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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

Ruiz rues three-month party as Joshua avenges loss

Dec 08, 2019 - 3:46 PM

Andy Ruiz weighs in 15 pounds heavier than his fighting weight 6 months ago as he fails to defend his heavyweight titles

REGRET. Andy Ruiz admits he trained too late for his title-retention bout against Anthony Joshua. Photo by Fayez Nureldine/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


Joshua defeats Ruiz to reclaim heavyweight crowns

Dec 08, 2019 - 2:01 PM

Anthony Joshua takes back his IBF, WBA, and WBO titles with a masterclass over Andy Ruiz in their rematch

REDEMPTION. Joshua Anthony exacts revenge on Andy Ruiz, the only man to beat him in the professional ranks. File photo Fayez Nureldine/AFP


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, Jimenez give more focus on technique, timing

Nov 25, 2019 - 11:35 PM

Jerwin Ancajas concentrates less on power and more on accuracy as his eighth title defense for his IBF super flyweight belt nears

PREPARED. Jerwin Ancajas is fit and ready for battle. Photo from Twitter/trboxing


Winning and misery: 7 takeaways from the UST-UP battle

Nov 15, 2019 - 5:31 PM

Renzo Subido turns into a UST legend, the Aldin Ayo effect continues, rumors of a potential UP exodus swirl, plus all the hot buzz in the classic showdown

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

After painful exit, Manzo wants UP to keep winning mindset

Nov 15, 2019 - 12:05 PM

Cebuano standout Jun Manzo says he’s just glad to witness the Maroons’ transformation from a perpetual cellar-dweller to a Final Four contender

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Tigers target bigger upset: 'This is not our main goal'

Nov 14, 2019 - 10:35 PM

After stunning the UP Fighting Maroons, UST coach Aldin Ayo reminds his Tigers that their job is far from done

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Kobe Paras embraces changed mindset in UAAP debut season

Nov 14, 2019 - 11:02 AM

After a stellar run ended in a heartbreak, UP stalwart Kobe Paras just wants to 'take a break and enjoy life'

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

GDLs future with UP in doubt after heartbreak exit vs UST

Nov 13, 2019 - 9:41 PM

'We couldn’t prove the haters wrong,' says UP stalwart Juan Gomez de Liaño

TRAGIC. Juan Gomez de Liaño gets consoled by temmates Ricci Rivero and Kobe Paras after UP's heartbreaking loss to UST. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Tears and thrills as UST takes fight out of UP

Nov 13, 2019 - 8:37 PM

The UST Growling Tigers prove too strong for the UP Fighting Maroons yet again to advance to a title showdown against the Ateneo Blue Eagles

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

UST Tigers roar back to shock favored UP Maroons

Nov 13, 2019 - 6:35 PM

(UPDATED) The UST Growling Tigers overcame the twice-to-beat advantage of the UP Fighting Maroons to arrange a championship showdown against Ateneo

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

MVP Chabi Yo tips hat to ex-MVP Akhuetie for 'tough matchup'

Nov 11, 2019 - 7:52 PM

Soulemane Chabi Yo and UST have a chance to sweep UP and set up a UAAP finals date with Ateneo

CUT ABOVE THE REST. UAAP MVP Soulemane Chabi Yo continues to provide a steady presence for UST. Photo from UAAP


Juan GDL not focusing on UST win streak heading into do-or-die

Nov 11, 2019 - 2:51 PM

UST has swept UP in their 3 matches in UAAP Season 82, but the Fighting Maroons can get back at the Growling Tigers in the most important duel between them

BATTLE OF WILL. Juan Gomez de Liaño says the UP Fighting Maroons need to "want it more" in their do-or-die match against the UST Growling Tigers. Photo from UAAP


Rivero downplays LED punching incident in lopsided loss

Nov 10, 2019 - 10:57 PM

A frustrated Ricci Rivero injures his shooting hand after punching an LED screen

DISAPPOINTED. Ricci Rivero ends up hurting his right hand during the Maroons’ blowout loss to the Tigers. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Kobe Paras mum on subpar outing in UP blowout loss

Nov 10, 2019 - 9:35 PM

After a stellar run all season, UP star Kobe Paras winds up with just 9 points in his first UAAP playoff game

IN PHOTOS: UST vs UP – UAAP Season 82, semifinals

Nov 10, 2019 - 8:33 PM

UST forces a do-or-die game for the last UAAP Finals berth as the UP Maroons plunge to another loss against the Tigers

EARLY DOWNFALL. Rhenz Abando – who delivers 17 points, 7 boards and 3 blocks – fuels a hot UST start as Ricci Rivero and the Maroons dive into a double-digit hole early. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Staying alive: UST forces knockout semis duel vs UP

Nov 10, 2019 - 6:38 PM

UST proves too puzzling for UP yet again as the Growling Tigers force a winner-take-all match for the last UAAP Finals berth

Friends and foes: Ricci, Brent face off in UP-UST semis duel

Nov 10, 2019 - 10:52 AM

Even if their La Salle departure led them to different parts of the UAAP map, UP’s Ricci Rivero and UST’s Brent Paraiso remain tight

Sports wRap: Missing Wesley So, bracing for UP-UST

Nov 09, 2019 - 5:46 PM

Rappler Sports hosts Agatha Uvero and Naveen Ganglani talk about chess whiz Wesley So and the blockbuster UP and UST semifinal showdown in the UAAP

Not subjudice: UST-UP ribbing reaches Supreme Court

Nov 08, 2019 - 3:08 PM

UP alum Justice Marvic Leonen comes to the defense of the Fighting Maroons as Thomasian Chief Justice Peralta says, 'Walang laban ang UP'

Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta (left) and Associate Justice Marvic Leonen (right)

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

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 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


Perasol rues 'immense weaknesses' as Ateneo schools UP

Nov 01, 2019 - 11:28 AM

After UP absorbed a double demolition against Ateneo, coach Bo Perasol admits the Maroons look too far behind

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

SCHEDULE: UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball semis, finals

Oct 31, 2019 - 5:39 PM

The last 4 teams standing fight for the UAAP men's basketball crown starting with a stepladder semifinals

SHOWDOWN. Soulemane Chabi Yo and the UST Growling Tigers look to pull off another upset in the title series versus the Ateneo Blue Eagles. Photo by Josh Albelda

‘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

LOOK: UAAP Season 82 stepladder semifinals

Oct 31, 2019 - 12:09 PM

Which team gets to challenge the Ateneo Blue Eagles for the UAAP men's basketball crown?

TITLE HOPEFUL. Juan Gomenz de Liaño and the Maroons look to arrange another championship series against the Blue Eagles. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

FINALS-BOUND: Ateneo completes rare sweep after UP drubbing

Oct 30, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Mighty Ateneo clinches an outright UAAP title berth after capping a perfect 14-0 elimination run with a rout of UP

UNTOUCHABLE. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Rivero embraces defensive role in Maroons’ Final Four return

Oct 30, 2019 - 9:22 AM

As UP tries to clear one last hurdle in the elimination round, Ricci Rivero makes the most out of his new tasks in the loaded Maroons roster

NEW ROLE. Ricci Rivero knows his place in the star-studded UP squad. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Ravena emphasizes need for strong start vs cardiac-gaming UP

Oct 30, 2019 - 8:27 AM

‘Business is not done,’ says Thirdy Ravena as Ateneo targets a 14-0 sweep of the UAAP elimination round

GAME FACE. Ateneo star Thirdy Ravena says there should be no room for complacency. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Ateneo vs UP - UAAP Season 82 round 2

Oct 29, 2019 - 4:02 PM

Mighty Ateneo shoots for a 14-0 elimination sweep but a UP side riding on momentum plans to play spoiler

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


UAAP Player of the Week Manzo making every game count for UP

Oct 28, 2019 - 3:03 PM

Jun Manzo steers the ship as the UP Fighting Maroons sail towards history with its second straight Final Four appearance

PLAYOFF BONUS. Jun Manzo and the UP Fighting Maroons clinch the twice-to-beat incentive heading into the Final Four. Photo from UAAP


Paras grateful Maroons stepped up in twice-to-beat clincher

Oct 27, 2019 - 10:18 PM

The UP Fighting Maroons nail the No. 2 spot and the semifinal bonus for the first time in the Final Four era

Photo release

IN PHOTOS: UP vs La Salle – UAAP Season 82, 2nd round

Oct 27, 2019 - 8:44 PM

Check out some photos of the heart-stopping showdown that propels UP back to the Final Four and boots out La Salle

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

UP eliminates La Salle, clinches Final Four twice-to-beat

Oct 27, 2019 - 6:41 PM

In another cardiac contest, the UP Fighting Maroons survive a La Salle fightback to secure the No. 2 spot and the semifinal bonus

THRILLER. Kobe Paras and the Maroons put an end to Jamie Malonzo and the Green Archers' Final Four hopes. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/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

UP 'Cramming Maroons'? Coach Bo Perasol looks at positives

Oct 25, 2019 - 5:34 PM

All 8 wins of the UP Fighting Maroons this season have been decided by no more than 6 points

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Manzo relishes last few games for UP with clutch performances

Oct 23, 2019 - 3:56 PM

After becoming an afterthought in the loaded Maroons’ offensive arsenal, Jun Manzo wants to make a mark in the final stretch of the season

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

UP escapes NU, clinches Final Four playoff

Oct 23, 2019 - 12:39 PM

In another cardiac finish, the UP Maroons slip past the NU Bulldogs to inch closer to a return trip to the Final Four

Photo release

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

Kobe Paras credits Maroons' comeback ability to overseas training

Oct 22, 2019 - 11:42 AM

'If you guys watched our off-season, we went to Taipei, I think that’s where we got how we play to fight back,' says Kobe Paras

TAIWAN EXPERIENCE. Kobe Paras thinks that the UP Fighting Maroons learned how to stage massive comebacks from their overseas trainings. Photo from UAAP release

Chauca takes 'full responsibility' for repeat meltdown versus UP

Oct 21, 2019 - 2:52 PM

Adamson gets swept by UP in UAAP Season 82, squandering double-digit leads in their two encounters

TAKING RESPONSIBILITY. Val Chauca shoulders the burden as Adamson sees its Final Four hopes further dented. Photo from UAAP


IN PHOTOS: UP vs Adamson – UAAP Season 82, 2nd round

Oct 20, 2019 - 10:05 PM

Check out some photos of the cardiac victory that kept the UP Maroons at solo No. 2

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Juan GDL sustains resurgent form as Maroons step up drive

Oct 20, 2019 - 8:53 PM

Hampered by lingering injuries for most of the season, Juan Gomez de Liaño feels relieved he gets to deliver in the crucial stretch of UP’s campaign

STILL FIGHTING. Despite the struggles, Juan Gomez de Liaño thinks the Maroons can again battle for the crown. Photo release

UP stages stunning comeback in sweep of Adamson

Oct 20, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Figuring in another thriller, UP rallies from a double-digit deficit in the final quarter to escape Adamson and keep hold of the No. 2 spot

Photo by Josh Albelda/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