Filipino boxers - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Filipino boxers


2 more Filipino boxers try luck in Las Vegas

Jul 12, 2020 - 9:21 PM

Filipino fighters John Vincent Moralde and Mark John Yap look to showcase their wares in the US amid the coronavirus pandemic

SOLID CHANCES. Despite the short notice, John Vincent Moralde may stand a good chance against his Mexican foe. Photo from Moralde’s Facebook

Gaballo tackles 'Baby Pacquiao' Payano for WBA title August 1

Jul 11, 2020 - 12:16 PM

Unbeaten GenSan prospect Reymart Gaballo hopes another victory will give him a world title crack

POWER. Reymart Gaballo holds a record of 23 wins, including 20 knockouts. File photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Moloney wants title fight with Casimero

Jul 10, 2020 - 12:19 PM

Australian Jason Moloney boldly steps forward to challenge Filipino WBO champion Johnriel Casimero

DOMINANT. Jason Moloney (right) stops Leonardo Baez. Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank via Getty Images/AFP

Yanong bows to Gamez by knockout in 1st round

Jul 08, 2020 - 5:15 PM

Just two weeks after his Las Vegas romp, Reymond Yanong falls early to American Genaro Gamez

DECKED. Reymond Yanong drops to his knees right in the opening round. Photo from Top Rank

Casimero likely to fight Warren instead of Inoue

Jul 04, 2020 - 9:27 PM

Johnriel Casimero may just dangle his WBO bantamweight belt against a new American foe, three-time Olympian Rau'shee Warren

NEW PLAN. Johnriel Casimero is set to train for a new opponent with unbeaten Japanese Naoya Inoue still unable to travel to the US. Photo from Team Casimero

Bernaldez yields to towering Bell

Jul 03, 2020 - 1:51 PM

Philippine bet Mark Bernaldez can’t quite land a shot against 6-foot American Albert Bell in their lightweight bout in Las Vegas

Bernaldez seeks 3rd straight hit for Pinoys when he battles Bell

Jul 02, 2020 - 6:59 PM

GenSan pride Mark Bernaldez tries to extend the Filipino boxers' winning streak in Las Vegas

UNDERDOG. Mark Bernaldez (right) heads into to the ring as an underdog against 6-foot American Albert Bell. Photo from Top Rank

Magsayo flies to U.S., foresees September, December fights

Jul 02, 2020 - 2:33 PM

Unbeaten Mark Magsayo heads to Los Angeles to train under Freddie Roach

GETTING READY. Mark Magsayo hopes to book a fight date before the year ends. File photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

PH boxing's best Olympic chance on the line

Jun 30, 2020 - 4:10 PM

Philippine boxing chief Ricky Vargas laments a potential missed opportunity for history if the Tokyo 2020 Olympics were to be canceled

CHANCE FOR HISTORY. Eumir Marcial bears a big chance for the country's first Olympic gold. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Casimero at crossroads as trainer returns home

Jun 27, 2020 - 11:39 PM

With his trainer heading back to the Philippines, Johnriel Casimero weighs if he, too, needs to just return home and wait for his new fight schedule

WAITING GAME. Johnriel Casimero can opt to stay and continue to train in Las Vegas. Photo from Team Casimero

Homesick Casimero wants to go home, train in Ormoc

Jun 26, 2020 - 8:42 PM

Holed up in Las Vegas for 4 months, Johnriel Casimero plans to return home as no definite date has been set for his postponed fight

UNCERTAIN. Johnriel Casimero doesn’t know if he’ll ever get a shot against unbeaten Japanese Naoya Inoue. Photo from Team Casimero

Yanong beats Burns, makes it 2 straight for Pinoy boxers

Jun 26, 2020 - 4:40 PM

Filipino boxers stay on a roll in Las Vegas as Reymond Yanong outlasts American Clay Burns

BRUTAL. Reymond Yanong (right) unleashes his power against Clay Burns to pick up his first win in the US. Photo from Top Rank Promotions

Rementizo's world crown hopes remain as Thai legend 'unretires'

Jun 24, 2020 - 10:01 PM

Marco John Rementizo earns a shot at a world crown as his supposed foe, 'Thai Mayweather' Wanheng Menayothin, takes back his retirement announcement

Marco Rementizo. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Magramo-Nakatani title clash to push through in August, KO likely

Jun 22, 2020 - 9:02 PM

Both Giemel Magramo and Junto Nakatani are knockout specialists and fired up to stop one another for the vacant WBO flyweight crown

CONTENDER. Giemel Magramo looks to add Junto Nakatani to his list of victims in their world title bout. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Pacquiao tops Crawford hit list – Arum

Jun 21, 2020 - 9:11 PM

Top Rank boss Bob Arum eyes Manny Pacquiao to fight Terence Crawford when the unbeaten American defends his WBO welterweight throne

PACMAN. Even at 41, Manny Pacquiao remains a major draw in boxing. Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images/AFP

The discipline and fearlessness of Gerry Peñalosa

Jun 21, 2020 - 5:45 PM

Gerry Peñalosa fought professionally for more than two decades and carved out a successful career that saw him win world titles in two divisions

WINNER. Gerry Peñalosa (middle) won 55 of his 65 fights during his professional career. Photo by Jay Director/AFP

Bernaldez tries to trace Plania's route in battle vs unbeaten Bell

Jun 19, 2020 - 10:30 PM

Another General Santos City boxer aims for an upset as Mark Bernaldez takes on towering American Albert Bell in Las Vegas

Team Plania open to fighting super bantam world champs

Jun 18, 2020 - 7:30 PM

‘This win will change my life,’ says GenSan boxer Mike Plania after scoring a major upset of American foe Joshua Greer

MAGIC MIKE. Filipino prized fighter delivers a winning start for Filipino boxers vying to return to the international stage. Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Plania stuns Greer with 2 knockdowns

Jun 17, 2020 - 3:24 PM

GenSan pride Mike Plania upsets American Joshua Greer, clearing the route for Filipino boxers’ return to the international arena

STUNNER. A heavy underdog, Mike Plania  picks up his ninth win in a row. Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Plania battles Greer in Vegas, ushers return of Pinoy boxers

Jun 16, 2020 - 4:34 PM

As boxing goes underway in Las Vegas, Mike Plania fights as an underdog to kick off the Filipinos’ international campaign

FACE-OFF. Observing US health guidelines, Mike Plania (right) heads into Monday’s weigh-in with American foe Joshua Greer Jr toting one of his signature pillows. Photo from Top Rank Boxing

Eumir Marcial: Olympic bid still a go, pro offers not a distraction

Jun 15, 2020 - 2:30 PM

Eumir Marcial says he started receiving offers to turn pro in 2018, but the offers did not stop him from bringing home medals from various international tournaments

VOW. Eumir Marcial says he will give his all to win the elusive Olympic gold medal for the country. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

LOOKBACK: 4 fights that defined Rolando Navarrete

Jun 13, 2020 - 4:27 PM

It’s unfortunate that Rolando Navarrete's ring highlights have been overshadowed by his tragic but self-inflicted fall from grace

ILL-FATED. Rolando Navarrete was once the country’s most feared fighter. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Magramo finally gets title crack vs Nakatani in August

Jun 01, 2020 - 7:35 PM

Giemel Magramo looks to join the long list of Filipino boxing world champions as he vies for the vacant WBO flyweight title against Junto Nakatani of Japan

ON A ROLL. Giemel Magramo has been on a seven-fight winning streak. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Plania faces Greer, becomes first Filipino to fight amid pandemic

May 31, 2020 - 7:58 PM

Mike Plania heads back to the ring to battle American Joshua Greer behind closed doors in Las Vegas on June 16

UP AND COMING. Mike Plania draws inspiration from eight-division boxing star Manny Pacquiao. Photo from Plania's Facebok

Heredia rejoins Casimero for unification vs Inoue

May 27, 2020 - 10:45 PM

Renowned Mexican strength coach Memo Heredia joins Johnriel Casimero’s training camp, signaling a possible bout

BACK SOON? If sports restrictions ease up, Johnriel Casimero may head back to the ring by July. Photo from Team Casimero

Team Ancajas hopes to fly to Vegas in June

May 23, 2020 - 3:32 PM

As US boxing mulls return, Jerwin Ancajas stays ready for his thrice-postponed title duel

STILL GOING. Jerwin Ancajas continues to train amid the lockdown. File photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Rappler Sports Timeout: What's up with Nesthy Petecio?

May 20, 2020 - 10:17 AM

Rappler catches up with Nesthy Petecio as the world boxing champion tries to stay focused on her Olympic goals amid the tough times

Gaballo, Magsayo head list of Filipino world title prospects

May 18, 2020 - 10:11 PM

Several Filipino boxers with perfect records are being touted as probable world champions

UNBEATEN. Mark Magsayo has not lost after 20 fights in his professional boxing career. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Former world champion Marvin Sonsona appeals for help

May 03, 2020 - 7:49 PM

Once a young boxing sensation, Marvin Sonsona pleads for help as he tries to put his troubled past behind

FALLEN CHAMP. Marvin Sonsona (left) hopes to put his troubled past behind. File photo from Top Rank

Ancajas, Casimero hope to defend crowns in July

May 02, 2020 - 9:25 PM

MP Promotions thinks Filipino boxers Jerwin Ancajas and Johnriel Casimero can still defend their world titles this year

TOP FORM. There may be no new fight date yet, but Johnriel Casimero continues his high-level training. Photo from Team Casimero

Ancajas' 9th title defense in limbo

Apr 24, 2020 - 9:00 PM

'We have to be hesitant when we talk about foreign fighters coming here,' admits Top Rank boss Bob Arum

UNCERTAIN. There may be no fight in the offing soon for Jerwin Ancajas. File photo by Alvin Brian S. Go/Rappler

Turning pro? Eumir Marcial to make final decision after ABAP meeting

Apr 24, 2020 - 5:48 PM

With the Tokyo Olympics delayed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the hard-hitting Eumir Marcial has been tempted to turn professional

OLYMPIC-BOUND. Eumir Marcial is the first Filipino boxer to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Casimero unification bout with Inoue off, Arum plans new fight for Filipino

Apr 23, 2020 - 8:01 PM

Even the backup plan for Johnriel Casimero’s anticipated fight against unbeaten Japanese Naoya Inoue won’t happen

DECISION. Johnriel Casimero needs to decide on his next step. File photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Casimero continues daily grind with motivation from Gibbons

Apr 21, 2020 - 7:41 PM

Johnriel Casimero hopes his career-defining fight with unbeaten Japanese Naoya Inoue will happen within the next 3 months

ALWAYS READY. Johnriel Casimero isn’t slowing down even if his US fight has been postponed. Photo from Team Casimero

Top fighters shun Nietes' challenge

Apr 18, 2020 - 8:47 PM

Four-division champion Donnie Nietes says he'll wait for ALA Promotions to arrange one of his 'dream fights'

PATIENCE. Donnie Nietes tries to stay in shape even with no scheduled fight yet. File photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Cebuano boxer sidelines as ‘kargador’ amid virus pandemic

Apr 15, 2020 - 4:01 PM

'I had to step up for my family,' says former champion boxer Jessie Cris Rosales

NECESSITY. Filipino boxer Jessie Cris Rosales admits he had to swallow his pride. Contributed photo

Title fight with Casimero possible in Japan, says Inoue

Apr 14, 2020 - 11:06 PM

The unification bout between John Riel Casimero and Naoya 'Monster' Inoue will possibly take place in Japan, provided that it is the 'safest' location

MOVING PLACES. Johnriel Casimero is set to face Naoya 'Monter' Inoue in safer place due to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Alvin Brian Go/Rappler

Garcia drums up bid to forge Pacquiao fight

Apr 14, 2020 - 9:18 PM

Mikey Garcia, who served as sparring partner to Manny Pacquiao over a decade ago, is no stranger to the Filipino icon’s speed and power

LEGENDARY. Manny Pacquiao remains to be a favorite challenge for younger boxers. Photo by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions

Survival Camp makes training, lockdown bearable for Ancajas

Apr 12, 2020 - 8:14 PM

World boxing champion Jerwin Ancajas continues to train even if his title fight with Mexican Jonathan Javier Rodriguez has been twice aborted

READY. Jerwin Ancajas (right) and trainer Joven Jimenez train twice a day. Photo from Alvin S. Go/Rappler

ABAP appeals against pro offers for Eumir Marcial

Apr 09, 2020 - 10:07 PM

Philippine boxing president Ricky Vargas hopes Eumir Marcial will focus on his childhood dream of becoming an Olympian

'BIG FISH'. Pro boxing managers eye to sign  Tokyo 2020 Olympics-bound Eumir Marcial even before he sees action in the quadrennial meet. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Nesthy Petecio battled depression before boxing glory

Apr 09, 2020 - 6:21 PM

World boxing champion Nesthy Petecio overcomes depression and anxiety before punching her way to the top

TRIUMPH. Nesthy Petecio wins the battle over depression before basking in boxing glory. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

GAB seeks assistance for pro boxers, fighters

Apr 02, 2020 - 9:18 PM

Filipino boxers and martial artists cannot ‘exercise their profession’ due to the imposed community quarantine, says GAB chairman Abraham Mitra

SUPPORT. Rising Filipino boxer Carl Jammes Martin, whose March fight versus Ardin Diale got postponed, lauds GAB’s move. File photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Donaire’s challenge to Oubaali still pushing through on May 16

Mar 19, 2020 - 5:05 PM

Nonito Donaire’s bid to claim another world crown versus unbeaten French Nordine Oubaali remains a go, for now

REBOUND. Nonito Donaire hopes his efforts tranlate to a win this time falling short against Japanerse Naoya Inoue last November. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Ancajas, Casimero title defenses in Vegas postponed

Mar 17, 2020 - 10:22 PM

Top Rank Promotions says the world title fights of Jerwin Ancajas and Johnriel Casimero could happen in May, as it cancels all its scheduled events in March and April due to the coronavirus pandemic

SECLUSION TRAINING. Jerwin Ancajas is set to leave for Survival Camp in order to prevent him from contracting the virus. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Ancajas, Casimero continue training as fate of title defenses in U.S. unclear

Mar 16, 2020 - 8:07 PM

Filipino boxing champions Jerwin Ancajas and Johnriel Casimero are set to defend their world titles in the United States in April

LONGTIME CHAMPION. Jerwin Ancajas gears up for his ninth title defense of his IBF super flyweight crown. File Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Casimero raises power, Neri wants more speed

Mar 15, 2020 - 7:14 PM

'He knows this fight could bring him superstardom,' trainer Nonoy Neri says as John Riel Casimero gears up for unbeaten Japanese Naoya Inoue

POWER. John Riel Casimero’s camp says the Filipino fighter has gotten even stronger. Photo from Team Casimero

Ancajas 95% ready for 9th title defense, returns to Manila

Mar 14, 2020 - 7:42 PM

Due to the impending travel restrictions, Jerwin Ancajas heads to Manila instead of returning to his boxing camp in Cavite

Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Tokyo-bound Eumir Marcial nails gold in Olympic qualifiers

Mar 12, 2020 - 2:40 AM

Narrowly winning the first two rounds, Eumir Marcial puffs enough gas in the third and final round to beat Abilkhan Amankul of Kazakhstan

GOLD HAUL. Eumir Felix Marcial follows up his gold-medal winning run in the Southeast Asian Games with another top prize. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Magsayo to fight in US under MP Promotions

Mar 11, 2020 - 7:38 PM

Manny Pacquiao says he sees himself in Mark Magsayo, who will fight in May in the US

NEW PROMOTIONS. Mark Magsayo says he is on the right path with MP Promotions. File photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

PH's Irish Magno punches way to Olympics

Mar 11, 2020 - 6:21 PM

Irish Magno becomes the fourth Filipino to clinch a ticket to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

MAIDEN. Irish Magno will see action in her first Olympics. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler