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Filipino boxer Romero Duno defeats crafty Juan Sanchez by decision in LA

Sep 24, 2017 - 11:54 AM

Juan Pablo Sanchez didn't come to lay down but Romero Duno gets the win by unanimous decision.

TOUGH WIN. Romero Duno had to work to a decision win against a fighter not keen on being bulldozed. Photo by Jhay Oh Otamias

Donaire, with new promoter and trainer, returns with decision win over Hernandez

Sep 24, 2017 - 10:31 AM

Nonito Donaire wins a unanimous decision against unheralded Mexican boxer Ruben Garcia Hernandez in San Antonio.

BACK WITH A WIN. Nonito Donaire Jr returned to the featherweight division with a new promoter and new head trainer. Photo from Ringstar Sports

GAB, DOH sign MOA to provide free exams for pro boxers

Aug 16, 2017 - 7:38 AM

The provision will be included in the Games and Amusements Board s budget proposal for next year

HEALTH COVERAGE. GAB chairman Abraham Mitra and DOH secretary Paulyn Rosell-Ubial shake hands after signing their agreement as members of the boxing community look on. Photo from GAB

Rising star Paalam, returning conqueror Bautista primed for 2017 SEA Games

Aug 13, 2017 - 6:50 PM

Carlo Paalam and Ian Clark Bautista are part of a strong boxing team the Philippines will send to the Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia

READY TO RUMBLE. Carlo Paalam, whose used to sell newspapers, cigarettes and vegetables in Cagayan de Oro to survive, will make his SEA Games debut in Malaysia. Photo by Toby Roca/Rappler

Boxing: Jade Bornea faces tough Thai in Polomolok step-up

Aug 06, 2017 - 6:11 PM

Jade Bornea s promoter predicts he ll be a world champion in two years

STEP-UP FIGHT. Jade Bornea will face what looks to be his toughest test to date against once-beaten Jakkrawut Majoogoen of Thailand. Photo from Sanman Promotions

GAB 'blacklists' 70 boxers for submitting fake CT scans

Jul 08, 2017 - 12:38 PM

Seventy Filipino boxers have been barred from fighting until they can produce legitimate CT scan results

That time has come, Manny Pacquiao

Jul 05, 2017 - 4:41 PM

The sport of boxing is as unforgiving to older fighters as it is redeeming for younger ones Retirement should be his next step

WARRIOR. With nothing left to prove in the ring, Manny Pacquiao's next step should be retirement. Photo by Patrick Hamilton/AFP

WATCH: Jerwin Ancajas is ready for primetime

Jun 30, 2017 - 1:41 PM

Ancajas may not get much recognition walking down the street just yet but that could change in the near future

EXPOSURE. Jerwin Ancajas had no Philippine TV coverage for his world title victory or first defense, but will have the world as his stage underneath the Pacquiao-Horn fight. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Pacquiao vs Horn - Battle of Brisbane

Jun 30, 2017 - 12:26 PM

Follow live updates of the Manny Pacquiao vs Jeff Horn WBO welterweight title fight plus IBF junior bantamweight champ Jerwin Ancajas vs Teiru Kinoshita

Jerwin Ancajas gets spotlight of a lifetime on Pacquiao-Horn card

Jun 28, 2017 - 5:15 PM

Jerwin Ancajas will get his biggest exposure – and payday – for his second title defense in the Pacquiao Horn co main event

CHAMPION'S SPOTLIGHT. Jerwin Ancajas (L), seen alongside Irish Olympic star Michael Conlan, will be making a career-high payday and having his highest exposure in the co-featured fight below Pacquiao-Horn. Photo from Ancajas' Facebook

Overlooked champ Marlon Tapales continues to fight for respect

Apr 20, 2017 - 10:00 AM

WBO bantamweight champion Marlon Tapales could be one of the best Filipino boxers ever his manager feels But he s still struggling for attention in his home country

UNDERRATED. Filipino boxer Marlon Tapales has delivered exciting performances on his way to the championship, but a lack of TV support means few Filipinos have seen his recent wins. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Jonas Sultan, road warrior and reluctant Zorro, set for Jaro showdown

Mar 17, 2017 - 2:05 PM

Sultan vs ex world champ Sonny Boy Jaro figures to be one of the best domestic fights of the year in the Philippines even if there s been relatively little hype on it

ZORRO. Jonas Sultan isn't one of the more celebrated boxers in the Philippines, but he's making his reputation by pulling off upsets over better-known fighters around the world. File photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

WATCH: Pinoy boxer Rey Megrino scores 23-second KO in Hong Kong

Mar 11, 2017 - 11:06 PM

Megrino blasts out Japanese fighter Yuki Strong Kobayashi with his first serious punch of the fight

DANGEROUS JOURNEYMAN. Rey Megrino is the most dangerous opponent with a nearly-even record in the sport today. Photo from Brico Santig's Facebook

Arum dismisses reports of Pacquiao-Khan fight deal as 'BS'

Feb 21, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Bob Arum says reports of a deal for Manny Pacquiao to face Amir Khan have come out of nowhere

NOT YET DONE. Top Rank CEO Bob Arum says there's no truth to reports that Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan have reached an agreement for a fight. File photo by Wendell Alinea/Rappler

Drian Francisco returns to the ring with dominant win over Mateo Handig

Feb 19, 2017 - 3:00 AM

Gintong Kamao dominates in his first fight in 15 months while Mark Anthony Barriga remains unbeaten

RUST SHAKER. Drian Francisco says he feels like he's 25 years old again after outpointing the brave Mateo Handig. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Nietes-Eaktawan set for April 29 in Cebu

Feb 18, 2017 - 3:38 PM

Donnie Nietes will have hometown advantage when he faces Eaktawan Krungthepthonburi for the vacant IBF flyweight title

TITLE FIGHT Donnie Nietes will try to become the third Filipino to win world titles in 3 divisions. Photo by Arvee Eco/Rappler

Boxing: 'Zorro' Sultan faces ex-champ Jaro in intriguing domestic clash

Feb 17, 2017 - 5:32 PM

Hot junior bantamweight prospect Jonas Sultan will face former world champion Sonny Boy Jaro on March 19 at Makati Cinema Square

DOMESTIC CLASH. Jonas Sultan will try to bolster his credentials as a legitimate title contender while Sonny Boy Jaro looks to spark one more run at a world title at Sultan's expense.

Ancajas to defend title against Mexico's Rodriguez

Dec 28, 2016 - 2:10 PM

IBF junior bantamweight titleholder Jerwin Ancajas will meet Mexican Jose Alfredo Rodriguez on January 29 in Macau

FIRST DEFENSE Jerwin Ancajas will meet Mexico's Jose Alfredo Rodriguez, the number 15 ranked contender who is coming off 3 straight victories. Photo by Rappler

Filipino-Scottish boxer John Thain gets shot at British championship

Nov 24, 2016 - 9:46 PM

Thain an Edinburgh based boxer born to a Filipina mother is coming in as the underdog against British welterweight champ Bradley Skeete this Friday

FILIPINO ROOTS. John Thain, a half-Filipino boxer from Scotland, says he's prepared to "dig deep" to pull the championship away from the favored Bradley Skeete. Photo from Thain's Facebook

Filipino boxer Ricky Sismundo finds his best success on the road

Oct 29, 2016 - 2:41 PM

The Boholano boxer trains in Japan but has made his mark in Canada with two impressive showings against favored opponents

INTERNATIONAL. Ricky Sismundo is a Filipino fighter who lives and trains in Japan, but has fought his two biggest performances in Quebec, Canada. Photo by Bob Levesque/Photozone

Pinoy Pride 38: Nietes wins flyweight debut; Magsayo cruises to decision win

Sep 25, 2016 - 12:39 PM

Donnie Nietes defeats Edgar Sosa by unanimous decision while Mark Magsayo extends his undefeated streak to 15 0 against Ramiro Robles

VICTORIOUS PINOYS. Filipino boxers Donnie Nietes and Mark Magsayo get wins at Pinoy Pride 38. File Photos from Jay Directo/AFP and Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Pacquiao regrets comparing gays to animals, but stands firm on belief

Sep 13, 2016 - 2:46 PM

The Filipino boxing icon turned politician admits he made a mistake by claiming gay people were worse than animals

STANDING FIRM. Manny Pacquiao says he regrets comparing gays to animals but stands firm in his belief about same-sex marriage. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Albert Pagara is no Pacquiao wannabe

Jul 09, 2016 - 8:21 PM

Philippine boxing fans may be looking for the next Manny Pacquiao Albert Pagara is intent on being his own man

UNDEFEATED. Albert Pagara, seen firing a left hook at Yesner Talavera during his last fight in February, will face one of his most durable opponents to date in Cesar Juarez. File photo by Arvee Eco/Rappler

Boxing: Palicte makes statement with Silvano knockout

Jun 25, 2016 - 4:54 PM

Aston Palicte knocks out Vergilio Silvano in the seventh round with a perfectly placed right uppercut to put his career back on track

KO WINNER. Aston Palicte rebounded from his split-decision loss to Junior Granados with a knockout win over Vergilio Silvano. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

PH boxers Marcial, Bautista fight for Olympic dream

Jun 16, 2016 - 12:19 PM

For Eumir Marcial and Ian Clark Bautista their Olympic dreams come down to one final qualifying tournament in Azerbaijan

GOLDEN DREAMS. Eumir Marcial (pictured) and Ian Clark Bautista will try to add to the Philippines' boxing delegation at the Rio Olympics

Pacquiao shocked by Abu Sayyaf kidnap plot claim

Apr 28, 2016 - 5:27 PM

Manny Pacquiao says he has beefed up security for his family after President Benigno Aquino III reveals that the Abu Sayyaf had plotted to kidnap him or his children

'SHOCKED.' Sarangani Representative and boxing champ Manny Pacquiao (left) answers questions on an alleged Abu Sayyaf plot to kidnap him on April 28, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

GenSan boxing prospects invade Manila for free show

Apr 26, 2016 - 7:38 PM

Unbeaten fighters Magic Mike Plania and Lorence Rosas clash in a 10 round bantamweight fight on a show free to the public this Saturday at Makati Square Arena

BRAWL AT THE MALL. 'Magic' Mike Plania (L) and Lorence Rosas (R) clash in a fight between two men who have yet to taste defeat as professionals

WATCH: Nonito Donaire challenges all comers at junior featherweight

Apr 25, 2016 - 2:55 PM

Nonito Donaire isn’t overly concerned with whom he faces next after his easy 3 round demolition of overmatched Hungarian Zsolt Bedak

FLASH DRIVE. Nonito Donaire Jr looked like his former pound for pound candidate self against Zsolt Bedak. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Magsayo rises off canvas to stop Avalos in war

Apr 23, 2016 - 11:05 PM

Mark Magsayo comes off the canvas in round 3 to score a technical knockout in a Fight of the Year candidate

MAGNIFICO. Mark Magsayo lives up to his nickname against Chris Avalos. File photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

WATCH: Pinoy boxer Allan Tañada KOs Indonesian contender

Apr 23, 2016 - 1:00 PM

Filipino boxer Allan Tañada pounds Indonesian Roy Mukhlis into submission for his first significant win in 6 years

INTERNATIONAL DUTY. Allan Tanada, seen during a training session in 2012, scored the biggest win of his career in 6 years. File photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Boxer Mark Magsayo: 'I want to follow the footsteps of Manny Pacquiao'

Apr 22, 2016 - 12:43 AM

Featherweight prospect Mark Magsayo hopes his fight with Chris Avalos this Saturday will be his springboard to international success and world titles

MAGNIFICO. Mark Magsayo hopes his fight with Chris Avalos leads him to bigger fights in the United States. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Broken ex-champ Navarrete cautions about the dangers of drugs

Apr 19, 2016 - 5:32 PM

For former boxing champ Rolando Navarrete it started with his desperation for a girl s love It’s been one disaster after another since

Ex-world boxing champion Rolando Navarrete Sr tells his story. Photo by Buena Bernal

Randy Petalcorin returns to the ring in Australia

Apr 14, 2016 - 10:57 AM

Top junior flyweight boxer Randy Petalcorin faces Tanzanian Omari Kimweri on Friday hoping to rekindle the momentum he lost during the last year and a half of limited activity

BACK IN THE RING. Randy Petalcorin is happy to be back in the ring after being plagued by inactivity. Photo by Arvee Eco/Rappler

There will never be another Manny Pacquiao

Apr 11, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Whether or not Pacquiao sticks to his retirement Pacquiao s legacy as the greatest Filipino athlete ever is secure

FAIRY TALE ENDING. If this was the last time Manny Pacquiao enters a boxing ring, he left the sport on his own terms. Photo by John Gurzinski/AFP

One last window for PH boxing Olympic bid

Apr 05, 2016 - 10:13 PM

More Filipino boxers can still make it to the Rio Olympics

OLYMPICS-BOUND. Charly Suarez (L) and Rogen Ladon are already bound for the Rio Olympics. Will more Filipino boxers join them? Photo from ABAP

Philippine Olympic delegation taking shape

Apr 03, 2016 - 1:11 PM

Other potential athletes who may make the Philippine delegation include swimmers Jessie Lacuna and Jasmine Alkhaldi and weightlifters Hidilyn Diaz and Nestor Colonia

OLYMPICS-BOUND. With boxers Charly Suarez (L) and Rogen Ladon qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics, the Philippine contingent is now up to 5. Suarez file Photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP, Ladon photo a screenshot from AIBA livestream

Palace confident of Pacquiao victory vs Bradley

Apr 12, 2014 - 6:42 PM

Malacañang along with the entire country expects a victory from boxing icon Manny Pacquiao on Sunday

FACE TO FACE. Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley both face career-altering circumstances heading into their rematch. Photo by Jhay Otamias/Rappler

2013: The best of PH boxing

Dec 30, 2013 - 3:28 PM

Glorious fights astonishing upsets rising stars and the return of an icon made 2013 a year to remember for boxing

Sports Illustrated names Donaire 'Fighter of the Year'

Dec 29, 2012 - 2:17 PM

In a sport starved for new superstars Donaire 30 is emerging as one He is fast with power in both hands Sports Illustrated writes

FIGHTER OF THE YEAR. Sports Illustrated says Donaire deserves the title for winning "bigger" battles outside the ring.Scott Halleran/Getty Images/AFP

Should Pacquiao retire?

Dec 11, 2012 - 1:47 PM

Media commentators ask Manny Pacquiao to retire after his heavy defeat in Las Vegas

Pacquiao, Donaire, Viloria: Year-end fights to see

Aug 28, 2012 - 8:47 AM

As the year comes to a close the best fights featuring Filipino boxers have yet to come

No Olympics for Pinoy boxer Suarez

Apr 12, 2012 - 8:23 PM

Filipino fighter Charly Suarez loses to China s Quiang Liu in the finals of the Asian Olympic qualifiers