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Marcial heads PH boxing lineup for SEA Games

Sep 30, 2019 - 11:36 PM

Eumir Marcial targets a third gold medal, while Carlo Paalam, Rogen Ladon, Ian Clark Bautista, and Charly Suarez look to impress

BACK-TO-BACK. Eumir Marcial looks to defend his middleweight gold medal in the SEA Games. File photo

Dismayed PH boxing team slams 'atrocious' Asiad shenanigans

Sep 01, 2018 - 6:45 PM

Philippine boxing official Ed Picson says a lot of 'strange things' happened in the 2018 Asian Games boxing competitions

HEAD BUTT. Filipino boxer Rogen Ladon ends up as a wounded silver medalist. Photo from Asian Games media pool

Fernandez suffers KO after controversial Petecio loss

Aug 25, 2018 - 11:16 PM

Philippine boxing absorbs another blow in the 2018 Asian Games

CONTROVERSIAL. Filipina featherweight Nesthy Petecio loses to China’s Yin Jun Hua in a contentious decision. Photo by Asian Games media pool

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

After eye injury scare, boxer Mario Fernandez promises 3rd SEAG gold

Aug 10, 2017 - 4:05 PM

Mario Fernandez thought he d fought his last fight when he was diagnosed with a cataract in his left eye He s since been cleared to compete and will look for a 3rd straight SEA Games gold

EYE OF THE TIGER. Mario Fernandez thought his boxing career was over last year due to an eye injury, but a second chance at the sport has him hungry to win gold in Malaysia. Photo by Toby Roca/Rappler

Pinoys Pangga, Dela Peña win gold at Asian Juniors Boxing Championship

Aug 08, 2017 - 1:11 AM

Boxers John Vincent Pangga and Kenneth Dela Peña edge out tough opposition to stand atop the podium in Puerto Princesa

GOLD MINE. Kenneth Dela Peña of General Santos City earned the pinweight gold medal. Photo from ABAP

Boxer Charly Suarez makes SEA Games return with Tokyo 2020 in mind

Aug 07, 2017 - 5:00 PM

For Filipino boxer Charly Suarez the SEA Games is his first step toward his ultimate goal: a return to the Olympics

BACK TO THE SEA GAMES. Charly Suarez is making his return to the SEA Games after 6 years in a new weight category, seeking to show he's still one of the world's best fighters. Photo by Toby Roca/Rappler

Fil-British boxer John Marvin ready to 'smash up' foes at SEA Games

Aug 03, 2017 - 11:46 AM

Light heavyweight boxers are a rarity in the Philippines but John Marvin hopes to prove he s worth keeping around when he competes at the 2017 SEA Games

INTERNATIONAL DUTY. Light heavyweight John Marvin hopes to become a permanent fixture of the national boxing team, but understands it all comes down to his first shot at the 2017 SEA Games. Photo by Toby Roca/Rappler

SEA Games boxing matters little, but Philippines doesn't mind the medals

Jul 17, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The Philippines will send a strong boxing squad to the 2017 SEA Games which gets more attention than the more important world championships

HEADING TO MALAYSIA. Eumir Marcial withdrew from the AIBA World Championships to compete at the SEA Games. The SEA Games is a lesser tournament, but it's the easiest gold medal they'll have a shot at all year. Photo by Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee/Action Images via Reuters

Ladon, Maamo last PH boxers standing at Asian Championships

May 04, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Rogen Ladon and Dannel Maamo have qualified for the World Championships while Eumir Marcial can still qualify if he wins his box off

FINAL FOUR. Rogen Ladon defeated his Syrian opponent by disqualification to advance to the semifinals. Screenshot from Rappler

PH boxers start strong at Asian Championships

May 01, 2017 - 3:35 PM

James Palicte Mario Bautista and Joel Bacho all score decision wins in their opening fights in Uzbekistan

INTERNATIONAL DUTY. Joel Bacho had to dig deep to defeat Elmer Sakenov of Kyrgyzstan in his first round match. Photo from Bacho's Facebook

Filipino boxer Bacho upsets Cuban Despaigne in Thai tournament

Apr 04, 2017 - 11:51 PM

Welterweight Joel Bacho wins a decision over the 2013 World Championships silver medalist Arisnoidys Despaigne topping a 6 0 first day sweep for the Philippines

INTERNATIONAL DUTY. Joel Bacho pulled off an upset over a boxer from powerhouse nation Cuba to kick off the Thailand International Boxing Tournament. Photo from Bacho's Facebook

MVP, Vargas re-elected to ABAP positions

Mar 06, 2017 - 2:59 PM

Ricky Vargas pledges to initiate more local tournaments in the countryside expand grassroots development of boxers

RE-ELECTED. Members of the ABAP Board of Trustees pose after their elections Saturday afternoon. Among the officers in photo are: Rep. Raul Daza, vice-chairman; Ricky Vargas, president; Patrick Gregorio, vice-president, Atty Oscar Moreno Jr., treasurer and Ed Picson, secretary-general/executive director. Also in photo are POC Secretary-General Stephen Hontiveros and PSC Commissioner Ramon Fernandez. Contributed photo

PH boxer Criztian Laurente named best junior boxer in Asia

Dec 29, 2016 - 4:50 PM

Criztian Pitt Laurente a 16 year old from GenSan is named the Best Junior Boxer in Asia for 2016

INTERNATIONAL DUTY. Criztian Laurente caught the attention of international audiences when he earned gold at the Children of Asia tournament this past July in Russia. Photo from Laurente's Facebook

Vargas disqualified from running for POC president - report

Oct 26, 2016 - 3:25 PM

Both Vargas and Abraham Tolentino are reportedly unable to meet one of the requirements for running

ABAP to overhaul leadership after boxing letdown at Rio Games

Aug 09, 2016 - 7:00 PM

After the Philippines two boxers lose their fights at the Olympics ABAP president Ricky Vargas calls for new elections

NEXT ERA. Charly Suarez (R) was one of two Filipino boxers to compete at the Rio Olympics. Both Filipinos were eliminated in their opening fights. File photo by Hotli Simanjuntak/EPA

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

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

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

Kiwi boxer Milnes brings Filipino flavor to Olympic qualifiers

Jun 17, 2016 - 1:09 PM

Chad Milnes may be representing New Zealand but the half Filipino boxer will be cheering on his kumpares from the Philippine team

FILIPINO KIWI. Chad Milnes, who is half Filipino on his mother's side, has been getting closer to his "motherland" in preparation for the AIBA World Olympic qualification event. Photo by Exxon Ruebe/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 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

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

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

No Filipina Olympic boxers as Petecio loses decision at AIBA Worlds

May 21, 2016 - 8:21 PM

Nesthy Petecio loses a split decision to Morocco s Zohra Ez Zahraoui meaning that there will be no Filipina boxers at the Rio Olympics

SPLIT DECISION. Flyweight Nesthy Petecio shut out her Morrocan foe on one scorecard but loses on the other two at the AIBA Women's World Championships. Photo from Petecio's Twitter account

ABAP to wait for right time before convincing Pacquiao for Olympics

Apr 10, 2016 - 2:03 PM

It is not clear if Pacquiao will have to join the final Olympic qualifier in June or be seeded outright into the weight division he chooses

AIBA continues to woo Pacquiao for Olympics

Apr 06, 2016 - 2:57 AM

Amateur boxing body AIBA reiterates its offer to have Manny Pacquiao fight at the Rio Olympics

RIO DREAMS. Manny Pacquiao could come out of retirement on an even bigger stage in boxing. File photo by Wendell Alinea/Rappler

Eumir Marcial loses Olympic qualifier box-off to Mongolian foe

Apr 01, 2016 - 6:57 PM

Filipino welterweight boxer Eumir Marcial falls short in his bid to qualify for the 2016 Olympics after losing a unanimous decision to Mongolia s Tuvshinbat Byamba

NO TICKET. Eumir Marcial misses out on an opportunity to join teammates Rogen Ladon and Charly Suarez at the Rio Olympics. File photo from ABAP

PH boxer Mario Fernandez falls short in Olympic qualifier

Apr 01, 2016 - 3:37 PM

Mario Fernandez loses a decision in the bantamweight box off while Rogen Ladon settles for silver in the light flyweight final

NO TICKET. Filipino boxer Mario Fernandez (L), seen during the 2013 SEA Games, fell short of qualifying for the Rio Olympics. File photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Charly Suarez went for broke to earn Olympic slot

Apr 01, 2016 - 12:18 PM

The partisan cheers from the Chinese crowd only motivated Charly Suarez to become the second Filipino boxer to qualify for the Rio Olympics

Filipino boxer Rogen Ladon qualifies for Rio Olympics

Mar 31, 2016 - 3:59 PM

Light flyweight Rogen Ladon becomes the first Filipino boxer to qualify for the 2016 Olympics while bantamweight Mario Fernandez is relegated to a box off to qualify

RIO BOUND. Rogen Ladon, seen at the 2015 World Amateur Boxing Championships, will represent the Philippines in the 2016 Olympics. Screenshot from AIBA livestream

Nesthy Petecio holds her head high despite Olympic Qualifying loss

Mar 30, 2016 - 5:09 PM

The Davao del Sur native may not have qualified for the 2016 Olympics but she has made lots of progress for women s boxing in the Philippines

Nesthy Petecio, seen during the 2015 SEA Games, wants to continue winning medals for the Philippines despite falling short in the Asian-Oceanian qualifiers. File photo by Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee/Action Images via Reuters

4 Pinoy boxers advance to Olympics Qualifying semis; Petecio out

Mar 30, 2016 - 1:12 PM

Rogen Ladon Mario Fernandez Charly Suarez and Eumir Marcial move one win away from qualifying for the Rio Olympics

ONE WIN AWAY. From left. flyweight Rogen Ladon, bantamweight Mario Fernandez, lightweight Charly Suarez and welterweight Eumir Felix Marcial during light training on Wednesday.Photo from ABAP

ABAP: Quality not quantity for Rio boxing qualifiers

Mar 21, 2016 - 3:53 PM

Six Filipino boxers will try to punch their tickets to the Rio Olympics at the Asia Oceania qualifying tournament this week in China

CHINA BOUND. Rogen Ladon (L) and Mario Fernandez (R) are among the boxers who will try to qualify for the 2016 Olympics this year. Ladon photo from his Facebook, Fernandez photo from Reuters

Can the PH boxing team win 8 gold medals? 'It's very possible'

Jun 09, 2015 - 3:38 PM

The Philippines will compete in 8 of the 11 SEA Games boxing gold medal matches on Wednesday June 10 with a chance to equal their gold medal haul from the 2005 Games

Nesthy Petecio of Davao del Sur will be one of 8 Filipinos to compete in the SEA Games boxing finals. Photo by Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee/Action Images via Reuters

PH boxer Gabuco on track for SEA Games 4-peat

Jun 08, 2015 - 5:33 PM

Josie Gabuco who has won a gold medal at every SEA Games since 2009 is one win away from a fourth title at the biennial event

GOLDEN GIRL. Josie Gabuco (L) has ruled women's boxing at the SEA Games since 2009. Photo by Mohd Fyrol/AFP

PH boxing head infuriated by 'hometown decisions' at Asian Games

Oct 03, 2014 - 4:06 AM

ABAP president Ricky Vargas slammed hometown decisions at the Asian Games after three of his team s fighters lost debatable verdicts in the semifinals

Mark Anthony Barriga, seen during an Asian Games preliminary match against a Japanese foe, lost a highly debated decision to a hometown fighter in the semifinals. File photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Cash incentives, pride fuel PH boxers at Asian Games

Sep 18, 2014 - 7:53 PM

With a P3 million reward for a gold medal and respect from the international boxing community at stake the Philippine team looks to make its mark in Incheon

Charly Suarez (L) is one of the Philippines’ most experienced bets in the Asian Games boxing competition. Photo by Rolex Dela Pena/EPA

[UPDATED] Barriga protest rejected

Aug 04, 2012 - 11:35 PM

The Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines filed a protest shortly after Mark Barriga s loss contesting penalty on Barriga