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Ancajas willing to fight Thai champ Srisaket anywhere

The venue won't be of any issue for Filipino boxing star Jerwin Ancajas in a potential title unification bout against fellow super flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai of Thailand.........»»

Category: newsSource: philippinetimes philippinetimesOct 12th, 2018

2018 s most memorable bits of boxing

The sweet science is always a source of headlines in the sporting world, especially in a country that's full of fight fans like the Philippines. Over the last twelve months, we've seen comebacks, championships, and even a little controversy.  Here are some of the best bits of boxing from 2018!    PAC BACK ON TOP 2018 saw Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao once again claim world championship gold following a bitter and controversial loss to Jeff Horn in 2017.  Fighting in Asia for the first time since 2014, Pacquiao challenged reigning WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Champion Lucas "La Maquina" Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia back in July.  Billed as a durable, heavy-hitting brawler, Matthysse was supposed to be the one to threaten Pacquiao with a KO finish.  Instead, looking like the Pacquiao of old, it was the Filipino star who came out aggressive, landing bombs until finally scoring a seventh-round TKO finish, his first since 2009.  Just months shy of his 40th birthday, Pacquiao was a world champion for the eleventh time in his storied career.    THE BREAKUP Prior to Pacquiao's win over Matthysse, the Filipino boxer made headlines the world over after a split from long-time trainer and head coach Freddie Roach.  In April, months before Pacquiao's return to the ring against Matthysse, reports surfaced that Pacquiao, for the first time in over 15 years and 34 bouts, would not be working with the Hall of Fame trainer. According to various sources, the split stemmed from a disagreement between Pacquiao and Roach following the loss to Jeff Horn back in 2017.  Taking Roach's place as head trainer was Pacquiao's best friend, Buboy Fernandez, and judging from the result of the Matthysse bout, it paid dividends.  Still, the split didn't last too long.  Soon after Pacquiao's first WBA title defense against Adrien Broner was announced, both Pacquiao and Roach have confirmed that they will be working together once again.  This time however, Roach will be serving more of a consultant role, guiding Fernandez who remains as Pacquiao's head trainer.    CONTROVERSY SURROUNDS CANELO-GGG 2 In 2017, middleweight stars Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez went to an exciting 12-round draw that warranted a rematch in 2018.  In January, it was announced that the two warriors would square off once again in a Cinco de Mayo rematch. The rematch was put in jeopardy however, when Canelo tested positive for a banned substance in March. By April, the fight was off after the Mexican star decided to withdraw from the highly-anticipated rematch.  The fight eventually pushed through in September, with Alvarez picking up the majority decision win to hand Golovkin his first career loss, and more importantly claim the WBA (Super) and WBC Middleweight World Championships.  Three months later, Canelo would stop British boxer Rocky Fielding in the third round to capture the WBA (Regular) Middleweight World Championship as well.    ALL-FILIPINO For the first time in 92 years, two Filipino boxers faced off for a world championship when reigning IBF Super Flyweight World Champion Jerwin "Pretty Boy" Ancajas defended his title against Jonas "Zorro" Sultan in California.  In the historic meeting, it was Ancajas who emerged victorious, defeating Sultan via unanimous decision as the reigning IBF 115-pound champ continued his run of dominance with five successful title defenses. Four months later, Ancajas would retain his world championship once again, but this time after figuring in a split draw against Mexican Alejandro Santiago.    DONNIE NIETES MAKES THE JUMP Speaking of all-Filipino bouts and going to a draw, Donnie Nietes and Aston Palicte experienced both in just one bout.  Following a spectacular albiet short-lived run at Flyweight, which saw him capture and retain the IBF's 112-pound title, Nietes made the decision to move up to the 115-pound super flyweight division, where he'll be in the same pool as the big names like Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, Juan Francisco Estrada, and compatriot Jerwin Ancajas.  Nietes' debut bout at 115 however, would be against fellow Negrense in Palicte, and it would be for the vacant WBO Super Flyweight World Championship in September.  In what many believed as a win for Nietes, the 12-round bout went to a controversial split draw, that denied Nietes of the distinction of joining Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire Jr. as the only Filipinos to capture four world titles in as many divisions.  Nietes still has the chance to do that before the end of 2018 however, as he gets another shot at the title on New Year's Eve when he meets Japan's Kazuto Ioka in Macau.    BUD MOVES UP Following years of dominance at junior welterweight, Terence "Bud" Crawford also made the jump up to a heavier weight class, and immediately made a splash.  Facing off against WBO Welterweight World Champion Jeff Horn, Crawford announced his arrival at 140-pounds with a dominant TKO win over the Australian in June.  Four months later, Crawford successfully defended the title against Jose Benavidez Jr. with a 12th-round TKO victory.    FLASH FORWARD Nonito Donaire Jr's 2018 didn't start off as well as he would have wanted.  The Filipino Flash lost his April bout to Carl Frampton for the WBO Interim Featherweight World Championship, prompting questions regarding the former four-division world champion's future.  In a surprising move however, Donaire announced that he would be going back down to super bantamweight and would be taking part in the World Boxing Super Series' super bantamweight tournament.  Matched up in the quarterfinal round against Ryan Burnett back in November, Donaire scored what many consider an upset, winning via TKO after the Irishman suffered a back injury. As a result, Donaire advanced into the next round of the tournament with the WBA (Super) Bantamweight World Championship around his waist.  Up next for Donaire will be WBO Super Bantamweight World Champion Zolani Tete of South Africa in the semifinals.    WILDER AND FURY GO TO WAR In one of the most talked-about heavyweight bouts in recent history, WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury put on a 12-round war that ended in...surprise, surprise, a split draw. Fury used his movement and technique to dictate the pace over Wilder throughout the 12-round bout, but the reigning champion dropped the British challenger in the final round that led to the draw decision, setting up what could be another highly-anticipated rematch in the future. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 26th, 2018

Jerwin Ancajas moving up in weight

MANILA, Philippines – One more fight at super flyweight before moving up for Jerwin Ancajas. And if talks proceed smoothly, it's going to be against Thai superstar Srisaket Sor Rungvisai. Joven Jimenez, Ancajas' chief trainer and manager, made this revelation early Monday, October 1, while Team Ancajas was waiting for ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 1st, 2018

Boxing: Big things ahead for Jerwin Ancajas after fifth title defense

Over the weekend, Filipino boxing star and reigning IBF Super Flyweight world champion Jerwin Ancajas added to his already impressive resume after defeating challenger Jonas Sultan in a historic all-Filipino world title bout in Fresno, California.  It was Ancajas' fifth successful title defense since capturing the IBF crown back in late 2016.  To add to the sweet taste of victory, Ancajas was able to hold on to his title in front of a large number of Filipino supporters in California.  Prior to their bout, Ancajas and Sultan were honored by the Filipino community in Los Angeles, which ultimately brought Ancajas to tears.  (READ ALSO: IBF World Champ Ancajas moved to tears after meeting Fil-Am community in LA) "Maganda po, dami na Pilipino na sumusuporta, lalo na sa laban namin sa Fresno. Good yung feeling ko," said Ancajas, who scored a unanimous decision victory over Sultan after 12 rounds. "Maraming kapwa-Pilipino ang sumosuporta, lalo na sa boxing." While it was a dominant victory for Ancajas, who controlled the pace of the fight for majority of the 12 rounds, challenger Sultan also deserves props for being the first challenger to take Ancajas to a decision in the last five bouts.  All of Ancajas' other challengers have all fallen via stoppage.  For Ancajas, it was no surprise that Sultan came out and fought until the very last minute.  "Inisip ko talaga mag-abot ng round." Ancajas said, meaning that he expected the fight to go all 12 rounds. "Kung May knockout na bonus na lang po." Ancajas used his reach and his jab to dismantle Sultan throughout the fight, and while he did get hit with some good shots, was never really in any danger.  "Lalo na kay Sultan, talagang sinasabi ko dati, basta Pinoy, lumalaban talaga, so naisip ko na aabot ng round." Ancajas added.  Whether it came via decision or stoppage, a win is a win, and it's Ancajas' 30th victory, to go with one loss and one draw.  Now, as his star continues to rise, there are some pretty big plans for Ancajas, moving forward.  According to matchmaker Sean Gibbons, the 26-year old Panabo, Davao del Norte native is expected to return to action in October, and he's being prepared to take on the big names at 115-pounds.  "We’re going to pick styles that work well with Jerwin to help him prepare for Juan Estrada, Rungvisai the WBC champion, those are the fights we want." said Gibbons.  With Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Juan Francisco Estrada working towards a rematch down the road, to job is to get Ancajas ready for those big names.  "We're going to go back to picking fighters, top ten guys that can prepare us to get to that fight," added Gibbons.  One more possible name that could be in Ancajas' future is super flyweight newcomer and Sultan stablemate Donnie Nietes, the longest-reigning Filipino world champion.  After dominating at the junior flyweight and flyweight divisions for the last few years, Nietes finally made the much-awaited jump up to 115-pounds, and will be making his super flyweigh debut in August, when he takes on fellow Bacolod native Aston Palicte for the vacant WBO Super Flyweight World Championship in Cebu.  A Nietes-Ancajas showdown is definitely not outside the realm of possibility, but Nietes will first need to take care of business against Palicte before any discussions for a title-unification bout.    H/T: Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 29th, 2018

Ancajas changes sparring stance

    MANILA, Philippines – There’s a sudden shift in Jerwin Ancajas’ training at Survival Camp in Magallanes, Cavite.  After drawing Japanese Ryuichi Funai as his next foe in April instead of Thai Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, Ancajas and chief trainer Joven Jimenez need to overhaul their sparring sessions with 4 partners and prepare for ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 2nd, 2019

Kings of the World: Team Lakay s dominance highlights 2018 in Mixed Martial Arts

As always, 2018 offered up another year's worth of memorable moments from the world of mixed martial arts.  From the East to the West, the world's fastest growing sport found a way into sports headlines, and here are some of the biggest stories inside and out of the cage from the past twelve months.    "CHAMPIONS ARE NOT BORN, THEY ARE MADE" 2018 definitely belonged to famed Filipino mixed martial arts stable Team Lakay.  The humble La Trinidad, Benguet-based gym has established themselves as the top team in the Philippines for the past few years, but in 2018, they cemented their status as one of the best in the world.  Building off their elite-level striking skills and continuously-improving grappling accumen, the boys from Baguio City dominated Singapore-based MMA promotion ONE Championship, capturing four world championships in just a span of a single year.  Flyweight star Geje "Gravity" Eustaquio opened the year with an interim championship win over former champion Kairat Akhmetov in Manila back in January. Six months later, Eustaquio dropped the "interim" tag by defeating two-time champion Adriano Moraes in Macau to become the undisputed ONE Flyweight World Champion.  After putting together a tremendous winning streak, young strawweight star Joshua "The Passion" Pacio earned a well-deserved rematch for the ONE Strawweight World Championship against two-time champion Yoshitaka "Nobita" Naito. Back in September, Pacio erased the bitter memory of his previous defeat against Naito two years prior by stifling the Japanese submission specialist with impeccable grappling defense to earn a unanimous decision win and capture the strawweight crown in Jakarta. Much like his stablemate Eustaquio, Kevin "The Silencer" Belingon had to go through two world champions to take his place at the top of the bantamweight division. After blasting former world title challenger Andrew Leone with a now-famous spinning back kick in April, Belingon dominated then-two division world champion Martin Nguyen to become the ONE Interim Bantamweight World Champion and finally earn a long-awaited rematch with long-time bantamweight king Bibiano Fernandes. In November, Belingon did what no other man in ONE has done and defeated Bibiano Fernandes via split decision to become the undisputed ONE Bantamweight World Champion, ending Fernandes' seven-year winning streak and five-year reign as ONE world champion.  Capping off Team Lakay's spectacular 2018 campaign was the return to glory of arguably the biggest homegrown MMA star in the country, Eduard "Landslide" Folayang. After losing his title twelve months prior, Folayang put on a masterclass against dangerous Singaporean contender Amir Khan at ONE: Conquest of Champions in Manila in early December to once again capture the ONE Lightweight World Championship for the second time in his storied career.  Outside the ONE Championship banner, another world champion from Team Lakay continues to reign, as BRAVE Combat Federation Bantamweight World Champion Stephen "The Sniper" Loman successfully defended his title twice in 2018.    THE TRUTH RETURNS Speaking of Filipino world champions, the biggest one of them all finally made his return in 2018.  After a two-year absence due to outside commitments, reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon "The Truth" Vera made his way back to the cage, and his comeback was nothing short of explosive.  Taking on the hard-hitting Italian challenger Mauro Cerilli in Manila last December 7th, Vera needed only 64 seconds to dispatch Cerilli via knockout and remain the king of the ONE Championship heavyweight kingdom.    NOTORIOUS Conor "The Notorious" McGregor was arguably the biggest combat sports star of 2017, after crossing over to boxing and facing off against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the year's biggest combat sports event.  In 2018, the Notorious one was all over the headlines once again.  In April of 2018, McGregor was stripped of the UFC Lightweight World Championship due to inactivity.  Earlier that month, the Irish star was at the forefront of a backstage melee during the UFC 223 media day in Brooklyn, New York that saw McGregor hurl a dolly at a bus full of fighters, leading to a number of minor injuries. McGregor would later be slapped with charges due to the attack.  In August, it was announced that McGregor would be making his return to the Octagon to challenge reigning lightweight king Khabib "The Eagle" Nurmagomedov, who was the initial target of McGregor's backstage bus attack earlier that year.     "I COME FOR SMASH THIS GUY" The drama-filled leadup to the UFC Lightwieght World Championship bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor made it no doubt one of the most anticipated matches of the year, and when the two were finally locked inside the Octagon, it didn't disappoint.  Nurmagomedov ultimately imposed his will, grounding McGregor for three rounds, before finishing the Irishman off in the fourth round with a rear-naked choke to remain unbeaten and retain the UFC's 155-pound strap.  What happened after, however, overshadowed everything that came before it.  After forcing McGregor to tap out, Nurmagomedove scaled the Octagon fence and jumped out to the crowd to confront Dillon Danis, McGregor's grappling coach.  It didn't take long for mayhem to ensue, as chaos broke out inside and out of the cage.  Both Nurmagomedov and McGregor have been suspended indefinitely, with the final hearing, which will decide the fate of the two fighters, expected to take place this month.    THE HOME OF MARTIAL ARTS Since ONE Championship's inception in 2011, it has primarily operated as a mixed martial arts promotion. In the past years, ONE has put on grappling superfights and special martial arts bouts.  In 2018 however, ONE took it to a whole new level by introducing the ONE Super Series back in April, which features Muay Thai and kickboxing bouts.  The new wrinkle has attracted some of the world's best strikers, including Giorgio Petrosyan, Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex, Andy Souwer, Cosmo Alexandre, and many more.  ONE also dipped their foot in boxing, bringing in reigning WBC Super Flyweight World Champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai as the headliner for ONE's October card in Bangkok, where he successfully defended his title against Mexican challenger Iran Diaz in front of a raucous hometown crowd at the Impact Arena.    "DC" ALSO STANDS FOR "DOUBLE CHAMP"  No other fighter has had a better 2018 than Daniel "DC" Cormier.  After being named the UFC Light Heavyweight World Champion after Jon Jones tested positive for banned substances during their 2017 title bout, Cormier successfully defended the 205-pound belt against Volkan Oezdemir.  Six months later, Cormier jumped up to heavyweight and shocked the world by knocking out the once-dominant champion Stipe Miocic to become just the fifth two-division world champion and the second simultaneous two-division world champion in UFC history.  In November, DC made even more history by becoming just the first fighter in UFC history to successfully defend world titles in two weight divisions after submitting Derrick Lewis in the second round.    BIG STARS HEAD EAST Asian mixed martial arts giant ONE Championship made worldwide MMA news in 2018 after snagging a handful of big name talents in former UFC and Bellator Lightweight World Champion Eddie "The Underground King" Alvarez, former long-time UFC Flyweight World Champion and pound-for-pound great Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson, and former UFC lightweight and welterweight standout  "Super" Sage Northcutt.  Alvarez and Northcutt signed with ONE after their UFC contracts had expired, while Johnson made his way to ONE via the first-ever trade in MMA history, which sent former ONE Welterweight World Champion Ben "Funky" Askren to the UFC.  All three stars are set to make their debuts in 2019.  Aside from bringing in top-tier athletes, ONE also brought in another big name to fill an executive spot, with former UFC and Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight World Champion Miesha Tate coming in as a Vice President. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 22nd, 2018

Ancajas starts training for Rungvisai title fight

      MANILA, Philippines – Jerwin Ancajas won’t stay idle while waiting for the go signal of Srisaket Sor Rungvisai’s camp. The International Boxing Federation junior bantamweight champion will start preparations for a potential unification title collision with his World Boxing Council counterpart on Monday, October 22. Joven Jimenez, Ancajas' trainer/manager, said the first ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 19th, 2018

Jerwin says Thai easy target

If and when IBF superflyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas faces WBC counterpart Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in a unification title showdown, the Filipino said yesterday it won’t be difficult to connect because the plodding Thai is slow, making for an easy target......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 13th, 2018

Jerwin Ancajas off to Thailand to watch Rungvisai-Diaz fight

IBF superflyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas will be at ringside when WBC counterpart Srisaket Sor Rungvisai of Thailand stakes his crown against Mexico’s Iran Diaz at the Impact Arena in Pak Kret, 17 kilometers from Bangkok, on Saturday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2018

Ancajas will be at ringside for Rungvisai-Diaz ONE bout

Filipino boxing star Jerwin Ancajas will be in attendance when ONE Championship holds its inaugural boxing match featuring Thai champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in the main event of ONE: Kingdom of.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2018

Moving forward

Jerwin Ancajas is not seeking a rematch to settle the score against feisty Mexican Alejandro Barrios-Santiago.   Instead, he's looking at a high-stakes, high-yield unification encounter with Thai Sor Rungvisai for his next fight.   Ancajas camp said they are inclined to pursue the fight against the Thai WBC belt holder, who will go up against Iran Diaz of Mexico next month also in the United States.   Already, Manny Pacquiao's former promoter Top Rank vowed to help the 26-year-old Filipino secure the fight, which is expected to be the biggest outing for the Panabo, Davao, native.   The prospects of that match could have been even more lucra...Keep on reading: Moving forward.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 30th, 2018

No pressure for Donnie Nietes as he makes his super flyweight debut

With 46 professional bouts and three world championship runs across as many weight divisions, ALA Promotions star Donnie Nietes is certainly no stranger to the bright lights.  On Saturday evening (Sunday morning, Manila time), Nietes steps back on the big stage as he looks to add a fourth world championship when he makes his highly-anticipated super flyweight debut against compatriot Aston Palicte on the SuperFly 3 card at The Forum in Los Angeles, California.  Nietes and Palicte will fight for the vacant WBO Super Flyweight World Championship.  While he's the smaller man in terms of height and reach, Nietes comes in as the bigger star among the two Negrense protagonists.  As mentioned earlier, Nietes has been here before, challenging for a world championship. For his opponent on the other hand, this is the closest that Palicte has been to a world championship.  "For me, wala naman nang pressure." Nietes shared with ABS-CBN's Steve Angeles. "Iniisip ko lang na parang normal na laban para hindi tayo ma-out of focus sa gameplan natin." After years of dominating in the light flyweight division, where he eclipsed Filipino boxing great Gabriel "Flash" Elorde as the longest-reigning Filipino boxing world champion, Nietes made the jump to the flyweight division. While his run at the 112-pound division lasted for all of just three bouts, it saw him capture and defend the IBF world title.  Now set to embark on his super flyweight journey, Nietes says he's comfortable and confident in his new weight division.  "Yes, for now masasabi ko na nadagdagan ko yung power ko kasi umakyat ako ng timbang. yung katawan ko kumportable talaga sa 115-pounds." Not to overlook the task that's in front of him, but Nietes knows that Palicte is just the beginning for him.  The 36-year old Murcia, Negros native is finally in a spot where he can go after all those 'big names' that he's wanted to face for so long.  Names like Roman 'Chocolatito' Gonzales, like Juan Francisco Estrada, like Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, and even fellow Pinoy Jerwin Ancajas.  Simply put, Nietes wants all of them.  "Lahat ng nasa super flyweight, gusto ko kalabanin. Hindi naman ako medyo maliit kumpara sa kanila, talagang makakatapat ako sa kanila sa timbang." "Talagang pinag-hahandaan namin ang super flyweight." he added. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 8th, 2018

Diaz gets help from Mexican boxing stars for world title fight vs Sor Rungvisai

BANGKOK---Mexican challenger Iran Diaz is getting all the help he can get ahead of his world title fight against Thai boxing champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai less than two months from now. After Mexican ring legend Juan Manuel Marquez took the role of adviser, Diaz tapped another one of Mexico's boxing stars in Juan Francisco Estrada to be his sparring partner. "Like what I said before, we will need all the help that we can get to win in Bangkok this coming October," Ernesto Salgado, Diaz's trainer, said. We are happy thatJuanFranciscoEstradareached out to us and spared a little of his time to work withIran." The odds are stacked against Diaz, who will be fighting in his first world...Keep on reading: Diaz gets help from Mexican boxing stars for world title fight vs Sor Rungvisai.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 27th, 2018

Team Lakay s Geje Eustaquio would love to see Manny Pacquiao in ONE Championship

During the lead up to ONE Championship: Reign of Kings in Manila, ONE Championship founder and chairman Chatri Sityodtong made a bold invitation to newly-crowned WBA (regular) welterweight world champion and Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao.  "Manny, congratulations, I'm amazed by your legendary career, let's join hands, let's give the Filipino fans what they want, let's do an all-Filipino heroes card, a mega, mega-card, blast that to the whole world, Manny Pacquiao, please, I invite you to compete in ONE Championship." Sityodtong said.  This is coming off the heels of ONE's announcement that they were able to lock up reigning WBC Super Flyweight World Champion Srisaket Sor Rungivsai for their October 6 card in Bangkok, Thailand.  The Thai boxing star is set to defend his WBC strap in the main event of the scheduled ONE card at the Impact Arena.  Pacquiao, who's coming off a seven-round destruction of Argentinian Lucas Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur, could be rounding out his final days of fighting in Asia, and Sityodtong's dream would be to have Pacquiao defend his WBA championship on a ONE card lined with Filipino world champions and heroes, including former champion Eduard Folayang, and reigning champions Brandon Vera and Geje Eustaquio to name a few.  For reigning ONE Championship Flyweight World Champion Eustaquio, fighting alongside Pacquiao would be an honor.  "When Renzo Gracie fought here in Manila, in front of us, it’s a dream come true." Eustaquio said during the post-fight press conference of ONE: Reign of Kings, Friday night at the Mall of Asia Arena. "How much more if a Filipino legend will fight in front of us?" With Manny Pacquiao being a shareholder of ONE Championship, and with the promotion making steps toward boxing promotion with the Srisaket move, it's really not out of the realm of possiblity that a Pacquiao-headlined ONE card could happen in the future.  "This is ONE Championship, it’s where dreams come true." Eustaquio added. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 28th, 2018

ONE: Shinya Aoki says he’d enjoy a rematch with fellow former champ Eduard Folayang

Nearly two years removed from losing ONE Championship Lightweight World Title, Japanese MMA legend Shinya Aoki finds himself back on the path towards championship glory, and the next stop on his journey brings him to Manila at ONE: Reign of Kings, Friday, July 27th at the Mall of Asia Arena. In a battle of top lightweight contenders, Aoki meets Thai MMA star Shannon ’OneShin’ Wiratchai, with the winner moving one step closer to a lightweight world title shot. And while another run at the world title could be on the line, the Evolve MMA star says that his focus in the lead up to the fight will be his own progress and no one else’s. “I approach all my fights the same. I focus on myself, and my game.” Aoki shared with ABS-CBN Sports via email. “I train hard with all my training partners and coaches, whether its in Japan or at Evolve MMA in Singapore, to improve all aspects of my game to prepare myself for the bout ahead. I am confident in my abilities and am looking forward to this bout.” Adding another layer to the upcoming Aoki versus Wiratchai fight will be the fact that the Thai star revealed that he looks up to the Japanese legend. “I have been competing for a long time now so it is interesting that I am competing against someone who used to watch me growing up. When I compete I go out there to do my best as a martial artist, if my performances inspire someone to start martial arts that’s just an extra bonus.” “Shannon is a good strong opponent, I look forward to competing against him.” Aoki added. If Aoki can defeat Wiratchai in Manila, it’ll mark his first string of back-to-back wins since 2015, definitely a step in the right direction. From 2016 to 2017, Aoki went through quite a rough patch that was kickstarted with him dropping his ONE title to Eduard Folayang in Singapore, followed a grappling superfight loss to Garry Tonon and a one-sided beatdown from then-ONE Welterweight World Champion Ben Askren. Momentum shifted to Aoki’s favor in the start of 2018, as he submitted fellow former ONE champion Marat Gafurov in another grappling superfight, before getting back in the win column in MMA, choking out Rasul Yakhyaev in just one round back in May. “As a professional athlete, winning and losing is all a part of the journey.” Aoki said of his struggles and his recent run of success. “As a martial artist, all I focus on is continuing to improve and learn from the past and improve my game in all aspects. Improving a little bit every day is what martial arts is about. This is the mindset I’ve always had.” Speaking of Eduard Folayang, Aoki now is on the same boat as the Filipino MMA star, both former champions looking to regain their place at the top of the division. Folayang will also be fighting on ONE’s Reign of Kings card in Manila, against unbeaten Russian Aziz Pahrudinov. Much like Aoki, a win for Folayang moves him one step closer to another shot at the championship. If everything goes according to plan for these two former champions, their paths could cross once more, and that’s something that Aoki says he wouldn’t mind. “I am open to compete against anyone or rematch anyone. If ONE Championship wants me to face Eduard I would enjoy that. My job is to train hard to improve all aspects of my game for whoever I am facing.” Before anything else however, Aoki and Folayang will have to take care of business come fight night. For Aoki, who is, by all means, a proven legend in MMA, the learning never stops, and it’s this feeling of hunger for more that keeps the former champ motivates. “I never think of my accomplishments as enough. Every bout is a new challenge for me to take on, so I push myself to be able to handle anything that comes my way. I am always training and learning new techniques so my game is constantly improving. The martial arts journey never ends.” said Aoki.   Former ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya Aoki meets top contender Shannon Wiratchai in a lightweight contest with massive title implications at ONE: Reign of Kings on Friday, July 27th at the Mall of Asia Arena. Catch it LIVE starting at 8:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!   *Special thanks to Aliya Anwar of Evolve MMA.        .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2018

Boxing: World Champ Ancajas arrives in Manila after successful title defense

Reigning IBF Super Flyweight world champion Jerwin Ancajas made his way back home in the Philippines after a successful title defense in Fresno, California over the weekend.  IBF superflyweight champ Jerwin Ancajas arrives in Manila pic.twitter.com/W7iNeCk5X2 — DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) May 29, 2018 Ancajas is happy that both him and Sultan are safe after an intense 12 round bout. Jerwin will be resting for a couple of weeks before going back to his usual training sched. pic.twitter.com/vuWRXrtY3C — DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) May 29, 2018 Ancajas, 26, arrived in Manila Tuesday evening, two days after defeating fellow Filipino Jonas Sultan via unanimous decision for his fifth consecutive successful title defense since winning the IBF's 115-pound title back in 2016.  The champ will get some time to rest before he returns to training.  For now, there's no official word yet on what's next for Ancajas, but Top Rank Promotions CEO Bob Arum has talked about having Ancajas unify titles with WBA Super Flyweight champion Khalid Yafai.  Matchmaker Sean Gibbons on the other hand, talked about getting Ancajas ready for the likes of 115-pound stars Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Juan Francisco Estrada......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 29th, 2018

Folayang s return; three title fights on deck for ONE: Unstoppable Dreams in Singapore

Three world title fights, plus the highly-anticipated return of former ONE Championship Lightweight world champion Eduard 'The Landslide' Folayang' highlights ONE Championship's Unstoppable Dreams card on Friday, May 18th at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Six months after his stunning KO defeat to Martin Nguyen for the ONE Lightweight World Championship in Manila, Folayang returns to the very place where he won his first world championship to begin his journey back to the top of the division.  The Team Lakay star's first test comes in the form of unbeaten Russian newcomer Kharun Atlangeriev, who's also looking to make a splash in his ONE debut.  A win over Atlangeriev could rocket Folayang back into the ONE Lightweight World Championhship picture, and at 33 years old, the former champ knows that at this point, opportunities won't be coming as often.  For the debuting Atlangeriev, a win over a name as big as Folayang also pushes him into the title picture.  In the main event of the evening, Singaporean superstar and reigning ONE Atomweight World Champion 'Unstoppable' Angela Lee puts her world title on the line against number one contender Mei 'VV' Yamaguchi in a rematch of their 2016 world title bout.  Originally scheduled for ONE's November 2017 card in Singapore, the Lee-Yamaguchi rematch had to be put on hold after Lee was involved in a car accident that kept her sidelined for a bit.  Since their first bout in 2016, Lee has successfully defended the ONE Atomweight World Championship twice, stopping Jenny Huang and Istela Nunes in impressive fashion. Friday in front of a pro-Lee crowd in Singapore, the champion looks to repeat history by once again beating Yamaguchi.  After her title rematch with Lee was put on hold, Yamaguchi put her top contender spot on the line against Team Lakay's Gina Iniong on short notice. Yamaguchi put on a masterful performance, beating Iniong via unanimous decision in Singapore to secure her place as the rightful number one contender to the champ Lee.  In the co-main event, two-division ONE Championship World Champion Martin 'The Situ-Asian' Nguyen puts his featherweight world title on the line against a familiar opponent in Christian 'The Warrior' Lee.  The two featherweight stars have crossed paths before, with Nguyen extending his winning streak to three straight after choking Lee out in Macau, handing the Singaporean the first and only loss in his career so far.  Since then, Nguyen has won three more bouts and capturing two world championships, while Lee has picked up four straight wins to put him in the front of the line to challenge for the featherweight title.  Follwing a tremendous debut in Manila back in April, the ONE Super Series will be crowning their first world champion in Singapore when Muay Thai legend Sam-A Gaiyanghadao meets Dutch multi-time Muay Thai world champon Sergio Wielzen for the ONE Super Series Flyweight World Championship.  A two-division Lumpinee champion with an unbelievable 365-46-9 Muay Thai record, Gaiyanghadao introduced himself to ONE fight fans back in January after dismantling Joseph Lasiri in a Muay Thai bout at ONE: Global Superheroes in Manila. He now has a chance to add a ONE Super Series world championship to his long list of accolades.  Amsterdam, Netherlands' Wielzen owns a 46-18-2, 1 No Contest Muay Thai record and has a respectable list of accolades of his own, which includes the Lion Fight Featherweight world championship. Wielzen looks to take down a massive name in Gaiyanghadao on his way to another world championship.    Catch ONE Championship: Unstoppable Dreams LIVE starting at 8:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 18th, 2018

Boxing: Jonas Sultan heads to US for historic world title bout against champ Jerwin Ancajas

With a little over two weeks to go before his historic all-Filipino world title bout against reigning and defending IBF Super Flyweight World Champion Jerwin Ancajas, ALA Promotions rising star Jonas Sultan has made his way stateside.  The 26-year old Zamboanga del Norte native arrived touched down in Los Angeles, California earlier this week.  "Nagpapasalamat ako na nakarating na ako dito sa Los Angeles," Sultan told ABS-CBN News' Steve Angeles. "Excited na ako sa darating na laban. Medyo kailangan ko mag-adjust sa weather so I need more practice here." The upcoming title bout at the Selland Arena in Fresno is the biggest opportunity to date for the up-and-coming Sultan, who boasts a 14-3 professional record with nine wins coming via KO. And while he's riding a five-fight winning streak with wins over former world champions Sonny Boy Jaro and Johnriel Casimero, Sultan is coming in as a heavy underdog against Manny Pacquiao protege Ancajas.  Ancajas will be looking for his fifth successful title defense.  To make sure that Sultan will be primed and ready for his first crack at a world championship, he's being joined in training camp by three-division world champion and ALA Promotions stablemate Donnie "Ahas" Nietes.  Nietes, who just recently announced his move up to the super flyweight division, will be the perfect training partner for the young Sultan.  "Tinutulungan ko si Jonas Sultan mag-ensayo dito, baka mag-sparring din kami," said Nietes.  For Sultan, having Donnie in camp is more than just getting an elite-level training partner. "Masaya ako kasi kasama ko si Donnie," said Sultan. "Inspiration ko kasi siya, world champion siya. Alam ko mabibigyan niya ako ng tips kung paano lumaban kay Jerwin." Nietes, the longest-reigning Filipino boxing world champion could have an all-Filipino world title match in his horizon as well, as the WBO has reportedly ordered a title match for the vacant WBO Super Flyweight World Championship between Nietes and fellow Negrense Aston Palicte.  While there is no official announcement yet, Nietes says that it's better to stay ready and in shape.  "Siyempre para sa akin, dapat reding-ready ako anytime, baka biglang mag schedule na." Before jumping up to 115-pounds, Nietes successfully defended his IBF Flyweight World Championship against Juan Carlos Reveco in Los Angeles last February.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 6th, 2018

After ‘Perfect 10’ performance, Donnie Nietes ready for the big names

Saturday at Superfly 2 Los Angeles, reigning IBF Flyweight World Champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes shone bright in the biggest stage he’s been on. On his HBO Boxing debut, Nietes impressively defended his title with a seventh-round TKO win over Argentinian challenger and former two-division world champion Juan Carlos Reveco. It was the perfect performance to introduce himself to a bigger, wider US market, and definitely, a lot of people took notice. “Oh it’s huge, not just for ALA but for the whole country.” said Nietes’ manager and ALA Promotions CEO Michael Aldeguer. “It’s a huge debut, after being a champion for ten years, this was the first time he’s been on the mainstream market, the US market, and we’re very happy for him and he showed what he’s made of.” When asked to rate his win over Reveco from one to ten, the usually soft-spoken Nietes wasn’t shy grading his KO win. “Siyempre 10 yun.” “I knew this was going to be a huge fight, I prepared hard, and I know that people are always rooting for a knockout. Good thing it happened. I’m very happy.” Nietes added. Prior to the fight, Nietes and Aldeguer had talked about possibly moving up to 115, should the Pinoy boxer be able to win impressively. Well, a seventh-round TKO on a massive stage such as the Superfly 2 card was indeed impressive, and Nietes’ stance remains the same: He wants the big names. “Anybody. I want to fight the big names and whoever champions is going to come forward, I’m gonna take that fight.” Nietes said. Among those ‘big names’ on Nietes’ radar are Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, Juan Francisco Estrada, and Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzales. And while the future seems to be a bit brighter at super flyweight, the longest-reigning Pinoy world champion isn’t ruling out 112. “Whatever’s out there. If there’s a huge fight at 112, I’ll stay at 112.” “What he wants is the big names and the big names are in 115, so that’s what we’re looking at. We’ll see. We’ll rest for a while and we’ll talk to Donnie and we’ll see what he wants to do. Right now, at this stage of his career, he wants to fight the big names.” Aldeguer reiterated. Speaking of big names, another big name at 115 right now is compatriot Jerwin Ancajas. The reigning IBF 115-pound king is slowly but surely making a name for himself at super flyweight, but Nietes says that the Davaoeño isn’t on his radar yet because stablemate Jonas Sultan is set to be the next contender to Ancajas’ title.   H/T: Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 26th, 2018

Donnie Nietes set to defend IBF title against former champ Juan Carlos Reveco

ALA Boxing star Donnie 'Ahas' Nietes already has a date for his first IBF flyweight world title defense.  The reigning and defending Filipino champion is set to take on former light flyweight and flyweight world champion Juan Carlos Reveco of Argentina on February 24th at The Forum in Los Angeles, California.  The Nietes-Reveco IBF title showdown has been added to HBO Boxing After Dark's SUPERFLY 2 card, making it a world title-tripleheader event to close out February.  Murcia, Negros Occidental's Nietes (40-1-4, 22 KO) holds the distinction of being the longest-reigng Filipino boxing world champion, and has held world titles in the minimumweight, light flyweight, and most recently the flyweight division.  The 35-year old is on an impressive 30-fight unbeaten streak dating back to 2004, and is coming off a unanimous decision win over Thailand's Eaktwan BTU Ruaviking to claim the IBF 112-pound crown.  The challenger from Las Heras, Argentina, Reveco, is equally as experienced as Nietes, with a 39-3 professional record, 19 of those wins coming via KO.  The 34-year old has had runs with the WBA light flyweight world championship and the WBA flyweight world championship, and is also coming off a win against Ruaviking.  "Fighting in Los Angeles for the third time in front of the great Filipino fans along with fighting on HBO is a great honor for me," Nietes said, via BoxingScene.com. “I know how tough Reveco is but I’ll be well prepared to defend my title." The SUPERFLY 2 card also features a WBC super flyweight title bout between reigning champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai of Thailand and challenger Juan Francisco Estrada of Mexico, as well as a showdown between Fil-American Brian Viloria and Ukrainian Artem Dalakian for the vacant WBA world flyweight title.    H/T: BoxingScene.com.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 19th, 2018

Young Jonas Sultan excited for world title shot, not taking champion Ancajas lightly

Heading into his world title eliminator bout against former two-division world champion John Riel Casimero at Pinoy Pride 42 in Cebu, it would seem as though the odds were stacked against young ALA Boxing rising star Jonas Sultan.  At just 13-3 in his young career, the 25-year old was facing a more experienced, more seasoned fighter in Casimero, who was coming in at 24-2.  Prior to moving up to super-flyweight, Casimero ruled the IBF's flyweight division.  On fight night however, Sultan stepped up to the challenge and appeared to be a step ahead of Casimero throughout the fight, eventually earning a unanimous decision nod and snapping Casimero's three-fight winning streak.  More importantly, it gives Sultan a shot at the IBF super-flyweight world championship, currently held by Jerwin Ancajas, the lone world champion under Manny Pacquiao's MP Promotions.  Sultan admits that his win over Casimero however, was no walk in the park.  'Sobrang saya ko kasi nanalo ako sa laban namin ni Casimero. Mahirap siyang kalabanin, malakas pa din.' Sultan told ABS-CBN Sports.  The reigning IBF Inter-Continental super-flyweight champion is fully aware of what's next.  'Nung nanalo ako, sabi ko world championship na sunod.' The Zamboanga del Norte native knows that opportunities like this don't come around too often, especially for someone who's only 17 fights into his career.  'Excited na ako, kasi bihira lang yung ganun, yung medyo bago-bago ka pa lang, pero may laban ka na para sa world championship, pero para sa akin, talagang lalaban ako.' It's a hefty challenge for someone who hasn't even headlined a Pinoy Pride card in his career.  With a world title opportunity however, this could be his chance to do so.  'Yun yung pangarap ko,' Sultan said of the opportunity.  And while the kid is on Cloud 9 right now, he hasn't lost sight of the fact that reigning champ Ancajas is a different beast.  Boasting a 27-1 professional record, Ancajas has successfully defended the IBF super-flyweight crown twice, both by stoppage.  'Dapat titindihan ko pa yung training ko, kasi si Jerwin Ancajas, yung mga nakakalaban niya malalakas.' No date has been set yet for the historic All-Filipino world title bout. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 18th, 2017