Ruthless” Duno set to fight in US anew on September 23

Ruthless Romero Duno Looking to Make Headline Again

Ruthless Romero Duno Looking to Make Headline Again
The hard-punching Romero “Ruthless” Duno will be showcasing his immense talent in foreign soil once more as he will see action at the THE “Faboulous” FORUM in Los Angeles, California, USA on September 23 against a yet to be announced opponent.
The card that will be put up by The Golden Boy Promotions of boxing great Oscar deal Hoya will be headlined by Jorge Linares, who will be defend his WBA/WBC/RING World lightweight titles against Luke Campbell.
It will be the second time that Duno (14W-1L-0D-13KOs) will be fighting in the US following his sensational second-round knockout win over Christian Gonzalez last March 10 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles.
“This is a massive opportunity for Romero Duno to showcase his talents and show to everybody that his win over Chimpa Gonzalez was no fluke. We thank Robert Diaz and Golden Boy Promotions for the opportunity,” said Jim Claude “JC” Manangquil of Sanman Promotions.
Duno is thankful for the opportunity and vowed to make the most out of it.

“I am blessed to be fighting in a huge card in the US. I thank the Golden Boy Promotions and Sanman boxing for the opportunity. I will continue to work hard and bring glory to the Philippines,” said Duno.
Dexter Tan, chief finance officer of Sanman Promotions, expressed confidence that Duno will be well-prepared for the task at hand.

“Duno has been in the US since the second week of June. He will be 100 percent ready on September 23,” Tan said.
Duno last saw action in June 10 in the main event of Brawl at the Mall: The Homecoming that saw him knocking out Jason Tinampay in the second round at the Robinsons Mall Atrium in General Santos City.

Ancajas: Widely Ignored World Champion, Impresses Bradley and Atlas

A torrential firestorm of sentiment engulfed the internet following Jeff Horn’s announcement as the new WBO World Welterweight Champion when he beat Manny Pacquiao via a controversial unanimous decision win last July 2 at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Queensland Australia. The fight was the headline of virtually every sports website for the wrong reasons. Filipino netizens emotions are running rampant as their fury is continually being fuelled with memes and clips of the fight.
Manny Pacquiao’s return to free TV after twelve years on pay-per-view, was anticipated as boxing’s shot in the arm, and a good show may put the sport in everybody’s consciousness again with the extensive reach of giant sports broadcast network ESPN. But it instead shot itself in the foot again with the decision as far as pundits are concerned. So much that people forgot to acknowledge two excellent pugilistic displays that took place prior to the main event.
Moments before the controversial decision, an exhilarating atmosphere started to blanket the Suncorp Stadium crowd by virtue of two explosive TKO victories courtesy of undefeated featherweight Michael Conlan and IBF super flyweight king Jerwin Ancajas.
Ancajas, with a record of 25 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw (18 KOs), took the nerve-racking assignment of performing in the main undercard of a big promotion for the first time in his young career. The fight was foreseen as a gauge for Jerwin’s readiness in fighting under tremendous pressure, a test he must surpass to unlock lucrative fight offers in the near future. The native of Panabo City, Davao del Norte did not deter.
Pitted against a decent Japanese customer in Keiru Kinoshita, Ancajas strutted the wares that made him a world champion. Possessing identical records of 25-1-1, the fighter known as Pretty Boy was evidently far more superior than what their records suggest. Though enjoying a height and reach advantage (both 1 inch respectively), the Japanese never effectively made use of them with Ancajas’ predominant ring generalship in full display. The three-person panel of Timothy Bradley, Teddy Atlas and Joe Tessitore can’t help but marvel at the fight long brilliance of the southpaw champion.
Here are some of the comments quoted from renowned boxing trainer Teddy Atlas and 5-time world champion Timothy Bradley:
Timothy Bradley:
           “He looks great, he looks like a champion”  
           “He just looks so mature as a pro”
Teddy Atlas:
          “He’s got all different dimensions to him”
          “Ancajas is giving really a textbook lesson of ways to deal with a taller guy”
Ancajas impressing prominent boxing figures is quite unprecedented, a telling sign that Jerwin is primed for bigger things in the future. Ancajas took Kinoshita out of his misery with a textbook left upper cut-right hook to the body combination that put the challenger on his knees in the seventh round. With the challenger’s right eye shut, the referee put a halt to the onslaught, marking Jerwin Ancajas’ successful venture into the bright lights and retaining his IBF super flyweight belt.
Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas is currently under promotional contract with MP Promotions of Manny Pacquiao, he is Pacquiao’s first world championship as a promoter. With Ancajas’ successful rise under MP’s banner, the latter’s previous fight is just a preview of better things to come and something Pinoy boxing fans should look forward to.

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Pinoy Trio: Lagos, Gesta, Dacquel all Ready for war!

Three Filipino boxers made weight earlier today with their respective opponents ahead of their fight in Mexico and Japan tomorrow.

Tijuana Baja California Mexico

(Juares vs Lagos photo: Zanfer Box)

Eugene “Rambo” Lagos (11-3-2,7) of Bukidnon will attempt to be the second Filipino boxer to beat rugged Mexican Cesar “El Corazon” Juarez (19-5,14) in a10 round super bantamweight non-title bout. Both boxers weighed 122 lbs.

Las Vegas Nevada

(Gesta vs Gonzalez photo: Mercito Gesta)

Filipino-American, former world title challenger Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (29-1,16) will take on hard hitting Mexican Gilberto Gonzalez (26-3,22) in a 10 round lightweight non-title bout promoted by Golden Boy Promotions. Gesta tipped off the scale at 133.6 pounds while Gonzalez was 134.2 pounds.

Ishikawa Japan

(Dacquel vs Kawaguchi
Rene Dacquel (18-6-1,6) will defend his OPBF (Oriental Pacific Boxing Federation) Super flyweight title against Japanese Shota Kawaguchi (20-7-1,8) tomorrow in Sangyo Hall Ishikawa Japan. Dacquel.
Both boxers made the 115 pounds limit,

Pinoy Pride 40: "DOMINATION" Full Fight card Realeased!

ALA Promotions has been released the full fight card of Pinoy Pride 40: “Domination” headlined by two times two division and the longest Filipino world champ Donnie “Ahas” Nietes (39-1-4,22 KOs) who will try to become a three division world champion when he faces Thai fighter Komgrich  Nantapech (22-3,15KOs) for the vacant IBF Flyweight world title  on April 29 at Cebu Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu City.

In the co-main event Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo (15-0,11) will square off against Tanzanian Issa Nempepeche (24-7-4,11) in a 10 round Super featherweight non-title bout.


Jeo Santisima (12-2,11) vs Indon boxer Master Suro (11-8-1,2)- 10 Rounds X Superbantamweight

Virgel Vitor (9-1,6) vs Michael Escobia (11-14-1,3) –  8 Rounds X Super bantamweight

Junrel Jimenez (6-1,3) vs Romel Antaran (2-4,1)- 8 Rounds X Flyweight

Kenneth Gentallan (5-0,3) vs Kennan Salvador (6-2-2,2) – 8 Rounds X Superflyweight

Esneth Domingo (5-0,4) vs Romulo Ramayan (7-10-3,3)- 8 Rounds X Flyweight

Christian Bacolod (6-0,4) vs Mike Kinaadman (5-1-2,4) – 6 Rounds X Flyweight

Pinoy boxer Jeson Umbal continues win streak abroad

Filipino boxer Jeson Umbal, native of Mambajao Camiguin scored a split decision win over Tanzanian Fadhili Majiha (20-7-4) on March 25 at OCBC Arena in Singapore. Scores were 93-97 ,94-96 for Umbal and 97-96 for Majiha. 
22 year-old Umbal scored his sixth fight winning streak outside the Philippines and those fights were against good opponents. His last six fights happened in Uzbekistan, Malaysia and Singapore.  He also captured the WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental super bantamweight title when he defeated fellow Filipino Mark Anthony Geraldo (33-6-3) on their rematch on July 2016 in Singapore. Umbal’s last six wins were decision wins over WBA Pan African champ Fadhili Majiha (SD), Gadwin Tubigon (UD), once beaten Mexican Luis Orozco (UD) and stoppage wins over (TKO5) Mark Anthony Geraldo who is now the reigning WBO Oriental Bantamweight champ and Georgia’s Mishiko Shubitidze (TKO6). 

SD-Split Decision
UD-Unanimous Decision
TKO-Technical Knockout
Jeson Umbal is fighting under the banner of Alexander Shah’s Cartel International Promotions a Singapore based boxing promotion. 

17th Gabriel "Flash" Elorde Boxing Award winners


The 17th Gabriel “Flash” Elorde Boxing Awards Banquet of Champions take place on Saturday, March 25 at the Tent of The Manila Hotel.

Here are some award winners of the event:

Fighter of the Year Class of 2016:
Jerwin Ancajas- IBF Super flyweight world champion
Marlon Tapales- WBO Bantamweight world champion
Johnriel Casimero – Former 2 Division world champion (IBF 108 lbs. , IBF 112 lbs.)

Fight of the Year 2016:
Rambo Lagos vs Kenny Demecillo for WBF Asia Bantamweigth Championship (July 30,2016 in Cebu City)

Most Promising Boxer
Aston Palicte- WBO Intercontinental & NABF Superflyweight Champion

Best Male Amateur Boxer
Carlo Paalam – AIBA World Youth Championship Bronze Medalist

Best Promoter
Jim Claude Manangquil of Sanman Boxing Promotions

Best Referee
Danrex Tapdasan

Best Trainer
Jhun Agrabio

Posthumous awards
Ronnie Nathanielsz
Hermie Rivera

Special Awards:
Leon Panoncillo
Naris Singwatcha

Casting of Fist: 
Sen. Manny Pacquiao – Eight Division world champion/ current WBO Welterweight world champ
Gerry Penalosa- Former two division world champion
Dodie Boy Penalosa- Former two division world champion
Rolando Pascua- Former WBC lightweight champion

Other Major Awardees are Milan Melindo, Juan Martin and Juan Miguel Elorde, Albert Pagara, Jonathan Taconing, Randy Petalcorin,Donnie Nietes and Dennis Laurente and more.

Sultan will defend IBF belt against Jaro in all Filipino Title Fight!

(Jonas Sultan vs Sonny Boy Jaro)

ALA Promotion’s Jonas “Zorro” Sultan will defend his IBF Intercontinental Super Flyweight Title against former world champion Sonny Boy Jaro who is now fighting under Shape Up Boxing Promotions. The fight will be held on March 19 at Makati Cinema Square Boxing Arena in Makati City,

25, Sultan whose record is 12 wins 8 KOs with only 3 defeats is currently riding on his three fights winning strict all by the way of knockout is hoping to continue his stoppage win against veteran Sonny Boy Jaro. Sultan won the IBF Inter Continental title over home town boxer Makazole Tete (older brother of Zolani Tete) via TKO in Eastern Cape South Africa last year. Jonas Sultan is one of the country’s prospect despite of his 3 defeats.
Meanwhile former WBC Flyweight World champion Sonny Boy Jaro (43-13-5,30) is aiming to get another crack at world title if he beat Sultan this March 19. Thirty four year old Jaro won the WBC crown with a massive upset knock out win against legendary Thai Pongsaklek Wonjongkam in 2012 but ended up losing the title on his first title defense against Toshiyuki Igarashi. 
In the co feature boxing fans will witness another mouth watering match up between Richard Pumicpic (18-8-2,6) and Roli Gasca (23-7-1,7)

Brian Viloria Shakes Off Ring Rust with Hard Fought Win Over Montoya!


Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria victorious in his Japan debut as he earned a hard fought eight Super flyweight rounds over rugged Mexican Ruben Montoya in Tokyo Japan.

36, Former world champion Viloria (37-5-0-2, 22) just started his one last title run with Teiken Promotions yesterday March 2 at Kokugikan in Tokyo Japan after almost one and half year layoff. Viloria fought on the undercard of Shinsuke Yamanaka – Carlos Carlson WBC Bantamweight Championship.
Viloria shook off his ring rust and struggled with Ruben Montoya (14-5-1, 9) , regardless of his long layoff Viloria proved that he was the superior boxer despite of Montoya’s aggressiveness and eagerness to win. Three judges gave Viloria the edge to earn the victory, scores were 77-75, 78-75 and 78-74.

Viloria’s stablemate Shinsuke Yamanaka retained his WBC Bantamweight world Title with 7th round stoppage win over Mexican Carlson while former world title challenger Ryosuke Iwasa also earned a third round TKO win over Filipino Glen Medura.

Chavez and Gadapan Will Battle For The Vacant Philippine Title!

Philippine #2 Superlightweight Jheritz Chavez (6-1-2,4) and #9 Gadapan (12-8-2,8) will battle for the vacant Philippine-Games and Amusement Board (GAB) Super lightweight title at SM MOA in Pasay City on March 17. The bout is promoted by Elorde Int’l Productions.
25-year old Chavez a former Philippine amateur team and has held WBC-ABCO and WBC-EPBC titles is fresh from biggest win of his career after stopping veteran and former world rated compatriot Al Sabaupan (25-3-1) via 7th round TKO in November 2016. Jheritz “Goodboy” Chavez only defeat was came from Russian Vage Sarukhanyan where he lost his WBC-EPBC title and unblemished record. Chavez was down in the first round and Sarukhanyan clearly outclass Chavez on their fight.
Meanwhile former World Boxing Federation Asia Pacific champion Gadapan is also a giant killer and will not give the belt easily to Chavez. 29 y/o Gadapan won the WBF title by upsetting highly favored Nelson Tinampay (10-1) by 6th round TD win in 2016. Tinampay suffered a cut in the second round due to a legal punch and failed to answer the bell to start Round six.
Both boxers were came from their biggest wins and will give an exciting match for the boxing fans. 
The number 1 rated in the division is Jason Pagara but it seems that Pagara has no interest to fight for the Philippine title. 

Nonito Donaire Releases Statement : Magdaleno Rejected the Rematch


Last November Jessie Magdaleno won a unanimous decision over Filipino Flash Nonito Donaire at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas to crowned as the new WBO Super bantamweight World champion.
Nonito Donaire thought he had done enough to get the win but the three judges saw the fight differently in scoring it 116-112, 116-112 and 118-110 in favor of the tough Mexican challenger Magdaleno.
Donaire released a statement regarding the status of their rematch:
I give MAJOR respect and props to those fighters who are willing to put a title freshly won right back on the line in a rematch for the greatness of boxing. Those like Santa Cruz-Frampton and Pacquiao-Marquez, Marquez-Vasquez, even Bradley-Pacquiao. could have walked away with the title and fought easier opponents but they all wanted to prove their greatness,” 
“After sitting with Todd Duboef and Top Rank lawyer Harrison and asking for the rematch against Magdaleno, I received a call from them stating what Todd, Harrison, Cameron and I all knew in the prior meeting – that Magdaleno and his team would rather choose someone else than fight me again. Fighting me would give Magdaleno the biggest payday at 122, especially with us both under Top Rank banner and he says he’d beat me easier in a rematch… so why not you ask?
 “I have constantly tried to create a legacy of my own. Through wins and losses I have tried to give my fans the best fights but I have to have a willing opponent who doesn’t run from the opportunity to create great fights, fights worth watching.”

Jerusalem & Menayothin made weight ahead of WBC title clash!

                             (L- Menayothin , R- Jerusalem photo courtesy of

Melvin “Gringo” Jerusalem (11-0,7) and defending champion Wangheng Menayothin (44-0,17) both made weight today ahead of their WBC minimumweight world title fight tomorrow in Phitsanulok Thailand. 
Jerusalem, 22 year old challenger of Cebu City Philippines faces his toughest career test when he puts his undefeated record on the line against the WBC World Champion Menayothin, who will defend his title in his hometown for 6th time.
WBC Minimumweight world championship:
Wanheng Menayothin- 105 lbs,
Melvin Jerusalem- 105 lbs.

Philippines vs Japan: 3 OPBF Title Fights

(Yap connecting right hook to Ikemizu)
3 OPBF (Oriental Pacific Boxing Federation) Championship between Filipinos and Japanese is scheduled to take place at Central gym, Kobe in Hyogo Japan on November 11.
In the main event Allan Tanada (14-5-3,6KOs) will challenge the reigning and defending OPBF lighweight champion Masayoshi Kakotani (12-0,7KOs) . Kakotani will be defending his OPBF title for the 7th time against former OPBF title holder Tanada.
In the co-main event Filipino slugger Mark John “Journeyman” Yap (24-12,10KOs) finally gets his first title fight when he challenge OPBF Bantamweight titlist Takahiro Yamamoto (18-4,15KOs). Yap dubbed himself as Journeyman because of his unimpressive record but now he is riding on his five fights winning strict all held in Japan including wins over prospect Tatsuya Ikemizu, former world title challenger Hiroyuki Masataka twice and former WBA interim champion Juan Jose Landeata. Meanwhile Yamamoto is fresh from his first round knockout win over Filipino Rex Wao on July 20.
In another OPBF title fight, former world champion Merlito “Tiger” Sabillo (25-3-1,12KOs) will battle for the vacant OPBF minimumweight title against much younger Japanese Ryuya Yamanaka (12-2,3KOs). 

Jonathan Taconing to fight for WBC International tilt in his comeback fight

Jonathan Taconing came up short on his second attempt to become a world champion against WBC light-flyweight world champion Ganigan Lopez in July but Taconing is back on the hunt for another title shot.
Former OPBF and WBC International light-flyweight champion Jonathan Taconing 
(22-3-1,18KOs) will make his first ring appearance after his competitive loss to world champ Ganigan Lopez on July 2. He will try to reclaim the WBC International light-flyweight title by facing fellow Filipino Salatiel Amit (9-1-2,7KOs) on November 19th.

In his first world title fight in 2012, Taconing lost a highly controversial Technical Decision to then Thai champ, Kompayak Porpramook in Thailand. While in the process of pummeling Porpramook in the corner with a barrage of punches, Korean referee Jae Bong Kim questionably stopped the fight due to a cut to the champion which Taconing’s camp described as non-critical. 

Amit from Omega boxing gym only setback was against prospect Jade Bornea in July 2015. He is riding on his 3 fights winning strict and will be a good test for Taconing’s comeback fight.

Elorde boxer Randy Braga to challenge OPBF champ Ryo Takenaka

(Randy Braga)

Filipino Randy “The Master” Braga will challenge the reigning and defending Oriental Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) Featherweight champion Japanese Ryo Takenaka on October 13th at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo Japan.
Randy “The Master” Braga from Jhonny Elorde Promotions is the current Philippines Games & Amusement Board (GAB) featherweight title he won the title with a split decision win over Neil John Tabanao on July 2015 and defended it once against tough Danilo Pena on February. His only setback was a razor thin split decision against African Mcbute Sinyabi. Braga who has a record of 19W(5KOs)-1L-1D) will try to unify his title with OPBF title when he face Takenaka. 
Takenaka (14-3-1,8KOs) of Misako gym won the OPBF title with a big 5th round TKO win against Braga’s former stablemate Vinvin Rufino. His last fight was a 6th round TKO win against Akira Shono on April where he defended his OPBF title at the same time.
Another Filipino will fight in the undercard of Braga-Takenaka OPBF Showdown. Undefeated 20 year-old Dexter Alimento (11-0,7KOs) will face 22 year-old hard hitting Masataka Taniguchi (4-0,4) in a battle of unbeateans

Three Filipino Boxers aim to win titles in Russia!

Three Filipino boxers will travel in Ekaterinburg Russia and will try their best to win boxing titles. They are Filipino youngster Jerry Castroverde, veteran Dennis Laurente and Carlo Magali.

                                   (Castroverde scored knockdown against Mboyayi)
November 15th

Filipino teenager Jerry Castroverde (9-3,5KOs) will fight for the vacant WBO Youth Superfeatherweight title against Russia based Tajikistan Shavkat Rakhimov (6-0,4)
Castroverde is determined to KO his opponent this time to win the fight without any controversy after his last fight on July 29 against hometown boy Aphiwe Mboyiya in South Africa which was ended in a highly controversial unanimous decision.

November 18th 

39 year-old Dennis Laurente (50-7-5,30KOs) a veteran of 60 plus fights will challenge WBC Asia Boxing Council Silver Superwelterweight champion, the undefeated hard hitting Russian Magomed “Black Lion” Kurbanov whose record is 8 wins and 7 via stoppages. 
One of the undercards is another Filipino Carlo Magali (20-8-3,10KOs) who will try to avenge his stablemate (Leonardo Doronio) loss to Russian Pavel Malikov (8-0,2KOs)
Magali is well known for his fight against David  Browne Jnr that ends up in tragedy. On that fight Magali was outscored by Downey Jnr but he unleashed a brutal one punch KO that sent Browne Jnr to the canvass. Browne Jnr was rushed to the hospital but eventually died.
Malikov last fight was against another Filipino Leonardo Doronio on July 11 where he won the WBC Asian Boxing Council Silver lightweight title. This time Magali will try to snatch the title from Malikov.

Juan Francisco Estrada will face Filipino boxer on his Superflyweight debut

(Official fight poster courtesy of Zanfer Box)
Former WBA-WBO unified flyweight world champion Juan Francisco Estrada (33-2,24KOs) will now move to superflyweight and will face Filipino boxer Raymond Tabugon (18-5-1,8) over ten-rounds at superflyweight on October 8th at Puerto Penasco in Mexico 
Estrada vacated WBA “Super” and WBO world flyweight titles to chase a rematch with the number 1 pound for pound King Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez who is now the WBC Superflyweight world champion.
“First I have to win the 8th of October. Everyone knows that Filipinos came to die in the line of fire and Tabugon has nothing to lose and everything to win-but I am well prepared and motivated to perform in front of my people .I have no doubt there will be a show on the stage, and that i will win and analyze with my team and promoter Zanfer on what fights I want superflyweights,including Chocolatito, Nica Concepcion, Naoya Inoue or Cuadras” Estrada said.
Tabugon is came from 5th round TKO defeat on July 29 against Makazole Tete in bout for IBO Intercontinental title. He already fought in Mexico on November 2015 against world rated Juan Hernandez but unfortunately he lost also via 5th round TKO. Though Tabugon is a former International Boxing Organization Inter-Continental light flyweight champion he won the title against Luzuko Siyo by the way of unanimous decision in Eastern Cape in South Africa.

Ricky Sismundo will take on Pacquiao’s former sparring partner

Filipino Ricky “Sisbomba” Sismundo (30W-9L-3D,19KOs) who fights out of Yokohama Japan will take on Manny Pacquiao’s former sparring partner Ghislain Maduma (18W-2L,11KOs)  in a ten rounds super lightweight non-title bout under David Lemieux-Cristian Fabian Rios fight on October 22 at Bell Centre in Quebec Canada.
Sismundo will fight in Quebec Canada for the second straight time. His first fight in Canada on May 13th was against former world title challenger Dierry Jean which was ended in a questionable draw. Jean was knocked down twice in the 4th. The final judges’ scores were 76-74 for Jean, 76-74 for Sismundo and 75-75 even. 
Sismundo also suffered a highly controversial split decision defeat against world rated Mexican Jose Felix Jr on January 30 in California USA. According to ringside reporter Miguel Maravilla “Felix Jr won a questionable ten round split decision over the aggressive Sismundo who kept Felix Jr on the back foot all night long but came up short” Maravilla reported that Sismundo backed Felix Jr against the ropes and connected with some big punches but still lost a controversial decision. 
In the other hand Congo-born Canadian Ghislain Maduma who is a former sparring mate of boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao is a former WBC Continental Americas and NABF lightweight champion.
Maduma sparred with Pacquiao at Wildcard gym in LA before his rematch with Timothy Bradley.
31 year-old Maduma’s last fight on May 13th was against Argentina’s Cesar David Inalef (20-5-2) where he scored a loop sided unanimous decision win on the same card of Sismundo-Jean fight.
Sismundo must win for this fight to get bigger names in the division and may get a title shot considering his impressive win against Maduma.

Donaire to defend title on Pacquiao-Vargas card

Two Filipino boxing superstar will both be fighting on the same event on November 5th in Las Vegas. Top Rank CEO Bob Arum announced earlier that Nonito Donaire will be seeing in action in the co main event of Manny Pacquiao-Jessie Vargas fight in Las Vegas.
Arum told the ABS-CBN that that Donaire will be taking on unbeaten Mexican-American Jesse Magdaleno, possibly for Donaire’s WBO Super Bantamweight title.
“We are looking to do something really spectacular for all Filipino people.” Arum said.
Magdaleno (23-0,17) is the mandatory challenger for Donaire’s WBO Superbantamweight world title. Twenty four-year old Magdaleno last two fights were against two Filipinos where he posted a KO victory against Vergel Nebran on October 17 and Rey Perez on February 2016 both were held in Phoenix Arizona.
33 year-old 5 division world champion and the reigning WBO Superbantamweight world champion “The Filipino Flash” Nonito Donaire (37-3,24KO) sucessfully defended his crown by scoring 6th round TKO win against former Olympian Zsolt Bedak of Hungary on April 23.
The fight will be held at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 5th.

Young Filipino boxers fall short in their title fights abroad!

                                          (Runowski vs Traya courtesy of Babilon promotion)
Two young Filipino boxers fall short in their seperate title fight today abroad.
Amfiteatr Miedzyzdroje, Poland
20-year old Filipino Elmo “Bisdak” Traya got outclassed by unbeaten Polish  Przemyslaw Runowski.
Traya who is managed by ALA Promotions suffered a wide unanmimous decision defeat at the hands of Polish boxer.
Runowski claim the formerly vacant WBC Youth Intercontinental title and improves his record to 12 wins 2 KOs and no defeat while Traya dropped to 11 wins with 2 Loses.

Centro de Convenciones, Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico
The “Gently Giant” 5′ 10″ twenty two year old Rosekie Cristobal suffered his first defeat when he was disqualified in 10th round of his fight against the defending champ Marcos Villasana Jr after the referee stopped the fight due to excessive illegal low blows.
Villasana was massively ahead in all three scorecards before the fight was stopped. The scores were 79-71, 80-71, 80-70. Villasana Jr took away Cristobal’s unblemished record and goes to 20 wins 6 defeats with 11 KOs to defend his WBC Latino lightweight title while Cristosbal dropped to 12 wins with a lone defeat.

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Open letter to the new GAB Chair.Hon. Abraham Mitra

Aug 15, 2016
An open letter to the new GAB Chair.Hon. Abraham Mitra:

Mahal na Kgg.Mitra:

Una po sa lahat ako ay bumabati sa inyo sa pagkahirang ng ating mahal na Pangulo Digong Duterte bilang Punong Tagapangasiwa sa GAB. Lumiham po ako upang ipabatid at imungkahi(unsolicited advised) ang ilang mahahalagang bagay para sa ikabubuti ng Pro-boxing sa ating bansa; A.BOXERS WELFARE FUND-Ang GAB sa pamamagitan ng Board Resolution ay kumukuha ng 1% share sa bawat laban ng boxer (local or abroad)na di lalampas ng sampung libo. Kundi po ako nagkakamali ay maaaring may 3million piso na ang nasabing pondo. Rekomendasyon…1.Sana po ay opisyal na ibilang sa nasabing welfare fund ang kapakanan ng mga trainers/coaches/second; 2. Sana po ay magkaroon ng isang opisyal na representative sa pangangasiwa ng welfare fund, alin man sa manager, promoter, trainer, matchmaker o boxer upang direktibang malaman kung saan saan ginugugol ang welfare fund (pls take note na ang perang 1% ay kinukuha ng GAB kada laban ng boxer ay nanggagaling sa share ng manager, trainer/coach at boxer at kung tutuusin wala maski isang sentimo na nanggagaling GAB).3. Sana po ay maging mabilis ang pagtulong ng GAB sa mga karapat dapat tumanggap ng benepisyo na manggagaling sa welfare fund.”AANHIN PA ANG DAMO KUNG PATAY NA ANG KABAYO”.4. Sana po ay maging open sa publiko ang PANANALAPI ng welfare fund at ano mang oras ay pweding makita o malaman lalo na ng mga taga boxing. B. BAWAT DOKUMENTONG KUKUNIN SA GAB..MAY BAYAD? Ang GAB po ay hindi collecting agency ng pamahalaan, tulad ng BIR, CUSTOM, LTO, Atbp. at sa akin pong pakiwari ay di magugustuhan ng bagong Pangulo ang pahirap na ginagawa ng GAB sa mga taga boxing. K. PALAKASAN SYSTEM..Sana po mabigyan pansin ang di tamang sistema sa GAB, ang palakasan system. Kapag sa iba di pwede pero kapag kay NINONG pwede.. D. GAB LICENSED..1. Sana po ay kaparis ng ibang ahensya na ang lisensya ay bibigyan ng masmahabang palugit. Inererekominda din po na ang lisensya ng 4 rounder hanggang 8 rounder kung maaari ay libre na, sapagkat di nman sapat ang kanilang kinikita upang magbayad ng mahal na lisensya. Mahal na Chairman, ang akin pong nabanggit ay ilan lamang sa dapat mabigyan ng pansin, marami pa pong mahahalagang bagay na dapat pagtuunan, tulad ng monthly ratings, sistema ng pag laban sa abroad ng boxer, at marami pang iba. Umaasa po kami na sa pammagitan ninyo ay maitatama ang maraming pagbabago sa GAB. MGA KASAMAHAN SA BOXING…CHANGE IS COMING!! Humihingi po ng paumanhin kung ako man ay naging mapangahas sa akin liham. 
Gumagalang, DANTE S. ALMARIO 
at mga kasama sa Boxing Licensed boxing Manager/Promoter
                                                 (Dante Almario with his boxers)

Jack Asis vs Malcolm Klassen rescheduled for August 5th

Australia based-Filipino Jack “Assassin” Asis (35-18,5) first title defense of his IBO Superfeatherweight world title against former world champion Malcolm Klassen (32-6-2,17) has been rescheduled for August 5th at the same venue at Emerald Casino, Vanderbijlpark in Gauteng S.Africa.
The Asis-Klassen fight was originally for July 29th, then was postponed due to request of team Asis to change the officials to become neutral for both fighters. The IBO President Ed Levine granted the request of team Asis and changed the referee for the fight. Originally South African referee Tony Nyangiwe was appointed as the referee then it was change to Englishman Terry O’Connor due to request of camp of Asis.
The judges are Germany’s Artur Ellensohn, Ghana’s Eddie Pappoe and Dave Paris from the United Kingdom.
“This is a world title fight on a big international card being broadcast to an international audience,” said Smith. 
“So I felt it deserved neutral judges and a neutral referee, that’s why I requested a change of referee,” 
“I want to make it very clear this is nothing personal against Tony Nyangiwe. He’s highly respected, but I just felt with a South African boxer fighting in South Africa there shouldn’t be a South African referee or judge involved.”
 “I’m sure Klassen’s camp wouldn’t be comfortable if it was an Australian, or a Filipino for that matter, as an official. We have a completely neutral mix now with officials from United Kingdom, Germany and Ghana,”
 “I want to thank Ed Levine and the IBO for firstly listening to my concerns and secondly actioning change.” “This is for a world title, there is a lot at stake for both Jack and Malcolm.”
said Asis’ trainer/manager Brendon Smith in his interview with Ausboxing.


Omega Pro Sports International (OPSI) is set to stage the 2nd installment WHO’S NEXT Boxing series at Robinson’s Galleria in Cebu City, Cebu on July 30th.
The Who’s Next 2 will feature world champion hopeful undefeated Jack “Golden Boy” Tepora (17-0,11) who will defend his WBO Asia Pacific Superbantamweight title against Bryan Capangpangan (10-2,7). 
Tepora will be tested against Capangpangan who is riding in his almost 9 fights winning streak. Capangpangan’s two losses was both via decisions. If Tepora beat Capangpangan impressively this July 30 he will have a chance to climb up in world rankings as well as in WBO world top ten contenders in Superbantamweight division.
In the co main event boxing fans will see Kenny Demecillo (10-3-2,7) defending his World Boxing Federation Asia Pacific bantamweight title against Rambo Lagos (8-1-2,5). The two boxers is known for their non-stop and all out style of fighting. This will be a slugfest war between the two brawlers.
The fightcard will also feature the heavy handed Christian Araneta (12-0,9) who will take on veteran Charlie Cabilla (14-18,4) and former Olympian Mark Anthony Barriga who will make his professional debut against Melvin Manangquil (1-1-2).

Tabugon and Castroverde aim to win titles in South Africa

(Raymond Tabugon)
Two Filipino boxers Raymond Tabugon and Jerry Castroverde will try their luck in East London, Eastern Cape South Africa on July 29th when they fight South African for WBO and IBF titles.
Raymond Tabugon (18-4-1,8) who has scored a decision victory in the same venue beating local boxer Luzuko Siyo to claim the IBO Intercontinental title last December 2014. Tabugon is also the reigning Philippine Superflyweight titlist he won the title in his last outing against Renante Suacasa.Tabugon will challenge the IBF Continental Africa champion Makozole Tete (15-1-1,10). Makazole is the older brother of world rated Zolani Tete. He won the IBF IC  African title by knocking Ramadhan Kumbele of Tanzania in 1st round on June 17.
In the same card South African crowd will see another S,African – Filipino rivalry. 19-year old Filipino Jerry Castroverde (9-2,5) will battle against Aphiwe Mboyiya (13-2,6) for the vacant IBF Superfeatherweight Africa title. Castroverde knew that he needs to score a knock out to take home the vacant IBF Superfeatherweight title in Philippines. 
“I really need a knockout because if this goes by decision I know the judges won’t give it to me,” said Castroverde.