sparring partner to Manny Pacquiao over a decade ago, is no stranger to the Filipino icon’s speed and power

LEGENDARY. Manny Pacquiao remains to be a favorite challenge for younger boxers. Photo by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions

Survival Camp makes training, lockdown bearable for Ancajas

Apr 12, 2020 - 8:14 PM

World boxing champion Jerwin Ancajas continues to train even if his title fight with Mexican Jonathan Javier Rodriguez has been twice aborted

READY. Jerwin Ancajas (right) and trainer Joven Jimenez train twice a day. Photo from Alvin S. Go/Rappler

ABAP appeals against pro offers for Eumir Marcial

Apr 09, 2020 - 10:07 PM

Philippine boxing president Ricky Vargas hopes Eumir Marcial will focus on his childhood dream of becoming an Olympian

'BIG FISH'. Pro boxing managers eye to sign  Tokyo 2020 Olympics-bound Eumir Marcial even before he sees action in the quadrennial meet. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Nesthy Petecio battled depression before boxing glory

Apr 09, 2020 - 6:21 PM

World boxing champion Nesthy Petecio overcomes depression and anxiety before punching her way to the top

TRIUMPH. Nesthy Petecio wins the battle over depression before basking in boxing glory. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

GAB seeks assistance for pro boxers, fighters

Apr 02, 2020 - 9:18 PM

Filipino boxers and martial artists cannot ‘exercise their profession’ due to the imposed community quarantine, says GAB chairman Abraham Mitra

SUPPORT. Rising Filipino boxer Carl Jammes Martin, whose March fight versus Ardin Diale got postponed, lauds GAB’s move. File photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Donaire’s challenge to Oubaali still pushing through on May 16

Mar 19, 2020 - 5:05 PM

Nonito Donaire’s bid to claim another world crown versus unbeaten French Nordine Oubaali remains a go, for now

REBOUND. Nonito Donaire hopes his efforts tranlate to a win this time falling short against Japanerse Naoya Inoue last November. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Ancajas, Casimero title defenses in Vegas postponed

Mar 17, 2020 - 10:22 PM

Top Rank Promotions says the world title fights of Jerwin Ancajas and Johnriel Casimero could happen in May, as it cancels all its scheduled events in March and April due to the coronavirus pandemic

SECLUSION TRAINING. Jerwin Ancajas is set to leave for Survival Camp in order to prevent him from contracting the virus. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Ancajas, Casimero continue training as fate of title defenses in U.S. unclear

Mar 16, 2020 - 8:07 PM

Filipino boxing champions Jerwin Ancajas and Johnriel Casimero are set to defend their world titles in the United States in April

LONGTIME CHAMPION. Jerwin Ancajas gears up for his ninth title defense of his IBF super flyweight crown. File Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler


U.S. Navy reports first suspected coronavirus case on ship

Mar 16, 2020 - 4:58 PM

The report comes a week after another US Navy sailor stationed in southern Italy contracted COVID-19

USS BOXER. This handout picture released by the US Navy on July 5, 2019 shows sailors assigned to amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) waiting for supplies in the hangar bay during a vertical replenishment in the Gulf of Aden. File photo by John Luke McGovern/Navy Office of Information/AFP

Casimero raises power, Neri wants more speed

Mar 15, 2020 - 7:14 PM

'He knows this fight could bring him superstardom,' trainer Nonoy Neri says as John Riel Casimero gears up for unbeaten Japanese Naoya Inoue

POWER. John Riel Casimero’s camp says the Filipino fighter has gotten even stronger. Photo from Team Casimero

Ancajas 95% ready for 9th title defense, returns to Manila

Mar 14, 2020 - 7:42 PM

Due to the impending travel restrictions, Jerwin Ancajas heads to Manila instead of returning to his boxing camp in Cavite

Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Tokyo-bound Eumir Marcial nails gold in Olympic qualifiers

Mar 12, 2020 - 2:40 AM

Narrowly winning the first two rounds, Eumir Marcial puffs enough gas in the third and final round to beat Abilkhan Amankul of Kazakhstan

GOLD HAUL. Eumir Felix Marcial follows up his gold-medal winning run in the Southeast Asian Games with another top prize. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler


Magsayo to fight in US under MP Promotions

Mar 11, 2020 - 7:38 PM

Manny Pacquiao says he sees himself in Mark Magsayo, who will fight in May in the US

NEW PROMOTIONS. Mark Magsayo says he is on the right path with MP Promotions. File photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler


PH's Irish Magno punches way to Olympics

Mar 11, 2020 - 6:21 PM

Irish Magno becomes the fourth Filipino to clinch a ticket to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

MAIDEN. Irish Magno will see action in her first Olympics. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler


Eumir Marcial punches Olympic qualifiers finals ticket

Mar 11, 2020 - 11:52 AM

After clinching a Tokyo 2020 Olympics berth, Eumir Marcial goes for gold in the men's middleweight final

FINALS-BOUND. Eumir Marcial aims for the gold to fulfill his expectations of being the tournament No. 1 seed in the men's middleweight. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Olympic qualifier heartbreak more painful than breakup, says Petecio

Mar 09, 2020 - 11:31 PM

Nesthy Petecio succumbs to her Japanese foe as she falls short of nailing a slot in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

FALL SHORT. Nesthy Petecio could not carry her winning ways from her gold-medal triumph in the Southeast Asian Games to the Olympic qualifiers. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler


Petecio fails first shot at Olympics

Mar 09, 2020 - 8:55 PM

World boxing champion Nesthy Petecio bows to her Japanese foe in the Olympic qualifiers as she misses her first try at securing a Tokyo 2020 ticket

ONE MORE CHANCE. Nesthy Petecio can still qualify for the Olympics through the World Olympic Qualifying Tournament. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler


Eumir Felix Marcial books Tokyo 2020 Olympics slot

Mar 09, 2020 - 1:04 AM

(UPDATED) Filipino boxer Eumir Felix Marcial secures his maiden Olympic berth as he advances to the semifinals of the qualifiers

ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED. Eumir Felix Marcial qualifies for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in the men's middleweight category.Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Boxers Magno, Paalam make quarters as Bautista crashes out

Mar 08, 2020 - 6:05 PM

Irish Magno and Carlo Paalam are one win away from a Tokyo 2020 Olympics berth

OLYMPICS CHANCE. Irish Magno will go up against Indian legend Mary Kom in the 2020 Asia & Oceania Olympic boxing qualifiers quarterfinals. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Filipino boxer battles unbeaten Thai champ for WBC belt

Mar 06, 2020 - 5:17 PM

Marco Rementizo looks to become the first man to defeat Chayaphon Moonsri and claim the WBC minimumweight world title

UP-AND-COMING. Marco Rementizo will fight for his 13th professional career win. File photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler


Marcial books quarterfinals slot, nears Olympics berth

Mar 05, 2020 - 11:49 PM

Eumir Felix Marcial moves one win away from qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

OLYMPIC DREAM. Eumir Felix Marcial nears his dream of qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Petecio one win away from maiden Olympics berth

Mar 04, 2020 - 10:20 PM

Nesthy Petecio eases into the Olympic qualifiers quarterfinals, putting her a win away from qualifying for the quadrennial meet

FAVORITE. Nesthy Petecio proves that she is one of the favorites for a Tokyo 2020 Olympics berth. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Ian Clark Bautista stuns former youth world champion in Olympic qualifiers

Mar 04, 2020 - 8:26 AM

The Philippines opens its campaign with Ian Clark Bautista upsetting Japanese Hayato Tsutsumi in the 2020 Asia and Oceania Olympic boxing qualifiers

REVENGE WIN. Ian Clark Bautista is set to face his Thai rival Chatchai Butdee in the next round of the 2020 Asia & Oceania Olympic boxing qualifiers. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Neri joins Casimero in U.S. training

Mar 03, 2020 - 9:59 PM

Nonoy Neri relishes the challenge of manning Johnriel Casimero's corner again after guiding him to knockout victories

BACK AT HELM. Johnriel Casimero will have Nonoy Neri guide him against Japanese Naoya 'Monster' Inoue in April. Photo by Alvin Brian Go/Rappler

PH boxers Petecio, Marcial seeded No. 1 in Olympic qualifiers

Mar 03, 2020 - 2:33 PM

World championship medalists Nesthy Petecio and Eumir Marcial are the country's frontrunners for an Olympic berth in the continental qualifiers

FRONTRUNNER. Nesthy Petecio begin her Olympic qualifying campaign on Wednesday, March 4. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Duno, Palicte start climb back to top

Mar 01, 2020 - 11:32 PM

After separate quick fashion wins, Romero Duno and Aston Palicte hope to prove they can still become world champions

HOPEFUL. Aston Palicte (left) recovers from back-to-back losses. File photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Ancajas-Rodriguez title clash pushes through April 11 in US

Feb 28, 2020 - 9:31 PM

Jerwin Ancajas defends his title for the ninth time against a dangerous Mexican fighter who put his last opponent in a coma

Jerwin Ancajas has been going up against different sparring partners. File photo by

Navarrete dominates Santisima to retain WBO super bantamweight title

Feb 23, 2020 - 1:54 PM

Emanuel Navarrete finishes off Filipino challenger Jeo Santisima in the 11th round with a series of unanswered blows

Emanuel Navarrete (left) and Jeo Santisima exchange punches during their bout for the Mexican's super-bantamweight crown. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Pressure on Japanese Inoue to win over Casimero

Feb 22, 2020 - 10:21 PM

Filipino champion John Riel Casimero looks ripped and ready for unbeaten Japanese Naoya 'The Monster' Inoue

GEARING UP. John Riel Casimero wants to make sure he’s packing enough power against Naoya Inoue. Photo from MP Promotions

Santisima aims for shocker vs Navarrete in Vegas

Feb 22, 2020 - 8:04 PM

A massive underdog, Filipino fighter Jeo Santisima shrugs off the threat of Mexican Iron Man Emanuel Navarrete

ON TARGET. Jeo Santisima, just like Emanuel Navarrete, weighs in at exactly 122 pounds. Photo by John Gurzinski/AFP

Another Pinoy tries to upset 'Thai Mayweather'

Feb 19, 2020 - 4:32 PM

Cagayan de Oro boxer Marco John Rementizo hopes to stop Wanheng Menayothin’s epic win run

Magramo faces unbeaten Nakatani for title in Tokyo

Feb 17, 2020 - 11:57 PM

Top contender Giemel Magramo will vie for the vacant WBO flyweight crown against Junto Nakatani

ON A ROLL. Giemel Magramo has emerged as the No. 1 contender for a world title after stopping his last 7 opponents. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler


Santisima tries to do a Pacquiao in world title drive vs Navarrete

Feb 16, 2020 - 12:06 PM

Masbate pride Jeo Santisima vies to wrest the WBO super bantamweight crown from Emanuel Navarrete

HEAVY UNDERDOG. Some boxing sites predict Jeo Santisima only has an 8% chance of winning. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Conor McGregor welcomes Pacquiao to same management firm

Feb 12, 2020 - 1:56 PM

Manny Pacquiao joins the same sports management firm as MMA superstar Conor McGregor

NEW HOME. Manny Pacquiao joins the Paradigm Sports Management family. Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images/AFP

Casimero holds no fear of Inoue

Feb 05, 2020 - 7:55 PM

Filipino champion John Riel Casimero thinks he hits harder than unbeaten Japanese Naoya 'The Monster' Inoue