Pacquaio and GAB React to WBO rescoring of Pacquiao-Horn

After Manny Pacquiao’s controversial defeat against Aussie Jeff Horn at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Game and Amusement Board (GAB) and Manny Pacquiao protested to World Boxing Organization to review the fight. The WBO conducted an independent review of the fight but still come out with the same result and confirms that Jeff Horn is the winner of Battle of Brisbane and WBO Welterweight world title after three of the five judges have ruled in favor of Jeff Horn.
“Let the people judge for themselves. People saw what happened” Pacquiao said “We have seen worse judgments in the past where judges manipulated results. Nothing surprises me now. “
The Game and Amusement Board (GAB) is grateful to WBO because they conducted immediate action regarding on their protest. 
“We are grateful that the WBO acted promptly on our request, but no matter what review they do, it will be hard to change the result as the referee didn’t call it close. The judges’ scores would have greatly changed if the referee did his job properly,” Mitra said (GAB, Chairman)
Chairman Mitra said that he is not expecting the reversal of decision and but he was hoping for WBO “ to identify possible errors on the part of the referees or judges who officiated the fight.”
“He (referee) didn’t give Sen. Manny Pacquiao the respect and fair protection that is due to a people’s champ.” added Mitra. 

Mcjoe Arroyo-Jerwin Ancajas full fight card revealed!

IBF Super flyweight championship between the defending champion Mcjoe Arroyo (17-0,8KOs) of Puerto Rico and Filipino challenger Jerwin Ancajas (24-1-1,16KOs) fight venue has been changed from its original venue Strike Colisseum in Bacoor Cavite to Hurado Hall of the Philippine Corp. in Taguig City. Admission is free to public, fight fans are lucky to view this exciting title fight free.
The full fight card has been released by Ancajas’ trainer/manager Joven Jimenez.
Jason Neri (9-1,6KOs) vs Vincent Bautista (4-5-3,1 KO) – 10 round / flyweight
Joey Canoy (11-2-1,5) vs Michael Landero (18-13-4,7)- 10 round/ minimumweight
Joepher Montano (5-0-2,4) vs Raymond Dela Cruz- 8 round/Jr.Welterweight
Lorence Rosas (5-1-2,2) vs Danny Tampipi (5-5-2,3)- 8 round/Jr.featherweight
Jerald Deniega (9-0,6) vs Jomar Borbon (4-24-2,2)- 6 round/featherweight

It’s Official: Manny Pacquiao vs Jessie Vargas on November.5th

Manny Pacquiao confirmed that he is coming out of retirement to fight Jessie Vargas of L.A. California on November 5th.
Eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao (58-6-2,38) made his announcement after meeting with Top Rank CEO Bob Arum in Manila.
“Boxing is my main source of income. I can’t rely on my salary as public official.“I’m helping the family of my wife and my own family, as well. Many people also come to me to ask for help and I just couldn’t ignore them.”
“My entire training camp will be held here in the Philippines so I can attend to my legislative works. This is my campaign promise and I’m determined to keep it,” said Pacquiao.
27 year-old Jessie Vargas (27-1,10) is the reigning WBO World Welterweight champion and he will defend it against Pacquiao.
Michael Koncz confirmed on Wednesday a promotional tour for the fight would be held from September 8-10 in Los Angeles.

Abduqaxorov outclassed Cabalquinto bags WBC Asia title!

Undefeated Qudratillo Abduqaxorov of Uzbekistan outclasses Filipino puncher Adones Cabalquinto Saturday night at Far East Square in Singapore. Abduqaxorov claims the the WBC Asia Welterweight title after all three judgers favored him to win the fight. The scores were 177-111 (3X)
The taller Abduqaxorov gave Cabalquinto problems by using his height advantage and longer reach. Cabalquinto was hurt and look wobbled both in the dying seconds of first two rounds. Cabalquinto tried to press the action in 5th round knowing that the Uzbekistan boxer was ahead on all three scorecards  (37-39,37-39,36-40). Cabalqunto’s aggresiveness looks effective when he landed some good shots but he did not maintain his agression and seemed that he was slow down in the 8th round. Abduqaxorov caught Cabalquinto with some serious straight hands and tried to finish the fight by unleashing flurry to wobbled Filipino but Cabalquinto withstood and again went into exchange hoping for a lucky punch in the final round.
22 year-old  Abduqaxorov of Uzbekistan was hailed as the new WBC Asia Welterweight champion and improves his record to 8 wins 5 came from Knockouts and no defeats while Cabalquinto drops to 23 wins 2 losses.
In the undercard Jeson Umbal gets his revenge and claim the WBC Asia bantamweight title  when he won against fellow Filipino Mark Anthony Geraldo by the way of 4th round Technical decision. The fight was stopped due to headbutt and the fight went to scorecards.

Merlito Sabillo aims to get another title shot!


Former WBO World minimumweight champion Merlito “Tiger” Sabillo (25-2,12KOs) who is fighting under MP Highland gym is determined to get another world title shot.

Sabillo is scheduled to face teenager Japanese Riku Kano (9-1-1,5) tomorrow at Bunka Center, Sanda in Hyogo Japan for the vacant OPBF interim minimumweight title.

The WBO title is vacant after Kosei Tanaka vacated it to move up in weight and chase another World title in light flyweight. Merlito Sabillo is the current WBO no.1 minimumweight contender and there is a big possibility of fighting again for the vacant title against no.2 Katsunari Takayama of Japan.

Merlito Sabillo set for OPBF Title Fight in Japan!

Former WBO Minimumweight World Champion Filipino Merlito Sabillo is set for the vacant OPBF title fight against Japanese Riku Kano on May8th at the Bunka Center , Sanda, Hyogo Japan

 Merlito “Tiger” Sabillo (25-2-1,12) is a former 2 times OPBF and 2 times WBO World champion and want to earn another World title crack, He is a currently WBO#3 in minimumweight division. He is 2 Wins-2 Defeats-1 Draw in his last 5 fights including TKO defeats against Mexican slugger Francsico Rodriguez Jr, and Indonesian Farris Nenggo.

18-year-old Riku Kano whose record is 9 wins with 5 KO 1 defeat and 1 draw. This is a huge step up in class for the teenage Japanese who wants to earn also a title crack. Kano’s first 3 fights were all held in Philippines. His only setback was when he lost by Split Decision on his pro debut against Filipino Benjie Bartolome last December 7 in Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, Philippines.

According to Scott Graveson “best Sabillo should be narrowly favoured 55-45 type of match up, if Sabillo is on the slide Kano is the slight favourite”

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Drian Francisco vs Rigondeaux Highlights? UD win by Rigo

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I know it is already hard for you to type in the right spelling of Rigondeaux to search for the highlights, and I am sorry to disappoint you further because unfortunately there are no highlights of the fight, if there are it would be too boring to watch. 
Drian Francisco took this fight in 2 weeks notice and, unfortunate that he came in the ring with nothing to beat the sleek and unwilling to engage Rigondeaux. Don’t even attempt to google for the highlights again because you won’t see anything.
Rigondeaux wins via unanimous decision, two judges scoring it at 100 -90 and the other judge scored it at 97 -93 which is rather questionable. Drian Francisco is a good fighter, but Rigondeaux is just in a different level. 

Filipino Featherweight Drian "Gintong Kamao" Francisco Opportunity of a Lifetime

Filipino featherweight Drian “Gintong Kamao” Francisco (28-3-1, 22 KO’s) will climb into the ring with super bantamweight champion Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux (15-0, 10 KO’s) on Saturday night. The fight will be one of the undercards of the Miguel Cotto vs Canelo Alvarez fight, and while most boxing fans will be fixated to watch the main event, Filipinos are also eager about the unexpected bout of Drian Francisco. 
Just a couple of weeks ago Drian Francisco was scheduled to fight in the Philippines against an unknown boxer. During the event itself which is under Manny Pacquiao Promotions, he had to pull out from the fight as they received a call from the US to fight  Rigondeaux. It was a short notice but nonetheless an opportunity to once again be in the spotlight of boxing. 
Many boxinig experts predicted that this will be a one sided fight in favor of the Olympian and undefeated boxer Rigondeaux. They believe Rigondeaux is just too technical to be outboxed. Some are saying that the only way Drian would win this fight is if he will be able to land a solid punch and knockout Rigondeaux. 
Tomorrow is the day that we will find out if Drian can overcome the challenge and once again be a champion. 

MP Boxing promotion: Palacite, Rivera victorious! Photos from Tibay Ng Pinoy 11

Adones Cabalquinto suffered his first defeat via knockout in the first round against Al Rivera
Yesterday, November 13 was  one of the days where I saved some money for a sports event. Tibay ng Pinoy 11 is a boxing event that should have been worth something but instead it was a free show courtesy of Manny Pacquiao’s promotion. 
According to the experts I spoke with, Tibay ng Pinoy fight card was packed with good boxers that I probably haven’t heard of and these names could potentially be the next stars in Philippine boxing.

The event wasn’t as jam packed as I expected it to be, being that it is already for free. Nonetheless, our Armed Forces showed up in platoons to watch the rare boxing event held inside the  Phil. Naval Station Gym at the Fort Bonifacio in Taguig.

Although it started late, the event was worth the wait as match after match fans were delighted by the skillful showing of the boxers.  We have seen some exciting highlights including knockdowns and some funny moments. The eye-candies of the night were the 2 beautiful ring girls who, even if only showed up at the last 3 fights of the event, gave the showgoers pleasurable entertainment.

MP Boxing ring girls MP Boxing ring girls

Two fights worth noting are the fights between undefeated Adones Cabalquinto vs Machine gun, Al Rivera and the main event between Palacite vs Silvano.

Al Rivera enjoying his victory with fans
Al Rivera enjoying his victory with fans

Adones Cabalquinto vs Machine gun, Al Rivera. No peeling out stage for the two fighters as they both started guns blazing and from that moment I knew that this fight would be action-packed. I was thinking that this fight could end up in a knockout and indeed it did, as the favored Adones Cabalquinto got caught hard by the Machine Gun. He tried to stand up but the shot was solid, forcing the referee to rule it as a knockout in Round 1. Adones is now a 21 win  and 1 loss, while Al Rivera improved to 14 wins and 2 losses making him revel in his 4-fight winning streak. 

 Adones Cabalquinto, moments after being knockout by Al Rivera
Adones Cabalquinto, moments after being knockout by Al Rivera
For the main event, Aston Palicite  aka Diego Corales won via unanimous decision against Vergilio Silvano. I thought this one would be over early as Silvano was down twice in the early rounds. He also appeared to have lost a lot of air. After an early barrage of body punching from Palacite, Silvano looked as if he could go down anytime soon but that did not happen as the former champion showed resilience and even at some point on the match showed that he still got what it takes to win. Unfortunately, he was not a match to the well prepared Aston Palacite who showed some glimpse of power and a some wicked boxing skills as he slowly picked apart his opponents, winning most of the rounds. 
Aston Palicite won via unanimous decision against Vergilio Silvano, won the vacant WBO Oriental super flyweight title. 
Aston Palicete of  MP Boxing Gym
referee: Danrex Tapdasan   
judges: Salvador Lopez 108-118, Gil Co 110-116, Jerrold Tomeldan 108-118
vacant WBO Oriental super flyweight title (supervisor: Leon Panoncillo)
Silvano was down once in the 2nd round and once in the 5th round 
Rest of the results.
   Photos from Tibay ng Pinoy 11

MP Boxing, Photos from Tibay Ng Pinoy 11

Aston Palicete at MP Boxing Gym
                            Aston Palicete of  MP Boxing Gym, Flag Ceremony

MP Boxing, Photos from Tibay Ng Pinoy 11

MP Boxing, Photos from Tibay Ng Pinoy 11
 Drian Francisco was in the card but had to pull out after getting a call to fight Rigondeaux

MP Boxing, Photos from Tibay Ng Pinoy 11

My moments with Ref Atty Danrex Tapdasan and Trainer Nonoy Neri during the Tibay ng Pinoy 11 boxing event.