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30-1 odds on Ruiz against Joshua say it all

By Barry Wilner, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The odds of 30-1 say it all. Andy Ruiz barely was on anyone's heavyweight radar when he was summoned as a replacement to fight champion Anthony Joshua. On Saturday, massive underdog Ruiz promises he could be the next Buster Douglas. "I've been an underdog all my life," Ruiz said Thursday in the final news conference before the fight that will be four-belt champion Joshua's Madison Square Garden debut and is close to attracting a sellout crowd. "The body shape I have and the way I look, maybe, but once I get into the ring ..." He will take a 32-1 mark with 21 knockouts into the ring, and that's nothing to scoff at. Except that his range of opponents hasn't been stellar, and in Ruiz's biggest bout thus far, he lost a very close decision to Joseph Parker for the WBO crown that Joshua now owns. He's also stepping in after fighting on April 20, when he stopped Alexander Dimitrenko. Jarrell Miller's failed drug tests sent the trash-talking New Yorker to the sidelines. Still, Douglas pulled off one of the great upsets in sports history when he knocked out Mike Tyson in 1990. When Douglas' name was mentioned to Ruiz, he smiled. "If he looks past me," Ruiz said of Joshua (22-0, 21 KOs), "I think he should be focused on this fight first." Joshua is. Sort of. He claimed the overview of the heavyweight division, particularly unifying all the titles, remains on his mind. But not ahead of his American debut Saturday night in the fight for the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts that will be streamed on DAZN. "I've been practicing and am prepared for June 1," the champion from England said. "But I cannot not look at the bigger picture. I am not looking past him, but I know if I beat this guy what's out there for me." That would be WBC champion Deontay Wilder at some point, though Wilder has a rematch with Luis Ortiz on his plate. It also could be an all-British fight with Tyson Fury, who drew with Wilder last year and likely would mean a huge purse. Still, in heavyweight boxing, anyone who steps into the ring has a puncher's chance. Ruiz, whose father, a native of Mexico, got him into the gym when he was 6 and had his son in bouts a year later, knows how his life would change with a win. Boxing, in fact, changed his outlook on life. "Boxing kept me away from big trouble," he said, noting he hung around with the wrong crowd and saw friends wind up in jail or on drugs in Imperial, California. "Then I joined the Mexican Olympic team when I was 16, and started getting serious about boxing. "When my dad (first) took me to the gym, kids were beating my butt. I didn't want to go back. I end up keep doing it and a few months later I ended up beating them up." Ruiz laughs, then looks ahead, not back when envisioning the scene on Saturday night. "My hand raised" is what he sees. "I don't predict the knockout, the knockout comes when it comes. I'll stay focused and humble. Know why you're here." He's here as nothing more than an opponent in the eyes of many, including, obviously, the bookmakers. Joshua, who knows Ruiz from the amateur ranks, credits him as a "top professional," but soon after saying that is busy talking about potential fights with Fury and Wilder. "Some say he will be easy, some say he can cause problems," Joshua noted of Ruiz. "I am confident I can beat Ruiz." Should he do so, a megafight later in 2019 is quite possible. Should Ruiz stun Joshua — and the boxing world — a rematch would make sense. But a Ruiz win might not make any sense. Then again, neither did Douglas against Tyson......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 31st, 2019

Filipino boxer Duno edges Mexican foe, clinches WBO belt

Filipino boxer Duno edges Mexican foe, clinches WBO belt Panay News MANILA Filipino boxer Romero Duno captured the WBO NABO lightweight belt after a ninth round technical split decision win over Mex.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 19th, 2019

Alvarez, nakuhanan ng belt si Jacob

Las Vegas – Naagaw ni Mexican Saul “Canelo” Alvarez via unanimous decision ang International Boxing Federation belt ni Daniel Jacobs sa bakbakan nitong Sabado (Linggo, Manila time). Pumanig kay Alvares ang lahat ng tatlong judges […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsMay 5th, 2019

Ancajas-Funai card a sellout, says Arum

STOCKTON, USA – For a change, Jerwin Ancajas will see a throng of people, not rows of empty seats when he stakes the International Boxing Federation (IBF) super flyweight crown for the seventh time against Ryuichi Funai on Saturday, May 4 (Sunday, May 5, Philippine time) here. According to Top ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 4th, 2019

Boxing: Jerwin Ancajas targets seventh title defense against Ryuichi Funai

Filipino boxing world champion Jerwin "Pretty Boy" Ancajas looks to continue his reign of dominance when he puts his IBF Super Flyweight World Chamionship on the line for the seventh against Japanse challenger Ryuichi Funai in Stockton, California this Saturday, May 4th (Sunday, May 5th, Manila time.) The 27-year old Ancajas has lorded over the IBF's 115-pound division since 2016, and has since dispatched all challengers, including the likes of Jose Alfredo Rodriguez, Teiru Kinoshita, Jamie Conlan, and even compatriot Jonas Sultan.  Ancaja's 17-fight winning streak was snapped however, when he and Mexican Alejandro Santiago Barrios figured in a 116-112, 111-118, 114-114 Split Draw back in September of 2018.  Now, the Panabo, Davao del Norte-native looks to bounce back from that lackluster performance and return to his dominant ways.  Standing in front of him will be a longer and taller challenger in Japan's Funai.  The 33-year old Tokyo native is riding a wave of momentum as he heads into his first shot at a world championship on a seven-fight winning streak, with six of those wins coming via KO or TKO.  The number one-ranked IBF contender will be making his United States debut as he looks to dethrone the long-time Super Flyweight king.    Catch Jerwin Ancajas vs. Ryuichi Funai LIVE this Sunday, May 5th 10:30 am on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 4th, 2019

Ancajas stakes title in Macau

MANILA, Philippines – IBF superflyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas takes on No......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 4th, 2017

Nietes whips Sosa, claims WBO flyweight belt

Longest Filipino world boxing champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes debuted in the flyweight division with a unanimous decision victory against Mexican Edgar Sosa on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) at the StabHub Center in Carson, California in US. The fo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 25th, 2016

Pia balik-socmed matapos magkasakit; nag-ala BlackPink sa sexy photo

MULING napanganga ang mga social media followers ni 2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach sa mga sexy photos na ipinost niya sa Instagram. Ang latest pictures ni Pia ay mula sa ginawa niyany pictorial with ace photographer BJ Pascual. Dito makikita ang dalaga na nakasuot ng bikini top, black leggings with her Chanel belt. Sa inilagay […] The post Pia balik-socmed matapos magkasakit; nag-ala BlackPink sa sexy photo appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News13 hr. 13 min. ago

Fashion world shaken by cultural appropriation claims

PARIS, France— The women embroiderers of the remote Mexican mountain village of Tenango de Doria made worldwide headlines this week when their government went to war with an American designer for "plagiarizing" their patterns. Wes Gordon, the artistic director of the New York label founded by Venezuelan designer Carolina ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2019

Pacquiao nears peak fighting form

LOS ANGELES: Not even pelting rains could stop WBA regular welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao from his efforts to be in tip-top shape for his coming fight with “super” belt-owner Keith…READ The post Pacquiao nears peak fighting form appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2019

SBP awaits FIBA reply

There is an invitation for the Philippines to join the FIBA Asia Champions Cup on Sept. 24-29 but the SBP hasn’t been able to confirm its participation, pending an inquiry sent to FIBA regarding the qualification of players......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 20th, 2019

NegOr Among Pilot Areas for PhilSys Registration in Sept

The Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) mass registration for all Filipino residents is expected to start in September this year in selected priority areas in the country. In an orientation conference with partner agencies, Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Region7 Regional Director Ariel Florendo disclosed that 2nd District of Negros Oriental in Central Visayas is among the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJun 19th, 2019

Real Gold haharurutin ang 2nd Leg ng ‘Triple Crown’

NAKATUTOK ang mga connection ng kabayong Real Gold sa pagsilo ng 2019 PHILRACOM “2nd Leg ng Triple Crown Stakes Race” na pasisibatin sa darating na Linggo sa Santa Ana Park sa Naic, Cavite.The post Real Gold haharurutin ang 2nd Leg ng ‘Triple Crown’ appeared first on Abante News Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated NewsJun 19th, 2019

NegOr among pilot areas for PhilSys registration in Sept

NEGROS ORIENTAL, Jun. 6 (PIA)--The Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) mass registration for all Filipino residents is expected to start in September this year in selected priority areas in.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJun 19th, 2019

NegOr among pilot areas for PhilSys registration in Sept

NEGROS ORIENTAL, Jun. 6 (PIA)--The Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) mass registration for all Filipino residents is expected to start in September this year in selected priority areas in.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 19th, 2019

Palicte TKO d by Ioka in world title bout

MANILA, Philippines – Aston Palicte failed on his mission to become the next Filipino world champion following a technical knockout loss to Kazuto Ioka in Chiba City, Japan on Wednesday, June 19.  Palicte missed out on the chance to capture the vacant World Boxing Organization super flyweight belt after ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 19th, 2019

14-year-old Erediano bags Duaman Duathlon’s female title in Laguna

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Moira Frances Erediano added another title to her belt as she clinches the female overall title of the Duaman Duathlon 2019, Sunday, June 16, at the Nuvali in Santa Rosa City, Laguna. The 14-year-old member of the Go For Gold (GFG) crossed the finish line of the 6-kilometer run-25km bike and […] The post 14-year-old Erediano bags Duaman Duathlon’s female title in Laguna appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 16th, 2019

Nationals begin buildup Monday

Gilas Pilipinas coach Yeng Guiao underscored the value of sacrifice as the national cagers kickstart their buildup for the Fiba World Cup slated Aug. 31-Sept. 15 in Foshan, China......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 14th, 2019

ONE Championship: Mixed martial arts gold could be on the horizon for two-sport champion Stamp Fairtex

In just two matches under the ONE Championship banner, Thailand’s Stamp Fairtex has already achieved history by becoming the promotion’s first and only two-sport champion after capturing the ONE Women’s Atomweight Kickboxing and Muay Thai World Championships.   Now, the 21-year old could be setting her sights on a third world title: the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship in mixed martial arts.   “I do have plans of getting the third belt, the mixed martial arts World Championship,” Stamp shared. “This third belt will be the most difficult belt for me to get because there are many great fighters in ONE, and mixed martial arts is not my strong point, so this is where I have to improve my wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and mixed martial arts.”   “If I fight in mixed martial arts, I know that everyone will try to take me down and fight on the ground. I will have to try harder and harder to climb up and get some experience before I fight for the belt,” she added.   Already in ONE’s history books, Stamp sees becoming a champion in mixed martial arts as an even bigger deal.   “If I win the belt, it will be my greatest achievement,” she said.   Before thinking about a world title in mixed martial arts however, Stamp will need to focus on defending one of her two belts in the ONE Women’s Atomweight Muay Thai World Championship.   Stamp puts her title on the line against Australian teenager Alma Juniku in the main event of ONE: Legendary Quest this Saturday, 15 June at the Baoshan Arena in Shanghai, China.   “I am preparing hard for this bout, especially since it will be a title defense. I respect Alma and I know what she can bring to the table, but I also know what I am capable of and I have the utmost belief in my skills,” Stamp stated.   “Alma is very patient in her approach, and we have developed a gameplan to be able to use that patience to our advantage. Alma has impeccable timing and her counters are indeed dangerous, but I have nothing but faith in myself, my camp, and my coaches, and I am confident that I can overcome a tough challenger like Alma,” she continued.   For the young Thai champion, her motivation lies in not letting the people behind her down. Stamp knows that being a champion means being a marked woman, and she understands that part of the being the best is preparing for all comers.   “Everyone has high hopes for me. I can’t let my family, Fairtex, and my fans down. I have to keep training hard and learn something new every day so I can keep retaining my belts. I know everyone wants to come for these belts and they will be in perfect condition and will have the perfect gameplan, so for me, I have to stay focused and I have to be ready for anything.” Catch Stamp Fairtex put her ONE Women’s Atomweight Muay Thai World Championship on the line against challenger Alma Juniku at ONE: Legendary Quest on Saturday, June 15th at 11:00 PM. Full event broadcast will be on Sunday, Jun 16th at 8:00 PM  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 14th, 2019

MPBL: Helterbrand never says die as career continues now in Imus Bandera

Jayjay Helterbrand was nearly two years into his retirement from professional basketball. The keyword being, was. That's because the Ginebra franchise icon has decided to play ball once more, this time in the MPBL with the Imus Bandera. And those about to enjoy watching "The Fast" back in the basketball court can thank the UNTV Legends Cup for this development. "I was playing with the legends group and I think that got my juices flowing," he told reporters in the MPBL Lakan Cup's opener last Wednesday. "That made me think I can play again." Indeed, judging from what he has been doing with the Ginebra Legends, Helterbrand still got game. In fact, he even put up a triple-double in their rivalry game opposite the Purefoods Legends last February. The now 42-year-old made it clear, however, that he has never lost his love for basketball. "Actually, I still got the passion for the game. Just to make it simple and sweet, I just miss playing," he said, talking about his decision to suit up yet again. Helterbrand also made it clear, though, that of course, he is far from 100 percent just yet. "As of now, I've only had one practice under my belt. This ain't no joke because you're going to be running up and down the court so there's no way I can be able to keep up after two years," he shared. He then continued, "But it's a long season so hopefully, I can get in shape slowly and surely." Yes, make no mistake about it, the Gin Kings' legend is in Imus to stay. "I'm here for the long haul," he expressed. And he is nothing but grateful for the Cavite-based team for this brand new opportunity. "They were all very supportive. They welcomed me with arms wide open so I'm really excited to play and be part of Imus," he said. For that, Helterbrand promises to do nothing but repay the Bandera's trust. "I told the other guys that I'm just here to help the younger guys. I just want to be a good example to them and guide them," he said. He then continued, "Whatever I can add on the court itself is just a bonus." Jayjay Helterbrands makes his MPBL debut later at 9:00 p.m. against the Caloocan Supremos. Kapamilyas all over the world will be able to witness it on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, and iWant. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 13th, 2019