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Rappler's latest stories on Philippine boxing


Gloves on, masks on: Guidelines for PH boxing put in place

Jun 19, 2020 - 6:40 PM

The Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines (ABAP) sets different guidelines for areas under different quarantine measures

PH boxers begin Tokyo 2020 Olympics quest in Jordan

Mar 01, 2020 - 9:23 PM

The Philippines sends a 10-pug delegation to the 2020 Asia and Oceania boxing Olympic qualifying tournament

CHAMPION. Nesthy Petecio vies for a maiden Olympic berth in the upcoming continental qualifiers. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Peñalosa cousins, two other Filipino boxers KO Tanzanian foes

Oct 01, 2018 - 8:19 PM

The 4 Filipinos barely broke sweat as they never went beyond the third round

UNSCATHED. Dave Peñalosa remained unbeaten in 14 bouts with a second-round stoppage win against Twalib Tuwa. Photo by Mike Miguel/Rappler

PH boxing targets 20 events in 2019 SEA Games

Sep 19, 2018 - 10:45 AM

This may be the first time the Southeast Asian Games will include junior events in the boxing tournament

20 EVENTS. 20 gold medals are set to be up for grabs in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games boxing tournament. Photo courtesy of Asian Games PH media pool

After 2 years, Senate finally OKs Manny Pacquiao's first pet bill on boxing

Sep 10, 2018 - 4:54 PM

Senate Bill 1306 seeks to create a 5-member commission that would formulate and implement a national policy on the development, safety, and welfare of Filipino professional boxers and combatants

Manny Pacquiao. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LOOK: Floyd Mayweather coming to Manila

May 07, 2018 - 1:25 PM

'The Philippines, I love you. I'm on my way,' says the retired American boxer

MONEY. Floyd Mayweather will spend a day of his vacation in the Philippines. File photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images North America/AFP

Before becoming champion, Jerwin Ancajas fought poverty and hunger

Jan 19, 2018 - 7:07 PM

Even as his popularity rises, Ancajas never loses sight of his early struggles and sacrifices

HUNGER TO SUCCEED. Jerwin Ancajas recalls days before he was champion when his father struggled to feed him and his siblings.

Mark Anthony Barriga vs ex-champ Jose Argumedo ordered for IBF title eliminator

Jan 13, 2018 - 7:14 PM

Barriga vs Argumedo is being eyed for March in either China, Mexico, or the US

TITLE ELIMINATOR. Mark Anthony Barriga will face former champion Jose Argumedo of Mexico for the right to challenge for the IBF strawweight title. File photo by PJ Estan/Rappler

Jayson Mama, Palaro star and unbeaten pro boxer, headlines in GenSan

Jan 11, 2018 - 7:22 PM

Jayson Mama will face Michael Camelion for the vacant WBO Asia Pacific youth flyweight title on January 21 at the Gaisano Mall Atrium in General Santos City

PROSPECT. Jayson Mama balances his life as a pro boxer and student at Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Colleges. Photo from Sanman Promotions

Before training camp, Nonito Donaire helps give away 100 homes in Iloilo

Jan 07, 2018 - 8:45 PM

Donaire will fight Carl Frampton on April 21 in Northern Ireland

GIVING BACK. Nonito Donaire Jr came to the Philippines to help turnover homes donated to typhoon victims before officially starting training camp for his fight with Carl Frampton. File photo by Alecis Cuarezma/Getty Images/AFP

Romero Duno matched with 'perfect opponent' on Linares-Gesta card

Jan 07, 2018 - 5:41 PM

Yardley Suarez is known for coming to fight, and not having the best chin

NEXT UP. Romero Duno will face Mexican banger Yardley Suarez on January 27 at The Forum. File photo by Jhay Oh Otamias

Pinoy boxer Ernesto Saulong gets title shot vs IBF champ Ryosuke Iwasa

Jan 06, 2018 - 7:27 PM

Iwasa makes his first title defense against Saulong on March 1 in Japan

TITLE SHOT. Ernesto Saulong will get a shot at the IBF junior featherweight title held by Japan's Ryosuke Iwasa. Photo from Saulong's Facebook

Milan Melindo vows to fight on: 'I can be world champion again'

Jan 04, 2018 - 7:30 AM

After some much needed rest, Melindo wants to begin his quest for a second world championship

END OF REIGN. Milan Melindo says it just wasn't his night when he lost to Ryoichi Taguchi, but isn't making excuses. Photo by Toru Yamanaka/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Brave Melindo loses decision to Taguchi in unification fight

Dec 31, 2017 - 10:42 PM

Milan Melindo loses his IBF title to WBA champion Ryoichi Taguchi in Japan

Why the Melindo-Taguchi championship fight won't be shown live in PH

Dec 30, 2017 - 10:29 PM

Melindo vs Taguchi will be shown in the Philippines on January 2, two days after the fight takes place

UNIFICATION BOUT. Milan Melindo's title-winning fight wasn't shown live in the Philippines, and neither will his unification bout against Ryoichi Taguchi on New Year's Eve. Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Marlon Tapales makes ring return in March, may sign with ALA

Dec 30, 2017 - 8:51 PM

Tapales will face a Thai opponent in Australia on March 17

UNDER CONSIDERATION. The management of Marlon Tapales reveals they're considering an offer to sign with ALA Promotions. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

WATCH: Ten best knockouts of Pinoy boxing in 2017

Dec 29, 2017 - 7:00 PM

A look back at the most destructive knockouts by Filipino boxers in 2017

HEAVY HITTERS. Romero Duno had one of the most destructive KOs of Pinoy boxing in 2017. Photo by Jhay Oh Otamias/Rappler

Milan Melindo wants to become a boxing legend, starting with title unification

Dec 27, 2017 - 7:20 PM

Milan Melindo and Ryoichi Taguichi will unify the WBA and IBF titles, with Ring magazine's lineal championship on the line as well

UNIFICATION. Milan Melindo believes his opponent is a one-trick pony, saying Ryoichi Taguchi is "nothing" if he can stop his left hook to the body. Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

The next Manny Pacquiao? No, he's the first Jerwin Ancajas

Dec 27, 2017 - 3:45 AM

Jerwin Ancajas admits feeling pressured to live up to the 'next Manny Pacquiao' tag, but he's focused on making his own legacy

PROTÉGÉ. There are some similarities between Jerwin Ancajas and Manny Pacquiao, but Ancajas is focused on building his own identity as a champion. Photo from Pacquiao's Facebook page

Brian Viloria to get vacant flyweight title shot – manager

Dec 26, 2017 - 4:27 PM

Viloria will try to win his fifth world title on February 24 in Inglewood, California

ANOTHER TITLE FIGHT. Former two-division champion Brian Viloria will face unbeaten contender Artem Dalakian for the vacant WBA flyweight title, his manager tells Rappler. File photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Jerwin Ancajas signs two-year deal with Top Rank

Dec 25, 2017 - 4:19 PM

Jerwin Ancajas will fight the first bout of his deal with Top Rank on February 3 in Texas

NEW DEAL. Jerwin Ancajas will now be promoted by Top Rank, which had guided the careers of Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire Jr. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

2017: The best of Philippine boxing

Dec 23, 2017 - 2:02 PM

Jerwin Ancajas has a breakout year, while champions and contenders rise up on the ever-changing scene of Philippine boxing

Mercito Gesta gets chance to rewrite his story with second world title shot

Dec 19, 2017 - 6:57 AM

Over 5 years after his first world title shot, Mercito Gesta gets a second opportunity against WBA lightweight champion Jorge Linares

ANOTHER SHOT. Filipino boxer Mercito Gesta gets a second shot at a world title when he faces Jorge Linares. Photo from Gesta's Facebook page

Jerwin Ancajas to defend title against Israel Gonzalez in U.S. debut

Dec 16, 2017 - 2:26 PM

Jerwin Ancajas will face a once-beaten Mexican in Corpus Christi, Texas on February 3, 2018

NEXT DEFENSE. Jerwin Ancajas will make his US debut in February, 17 years after his promoter Manny Pacquiao first fought there. Photo By Alvin S. Go/Team Ancajas

Aston Palicte sets sights on title fight after dismantling Jose Rodriguez in Texas

Dec 09, 2017 - 6:35 PM

Aston Palicte is in devastating form for his most experienced foe to date, stopping Jose Alfredo Rodriguez in 5 rounds

HEAVY HITTER. Aston Palicte finished off the former title challenger from Mexico with a mix of uppercuts and overhand rights. File photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Jerwin Ancajas dismantles Jamie Conlan, retains title by sixth round TKO

Nov 19, 2017 - 6:52 AM

Jerwin Ancajas turns in his most destructive performance to date, dropping Jamie Conlan 3 times before the referee waves off the contest

AND STILL. Jerwin Ancajas scores 3 knockdowns of Jamie Conlan to retain the IBF junior bantamweight championship. File photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Ancajas to face 'hostile, volatile cauldron' in Belfast title defense, says Conlan

Nov 02, 2017 - 8:30 AM

Jamie Conlan believes the Filipino challenger will have a tough time dealing with the partisan crowd when they fight November 18 in Belfast

IBF junior bantamweight titleholder Jerwin Ancajas will have to contend with Jamie Conlan - and thousands of screaming fans -  in his third title defense. File photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Abaniel loses decision to IBF champ Zong in Macau, but feels she should have won

Oct 29, 2017 - 3:22 AM

Gretchen Abaniel falls short of bringing the IBF strawweight title back from Macau

TOUGH DECISION. Gretchen Abaniel feels she should have won 7 out of 10 rounds against Zong Ju Cai. File photo by Joyce Tseng

Jason Pagara faces make-or-break test against unbeaten Hiroki Okada

Oct 27, 2017 - 8:35 PM

Pagara will try to get back into contention after his disappointing draw against James Onyango in September

ON THE ROAD. Jason Pagara's promoter admits his fighter had lost focus and fallen out of shape over the past year, and hopes he can get back in gear against this unbeaten Japanese contender. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Edward Heno reinstated as OPBF champion

Oct 26, 2017 - 7:35 PM

The OPBF rules 'that it is only fair that the champion be reinstated' after two fighters withdraw from a vacant title fight

CHAMPION AGAIN. "Everybody woke up on the right side of bed I guess," said Heno's manager after he was handed back his championship. File photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Boxer Jeffrey Claro dies after lapsing into coma following sparring session

Oct 22, 2017 - 5:35 PM

Jeffrey Claro falls into a coma after being knocked down in a sparring session and dies at the Ospital ng Maynila

TRAGEDY. Boxer Jeffrey Claro was one of the names previously included on the GAB blacklist for having a fake CT scan on file. Photo from Claro's Facebook

Filipina boxing champ Gretchen Abaniel continues hard-fought battle for respect

Oct 20, 2017 - 3:55 PM

Gretchen Abaniel has not been as celebrated as her male counterparts, but she'll try to enhance her legacy when she challenges IBF minimumweight champ Zong Ju Cai in Macau

Gretchen Abaniel has fought opposition to pursuing her boxing career - even from her mother. Photo by Joyce Tseng

IBF orders immediate rematch of Melindo vs Budler title fight

Oct 19, 2017 - 9:49 PM

Milan Melindo and Hekkie Budler are ordered to fight a rematch of their fight which took place September 16, 2017 in Cebu City

REMATCH. The IBF has ordered a rematch between Filipino boxer Milan Melindo and South Africa's Hekkie Budler, saying the actions of Melindo's cornermen during doctors exams were "inappropriate conduct which has affected the outcome of the fight." File photo by Gelo Litonjua

Dynamite puncher Reymart Gaballo makes U.S. debut on November 15

Oct 18, 2017 - 4:58 PM

Gaballo will try to prove his punching power works overseas when he faces Mexico's Ernesto Guerrero in Honolulu, Hawaii

US DEBUT. Reymart Gaballo will face Mexican journyeman Ernesto Guerrero in a 10-round bantamweight bout. Photo from Sanman Promotions

Arthur Villanueva to face bantamweight champ Luis Nery in non-title fight

Oct 18, 2017 - 4:14 PM

The Filipino boxer will face WBC bantamweight champ-in-limbo Luis Nery on November 4 in Tijuana, Mexico

OVERSEAS. Bago City's Arthur Villanueva will face one of the top bantamweights in the world in a non-title fight. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Pinoy boxer Jhack Tepora dealt with HIV scare before Komanisi fight

Oct 04, 2017 - 4:02 PM

Instead of thinking about strategy, the Cebu City native had to think about whether he'd ever fight again

SCARE OF A LIFETIME. Jhack Tepora had to deal with his initial HIV test results coming back positive before follow-up tests showed him to be negative. And then he had to fight the toughest opponent of his young career. File photo from Tepora's Facebook

Abaniel defeats Chairin in homecoming, clearing path for Macau title fight

Oct 01, 2017 - 7:30 PM

Gretchen Abaniel doesn't realize her opponent is a southpaw until fight night, but makes some quick adjustments to defeat her Thai opponent by unanimous decision

GIRL POWER. Gretchen Abaniel (R) shook off some rust in her win over Thailand’s Chamaporn Chairin and now looks to bigger matters - a rematch against IBF minimumweight champion Zong Ju Cai. Photo by Joyce Tseng

Filipino boxer Pumicpic pulls off big upset in Japan, wins decision over Amagasa

Sep 30, 2017 - 2:10 AM

Richard Pumicpic pulls off the biggest win of his career, and will likely earn a world ranking to go along with the WBO Asia Pacific featherweight title

BIG UPSET. Richard Pumicpic went overseas to defeat Hisashi Amagasa, who had previously knocked down Guillermo Rigondeaux. File photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Mark Anthony Barriga shuts out Thai foe in China, will leap up rankings

Sep 30, 2017 - 12:02 AM

Matchmaker Sean Gibbons expects Mark Anthony Barriga to be a world champion in his next 3 fights

GOING BULILIT. Mark Anthony Barriga, seen with matchmaker Sean Gibbons, IBF junior bantamweight champ Jerwin Ancajas and promoter Manny Pacquiao, shut out his Thai opponent on all 3 scorecards. Photo from Sean Gibbons

Gretchen Abaniel, Filipina boxing wonder woman, fights on

Sep 28, 2017 - 5:50 PM

Gretchen Abaniel returns to the ring in Parañaque City in a tuneup fight, with a potential showdown against IBF minimumweight champion Zong Ju Cai in sight

FIGHTING SPIRIT. Gretchen Abaniel is arguably the Philippines' greatest homegrown female pro boxer, but the lack of attention given to women's boxing has her still fighting for recognition. Photo from Abaniel's Facebook

Jerwin Ancajas to defend junior bantamweight title vs Irish brawler Jamie Conlan

Sep 27, 2017 - 9:49 PM

Jerwin Ancajas will risk his IBF junior bantamweight title in Jamie Conlan's hometown of Belfast on November 18.

ROAD TRIP. Jerwin Ancajas will travel to a third different country for his third world title defense when he faces Jamie Conlan. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Filipino boxer Romero Duno defeats crafty Juan Sanchez by decision in LA

Sep 24, 2017 - 11:54 AM

Juan Pablo Sanchez didn't come to lay down but Romero Duno gets the win by unanimous decision.

TOUGH WIN. Romero Duno had to work to a decision win against a fighter not keen on being bulldozed. Photo by Jhay Oh Otamias

Donaire, with new promoter and trainer, returns with decision win over Hernandez

Sep 24, 2017 - 10:31 AM

Nonito Donaire wins a unanimous decision against unheralded Mexican boxer Ruben Garcia Hernandez in San Antonio.

BACK WITH A WIN. Nonito Donaire Jr returned to the featherweight division with a new promoter and new head trainer. Photo from Ringstar Sports

Servania drops Valdez, but loses world title bid by decision

Sep 23, 2017 - 1:31 PM

Genesis Servania scores a knockdown in round 4 but Oscar Valdez boxes his way to a unanimous decision win.

VALOR IN DEFEAT. Genesis Servania dropped Oscar Valdez but lost a unanimous decision in his first fight in the United States. Photo by Top Rank

Jack Tepora scores crushing one-punch KO of Lusanda Komanisi in South Africa

Sep 23, 2017 - 4:18 AM

Jack Tepora sends the hometown fighter crashing to the canvas for a second round knockout win in East London, South Africa

BIG WIN. Jack Tepora proves he is a Filipino prospect to take seriously after knocking out Lusanda Komanisi in the second round. File photo from Tepora's Facebook

Sink-or-swim for Jack Tepora in South Africa

Sep 21, 2017 - 7:56 AM

Jack Tepora will take his much-awaited step-up in competition against South African banger Lusanda Komanisi

INTERNATIONAL DUTY. The promoter of Filipino prospect Jack Tepora hopes to secure a world title shot should he win in South Africa. File photo by PJ Estan/Rappler

Humble Sultan admits he must improve before facing champion Ancajas

Sep 18, 2017 - 8:30 AM

Jonas Sultan is now the number one contender for IBF junior bantamweight champion Jerwin Ancajas after defeating Johnriel Casimero

NUMBER ONE CONTENDER. Jonas Sultan may now be number one contender, but he admits he needs "more practice and hard training" before he faces Jerwin Ancajas. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Bloodied Melindo retains title over Budler with heroic effort

Sep 16, 2017 - 11:43 PM

Milan Melindo scores a twelfth round knockdown and holds onto his IBF junior flyweight title by split decision

WARRIOR. Milan Melindo proves himself to be a blood and guts warrior in his win over Hekkie Budler. Photo by Gelo Litonjua

Romero Duno faces experienced Mexican Sanchez on Linares-Campbell card

Sep 13, 2017 - 8:12 PM

Duno will face Juan Pablo Sanchez in an 8 round junior lightweight fight on September 23

NEXT FIGHT. Romero Duno will face a battle-tested Mexican foe in a fight that promoter Jim Claude Manangquil expects to be tougher than his star-making performance against Christian Gonzalez. File photo by Jhay Oh Otamias

Christopher Camat: The Filipino boxer who fought Gennady Golovkin

Sep 13, 2017 - 9:00 AM

In 2004 Gennady Golovkin began his road to the Olympics with a qualifying tournament in the Philippines Christopher Camat a Filipino American was his final opponent in Palawan

QUALIFIER. Filipino-American boxer Christopher Camat has first-hand experience against unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, who faces Saul "Canelo" Alvarez this weekend in the most anticipated boxing fight of the year. Photo from Camat's Facebook