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

'Black Panther' tops 'Wrinkle' as Disney dominates at the box office

Mar 12, 2018 - 10:22 AM

The film's opening in China boosts its international takings to $516.6 million, pushing its overall total past the $1 billion mark

Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER..L to R: Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) and T'Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman)..Photo: Matt Kennedy..©Marvel Studios 2018

'Underdog' Pacquiao announces Matthysse fight in June

Mar 09, 2018 - 2:02 PM

'This is going to be a tough fight. Matthysse is also a knockout artist. But I'm excited to fight and be a world champion again,' says Manny Pacquiao

BACK AT IT. Manny Pacquiao will be facing Argentinian Lucas Matthysse in June. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Underdog' Michael Dasmariñas determined to take home IBO world title

Mar 07, 2018 - 7:38 PM

Michael Dasmariñas, ranked 12th by the World Boxing Council, will be facing No. 4 rated Karim Guerfi of France for the International Boxing Organization bantamweight world title

WORLD TITLE. Michael Dasmarinas (left) will contend for the International Boxing Organization bantamweight world title on April 20 in Singapore. At Dasmarinas' side is trainer Tacy Macalos. Photo by Delfin Dioquino

Pacquiao confirms he will fight in June in Kuala Lumpur

Mar 07, 2018 - 1:34 PM

There is greater possibility that Pacquiao's opponent will be WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse

JUGGLER. Senator Manny Pacquiao during a senate session on September 27, 2017. File photo by Joseph Vidal

Pacquiao eyes next fight in Malaysia in May or June

Mar 06, 2018 - 10:19 PM

'Definitely, Malaysia is where we will fight. If not May, this coming June, maybe third week of June, so the preparation will not conflict with my work,' says Pacquiao

HELLO. Senator Manny Pacquiao in the file photo enters the Batasang Pambansa last year. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Canelo Alvarez tests positive ahead of Gennady Golovkin bout

Mar 06, 2018 - 12:15 PM

A voluntary drug test shows Alvarez has trace amounts of clenbuterol in his system and a statement by his camp says the level was "consistent with meat contamination that has impacted dozens of athletes in Mexico over the last years."

POSITIVE. In this file photo, Canelo Alvarez is in his corner during his first fight against Gennady Golovkin for the WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight championship at T-Mobile Arena on September 16, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Deontay Wilder improves to 40-0 with 10th round TKO of Luis Ortiz

Mar 04, 2018 - 1:38 PM

Deontay Wilder now has 39 knockouts out of his 40 fights

UNSCATHED. Deontay Wilder keeps his record spotless with a TKO win over Luis Ortiz. File photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Cebu City welcomes home Filipino boxing champ Donnie Nietes

Mar 02, 2018 - 11:21 AM

Fans and media in Cebu City open their arms to welcome back to the country Nietes, the longest reigning Filipino world boxing champion

CHAMP. The Philippine's longest reigning boxing world champion Donnie "Ahas" Nietes shows his IBF flyweight belt to the crowd gathered for his homecoming and thanksgiving dinner in Cebu City. Photo by PJ Estan

British boxer dies hours after winning fight

Feb 27, 2018 - 6:41 PM

Scott Westgarth dies hours after his victory over Dec Spellman says British Boxing Board of Control

LAST. This was the last post of the Facebook page of British boxer Scott Westgarth.

Nietes, Viloria tip the scales for Superfly 2

Feb 24, 2018 - 3:41 PM

Their upcoming matches will open on Sunday, February 25, Manila time

TITLE DEFENSE. Donnie Nietes looks to defend his IBF Flyweight title. Photo by Jhay Oh Otamias

Virus rules German Jurgen Braehmer out of Callum Smith bout

Feb 21, 2018 - 10:58 AM

Braehmer's place in the super-middleweight semi-final bout Saturday against the unbeaten Smith will be taken by former kick-boxer Nieky Holzken of the Netherlands

DOWNED BY VIRUS. In this file photo Germany's Juergen Braehmer (right) and Britain's Nathan Cleverly fight in a WBA light-heavyweight in Germany on October 1, 2016. Photo by Ronny Hartmann / dpa / AFP

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

DOTr: No baggage pilferage in NAIA Terminal 1

Feb 06, 2018 - 4:20 PM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade makes the announcement after a social media post claimed that the baggage of a Filipino couple was pilfered at NAIA 1

NO PILFERAGE? The Department of Transportation disputes a social media post on an alleged case of luggage theft at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1. Image of NAIA Terminal 1 from Wiki Commons

'Extremely worried' Olympics body threatens to expel boxing

Feb 04, 2018 - 10:06 PM

This comes as the IOC opens an investigation into the sport's controversial governing body and says concerns linger over possible match-fixing at Rio 2016

AMATEUR BOXING. In this file photo, Ankushita Boro (L) of India and Ekaterina Dynnik of Russia take part in the final bout of the Women’s Light Welterweight (64kg) category at the AIBA Youth Women's World Boxing Championship 2017 in Guwahati on November 26, 2017. / Biju Boro/AFP

Jerwin Ancajas remains world champ via TKO in rousing U.S. debut

Feb 04, 2018 - 12:58 PM

Jerwin Ancajas does not let it go the distance to retain his IBF junior bantamweight world title

STOPPAGE. Jerwin Ancajas makes a statement win in his US debut. Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, January 29-February 3, 2018

Feb 04, 2018 - 9:50 AM

Must-watch videos this week

Mayweather drops another hint at MMA fight

Feb 03, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Mayweather might be seen standing inside a UFC cage in a few months

RETURNING THE FAVOR. Mayweather's teaser video is hinting that he will see McGregor in the cage this time. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/AFP

Jerwin Ancajas debuts in U.S. to defend IBF jr bantamweight belt

Feb 02, 2018 - 3:50 PM

It is new territory for the 26-year-old from Panabo City and he hopes to live up to expectations of fans looking for the next great Filipino fighter

CHAMP. Filipino Jerwin Ancajas IBF junior bantamweight champ finally debuts in the US. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Canelo Alvarez to face Gennady Golovkin in middleweight title rematch

Jan 30, 2018 - 4:22 PM

The sensational sequel puts Golovkin's World Boxing Association, International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Council crowns up for grabs

REMATCH. In this file photo, Gennady Golovkin of Kazakhstan shows his title belts following his WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight championship fight with Canelo Alvarez at the T-Mobile Arena on September 16, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. John GURZINSKI / AFP

Before becoming champion, Jerwin Ancajas fought poverty and hunger

Jan 19, 2018 - 7:07 PM

Even as his popularity rises, Ancajas never loses sight of his early struggles and sacrifices

HUNGER TO SUCCEED. Jerwin Ancajas recalls days before he was champion when his father struggled to feed him and his siblings.

Nietes vs Reveco title defense set for LA, will open HBO broadcast

Jan 19, 2018 - 1:10 PM

Donnie Nietes will make his first appearance on HBO on February 24

BIG EXPOSURE. Donnie Nietes vs Juan Carlos Reveco will open the HBO Boxing After Dark broadcast. File photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Lomachenko’s manager says Pacquiao fight not happening: ‘He’s an old man’

Jan 18, 2018 - 4:50 PM

'Lomachenko beating him takes him nowhere,' says Egis Klimas

NOT INTERESTED. Lomachenko's manager thinks Pacquiao should fight guys closer to his own weight. Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images/AFP

'Gandarrapido: The Revenger Squad' tops MMFF 2017 box office

Jan 18, 2018 - 1:54 PM

'Ang Panday,' 'Siargao,' and 'Haunted Forest round up the Top 4 earners

Mark Anthony Barriga vs ex-champ Jose Argumedo ordered for IBF title eliminator

Jan 13, 2018 - 7:14 PM

Barriga vs Argumedo is being eyed for March in either China, Mexico, or the US

TITLE ELIMINATOR. Mark Anthony Barriga will face former champion Jose Argumedo of Mexico for the right to challenge for the IBF strawweight title. File photo by PJ Estan/Rappler

Chinese boxer Zou Shiming fights to save eyesight and career

Jan 12, 2018 - 3:52 PM

The two-time Olympic gold medalist may never fight again due to eye injuries

ROAD TO RECOVERY. Despite suffering eye injuries which are likely to end his career, Zou Shiming reassures his fans "I'm still me." File photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Canelo-Golovkin rematch will happen in May - report

Jan 12, 2018 - 9:09 AM

The rematch of their contentious draw will happen on Cinco de Mayo, according to the Los Angeles Times

REMATCH. Gennady Golovkin and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez battled to a draw in their first meeting. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Jayson Mama, Palaro star and unbeaten pro boxer, headlines in GenSan

Jan 11, 2018 - 7:22 PM

Jayson Mama will face Michael Camelion for the vacant WBO Asia Pacific youth flyweight title on January 21 at the Gaisano Mall Atrium in General Santos City

PROSPECT. Jayson Mama balances his life as a pro boxer and student at Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Colleges. Photo from Sanman Promotions

MMFF 2017 exceeds P1-billion mark

Jan 08, 2018 - 9:50 PM

The Metro Manila Film Festival Executive Committee also announces that the screening of films is extended in select cinemas

Before training camp, Nonito Donaire helps give away 100 homes in Iloilo

Jan 07, 2018 - 8:45 PM

Donaire will fight Carl Frampton on April 21 in Northern Ireland

GIVING BACK. Nonito Donaire Jr came to the Philippines to help turnover homes donated to typhoon victims before officially starting training camp for his fight with Carl Frampton. File photo by Alecis Cuarezma/Getty Images/AFP

Romero Duno matched with 'perfect opponent' on Linares-Gesta card

Jan 07, 2018 - 5:41 PM

Yardley Suarez is known for coming to fight, and not having the best chin

NEXT UP. Romero Duno will face Mexican banger Yardley Suarez on January 27 at The Forum. File photo by Jhay Oh Otamias

Pinoy boxer Ernesto Saulong gets title shot vs IBF champ Ryosuke Iwasa

Jan 06, 2018 - 7:27 PM

Iwasa makes his first title defense against Saulong on March 1 in Japan

TITLE SHOT. Ernesto Saulong will get a shot at the IBF junior featherweight title held by Japan's Ryosuke Iwasa. Photo from Saulong's Facebook

Milan Melindo vows to fight on: 'I can be world champion again'

Jan 04, 2018 - 7:30 AM

After some much needed rest, Melindo wants to begin his quest for a second world championship

END OF REIGN. Milan Melindo says it just wasn't his night when he lost to Ryoichi Taguchi, but isn't making excuses. Photo by Toru Yamanaka/AFP

QC police chief defends drop boxes: 'Even private establishments have them'

Jan 04, 2018 - 6:55 AM

Quezon City police chief Chief Superintendent Guillermo Eleazar defends the local government-funded drop boxes

QUEZON CITY CHIEF. Chief Superintendent Guillermo Eleazar supports the drop box reporting scheme. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Quezon City installs crime drop boxes despite DILG scrapping the project

Jan 03, 2018 - 8:27 PM

The DILG dropped the abuse-prone project under the anti-drug 'Masa Masid' program in 2017 after public outrage and upon senators' demand

PROUD. Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista and Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte lifts up a sample drop box to the media. Quezon City photo

'Star Wars' rides high as Disney celebrates another $6 billion year

Jan 03, 2018 - 1:19 PM

'The Last Jedi' earns $66.8 million over the 4-day holiday weekend in North America

IN PHOTOS: Brave Melindo loses decision to Taguchi in unification fight

Dec 31, 2017 - 10:42 PM

Milan Melindo loses his IBF title to WBA champion Ryoichi Taguchi in Japan

Why the Melindo-Taguchi championship fight won't be shown live in PH

Dec 30, 2017 - 10:29 PM

Melindo vs Taguchi will be shown in the Philippines on January 2, two days after the fight takes place

UNIFICATION BOUT. Milan Melindo's title-winning fight wasn't shown live in the Philippines, and neither will his unification bout against Ryoichi Taguchi on New Year's Eve. Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Marlon Tapales makes ring return in March, may sign with ALA

Dec 30, 2017 - 8:51 PM

Tapales will face a Thai opponent in Australia on March 17

UNDER CONSIDERATION. The management of Marlon Tapales reveals they're considering an offer to sign with ALA Promotions. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Milan Melindo not worried about Taguchi’s height: It's boxing, not basketball

Dec 30, 2017 - 3:22 AM

Strategy, not height will determine the winner, says Melindo's trainer Edito Villamor

SHORTER CHAMPION. Milan Melindo stands 4 inches shorter than Ryoichi Taguchi, but has made a career out of beating taller foes. Photo from ALA Promotions' Facebook

WATCH: Ten best knockouts of Pinoy boxing in 2017

Dec 29, 2017 - 7:00 PM

A look back at the most destructive knockouts by Filipino boxers in 2017

HEAVY HITTERS. Romero Duno had one of the most destructive KOs of Pinoy boxing in 2017. Photo by Jhay Oh Otamias/Rappler

Milan Melindo wants to become a boxing legend, starting with title unification

Dec 27, 2017 - 7:20 PM

Milan Melindo and Ryoichi Taguichi will unify the WBA and IBF titles, with Ring magazine's lineal championship on the line as well

UNIFICATION. Milan Melindo believes his opponent is a one-trick pony, saying Ryoichi Taguchi is "nothing" if he can stop his left hook to the body. Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

MMFF 2017 sets new record for first two days

Dec 27, 2017 - 1:16 PM

'The big achievement is bringing back our kababayans to the theaters,' says Metro Manila Film Festival 2017 Execom chair Tim Orbos

The next Manny Pacquiao? No, he's the first Jerwin Ancajas

Dec 27, 2017 - 3:45 AM

Jerwin Ancajas admits feeling pressured to live up to the 'next Manny Pacquiao' tag, but he's focused on making his own legacy

PROTÉGÉ. There are some similarities between Jerwin Ancajas and Manny Pacquiao, but Ancajas is focused on building his own identity as a champion. Photo from Pacquiao's Facebook page

Brian Viloria to get vacant flyweight title shot – manager

Dec 26, 2017 - 4:27 PM

Viloria will try to win his fifth world title on February 24 in Inglewood, California

ANOTHER TITLE FIGHT. Former two-division champion Brian Viloria will face unbeaten contender Artem Dalakian for the vacant WBA flyweight title, his manager tells Rappler. File photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Jerwin Ancajas signs two-year deal with Top Rank

Dec 25, 2017 - 4:19 PM

Jerwin Ancajas will fight the first bout of his deal with Top Rank on February 3 in Texas

NEW DEAL. Jerwin Ancajas will now be promoted by Top Rank, which had guided the careers of Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire Jr. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

2017: The best of Philippine boxing

Dec 23, 2017 - 2:02 PM

Jerwin Ancajas has a breakout year, while champions and contenders rise up on the ever-changing scene of Philippine boxing

Danny Garcia to face Brandon Rios in comeback from first loss

Dec 22, 2017 - 7:36 AM

Garcia faces Rios in his first fight after losing a decision to Keith Thurman

RING RETURN. Danny Garcia steps back into the ring after missing the rest of 2017 following his first defeat. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Jason Pagara misses weight, loses by sixth-round TKO in Japan

Dec 19, 2017 - 9:28 PM

Jason Pagara weighs in two pounds over the 140-pound limit before getting stopped in 6 rounds by Hiroki Okada

KNOCKED OUT. Jason Pagara may be done as a world title contender after being stopped by Hiroki Okada in Japan. File photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Mercito Gesta gets chance to rewrite his story with second world title shot

Dec 19, 2017 - 6:57 AM

Over 5 years after his first world title shot, Mercito Gesta gets a second opportunity against WBA lightweight champion Jorge Linares

ANOTHER SHOT. Filipino boxer Mercito Gesta gets a second shot at a world title when he faces Jorge Linares. Photo from Gesta's Facebook page