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Ancajas title defense reset to April

Jan 22, 2020 - 9:19 AM

Jerwin Ancajas' ninth title defense against Mexican Jonathan Javier Rodriguez in Las Vegas gets called off again

Jerwin Ancajas. Photo by Alvin Brian S. Go/Rappler

Amid China pneumonia outbreak, PH boxers prepare for Olympic qualifiers

Jan 14, 2020 - 7:00 PM

The 2020 Asia & Oceania Boxing Olympic qualifying tournament in Wuhan, China is still scheduled to push through

OLYMPIC HOPEFUL. World women's boxing champion Nesthy Petecio vies for a maiden Olympic berth in the upcoming continental qualifiers. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Rodriguez gets another crack at Ancajas crown in February

Jan 09, 2020 - 9:18 PM

Filipino champion Jerwin Ancajas dangles his super flyweight title against Mexican Jonathan Javier Rodriguez months after their fight got scrapped

ALL SET. Jerwin Ancajas vies to defend his title for the ninth time next month in Las Vegas. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Ancajas gears up for 9th title defense in March

Dec 31, 2019 - 6:08 PM

An even busier 2020 awaits Jerwin Ancajas as he’s set to dangle the IBF super flyweight title thrice

CHAMP. Jerwin Ancajas twice defended his crown in 2019. File photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Pacquiao among Forbes' top 10 richest athletes of decade

Dec 25, 2019 - 5:37 PM

Manny Pacquiao earns more than NBA star Kevin Durant and Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton from 2010 to 2019

RAGS TO RICHES. Manny Pacquiao is expected to earn more in the next decade. Photo by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions


Petalcorin stopped by Shiro, falls short anew in world title bid

Dec 24, 2019 - 12:17 AM

Randy Petalcorin suffers a technical knockout loss to WBC light flyweight champion Ken Shiro of Japan

BOUNCE BACK. Randy Petalcorin fails to add to the list of Filipino boxing champions. Photo by Alvin Brian S. Go/Rappler


Petalcorin battles Shiro for world crown in Japan

Dec 23, 2019 - 1:22 PM

Randy Petalcorin hopes to make the most out of his 2nd chance in a Japan fight

2ND CHANCE. Randy Petalcorin battles Ken Shiro for the WBC Light flyweight title. Photo by Alvin Brian Go/Rappler

Filipino Tepora suffers first-round KO to Colombian foe

Dec 22, 2019 - 5:06 PM

The loss puts serious doubts on Jhack Tepora's ability to become a world champion as his foe was inactive for 15 months prior to their bout

MAIDEN DEFEAT. Jhack Tepora absorbs his first professional career loss. File photo by Alvin Brian S. Go/Rappler


LOOK: Manny Pacquiao gets grand on 41st birthday

Dec 19, 2019 - 3:56 PM

The senator and boxing legend turns 41 in style!

FAMILY AFFAIR. Manny Pacquiao turns 41 years old surrounded by his family. Photo from Instagram

Negotiations for Casimero vs Inoue fight underway

Dec 17, 2019 - 6:51 PM

Johnriel Casimero may get a chance to avenge Nonito Donaire and defeat Naoya 'Monster' Inoue

NEW GOAL. Johnriel Casimero expresses interest to face Naoya Inoue. Photo by Alvin Brian Go/Rappler

Ancajas’ next fight in March vs Japanese or Mexican

Dec 13, 2019 - 7:20 PM

Filipino champion Jerwin Ancajas gears up for another busy year with 3 fights likely in the calendar

READY. Jerwin Ancajas immediately returns to training after the Christmas break. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Filipino Tapales' bid for world title crack shattered by Japanese foe

Dec 09, 2019 - 7:00 AM

Marlon Tapales surrenders an 11th-round TKO loss to Ryosuke Iwasa in their battle for the IBF international super bantamweight belt


STREAK OVER. Marlon Tapales sees his 12-fight winning streak snapped against Japan's Ryosuke Iwasa. Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images/AFP

Ancajas retains world crown by 6th round TKO in Mexico

Dec 08, 2019 - 3:25 PM

Jerwin Ancajas defends his IBF super flyweight title for the eighth time with a stoppage win over Miguel Gonzalez

AND STILL. Jerwin Ancajas stretches his run as IBF super flyweight champion. Photo by Alvin Brian S. Go/Rappler


Casimero calls on Inoue after demolition of Tete

Dec 01, 2019 - 1:48 PM

Filipino fighter Johnriel Casimero snatches the WBO bantamweight crown after stopping South African Zolani Tete

File photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Ancajas' new foe Gonzalez fights like original challenger – Jimenez

Nov 11, 2019 - 7:36 PM

Miguel Gonzalez replaces Jonathan Rodriguez as Jerwin Ancajas' new foe in the bout for the IBF super flyweight title

EXTEND REIGN. Jerwin Ancajas will defend his IBF super flyweight belt against a new foe. File photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler


LOOK: Donaire borrows trophy from Inoue to fulfill promise to sons

Nov 08, 2019 - 2:19 PM

Nonito Donaire says the Muhammad Ali trophy will serve as a reminder to him and his sons to win and lose 'graciously'

MISSED CHANCE. Nonito Donaire falls short of the Muhammad Ali trophy against Naoya Inoue. Photo from Twitter/@filipinoflash


Donaire falls short vs 'Monster' Inoue in Japan

Nov 07, 2019 - 10:47 PM

Nonito Donaire may be in the twilight of his career but 'The Filipino Flash' pushes unbeaten Japanese Naoya Inoue to the limit

BLOODY. Nonito Donaire rocks Naoya Inoue several times. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Donaire tries to slay 'Monster' Inoue in world series title duel

Nov 06, 2019 - 5:38 PM

Filipino fighter Nonito Donaire relishes the underdog tag as oddsmakers pick unbeaten Japanese sensation Naoya Inoue as the huge favorite

MOTIVATED. Nonito Donaire hopes to bank on experience as he targets a 41st victory. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Ancajas resumes training for December title defense

Nov 04, 2019 - 3:52 PM

Jerwin Ancajas returns to work after his November 2 title duel was cancelled due to the visa issues of challenger Jonathan Rodriguez

LONG REIGN. Jerwin Ancajas will defend his IBF belt for the eighth time against a yet-to-be-named opponent. Photo from Twitter/@trboxing


Filipino Duno KO'd by American foe in 1 round

Nov 03, 2019 - 6:01 PM

Romero Duno gets dismantled by Ryan Garcia and drops out of the circle of probable title contenders in the lightweight division

DEMOLISHED. Romero Duno suffers his second career loss. Photo Steve Marcus/Getty Images/AFP


Ancajas gives Duno good chances of besting Garcia

Nov 02, 2019 - 8:22 PM

Filipino boxer Romero Duno looks to upset highly touted American prospect Ryan Garcia

ALL SET. Both Ryan Garcia (left) and Romero Duno check in at 135 pounds during the official weigh-in. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Ancajas to train in Las Vegas for Mexico fight

Nov 01, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Instead of returning to the Philippines, Jerwin Ancajas says he will stay in the US after his title duel with Jonathan Rodriguez was called off

WAITING GAME. Jerwin Ancajas will defend his IBF super flyweight belt possibly in Mexico. File photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler


Ancajas title defense called off

Nov 01, 2019 - 12:11 PM

Jerwin Ancajas keeps his IBF super flyweight belt with his eighth title defense likely to be moved to a later date

DOWN THE DRAIN. Jerwin Ancajas' three-month preparation goes for naught. Photo from Twitter/@trboxing


‘Happy' Ancajas makes weight ahead of title fight vs Rodriguez

Oct 31, 2019 - 4:42 PM

Filipino champion Jerwin Ancajas looks all set for his eighth title defense versus Mexican Jonathan Rodriguez

READY. Jerwin Ancajas trains at Redondo Beach in California just days before his IBF title defense. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Down to 122 pounds, Ancajas hones skills for Rodriguez

Oct 28, 2019 - 3:35 PM

Jerwin Ancajas seeks to further lengthen his stint as IBF's longest reigning champion as he stakes his super flyweight belt against Jonathan Rodriguez

REIGNING CHAMPION. It will be Jerwin Ancajas' eighth title defense of his IBF crown. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler


Pinoy Heno drops world boxing title bid

Oct 25, 2019 - 7:51 PM

Filipino fighter Edward Heno pushes Mexican champion Elwin Soto to the limit before yielding a close decision

STRONG SHOWING. Edward Heno (right) proves to be a worthy challenger. File photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Ancajas to spar with Pinoy pug in title duel buildup

Oct 22, 2019 - 10:25 PM

Jerwin Ancajas and chief trainer Joven Jimenez bring up the level of their training

LEVEL UP. Jerwin Ancajas steps up his preparation for his fight against Jonathan Rodriguez. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Ancajas flies to Carson '95%' ready for title defense

Oct 17, 2019 - 11:01 PM

Filipino world champion Jerwin Ancajas remains 'right on track' as his title defense with Mexican Jonathan Javier Rodriguez nears

TAPERING. Jerwin Ancajas heads to Los Angeles for the final stretch of his training. File photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Nesthy Petecio targets Olympic dream for her family

Oct 15, 2019 - 6:39 PM

'Pangarap ko po ‘yung Olympics. Pangarap po ng papa ko iyon na hindi natupad, so ako ‘yung tutupad para sa kanya,' says Nesthy Petecio

ON TOP. Even after ruling the world stage, Nesthy Petecio continues to dream big. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

World champions Yulo, Petecio to receive cash incentives

Oct 14, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Carlos Yulo rules in the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, while Nesthy Petecio reigns supreme in the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships

CHAMPIONS. Carlos Yulo and Nesthy Petecio both deliver gold medals for the Philippines. Photos from Jat Tenorio/Red Ox Media Events (Yulo) and AIBA (Petecio)


FAST FACTS: Who is boxing world champion Nesthy Petecio?

Oct 14, 2019 - 12:54 AM

Get to know Filipina boxer Nesthy Petecio, who ended a string of heartbreaks with a breakthrough win in the 2019 Women's World Boxing Championships

BREAKING BARRIERS. Nesthy Petecio tops the podium in the 2019 Women's Boxing World Championships featherweight division. Screenshot from Russian Boxing Federation livestream

Nesthy Petecio strikes gold in women's world boxing

Oct 13, 2019 - 7:38 PM

Featherweight boxer Nesthy Petecio rules in the Women's World Boxing Championships to become the second Filipina world titlist

ON TOP. Nesthy Petecio (back row, second from left) becomes the latest boxer to bring glory to the Philippines. Photo from AIBA

Slow starter Heno challenges Soto for world crown in California

Oct 08, 2019 - 9:31 PM

Edward Heno sets his sights on becoming the next Filipino world champion

NEW CHALLENGE. Edward Heno is set to fight Mexican Elwin Soto for the WBO junior flyweight title. Photo by Alvin Brian Go/Rappler

Casimero training in Las Vegas for bout vs Tete

Oct 07, 2019 - 5:35 PM

Johnriel Casimero will challenge South African Zolani Tete for the WBO bantamweight belt in London

BIG DREAMS. Johnriel Casimero looks to join the growing list of Filipino boxing world champions. File ohoto from Alvin S. Go/Rappler


German woman boxer's fight to wear headscarf in the ring

Oct 05, 2019 - 11:05 AM

'It was as if I had to prove twice as much because not only am I a woman who boxes, but I also wear the headscarf,' says 21-year-old Berlin boxer Zeina Nassar

German boxer Zeina Nassar poses during a training session on August 23, 2019 in Berlin. Berlin boxer Zeina Nassar's fighting spirit has won her plenty of titles, but her battle to wear the hijab in the ring has also made her an equal opportunity champion. Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP

Marcial heads PH boxing lineup for SEA Games

Sep 30, 2019 - 11:36 PM

Eumir Marcial targets a third gold medal, while Carlo Paalam, Rogen Ladon, Ian Clark Bautista, and Charly Suarez look to impress

BACK-TO-BACK. Eumir Marcial looks to defend his middleweight gold medal in the SEA Games. File photo


Marcial settles for silver in World Boxing Championships

Sep 22, 2019 - 12:45 AM

Eumir Marcial becomes only the third Filipino to win a silver in the Worlds

FILIPINO PRIDE. Eumir Marcial deliver another medal for the Philippines. Screengrab from Youtube/AIBA Boxing


Ancajas trains hard for 8th title defense vs dangerous Rodriguez

Sep 16, 2019 - 8:01 PM

Jerwin Ancajas will be forced to keep his guard up against Jonathan Javier Rodriguez, who rendered his foe comatose in his last fight

DEFEND THE THRONE. Jerwin Ancajas seeks to keep his IBF super flyweight belt. File photo by Alvin Go/Rappler


Elorde drops world title bid vs Navarrete

Sep 15, 2019 - 3:22 PM

Juan Miguel Elorde fails to snatch the WBO super bantamweight crown from Emanuel Navarrete

KNOCKED OUT. Juan Miguel Elorde loses the world title bid against Emanuel Navarrete. Photo by Alvin Brian Go/Rappler

Odds against Elorde in quest for Navarrete’s WBO world title

Sep 15, 2019 - 7:59 AM

Juan Miguel Elorde, the grandson of the late Filipino boxing great Flash Elorde, takes a shot at a world crown against Emanuel Navarrete

Taduran wins world crown, stops Salva in 4 rounds

Sep 08, 2019 - 10:37 AM

Albay pride Pedro Taduran deals Samuel Salva his first loss to bag the IBF minimumweight title

REDEMPTION. Pedro Taduran finally bags a world title after falling short against a Thai foe last year. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Magsayo nails WBC Asia featherweight title in Bohol homecoming

Sep 01, 2019 - 12:12 AM

Bohol's pride Mark 'Magnifico' Magsayo keeps his record perfect at 20-0 after defeating Thai veteran Panya Uthok via unanimous decision

UNDEFEATED. Despite a boxing layoff, Mark Magsayo quickly returns to his winning ways. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Giovanni Escaner retains PH bantam title at Pride of Bohol

Aug 31, 2019 - 11:38 PM

Emptying his clips in the final round, Giovanni Escaner scores a split decision win over Renoel Pael as Filipino undercard fighters up the ante

STILL THE CHAMP. Giovanni Escaner (riight) survives a gritty challenge from Renoel Pael. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Mark Magsayo vs Panya Uthok - WBC Asia Featherweight Championship

Aug 31, 2019 - 6:25 PM

Filipino fighter Mark Magsayo puts his unbeaten streak on the line against Thai veteran Panya Uthok at Pride of Bohol

Powell Balaba raring to restart 30-loss career at Pride of Bohol

Aug 30, 2019 - 4:03 PM

Boholano fighter Powell Balaba goes for a shot at redemption after a series of unfortunate events saw him absorbing a staggering 30 losses

SECOND CHANCE. Filipino flyweight Powell Balaba hopes to turn his fortunes around. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

WATCH: Mark Magsayo vs Panya Uthok weigh-in

Aug 30, 2019 - 11:48 AM

A confident Magsayo, who carries a perfect 19-0 record with 14 knockouts, heads into the weigh-in declaring he’s in great shape for the homecoming fight against Uthok

Peñalosa drops bid to claim IBO flyweight crown

Aug 25, 2019 - 8:55 PM

Carlo Caesar Peñalosa sustains an injury as Maximino Flores takes the IBO flyweight title via split technical decision

HALTED. Carlo Caesar Peñalosa (right) sustains an injury from an accidental head butt against Maximino Flores. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Saludar, sans trainer and manager, yields world title in Puerto Rico

Aug 25, 2019 - 5:48 PM

Filipino fighter Vic Saludar loses his WBO minimumweight title to Puerto Rican Wilfredo Mendez

TOUGH LOSS. Vic Saludar (left) falls short as Wilfredo Mendez becomes Puerto Rico’s lone reigning boxing world champion.

Casimero to prepare early for world title fight vs Tete

Aug 25, 2019 - 1:20 PM

Fresh off a knockout win, Johnriel Casimero needs to return to training in a few weeks to gear up for his US title bout against Zolani Tete in November

BIG WIN. Johnriel Casimero (center) celebrates with his team and MP Promotions president Sean Gibbons (second from left) after a knockout victory over Cesar Ramirez. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Casimero retains crown with Ramirez KO

Aug 24, 2019 - 11:19 PM

Packing in the power, Johnriel Casimero scores a knockout win over Mexican Cesar Ramirez to keep his WBO interim bantamweight title

Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler