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ALA boss disappointed in Jason Pagara's 'way below par' performance

Sep 17, 2017 - 6:05 PM

Promoter Michael Aldeguer expresses concern over Jason Pagara's health after he took numerous punches in the late rounds of his draw against James Onyango

DISAPPOINTMENT. After struggling to a draw against an unknown Kenyan, promoter Michael Aldeguer says 'it’s going to be a disaster for him' if Jason Pagara fights a top contender. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Melindo shocks Yaegashi with first round KO to win world title

May 21, 2017 - 6:35 PM

Milan Melindo drops Akira Yaegashi 3 times to score a first round technical knockout and win the IBF junior flyweight title

CHAMPION. The third time was the charm for Milan Melindo, who became the IBF junior flyweight champion in his third shot at a world title. Contributed photo

Young lion Sultan knocks out ex-champ Jaro in Rizal

May 07, 2017 - 11:23 PM

Jonas Sultan knocks Sonny Boy Jaro out of the ring for the 10 count in round 8 to continue his rise to world title contention

Jonas Sultan is currently ranked no. 14 in the world at 115 pounds by the IBF. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Nietes outslugs Komgrich, wins third world title

Apr 29, 2017 - 10:52 PM

Donnie Nietes wins the IBF flyweight title joining Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire as the only Filipinos to win titles in 3 weight classes

HISTORY. Donnie Nietes overcomes a tough Thai fighter to win a world title in his third weight class. Photo by Darryl Mangubat/Rappler

Nietes strips naked to make weight for flyweight title fight

Apr 28, 2017 - 4:45 PM

Donnie Nietes weighs in slightly over at 112 4 pounds but returns to the scales nude to make the weight for his IBF flyweight title fight against Komgrich Nantapech

VACANT TITLE. Donnie Nietes says he saw fear in Komgrich Nantapech as they faced off at the weigh-in. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Boxing: 'Zorro' Sultan faces ex-champ Jaro in intriguing domestic clash

Feb 17, 2017 - 5:32 PM

Hot junior bantamweight prospect Jonas Sultan will face former world champion Sonny Boy Jaro on March 19 at Makati Cinema Square

DOMESTIC CLASH. Jonas Sultan will try to bolster his credentials as a legitimate title contender while Sonny Boy Jaro looks to spark one more run at a world title at Sultan's expense.

Filipino boxer Jerusalem loses close decision to Thai champ Menayothin

Jan 25, 2017 - 5:49 PM

Bukidnon born Melvin Jerusalem gives WBC minimumweight champ Wanheng Menayothin a tough challenge but loses a decision

CLOSE CALL. Unbeaten Filipino Melvin Jerusalem came close to unseating WBC minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin in Thailand. Photo from ALA Promotions

Filipino boxer Jerusalem to challenge Menayothin for WBC belt

Jan 06, 2017 - 12:45 PM

Unbeaten prospect Melvin Jerusalem will face WBC minimumweight titleholder Wanheng Menayothin on January 25 in Thailand

TITLE CHALLENGER. Melvin Jerusalem will have the odds against him when he travels to Thailand to face WBC 105-pound titleholder Wanheng Menayothin. Photo from Jerusalem's Facebook

Nietes vs Thai Eaktawan ordered for vacant IBF flyweight title

Dec 23, 2016 - 4:11 PM

Donnie Nietes is in line to fight for the title belt recently vacated by Johnriel Casimero if he chooses that path

FLYWEIGHT CONQUEST. Donnie Nietes is in position to join rare company as one of the Philippines' few boxers to win titles in 3 or more weight classes. File photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Filipino boxer Jonas Sultan shocks South African Tete

Dec 17, 2016 - 3:39 PM

The Zamboanga del Norte native keeps the international upsets coming as he knocks out Tete in the second round

ROAD WIN. Jonas Sultan, seen before his knockout win over Romel Oliveros in May of 2016, pulled off a significant upset in South Africa. File photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

KJ Cataraja dreams big in school and the boxing ring

Nov 23, 2016 - 5:51 PM

Cataraja is a criminology student at the University of the Visayas by day and an undefeated pro boxer by night Poverty motivated him to pursue an ambitious life

Boxing: Mark Magsayo faces Mexican on Nietes-Sosa card

Aug 26, 2016 - 7:44 PM

The unbeaten Filipino boxer will face Ruben Garcia in his second fight in the United States

MAGNIFICO. Mark Magsayo says he has worked on tightening his defense after being knocked down for the first time in his last fight. File photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Donnie Nietes vacates world title, will face Edgar Sosa at flyweight

Aug 04, 2016 - 2:55 AM

Donnie Nietes will face former champion Edgar Sosa in September as he seeks a title shot against unified flyweight champ Juan Estrada

NEW JOURNEY. Donnie Nietes will seek a world title in his third weight class as he moves to the flyweight division. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Albert Pagara discharged from hospital after knockout loss

Jul 10, 2016 - 7:55 PM

All tests come back negative for serious injury after Albert Pagara was knocked out in 8 rounds by Cesar Juarez

DOING BETTER. Albert Pagara was stopped in 8 rounds by former title challenger Cesar Juarez. File photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Nietes batters Garcia into submission for ninth title defense

May 28, 2016 - 10:39 PM

Donnie Nietes drops Raul Garcia twice before Garcia s corner throws in the towel after the fifth round in Bacolod City

STILL CHAMP. Donnie Nietes remains the top junior flyweight in the world following a dominant win over former champ Raul Garcia. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Boxing: Nietes set for Garcia defense but wants 'big name' fights

May 26, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Donnie Nietes wants to fight unified flyweight champion Juan Estrada but must first get past Raul Garcia on Saturday and a third fight with Moises Fuentes

LONG-TIME CHAMP. Donnie Nietes, who has been a world champion since 2007, wants to move up in weight to face unified flyweight champ Juan Francisco Estrada. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

LIVE COVERAGE: Nonito Donaire vs Zsolt Bedak

Apr 22, 2016 - 9:08 PM

Live updates of the Nonito Donaire vs Zsolt Bedak boxing event from Cebu City Philippines

IN PHOTOS: Donaire, Bedak make weight for title clash

Apr 22, 2016 - 2:56 PM

Nonito Donaire and Zsolt Bedak both look fit and ready for their junior featherweight championship fight in Cebu

Both Donaire and Bedak were trim and ready. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Boxer Mark Magsayo: 'I want to follow the footsteps of Manny Pacquiao'

Apr 22, 2016 - 12:43 AM

Featherweight prospect Mark Magsayo hopes his fight with Chris Avalos this Saturday will be his springboard to international success and world titles

MAGNIFICO. Mark Magsayo hopes his fight with Chris Avalos leads him to bigger fights in the United States. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Pagara, Magsayo batter overmatched opponents to remain undefeated

Feb 28, 2016 - 2:14 PM

Filipino boxing prospects Albert Pagara and Mark Magsayo had to deal with frustating opponents but earned decision wins

STILLU UNBEATEN. Albert Pagara fires a left hook at Yesner Talavera. Pagara had a frustrating night trying to chase Talavera around the ring. Photo by Arvee Eco/Rappler

Pagara brothers defeat foes in Dubai

Aug 08, 2015 - 1:35 PM

Albert Pagara makes quick work of Jesus Rios while elder brother Jason wins over Ramiro Alcaraz in Pinoy Pride 32: Duel in Dubai 2

VICTORIOUS BROTHERS. Albert (right) and Jason Pagara defeated foes Jesus Rios and Ramiro Alcaraz, respectively, in Dubai. File Photo by JM Siasat/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Nietes, Rodriguez make weight for title fight

Jul 10, 2015 - 2:32 PM

World junior flyweight champion Donnie Nietes and his mandatory challenger Francisco Rodriguez made weight for their title fight in Cebu City

ON WEIGHT. Both Donnie Nietes and Francisco Rodriguez Jr made weight for their junior flyweight title bout. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Boxing champ Nietes faces legacy enhancing challenge vs Rodriguez

Jul 10, 2015 - 7:43 AM

Donnie Nietes the lone reigning Filipino world champion can add to his reputation as one of boxing s best fighters of the lower divisions when he faces Francisco Rodriguez Jr

Donnie Nietes (L) remains the Philippines' lone standing champion, while Francisco Rodriguez Jr (R) looks to capture a title in his second division. Photo from Zanfer Promotions

Team Petalcorin calls out Melindo for All-Filipino title fight

Jun 02, 2015 - 4:17 AM

The promoter of WBA interim junior flyweight titleholder Randy Petalcorin is proposing a match with compatriot Milan Melindo for a rare Filipino vs Filipino title fight

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

Milan Melindo disputes headbutt call, eyes Philippine rematch

Jun 01, 2015 - 3:52 AM

Team Melindo claim the referee never indicated that the cut on Javier Mendoza s eye was caused by a headbutt and that they should ve been ruled TKO winners

Milan Melindo (L) feels he didn't get a fair shake by referee Gerard White against Javier Mendoza (R). Photo from Zanfer Promotions

Milan Melindo loses title fight in Mexico vs Mendoza

May 31, 2015 - 1:06 PM

Milan Melindo loses his second world title fight dropping a technical decision in a foul filled fight against Javier Mendoza

UNSUCCESSFUL. Milan Melindo (R) is now 0-for-2 in world title fights. Photo from Zanfer Promotions

Nonito Donaire returns with easy KO of Prado; Nietes stops Parra

Mar 28, 2015 - 10:25 PM

Nonito Donaire Jr returns with an easy two round destruction of Brazilian journeyman William Prado while Donnie Nietes knocks out Gilberto Parra in 9 rounds

Nonito Donaire Jr lands a right hand on an overmatched William Prado. Photo by Mark Cristino

HIGHLIGHTS: Pinoy Pride 30 - Donaire vs Prado/Nietes vs Parra

Mar 28, 2015 - 3:29 PM

Live blog of Pinoy Pride 30 which features Nonito Donaire Jr vs William Prado and Donnie Nietes vs Gilberto Parra

Donaire, Nietes make weight for Pinoy Pride 30

Mar 27, 2015 - 1:16 PM

Nonito Donaire made the 122 pound weight limit for the first time in two years while Donnie Nietes and Gilberto Parra experienced drama on the scales

ON WEIGHT. Nonito Donaire Jr (L) and William Prado (R) both made the 122 pound limit. Photo by Mark Cristino

Donaire Jr seeks new boxing life at junior featherweight

Mar 27, 2015 - 6:43 AM

Nonito Donaire s step down in weight to the 122 pound division has brought familiar struggles but it s nothing he says he can t handle

The William Prado fight will be Nonito Donaire's first at 122 since his 2013 loss to Guillermo Rigondeaux. Photo by Mark Cristino

WATCH: Donnie Nietes, Albert Pagara train for Pinoy Pride 30

Mar 25, 2015 - 3:16 PM

Watch videos of boxers Donnie Nietes and Albert Pagara training for their March 28 fights at Araneta Coliseum

Donnie Nietes has won three straight fights by knockout. Photo by Ryan Songalia

WATCH: Donnie Nietes ready for fight with 'knockout artist' Parra

Mar 04, 2015 - 1:55 AM

RING magazine junior flyweight champion Donnie Nietes isn t bothered by a replacement in opponents that pairs him with a heavy punching contender from Mexico

For Nonito Donaire, father really knows best

Mar 03, 2015 - 4:54 PM

Donaire Jr begins his comeback run on March 28 after suffering his first KO loss This time however he s going to listen to his father trainer s advice

Photo by Josh Albelda

Milan Melindo faces IBF junior fly champ Mendoza in April

Feb 10, 2015 - 9:29 PM

The Cagayan de Oro native will travel to Javier Mendoza s hometown of Tijuana Mexico for his second shot at a world title on April 25

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

Jason Pagara blows out Mexican foe Chavez in Davao

Feb 08, 2015 - 5:29 AM

Jason Pagara sets his eyes on the world stage next after knocking out Cesar Chavez in two rounds at the USEP Gym in Davao City

HEAVY HANDS. Jason Pagara's face remained unmarked after a one-sided KO of Cesar Chavez in Davao

IN PHOTOS: Servania, Pagara make weight in Davao

Feb 06, 2015 - 2:52 PM

The combatants for Pinoy Pride 29 will save the drama for the ring after all parties made weight successfully for Saturday night’s fights at the USEP Gym in Davao City

NOT PLAYING AROUND. Genesis Servania (L) will look to preserve his unbeaten record against Juan Luis Hernandez (R). Photo by Ryan Songalia

The next generation of Filipino boxers make their case

Feb 05, 2015 - 9:46 PM

Jason Pagara Genesis Servania and Arthur Villanueva will audition for the role of next Filipino champion this Saturday at Pinoy Pride 29 in Davao City

Arthur Villanueva (right) is one of three members of the ALA Boxing stable who will be put to the test in Davao this weekend. A passing grade could mean a title shot. File photo by Denmark Dolores

Donnie Nietes faces Luis Ceja on March 28 at MOA Arena

Feb 02, 2015 - 1:23 AM

Donnie Nietes will face the hard punching Mexican before meeting former 105 pound champion Francisco Rodriguez Jr later this year in a mandatory defense

AHAS RECOILS. Donnie Nietes (R) lands a left uppercut on Felipe Salguero during a title defense in June of 2012. Photo by Jay Directo/AFP <span class="attribution"></span>

Donnie Nietes forces Velarde to quit, retains junior flyweight championship

Nov 16, 2014 - 1:23 AM

Donnie Nietes successfully defended his world junior flyweight championship by stopping Carlos Velarde in 7 But he isn t heading to flyweight just yet

AND STILL. Donnie Nietes salutes the crowd after stopping Carlos Velarde after the seventh round. Photo by Ryan Songalia

For Arthur Villanueva, boxing is a chess match

Feb 28, 2014 - 2:24 AM

Arthur Villanueva is one of the brightest junior bantamweight contenders in boxing today Before that his battlefield was a chess board

KING ARTHUR. Filipino junior bantamweight contender Arthur Villanueva at Thursday's press conference to announce ALA Promotions' Pinoy Pride XXIV card at Solaire Resort. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler