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Canelo loses IBF belt after title defense deal collapses

Aug 02, 2019 - 10:31 PM

Middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez has been forced to relinquish his IBF belt after negotiations with Sergiy Derevyanchenko fell through

FURIOUS. The camp of Canelo Alvarez (left) – who won the IBF belt after beating Daniel Jacobs – calls the incident as an 'insult' to boxing. Photo from DAZN

IBF gives Jerwin Ancajas highest honor

May 09, 2019 - 6:27 PM

The pride of Panabo City remains as the longest reigning 115-pound champion among boxing’s major governing bodies.

TOP MAN. After a systematic demolition of Japanese Ryuichi Funai, Jerwin Ancajas gets the Jersey Joe Walcott plum from IBF. File photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Ancajas stops Funai in 7th title defense

May 05, 2019 - 2:38 PM

The Filipino champion rediscovers his deadly form after settling for a split draw in his previous title defense

FINE FORM. Jerwin Ancajas proves too powerful and skillful for Ryuichi Funai. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler


Ancajas to weigh at least 128 on fight vs Funai

May 04, 2019 - 3:39 PM

The Filipino boxer breezes through the scales in the official weigh-in for the seventh title defense of his IBF super flyweight crown

ASIAN CLASH. Filipino Jerwin Ancajas (left) and Japanese Ryuichi Funai tangle for the IBF super flyweight belt. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler


Filipino boxer Mark Barriga falls short of world title

Dec 02, 2018 - 3:32 PM

The former Olympian fails to snatch the IBF minimumweight crown after absorbing a split decision loss to Mexican-American Carlos Licona

HALTED. Mark Barriga sees his nine-fight winning streak snapped. Photo by Alvin S. Go


Barriga switches stance in world crown collision vs Licona

Dec 01, 2018 - 8:26 PM

Undefeated Filipino fighter Mark Barriga looks to exploit his hand speed and ring smarts against Mexican-American Carlos Licona for the IBF minimumweight crown

Photo from RealFight PH (@realfihgtph)

Lighter Barriga set to put pressure on Licona

Nov 29, 2018 - 7:46 PM

Now at 107 pounds, Filipino fighter Mark Barriga expects to get his rhythm early against Mexican-American Carlos Licona in their Los Angeles bout this weekend

ALL SET. Mark Barriga plans to come out more aggressive against Carlos Licona in their IBF minimumweight title clash. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Barriga leaves for Los Angeles in quest of world crown

Nov 22, 2018 - 5:56 PM

A leaner Mark Barriga hopes to showcase his stronger punching power and ring smarts against fellow unbeaten fighter Carlos Licona

UNDEFEATED. Mark Barriga aims to hike his perfect record to 10-0. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Barriga hones up offense skills for world title fight vs Licona

Nov 15, 2018 - 9:57 PM

Chief trainer Joven Jimenez says Mark Anthony Barriga is peaking in time for his December 1 bout versus Mexican-American Carlos Licona

ADDED ARSENAL. Mark Anthony Barriga won't just rely on his defensive skills this time. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

PH boxer Randy Petalcorin soldiers on after Alvarado loss

Oct 30, 2018 - 6:14 PM

Randy Petalcorin fails to clinch the IBF light flyweight title over Felix Alvarado

WARRIOR. Randy Petalcorin did not back down without a fight against Nicaraguan Felix Alvarado. Photo by Alvin Brian Go/Rappler

Filipino Randy Petalcorin KOed by Nicaraguan in world title fight

Oct 29, 2018 - 9:04 PM

The home bet succumbs to Felix Alvarado in their bout for the International Boxing Federation light flyweight belt

SNAPPED. Randy Petalcorin sees his six-fight winning streak halted. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler.


KO artists Petalcorin, Alvarado collide for world title

Oct 27, 2018 - 8:01 PM

Filipino Randy Petalcorin and Nicaraguan Felix Alvarado clash for the vacant IBF light flyweight crown

ON A ROLL. Filipino figher Petalcorin has won his last 6 fights. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Barriga peaking for world title battle against Licona

Oct 26, 2018 - 7:54 PM

This early, Mark Barriga feels ready to take on Mexican-American Carlos Licona for the IBF minimumweight crown on December 1

HARD WORK. From as heavy as 130 pounds, Mark Barriga is now down to 114. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Ancajas starts training for Rungvisai title fight

Oct 19, 2018 - 8:39 PM

Filipino champion Jerwin Ancajas wastes no time preparing for a potential unification title bout versus Thai Srisaket Sor Rungvisai

READY. Jerwin Ancajas gears up for another possible US fight in January. Photo by Alvin Brian Go/Rappler

Mark Barriga gears up for world title bout in Los Angeles

Oct 12, 2018 - 1:22 PM

The former amateur standout starts his intense training for the IBF minimumweight title fight against Mexican-American Carlos Licona

READY. Mark Barriga (left) recently trained with Filipino world boxing champion Jerwin Ancajas in Oakland. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Beterbiev knocks out Johnson to keep light heavyweight crown

Oct 07, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Russia's Artur Beterbiev keeps his perfect record with 13 knockout wins in as many professional fights

EXPLOSIVE. Artur Beterbiev and Callum Jonhson trade punches during their IBF world light heavyweight title fight. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP

Ancajas sweats it out for Barrios title fight

Sep 23, 2018 - 8:39 PM

Filipino champion Jerwin Ancajas says no way is he taking Mexican Alejandro Santiago Barrios lightly

BUILDUP. Jerwin Ancajas’ chief trainer Joven Jimenez says his ward shouldn’t overtrain. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Heavyweight champion Joshua stops Povetkin

Sep 23, 2018 - 9:58 AM

Britain's Anthony Joshua knocks out Alexander Povetkin to retain his world heavyweight titles

KNOCKOUT. Russia's Alexander Povetkin falls backwards as Britain's Anthony Joshua throws a punch to knock him to the canvas in the 7th round during their boxing world heavyweight title fight. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Jerwin Ancajas ripped, ready at 120 lbs

Sep 22, 2018 - 9:46 PM

Unable to dazzle in his last fight, the Filipino boxer aims to leave a lasting impression on his third straight title defense in the United States

DEFENSE. Filipino Jerwin Ancajas will make his sixth title defense for this IBF super flyweight belt against Mexico's Alejandro Santiago Barrios. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler


Filipino boxer Jerwin Ancajas leaves for U.S. for title defense

Sep 18, 2018 - 11:49 PM

The Filipino IBF junior bantamweight champion will fight Alejandro Santiago of Mexico on September 30 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California

Photo by Alvin Brian Go/Rappler

Ancajas trains despite rains, winds

Sep 14, 2018 - 9:18 PM

Filipino champion Jerwin Ancajas looks all ready to defend his IBF junior bantamweight crown against Mexican Alejandro Santiago Barrios

CONDITIONED. Jerwin Ancajas isn’t taking his younger foe lightly. Photo by Alvin Brian Go/Rappler

Ancajas nears top shape in title defense vs Barrios

Sep 03, 2018 - 5:21 PM

The Filipino boxing star wants to leave a mark in his third appearance in the US

KEEPING HIS BELT. Jerwin Ancajas will try to defend his IBF title for the 6th time. File photo from Alvin S. Go


Jerwin Ancajas to face Mexican Santiago in September

Aug 12, 2018 - 9:47 AM

The rising Filipino ring star puts his IBF super flyweight title on the line for the 6th time

PILING IT UP. Jerwin Ancajas looks to stretch his winning streak to 18 fights. File photo by Alvin S. Go


Garcia overpowers Easter to unify lightweight titles

Jul 29, 2018 - 3:27 PM

American boxer Mikey Garcia keeps his WBC title and grabs Robert Easter's IBF belt via a unanimous decision victory

GUTSY. Mikey Garcia (right) dominates Robert Easter, in a battle of undefeated champions then boldly calls out Errol Spence. Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images/AFP

Ancajas returns to Fresno for September title defense

Jul 13, 2018 - 5:52 PM

The Filipino world champion is set to defend his IBF super flyweight crown on September 14 against a still unnamed opponent

RING CEREMONY. Filipino world champion Jerwin Ancajas (center) receives a ring from IBF president Daryl Peoples (second from left) for defending his title 3 times last year. They're flanked by (from left) Ancajas' manager/trainer Joven Jimenez, IBF ratings chairman Anibal Miramontes and international matchmaker Sean Gibbons. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Spence keeps title with quick KO of Ocampo

Jun 17, 2018 - 2:06 PM

The American boxer decks Mexican challenger Carlos Ocampo right in the first round

POWER PUNCH. Errol Spence sends previously unbeaten challenger Carlos Ocampo to the canvas to score his 21st career knockout. Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images/AFP

Ancajas’ potential unification fight foe Yafai wants to be division ‘top man’

May 27, 2018 - 5:09 PM

WBA king Khalid Yafai may be in line for Jerwin Ancajas as the Filipino champion successfully defends his IBF super flyweight belt against compatriot Jonas Sultan

IBF super flyweight king Jerwin Ancajas extends his winning streak to 17 fights with his unanimous decision win over Jonas Sultan. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler


Ancajas defends IBF belt, bests Sultan with UD win in historic All-Filipino clash

May 27, 2018 - 11:36 AM

The titleholder from Panabo City retains his super flyweight crown for the 5th time and extends his winning streak to 17 fights

CHAMP. Jerwin Ancajas retains his world title for the 5th time in two years. Photo by Alvin S. Go


HIGHLIGHTS: Jerwin Ancajas vs Jonas Sultan fight for IBF world title

May 27, 2018 - 9:58 AM

Follow live updates of the Jerwin Ancajas vs Jonas Sultan IBF super flyweight title fight on Saturday, May 26 at 9:30 pm ET (Sunday, May 27, 9:30 am Philippine time) in Fresno, California

Locked and weighed in: Ancajas, Sultan slug it out for world title

May 26, 2018 - 8:44 PM

The two Filipino boxers square off tomorrow, May 27 (Philippine time), for the IBF world super flyweight belt

SLUGFEST. IBF super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas and challenger Jonas Sultan square off in the first all-Filipino world title in nearly a century. Photo by Alvin S. Go

Sultan vows not to waste world champion chance vs Ancajas

May 25, 2018 - 8:57 PM

The 26-year-old Sultan is a win away from realizing his dream of wearing a world title belt

COLLISION COURSE. IBF champion Jerwin Ancajas and challenger Jonas Sultan square off in the first all-Filipino world title in 93 years. Photo by Alvin S. Go


Ancajas not thinking of KO win in world title clash vs compatriot Sultan

May 21, 2018 - 9:24 PM

In his 16-fight winning streak starting in 2012, Ancajas has not gone the distance in all but one bout

GEARING UP. IBF super flyweight champion is still trying to lose weight for his May 27 bout against compatriot Jonas Sultan. Photo by Alvin S. Go

LOOK: Jerwin Ancajas gears up for first all-Filipino world title bout in 93 years

May 20, 2018 - 7:41 PM

The Filipino champion puts his IBF super flyweight title on the line for the 5th time against compatriot Jonas Sultan

DEFENDING THE THRONE. Jerwin Ancajas eyes to defeat compatriot Jonas Sultan in his 5th title defense for his IBF super flyweight title. Photo from Alvin Brian Go


Paras falls prey to Japanese champ in world title bout

May 20, 2018 - 5:22 PM

The 19-year-old Filipino scores a knockdown but fails to finish the job as Hiroto Kyoguchi defends his IBF minimumweight belt

FALLING SHORT. A win for Vince Paras could have resulted in another all-Filipino world title fight. Photo from Paras' Facebook account


Ancajas feels pressure in facing fellow Filipino Sultan on May 26

Apr 18, 2018 - 1:11 PM

Critics deem the fight to be 'not as exciting' just because it's a Pinoy vs Pinoy bout

HEADLINE. Jonas Sultan (left) and Jerwin Ancajas will be headline their own bout in ESPN on May 26. Photos by Ryan Songalia/Rappler (Sultan) and Alecs Ongcal/Rappler (Ancajas)

Donnie Nietes climbs to super flyweight, drops IBF flyweight belt

Apr 11, 2018 - 5:08 PM

'To go up in weight is never easy but this is my dream, to become a 4th division world champion and to fight all the big names at super flyweight,' says Nietes

UP A NOTCH. Donnie Nietes moves up to the super flyweight division. Contributed photo


Deontay Wilder 'will come to UK' to fight Anthony Joshua, insists manager

Apr 04, 2018 - 2:57 PM

Wilder's co-manager says: 'We are really glad that Anthony Joshua said for the first time 'I will fight Deontay next...' and we believe he is a man of his word. Deontay accepts the challenge.'

HUNGRY. In this file photo taken on March 03, 2018, heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder of the US fights contender Luis Ortiz of Cuba (out of frame) during their WBC heavyweight title fight in New York.  Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Heavyweight Anthony Joshua has eyes only for opponent Joseph Parker

Mar 28, 2018 - 12:12 PM

Joshua says, 'it's 1,000 percent one fight at a time... My future stops on Saturday. One fight at a time. All this talk about Wilder. I'm looking at Parker, he's a champion for a reason'

STARE DOWN. Britain's Anthony Joshua (left) and New Zealand's Joseph Parker face off posing during a press conference in London on March 27, 2018 ahead of their world heavyweight title unification boxing bout. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Brit boxer Joshua tells heavyweight American rival Wilder to 'stop the fantasy'

Mar 22, 2018 - 6:46 PM

Should such a bout between British boxer Joshua, the IBF and WBA title-holder, and American rival Wilder, the WBC champion, take place it could be one of the richest in history

CHAMP. In this file photo Britain's Anthony Joshua, WBA, IBF and IBO world heavyweight boxing champion, attends a press conference in central London to promote his March 31 world heavyweight unification bout against New Zealand's Joseph Parker, WBO world heavyweight champion, to be fought in Cardiff. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Canelo Alvarez is a dope cheat, says middleweight king Gennady Golovkin

Mar 21, 2018 - 10:52 AM

In explosive comments at his secluded mountain training camp in Big Bear, Golovkin says Alvarez enjoys preferential treatment throughout his career by authorities in Nevada

ACCUSER. 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. Photo by John Gurzinski/AFP

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


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

Donnie Nietes: The legacy that could’ve been

Apr 27, 2017 - 10:39 PM

Donnie Nietes fights for a third world title this weekend but the question of why he hasn t fought bigger names plagues his legacy

QUIET CHAMPION. Donnie Nietes had hoped to fight big name champions Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez and Juan Francisco Estrada but the marquee fights have so far eluded the Filipino champion. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Britain's Joshua to defend heavyweight title against Molina

Nov 02, 2016 - 10:32 AM

Anthony Joshua will defend his International Boxing Federation IBF world heavyweight title against Eric Molina in Manchester on December 10

TITLE DEFENSE. British boxer Anthony Joshua will defend his IBF world heavyweight title against American Eric Molina. Photo by BEN STANSALL / AFP

Milan Melindo gets another shot at world title – report

Jan 06, 2015 - 8:37 PM

Melindo will face IBF light flyweight title holder Javier Mendoza of Mexico

Milan Melindo lands a right hand on Martin Tecuapetla during his bout in May 2014. File photo by Denmark Delores

Hopkins shows age in lopsided loss to Kovalev

Nov 09, 2014 - 5:07 PM

Bernard Hopkins loses with a lopsided unanimous decision against Sergey Kovalev

OLD MAN DOWN. 50-year-old Bernard Hopkins (R) loses to 31-year-old Sergey Kovalev.Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Farenas stops Davis via TKO in title eliminator

Jul 03, 2014 - 2:59 PM

Filipino boxer Michael Farenas wins over Mark Davis who suffers his first loss in his prizefighting career

Boxing: China's Zou Shiming stops Yokthong in Macau

Feb 23, 2014 - 3:35 AM

Chinese flyweight Zou Shiming took the next step towards a world title shot when he registered the first stoppage win of his professional career against Thailand s Yokthong Kokietgym on Saturday

CHINA CHIN CHECKER. Zou Shiming celebrates his victory over Harry Tanamor of the Philippines in their 2007 AIBA World Boxing Championships finals bout in Chicago, Illinois. Photo by Tannen Maury/EPA

Boxing: Carl Froch ordered to face George Groves in rematch

Jan 25, 2014 - 4:33 AM

England s Carl Froch has been ordered to give compatriot George Groves a rematch within 90 days or be stripped of his world title by the International Boxing Federation

MANDATED. Carl Froch, shown here during his 2010 bout with Mikkel Kessler, must face George Groves again or be stripped of his super middleweight title. Photo by Henning Bagger/EPA

Attacked Pinoy boxer is consistent knock-out champ

Feb 17, 2012 - 9:37 PM

Ormoc born boxer Johnriel Casimero has only lost 2 of 18 fights in his relatively young career

KNOCK-OUT CHAMP. Johnriel Casimero, 22, has won mostly knock-out victories and only 2 losses in his young career. Screen grab from Youtube