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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

Rappler Fight Night: Ivan Soriano vs Jaysever Abcede, Mark Anthony Barriga vs Glenne Calacar

Dec 18, 2017 - 3:54 PM

Ivan Soriano faces Jaysever Abcede for the interim OPBF junior flyweight title, plus Mark Anthony Barriga vs Glenne Calacar and AJ Banal vs Jason Egera

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' second-highest opening ever in North America

Dec 18, 2017 - 7:20 AM

(UPDATED) The latest installment of the epic space opera is bettered only by 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which took $248 million on its debut weekend

PREMIER NIGHT. Stormtroopers and Praetorian guards pose on the red carpet for the European Premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the Royal Albert Hall in London on December 12, 2017. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Barriga continues march towards title contention; AJ Banal wins ring return

Dec 17, 2017 - 6:35 PM

Mark Anthony Barriga boxes his way to a unanimous decision win while AJ Banal shakes off some ring rust after two years out of the ring

STILL UNDEFEATED. Mark Anthony Barriga, a 2012 Olympian, could be on track for a world title elimination bout in 2018. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

McGregor not interested in Pacquiao fight, wants MMA bout next

Dec 17, 2017 - 10:19 AM

'I think a true fight is what I want to do next,' says the MMA fighter turned 0-1 boxer

BACK TO THE CAGE. Asked what is in his immediate future, Conor McGregor said "MMA next." Photo by Paul Faith/AFP

Jerwin Ancajas to defend title against Israel Gonzalez in U.S. debut

Dec 16, 2017 - 2:26 PM

Jerwin Ancajas will face a once-beaten Mexican in Corpus Christi, Texas on February 3, 2018

NEXT DEFENSE. Jerwin Ancajas will make his US debut in February, 17 years after his promoter Manny Pacquiao first fought there. Photo By Alvin S. Go/Team Ancajas

Mayweather-McGregor sells 4.3 million PPVs, just short of May-Pac record

Dec 15, 2017 - 11:21 AM

Mayweather and McGregor got a lot of buck for their bang

KNOCKOUT BUSINESS. Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor generated a lot of money in their crossover fight despite cries of mismatch from many in the sport. File photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/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

Tyson Fury cleared to fight again after 'nightmare' two-year layoff

Dec 13, 2017 - 8:26 AM

Tyson Fury's two-year ban for a positive drug test has been backdated, clearing the way for his ring return

RING RUST. Tyson Fury has dealt with many problems since winning the heavyweight title, having ballooned in weight, failed drug tests, and suffered depression. File photo by Oli Scarff/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

Lomachenko forces Rigondeaux to quit on his stool

Dec 10, 2017 - 12:46 PM

Guillermo Rigondeaux packs it in after the sixth round, quitting on his stool for his first ever defeat as a pro.

EASY WORK. Vasyl Lomachenko puts a beating on Guillermo Rigondeaux until the Cuban fighter quits on his stool following the sixth round. File photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images/AFP

Aston Palicte sets sights on title fight after dismantling Jose Rodriguez in Texas

Dec 09, 2017 - 6:35 PM

Aston Palicte is in devastating form for his most experienced foe to date, stopping Jose Alfredo Rodriguez in 5 rounds

HEAVY HITTER. Aston Palicte finished off the former title challenger from Mexico with a mix of uppercuts and overhand rights. File photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

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

[Gameplan] Athlete advocates health and fitness to beat cancer

Dec 07, 2017 - 8:00 AM

The moment Louie Sangalang finds out he has cancer, he tries to learn as much as he can about his disease, and tells himself he is going to do everything in his power to fight it

James DeGale in tip-top shape ahead of Caleb Truax bout

Dec 06, 2017 - 12:48 PM

DeGale takes on Truax at London's Copper Box Arena on Saturday, December 9, in his first fight on home soil for three years and the UK boxer's first bout since surgery on his right shoulder following his bruising draw against Badou Jack in January

LAST FIGHT. Badou Jack and James DeGale react after their WBC/IBF Super Middleweight Unification bout resulted in a draw at the Barclays Center on January 14, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Dengvaxia issue, Sereno acquittal, Cotto retirement | Evening wRap

Dec 04, 2017 - 9:38 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Acor Arceo

Miguel Cotto retires from boxing with loss to Sadam Ali

Dec 04, 2017 - 1:02 PM

'It is,' says Puerto Rican boxer Miguel Cotto when asked if the bout is his last. 'I want to be happy in my home and enjoy my family.'

HIS LAST. Miguel Cotto reacts after losing to Sadaam Ali in their Junior Middleweight bout at Madison Square Garden on December 02, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

John Vincent Moralde battered by Toka Kahn Clary in US debut, loses by 7th round TKO

Dec 02, 2017 - 12:07 PM

John Vincent Moralde suffers his first defeat as a professional as his corner keeps him on his stool after 7 rounds

FIRST LOSS. John Vincent Moralde will move up to 130 or 135 pounds after struggling to make featherweight, his promoter says. Screenshot from live stream

British boxer Tyson Fury vows to 'be myself' upon ring return

Nov 29, 2017 - 1:49 PM

The British boxer has been out of action for two years, with a failed drugs test in June 2016 blocking his comeback to professional boxing

Charr ends Germany's 85-year wait for a boxing world heavyweight champion

Nov 27, 2017 - 12:53 PM

The Beirut-born Manuel Charr is Germany's first world heavyweight champion since Max Schmeling reigned from 1930-1932

CHAMP. Germany's Manuel Charr (center) raises his fist as Russia's Alexander Ustinov is on his knees during the eighth round of their WBA world heavyweight boxing title bout on November 25, 2017 in Oberhausen, western Germany. Photo by Guido Kirchner/dpa/AFP

New Comelec chief, Maguindanao massacre, Pacquiao and McGregor | Evening wRap

Nov 24, 2017 - 8:40 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Pacquiao calls out McGregor for #realboxingmatch

Nov 24, 2017 - 1:43 PM

Manny Pacquiao sends Irish MMA star a Thanksgiving greeting packed with a veiled challenge for a #realboxingmatch #2018

[OPINION] Microtransactions are the dark side of modern video games

Nov 21, 2017 - 2:45 PM

If video games adopt microtransaction systems at the expense of the fun and general escapism that video games have always provided us, then count me out

[Gameplan] Boxing for newbies

Nov 20, 2017 - 1:40 PM

Take small steps to wellness and try out boxing!