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Pakistan's mother-daughter boxing duo KO taboos

Oct 31, 2016 - 4:46 PM

Drawn to boxing thanks to Muhammad Ali a 19 year old Pakistani girl and her mother strive amid a deeply conservative society in hopes of one day winning gold in Olympic boxing

In this photograph taken on October 6, 2016, 19-year-old Pakistani boxer Razia Banu boxes during a practice session at the Pak Shaheen Boxing Club in Karachi. Behind her are photos of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, who inspired her into boxing. ASIF HASSAN / AFP

Irish Olympic boxing heroine Katie Taylor turns pro

Oct 28, 2016 - 9:19 AM

Katie Taylor puts the disappointment of failing to defend her lightweight title in Rio behind her when she turns pro on November 26

GOLDEN GIRL. Katie Taylor will turn pro on the undercard of fellow 2012 Olympic gold medalist and current heavyweight titleholder Anthony Joshua. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Boxing on brink after Rio Olympics judging controversies

Aug 22, 2016 - 2:35 PM

The Games would not be complete without boxing controversy of one kind or another

CONTROVERSY. Evgeny Tishchenko of Russia (red) is declared winner against Vassiliy Levit of Kazakhstan during the men's heavyweight 91kg final bout of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The result sparked controversy as the Russian is booed by the crowd. EPA/VALDRIN XHEMAJ

Claressa Shields becomes first American to retain Olympic boxing title

Aug 22, 2016 - 2:38 AM

The American middleweight dominates her Dutch foe en route to her second straight gold medal

DOMINANCE. Claressa Shields was never threatened in Rio as she dominated the field once again. File photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Cuban Ramirez beats Mayweather protege Stevenson for Olympic gold

Aug 21, 2016 - 2:56 AM

USA s boxing gold medal drought continues as Cuba s Robeisy Ramirez wins the bantamweight crown at the expense of Shakur Stevenson

GOLDEN BOY. Robeisy Ramirez joins an elite list which includes Joel Casamayor, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Felix Savon and Teofilo Stevenson of Cuban boxers to win multiple Olympic gold medals. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Olympic boxing champ resists KOing foe - because she was having fun

Aug 20, 2016 - 5:34 AM

American Claressa Shields was so dominant that she dropped her hands against her Kazakh opponent

DOMINANCE. Claressa Shields is one win away from repeating as middleweight Olympic champion. File photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Rio braces for tasty US-Cuba boxing clash

Aug 19, 2016 - 11:05 AM

Many believe the upcoming bout between Robeisy Ramirez and Shakur Stevenson should be the best fight of the boxing event in Rio

Russian boxer in judging controversy withdraws due to injury

Aug 18, 2016 - 10:55 PM

Vladimir Nikitin who was awarded a decision over Michael Conlan which most felt was inappropriate pulls out of his semifinal match with Shakur Stevenson

BRONZE. Vladimir Nikitin, who was fortunate to receive decisions over Chatchai Bundee and Michael Conlan, will not compete in his semifinal match. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Irish boxer Conlan blasts 'corrupt' judging after controversial loss

Aug 17, 2016 - 8:23 AM

They ve robbed me of my Olympic dream says reigning bantamweight world champ Michael Conlan claims which AIBA dismisses

IRATE. Michael Conlan tore his shirt off and voiced his disgust after the decision went against him in his quarterfinal match. Photo by Valdrin Xhemaj/EPA

Mayweather turns up at Rio Olympics boxing – only to watch

Aug 14, 2016 - 1:10 PM

The former world champion makes a surprise appearance in Rio de Janeiro in the afternoon boxing session a pair of headphones planted in his ears

RIO SPECTATOR. Retired boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. (R) attends a boxing match at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 13, 2016. YURI CORTEZ / AFP

Filipina-Micronesian boxer trades Wall Street for Olympic gloves

Aug 13, 2016 - 1:10 PM

Jennifer Chieng whose mother is from the Philippines works on Wall Street when she isn t punching faces

CRUNCHING NUMBERS AND PUNCHING FACES. Jennifer Chieng, who lost to America's Mikaela Mayer, has no regrets for taking a sabbatical at work to become the first female boxer to represent Micronesia at the Olympics. Photo by Larry French/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: British boxer scores most vicious knockout of Rio Olympics

Aug 12, 2016 - 11:25 PM

You have to go in there and lose respect for everyone said Joshua Buatsi after knocking Uzbek Elshod Rasulov down 3 times

MAMA SAID KNOCK YOU OUT. Britain's Joshua Buatsi wasn't interested in hearing the scorecards against Elshod Rasulov. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Onyok Velasco still has not received Olympic medal bonus 20 years later

Aug 11, 2016 - 12:35 PM

After being told his paperwork had been lost Onyok Velasco waits for the P2 5 million incentive he was promised for earning a silver medal at the 1996 Games

STILL WAITING. Boxer Mansueto "Onyok" Velasco has yet to receive the full incentive promised to him for earning the Philippines its second Olympic silver medal in 1996. Photo from Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.

Classy Cuban boxers continue Olympic tradition of dominance

Aug 11, 2016 - 11:47 AM

Cuba has won 34 gold medals in Olympic boxing and looks set on adding more in Rio

PH boxer Rogen Ladon on Olympic loss: 'I was too excited'

Aug 09, 2016 - 1:45 PM

Even in our dreams we didn t think he d lose said coach Nolito Velasco after Ladon s surprise loss to Colombia s Yuberjen Martinez

OVERWHELMED. The Olympic spotlight was too much for Rogen Ladon to handle in his bout against Colombia's Yuberjen Martinez. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Second Olympic boxer arrested for alleged sexual assault

Aug 09, 2016 - 2:56 AM

Namibia s flag bearer Jonas Junias Jonas is arrested for sexually assaulting a room cleaner in Olympic Village

ARRESTED. Boxer Jonas Junias Jonas allegedly groped a cleaning woman from behind, kissed her and offered her money while his coach was present. Photo by Pedro Ugarte/AFP

On verge of vomiting, boxing medal favorite Barnes ousted early

Aug 09, 2016 - 2:10 AM

Paddy Barnes a two time light flyweight Olympic bronze medalist says he is wrecked after being upset by Spain s Samuel Heredia in Rio

UPSET. After two straight bronze medals, many thought 2016 would be Paddy Barnes' year. Instead he's heading home after losing his first fight. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

PH boxer Ladon loses decision to Colombian Martinez in Rio

Aug 08, 2016 - 10:53 PM

Filipino boxer Rogen Ladon loses a unanimous decision to Colombia s Yuberjen Martinez in the light flyweight round of 16

ELIMINATED. Rogen Ladon's campaign at the Rio Olympics came to an early end at the hands of Colombia's Yuberjen Martinez. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

PH boxer Suarez loses split decision to Britain's Cordina in Rio

Aug 07, 2016 - 5:26 AM

Charly Suarez drops a decision to his taller foe leaving Rogen Ladon as the last Pinoy boxer standing in Rio

OUT OF RIO. Filipino boxer Charly Suarez (R) dropped a split decision in his first bout in Rio de Janeiro to Joe Cordina (L). Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Table tennis, boxing and swimming kick-off Philippine action at Olympics

Aug 06, 2016 - 5:15 PM

Ian Lariba Charly Suarez and Jessie Lacuna will start the Philippines off at the Rio Games

Charly Suarez (R) is one of 3 Filipinos who see action the day after the opening ceremony. File photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

Pinoy boxers skip Olympic opening to prepare for battle

Aug 06, 2016 - 4:28 PM

Filipino lightweight Charly Suarez studies his British opponent Joe Cordina on YouTube as he misses the opening ceremony to get in the zone

READY FOR WAR. Charly Suarez (L) will face Welsh boxer Joe Cordina in the early morning hours Manila time. File Photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

Moroccan boxer arrested over alleged sex attacks in Olympic Village

Aug 06, 2016 - 12:22 AM

The Olympic boxer is accused of sexually assaulting two Brazilian room cleaners

ARRESTED. Moroccan boxer Hassan Saada isn't having the best pre-fight preparations at the moment. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Lady Luck shines on, scorns Pinoy boxers in Olympic draw

Aug 05, 2016 - 6:26 PM

Filipino boxers Charly Suarez and Rogen Ladon will have to swim through shark infested waters at the Olympic boxing tournament in Rio de Janeiro

LUCK OF THE DRAW. Like Bon Jovi said, 'Luck ain't even lucky' for the Pinoy Olympic boxers. Photo from Suarez's Facebook

Olympic boxing enters new era with pro fighters, no headgear for men

Aug 05, 2016 - 4:48 PM

A new points system no headgear for men and pro boxers are some of the changes that will be seen at the Rio Olympics

CHARLY HUSTLE. Filipino boxer Charly Suarez (L) will compete at lightweight, one of two Filipinos in the tournament. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Some boxer named Muhammad Ali will compete at the Rio Olympics

Aug 05, 2016 - 1:09 PM

No it s not the 1960 Olympic gold medalist and 3 time heavyweight champ

US Olympic boxers find inspiration in Muhammad Ali

Aug 04, 2016 - 3:09 AM

The United States is drawing on the memory of heavyweight legend Muhammad Ali to power them to Olympics boxing gold

GREATEST INSPIRATION. Claressa Shields, will defend her 2012 gold medal in Rio, is one of 8 American boxers at this year's Olympiad. Like several of her teammates, she finds inspiration in the late Muhammad Ali, a 1960 gold medalist. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

PH boxer Rogen Ladon obsessed with winning Olympic gold

Aug 03, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Claim the gold like it’s already yours says the light flyweight boxer from Negros Occidental

GOLDEN DREAMS. Rogen Ladon, a light flyweight boxer, has one mission in mind: winning the Philippines' first gold medal.

Australia coaches agree to help short-handed Pinoy boxers in Rio

Aug 01, 2016 - 11:50 AM

Australia head coach Kevin Smith and assistant Don Abnett will help Nolito Velasco in the corner while Velasco will work as a cutman in their corner

HELP IS HERE. Charly Suarez (L), coach Nolito Velasco (C) and Rogen Ladon (R) will receive help in the corner from Kevin Smith, the British-born Australia head coach who assisted Filipino boxer Mark Anthony Barriga in 2012. Photo from Ladon's Facebook

Pinoy boxers Suarez, Ladon now in Rio

Jul 29, 2016 - 2:54 PM

After training in the United States for a month the two boxers representing the Philippines at the 2016 Olympics have arrived in Brazil

GO FOR GOLD. Boxers Charly Suarez (L) and Rogen Ladon (C), seen with PH chef de mission Joey Romasanta (R), arrived in Rio with medal hopes in tow. Contributed photo

PH boxers will be short-handed on trainers at Rio Olympics

Jul 26, 2016 - 10:55 PM

Filipino boxers Charly Suarez and Rogen Ladon will have just one trainer between them as they seek to end a 20 year medal drought at the Rio Games

SHORT-HANDED. Filipino boxers Rogen Ladon (L) and Charly Suarez (R) will have to rely on assistance from their Australian friends after only one trainer was accredited for the Philippines. Suarez file photo by AFP

WATCH: PH boxers Suarez, Ladon want to end 20-year Olympic medal drought

Jul 25, 2016 - 6:10 PM

Twenty years have passed since a Philippine Olympian has put a medal around his neck Boxers Rogen Ladon and Charly Suarez hope to end that streak in Rio

A NEW HOPE. Rogen Ladon, a light flyweight boxer, is one of two boxers who will represent the Philippines at the Rio Olympics.

British women's boxer Nicola Adams on verge of Olympic legend status

Jul 24, 2016 - 4:36 PM

The 33 year old hopes to become just the second British pugilist to defend her title at the Olympics

Olympian Shakur Stevenson could be the next US boxing sensation

Jul 24, 2016 - 1:52 PM

The 19 year old Shakur Stevenson stands as USA s brightest boxing medal hope after the country failed to earn one in 2012

Rio 2016: Rogen Ladon

Jul 22, 2016 - 3:00 PM

Bago City native Rogen Ladon rose from obscurity in 2015 to become the surprise of Asian boxing Now the light flyweight boxer will represent the Philippines at the 2016 Olympics

Rio 2016: Charly Suarez

Jul 22, 2016 - 2:00 AM

Lightweight boxer Charly Suarez brings punching power and a decade of international experience as he represents the Philippines at the 2016 Olympics

Charly Suarez (R) is making his Olympic debut 20 years after he first started boxing. File photo from AFP

Ex-Olympian Barriga likes Ladon, Suarez medal chances in Rio

Jul 20, 2016 - 8:38 AM

Mark Anthony Barriga who boxed for the Philippines at the 2012 Olympics thinks Rogen Ladon and Charly Suarez stand a real chance of ending the country s 20 year medal drought

OLYMPIC STRETCH. Filipino light flyweight Rogen Ladon practices punching with cables with conditioning coach Kevin Brandes at the Champion Boxing and Fitness Gym in Maryland as lightweight Charly Suarez and head trainer Nolito Velasco watch on. Contributed photo

Pro boxers vie in last-bid Olympic qualifier in Venezuela

Jul 02, 2016 - 3:34 PM

Boxers from around the world including some professionals will compete for a final chance to make it to the Olympics

PH boxer Eumir Marcial crashes out of Olympic qualifiers

Jun 18, 2016 - 7:28 PM

The Philippines will send just two boxers to the Rio Games after the number one seeded welterweight loses to his German foe

OUT. Eumir Marcial exits from the Olympic qualifier after losing a split decision to a German foe. Photo by Rafael Bandayrel/Rappler

PH boxer Bautista eliminated at Olympic qualifier

Jun 17, 2016 - 6:35 PM

Eumir Marcial is the Philippines only boxer left at the World Olympic qualifier after Ian Clark Bautista loses in the first round to a Spanish boxer

Flyweight Ian Clark Bautista dropped a decision to his Spanish opponent in Azerbaijan. File photo by Rafael Bandayrel/Rappler

Marcial draws bye at Olympic qualifier, Bautista faces two-time Olympian

Jun 16, 2016 - 10:02 PM

Filipino boxers Eumir Marcial and Ian Clark Bautista are in Azerbaijan seeking to qualify for the Rio Olympics

QUALIFYING HOPES. Ian Clark Bautista (L) and Eumir Marcial (R) have one final shot at making it to the Rio Olympics. Photos by Rafael Bandayrel

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

PH boxer Fernandez withdraws from Olympic qualifier due to cataracts

Jun 14, 2016 - 3:21 PM

The Philippines will field just two boxers to the final Olympic qualifier after Mario Fernandez withdraws with an eye injury

SIDELINED. Filipino boxer Mario Fernandez (L), seen during the 2013 SEA Games, has begged from the Olympic qualifiers due to cataracts. File photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Professional boxers can compete at Rio Olympics

Jun 01, 2016 - 6:50 PM

It is still unlikely however that boxing s biggest names will enter the Olympic ring in Rio

Pacquiao declines invitation to fight at Rio Olympics

May 27, 2016 - 12:27 AM

Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao has declined an invitation to compete at the 2016 Olympics and will instead focus on his duties in the Philippine Senate

SENATE DUTIES. Manny Pacquiao will remain retired and decline an invitation to the 2016 Olympics. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Pacquiao given thumbs down on Olympics in Rappler poll

May 26, 2016 - 8:06 PM

The people had their say and they re saying Manny Pacquiao shouldn t compete at the 2016 Olympics

SENATOR PACMAN. Most respondents were just fine with Manny Pacquiao not fighting at the 2016 Olympics. File photo by Wendell Alinea/Rappler

Donaire Sr brings 'flash' to PH boxing team as consultant

May 23, 2016 - 2:56 PM

Nonito Donaire Sr is observing the Philippine boxing team s preparations for the final Olympic qualifier but clarifies that he is not their head coach

CONSULTANT LANG. Nonito Donaire Sr (L) wraps his champion son's hands during a 2014 training session at Elorde Boxing Gym. File photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Pacquiao would have to drop to junior welterweight for Olympics

May 22, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Manny Pacquiao would have to move from his usual welterweight class to junior welterweight if he accepts a wild card entry to the 2016 Olympics

GOLD HUNT. Manny Pacquiao, seen during his Senate proclamation on May 19, could bring star power to the Philippines' Olympic delegation. Photo by Mark Cristino/EPA

Senator-elect Pacquiao uncertain about Olympics: 'Ask the Filipino people'

May 19, 2016 - 7:27 PM

Pacquiao remains conscious about people questioning him taking time off for boxing immediately after being elected to the Philippine Senate

RIO BOUND? Manny Pacquiao isn't fully committing to competing at the Rio Olympics just yet. File photo by Wendell Alinea/Rappler

'Madness!' Legendary Arum rips plan to allow pro boxers in Olympics

May 17, 2016 - 5:09 PM

Bob Arum a legendary boxing promoter believes boxers could be seriously hurt if the plan by the sport s governing body goes ahead

'TOTAL MADNESS.' Boxing promoter Bob Arum slams a proposal to include boxing in the Rio Olympics. File photo of Bob Arum from Agence France-Presse

Nonito Donaire not interested in fighting 'kids' at Rio Olympics

Apr 21, 2016 - 7:00 PM

WBO junior featherweight champ Nonito Donaire Jr thinks it s unfair for pro champions to fight amateurs with less experience

FILIPINO FLASH. Nonito Donaire Jr isn't overly concerned with competing at the 2016 Olympics. File photo by Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA