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Boxing: Fury vs. Wilder 3 postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic

The third installment between of the heavyweight boxing rivalry between "The Gypsy King" Tyson Fury and "The Bronze Bomber" Deontay Wilder is the latest casualty in the COVID-19 Pandemic's rampage on sporting events.  Wilder and Fury fought to a draw back in December of 2018. In the rematch, Fury stopped Wilder in the seventh round to claim the WBC Heavyweight World Championship.  Originally scheduled for July 18th at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, Fury-Wilder 3 has been postponed, said Top Rank Boxing CEO Bob Arum, via ESPN's Dan Rafael.  "Clearly not. We don't even know if the MGM will even be open by then," said Arum.  This comes after Top Rank Promotions decided to indefinitely postpone their slate of events for March and April, including a highly-anticipated bantamweight bout between titleholders John Riel Casimero of the Philippines and Naoya Inoue of Japan, wherein three of the big four world titles are up for grabs.  Casimero however, is confident that the fight will push through this coming May.  Arum added that while July is still a handful of months away, the uncertainty of the current situation as well as the time needed to prepare was a big part in deciding to move the bout to a later date.  "You could not guarantee the fighters that the event would take place on that date. We couldn't convince them or ourselves," Arum stated. "Where were they going to train for it? It just made no sense. You just have to take a step back. With the world seemingly on lockdown at the moment, international travel was also a concern, since Britain's Fury had thousands of British fans in attendance for the rematch back February 22nd.  "How are you going to sell tickets? It's absolutely ridiculous to say the fight is on when the Brits can't even get there," Arum added.  Top Rank's head honcho did give a projected date of when he hopes the fight to push through.  "So everybody has to take a step back. Boxing is not isolated. It's part of what's happening in the world. So possibly the fight will be in early October," Arum said. .....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnMar 26th, 2020

Olympics-bound boxer Irish Magno promises to make the most of added time to prepare for Tokyo

Filipina flyweight boxer Irish Magno was the fourth and latest member of the Philippine contingent to secure a spot in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, before the whole world seemingly went into quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Magno made the most of her second chance in the 2020 Asia and Oceania Olympic Boxing Qualifiers in Amman, Jordan back in the first week of March, edging out Tajikistan’s Sumaiya Qosimova, 5-0, in the Women’s Flyweight Olympic Box-off to earn her first-ever Olympics berth. She joined top-seeded Men’s Middleweight Eumir Felix Marcial, who also clinched a berth to Tokyo while also taking home gold in the Qualifying Tournament. Just a couple of weeks later, Magno, and the rest of the world, found out that Tokyo 2020 had been postponed to 2021 because of the world’s current health crisis. While it was indeed a saddening development, Magno fully understands the need. “Sobrang nakakalungkot po talaga, kasi yun po yung pinag-hahandaan ng buong team, especially yung mga nag-qualify na,” Magno told ABS-CBN Sports. “But at the same time, okay lang po kasi mas mahabang preparation po kung sakaling ma-postpone yung Tokyo Olympics, at priority po talaga sa ngayon, at mas importante yung safety and health ng every athlete.” “So, if ever po, naiintindihan ko naman po,” Magno added. (READ ALSO: Hidilyn Diaz reacts to Tokyo 2020 Olympics postponement) The 2019 SEA Games Silver Medalist admits that the postponement doused her excitement for her maiden Olympics appearance quite a bit. “Medyo nabawasan din [yung pagka-excited], pero sa panahon ngayon, mahirap rin po sa amin na matuloy kasi hindi po kami makakapag-training ng maayos dahil sa Coronavirus,” Magno explained. “Mas better na ma-postpone, at least makakapag-prepare pa kami ng mas matagal pa.” With the added time to prepare, Magno assured that training won’t let up as they try to bring home some Olympic boxing hardware. “As of now, wala pa po akong balita regarding [sa mga upcoming tournaments], wala pa po kasi kaming naka-schedule, pero I’m sure naman po na tuloy-tuloy ang training.” “Pag-hahandaan po talaga namin to ng buong team, sisiguraduhin po namin na susulitn namin yung binigay na time for the Olympics,” she continued. While the 28-year old will have to wait a bit longer until she can wear the country’s colors in Tokyo, the honor of being an Olympian isn’t lost on her. “Sobrang laki po talaga [na karangalan], is a po ito sa pangarap ng bawat atleta, kaya pagbubutihin ko pa po talaga ang pag-hahanda sa Olympics, dahil para po ito sa ating lahat at sa bansa.” Magno is currently under self-quarantine until March 27th in Baguio City. With the current Enhanced Community Quarantine in Luzon, she isn’t sure if she can go home to Iloilo before April 14th. “Wait ko na lang po sasabihin ng coaches po,” she concluded. (RELATED: Right decision – POC president Tolentino on Tokyo Olympics reset)  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 27th, 2020

Olympics-bound boxers Eumir Marcial, Irish Magno under self-quarantine after Qualifying Tournament

The celebration will have to wait for 2020 Tokyo Olympics-bound pugs Eumir Marcial and Irish Magno as they have put themselves under self-quarantine after arriving in the Philippines, following a successful campaign in the recently-concluded Asia and Oceania Olympic Boxing Qualifiers that was held in Amman, Jordan.  Marcial, the top-seeded Men's Middleweight breezed through his division, taking home the gold medal as well as a ticket to the Summer Games in Tokyo.  Magno, meanwhile, made good on her second chance in the tournament, winning her Women's Flyweight Olympic Box-off to also earn a place on the Philippine Team.  “Naka-self-quarantine po ako dto sa Baguio. Ganun din po ‘yung iba ko pang teammates,” Magno told ABS-CBN News' Dennis Gasgonia. The Iloilo native will have to get clearance to go home and celebrate with her loved ones once her quarantine is up. "Wait ko pa po ang sasabihin ng mga coaches after po ng quarantine kung pwede po muna umuwi. Pero kung back to training po, training po muna para mapaghandaan ang Tokyo Olympics,” she said.  Also coming back from Amman, Jordan were Women's Featherweight World Champion Nesthy Petecio, Men's Flyweight bet Carlo Paalam, Men's Bantamweight Ian Clark Bautista, Men's Lightweight James Palicte, and Women's Lightweight Riza Pasuit. All of them will also have to undergo self-quarantine as a precautionary step against the spread of the COVID-19 virus that is affecting the globe.  The current COVID-19 pandemic has also affected the timetable for Petecio, Paalam, and the rest of the Tokyo hopefuls since the upcoming World Qualifiers set for Paris, France this coming May has been postponed because of the health crisis that's sweeping the world. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 18th, 2020

Hit list: What’s next in line for possible coronavirus postponement

The coronavirus pandemic has decimated the 2020 sporting calendar, with the Tokyo Olympics and football’s European Championship the biggest events to be postponed. Here, AFP Sport takes a look at six of the upcoming major competitions which could also be cancelled or delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreak: Epsom Derby Scheduled date: June 6 — […].....»»

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Manny Pacquiao issues statement on self-quarantine mandate

Eight-division boxing world champion and incumbent Philippine senator Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao has issued a statement regarding the village-issued mandate for himself and his family to undergo self-quarantine after interacting with a person who has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.  Viral photos of Pacquiao and Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III surfaced after it was reported that Pimentel had tested postive for the highly-contagious virus that is spreading all over the world.  As a result, Pacquiao and the rest of his family are now considered persons under monitoring, and were instructed to undergo self-quarantine by their village of residence.  In response, Pacquiao said that he has been in self-quarantine even days before the letter was issued.  "Mga kababayan, nais ko pong linawin na bago ko pa man natanggap ang sulat mula kay Barangay Captain Rosanna Hwang, nakapagdesisyon na po akong mag-home quarantine," Pacquiao said in an official statement. "Pagkatapos po ng Special Session sa Senado noong Lunes, March 23, ay hindi na po ako lumabas ng aming bahay." Pacquiao also expressed disappointment that he would not be able to turn over the 57,600 COVID-19 test kits donated by Chinese businessman Jack Ma through the Manny Pacquiao Foundation.  "Excited pa naman sana ako sa turn-over ng 57,600 Test Kits mula sa aking kaibigan na si Jack Ma para sa Manny Pacquiao Foundation ngunit minabuti kong manatili sa bahay."  (READ ALSO: Manny Pacquiao urges Pinoys to stay strong and pray amid COVID-19 pandemic) Pacquiao also stated that because he has come into contact with a number of colleagues who have tested positive for COVID-19, he understands that he is considered a Person Under Monitoring.  "Nalulungkot po ako na may mga kasamahan ako sa Senado na positibo sa Covid-19. Dahil nakasalamuha ko sila, alam ko na ako ay considered as Person Under Monitoring o PUM." "Huwag po kayong mag-alala. May natanggap po akong Rapid Testing Kits mula sa aking mga kaibigan sa South Korea. Gamit ang rapid test kit na approved sa Korea, ako po ay nag-negatibo. Hindi pa approved ng FDA dito pero yon po ang ginagamit sa Korea," Pacquiao added.  The Filipino boxing legend also said that while he has been invited to be tested at the RITM, he did not feel the need to do so, as he is asymptomatic. Should that change, Pacquiao said that he is more than willing to undergo the necessary testing.  "Matagal na po akong hinihikayat na magpa-test sa RITM ngunit nais ko pong ipaalam na wala po akong nararamdaman na anumang sintomas. Ibang usapan na po kung meron akong kakaibang nararamdaman sa aking katawan. Once I experience symptoms, I am willing to undergo the swab testing for the sake of my family and my country, but I will go through the regular procedure. Naniniwala po kasi ako na marami tayong Persons Under Investigation o PUI na dapat unahin pagdating sa testing." Pacquiao maintains that even under self-quarantine, he will continue to find ways to work and help in the fight against COVID-19.  "Kahit naka-home quarantine, patuloy po akong maghahanap ng paraan upang makatulong sa ating mga kababayan, lalo na sa ating mga magigiting na frontliners. Marami pa pong test kits at medical supplies na darating na magagamit ng ating mga health workers sa buong bansa. Magkakaroon din po ng allocation ang DOH Regional Centers sa Visayas at Mindanao." "Hinihikayat ko ang lahat na makipagtulungan sa ating pamahalaan. Gawin po natin ang nararapat. Patuloy din po tayong magdasal at manalig sa Panginoon. Sa kanya po tayo humugot ng lakas at pag-asa. Malalampasan natin itong pagsubok, mga kababayan. Tiwala lang," Pacquiao concluded. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 28th, 2020

FIDE takes cue from IOC

Chess practically lost via forfeiture to the COVID-19 pandemic with three major events – the World Chess Olympiad, World Chess Paralympics and FIDE Congress – all postponed to 2021 due to the deadly disease......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 26th, 2020

Report: Tokyo Olympics to be postponed due to coronavirus threat

The 2020 Olympics set to be held in Tokyo, Japan will be postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, USA Today reported Tuesday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 24th, 2020

Badminton Asia Championships 2020 suspended due to COVID-19

The Badminton Asia Championships 2020 has been suspended by the sports' governing body due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The tournament, which was initially scheduled to take place in Wuhan, China but was moved to Manila, Philippines, was supposed to take place from April 21-26, 2020. However, the rapid spread of the virus has forced the Badminton World Federation to suspend all its remaining tournaments for the next two months. "The health, safety, and well-being of all athletes, their entourage, officials and the greater badminton community remain as the top priority," BWF's statement read. Also postponed were the Thomas and Uber Cup, the European Championships, Pan Am Individual Championships, Croatian International, and Peru International  -- all pivotal meets for badminton players trying to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The Philippine Badminton Association was awarded the hosting of the singles Asian Championships after successfully hosting the 2020 Badminton Asia Team Championships in Manila last February......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 22nd, 2020

Boxing: John Riel Casimero expects Inoue fight to happen in May

Three-division boxing world champion and reigning WBO Bantamweight World Champion John Riel "Quadro Alas" Casimero doesn't expect to wait too long to finally get his hands on WBA and IBW Bantamweight World Champion Naoya "Monster" Inoue of Japan.  The two 118-pound titleholders were set to collide on April 25th at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, but due to the current COVID-19 pandemic that's affecting the whole world, Top Rank Boxing decided to postpone all boxing events in March and April.  The Ormoc, Leyte-native believes that he and Inoue will square off in May.  "Durog 'yan, 'matic. Durugin natin 'yan in May, guys," Casimero said, responding to a fan during a live Q&A session on his YouTube channel.  "Pinag-usapan namin sa Top Rank, ibabalik [yung laban] in May, pero hinihintay pa namin yung 14 days, kaya malalaman natin after 14 days, i-aanounce na namin kung kelan yung laban, basta in May. Ready lang tayo, guys," Casimero explained further.  Casimero also touched on the possibility of a Filipino-versus-Filipino unification bout in the bantamweight division, since Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire is expected to challenge WBC Bantamweight World Champion Nordine Oubaali for the title.  "Yeah, maglalaban yan talaga. Pag-mananalo si Donaire at mananalo ako, maglalaban kami," Casimero said. "Walang problema yan, kay i-pray natin na manalo si Donaire, manalo din tayo, magandang laban din 'yan."  Speaking of Filipinos, as it turns out, Inoue was able to enlist some help from a Pinoy boxer in the form of "Prince" Albert Pagara.  "Si Albert Pagara ka-sparring daw ni Inoue doon sa Japan, pero naka-uwi na sila sa Cebu," Casimero explained. "Nag-sparring sila, malakas daw si Inoue, sabi nila."  Casimero also answered a ton of fan questions in the near-2 hour video which you can watch below:.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 20th, 2020

Social Distancing won t stop Team Lakay from training

With the current COVID-19 pandemic affecting the entire planet, people all over the world are being urged to stay at home to help combat the spread of the deadly virus that has affected hundreds of thousands.  As such, sporting events have been cancelled, social gatherings are discouraged, and even everyday activities like going to the gym are advised to avoid.  If it's ultimately necessary to leave the house, the practice of 'Social Distancing' or maintaining a distance of at least six feet between yourself and people around you.  With that in mind, it's simply impossible to be able to hit the boxing mitts, right?  Well, Team Lakay's Jaybe Ban-eg and Jhanlo Sangiao have discovered a way to do some padwork, while practicing social distancing.  This is obviously all in good humour, as this isn't exactly an effective way to train.  Team Lakay has also announced that in line with the Enhanced Community Quarantine imposed on Luzon, they have closed their gyms down until further notice to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 disease.  If you're looking for some excercises that you can do away from the gym, here are a few suggestions from other members of Team Lakay.  Remember to practice social distancing, stay hydrated, and WASH YOUR HANDS! .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 17th, 2020

Hidilyn Diaz vows to remain focused and determined on Olympic qualification

The current COVID-19 pandemic has no doubt left its mark on the globe, and one of the most affected by it is the sporting world.  The NBA, collegiate sporting tournaments, football tournaments, and major events across all sports have either been cancelled or postponed. The same fate could befall the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, even though the quadrilennial multi-sport event won't begin until July. Obviously, the delays in preparation brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic will affect the Summer Games greatly.  So far, only four Filipinos have already qualified for the Summer Olympics: gymnast Carlos Yulo, pole-vaulter EJ Obiena, and boxers Eumir Marcial and Irish Magno.  One Filipina Olympic hopeful is none other than 2016 Rio silver medalist weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, who is on track to qualify, but the current suspensions and postponements have delayed her quest for a ticket to Tokyo 2020.  Diaz took to Instagram to address the situation.          View this post on Instagram                   There are things we can’t control and we can’t do anything, the effects of N-Covid19 is something unimaginable. Most of my Olympic Qualification events are postponed or cancelled, travel ban, city lockdown and country lockdown. Panic, fears and frustration is controlling us right now. I was supposed to have my flight today going to Colombia to compete at the Ibero-America Open Championships 2020 for my final Olympic Qualifying competition but we didn’t push through because of travel ban in Colombia. As an athlete we don’t stop when we fail once, even twice, the most important thing is we do our best and at the end of the day we won’t regret anything. I will remain focus and determine to improve every single day together with #TeamHD who prepared me and sacrificed a lot to represent God and Philippines well in Olympics. So far the best snatch technique I have in competitions is captured by @one_kilo_ this was in Roma World Cup 2020 in Roma, Italy. Speaking of Italy, mio amico and mia amica take care always, be strong you are in my prayers, in my thoughts and worries. To my friends, family, supporters, fans, church mate, kabaro at buddy sa Airforce at co-athletes, please take care, wash your hands and social distancing. To frontliners Salamat po sa Serbisyong binigay niyo po. Kuidaw ustedes pirmi! #LabanPilipinas #LabanHidilyn #TeamHD #tokyo2020 #olympicweightlifting @phil.sportscommission @mvpsportsfoundation @phoenixfuels A post shared by Hidilyn Diaz OLY (@hidilyndiaz) on Mar 16, 2020 at 7:00pm PDT Diaz revealed that she was supposed to be flying out to Colombia for her final Olympic Qualifying competition, but a travel ban has forced her to not push through. She also shared a message to the people of Italy, one of countries hardest hit by the COVID-19 virus.  "Speaking of Italy, mio amico and mia amica take care always, be strong you are in my prayers, in my thoughts and worries," Diaz wrote.  She concluded by giving a message to her family, friends, and fans, and gave thanks to the workers in the frontlines.  "To my friends, family, supporters, fans, church mate, kabaro at buddy sa Airforce at co-athletes, please take care, wash your hands and social distancing. To frontliners Salamat po sa Serbisyong binigay niyo po. Kuidaw ustedes pirmi!".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 17th, 2020

Scrubbed: March Madness leads long list of canceled sports

By EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer The world's sports schedule cratered at warp speed Thursday, with one of the biggest events on the U.S. calendar, the fun-filled and colorful college basketball tournament known as March Madness, becoming the first mega-event to be scrubbed due to fear of the spread of the coronavirus. Leaders at all levels of sports, including the NCAA, NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball, tennis and soccer, decided the risk of playing games with the threat of the virus hanging over them was too great despite the billions of dollars — to say nothing of the trophies, pride and once-in-a-lifetime experiences — hanging in the balance. By late in the afternoon of an extraordinary, headline-a-minute day across a pandemic-rattled globe, the NCAA, which regulates March Madness and virtually all major U.S. college sports, basically had no choice. With conferences and individual teams calling off their basketball seasons at breakneck pace, the NCAA followed suit. They scrapped all college winter and spring championships, the highlight of which is the men's basketball tournament — a three-week extravaganza that stands as the biggest event this side of the Super Bowl on the U.S. sports calendar. The cancellation leaves a massive hole in American sports — from campuses across the country, to a growing passel of sports-betting businesses that rely on college hoops money, to say nothing of the hearts of players who were poised to get their first, or last, or only chance to shine on the big stage. All of it was to be covered by CBS and its partners; about 80 percent of the NCAA's $1.05 billion annual budget is bankrolled by the money the networks pay to present the 68-team tournament over the air, on cable and online. “This is bigger than a sport or championship,” said Kansas University coach Bill Self, whose team would've been the likely favorite to win it all. Hours earlier, Kansas and Duke had each taken matters into their own hands, announcing they wouldn't be sending any of their teams to games, no matter the stakes. It wasn't even the most jaw-dropping moment of the morning. That came, fittingly, at one of the world's most renowned sports venues — Madison Square Garden — where at halftime of a Big East Conference tournament game, the PA announcer came on and said the tournament had been called. By then, every major conference, and virtually all of the minor ones, had done the same thing. They were prompted in part by the NCAA's decision a day earlier to hold all its tournament games — which had been scheduled to start next week in nine cities and close April 6 at a 71,000-seat stadium in Atlanta — in front of friends and family and limited “essential” personnel. Only 24 hours later, with the stock market tanking, mixed messages coming out of Washington and no promise of quick relief being offered by world health experts, it became even more clear that gatherings involving thousands of people were hard to justify. Also clear: The NCAA would have trouble assembling an equitable bracket for its tournament, given that most games designed to suss out the most-deserving teams and automatic qualifiers had already been scrubbed. “I’m not a researcher in immunology or infectious disease, but those who are engaged at the NCAA level provided some stark information yesterday,” said Greg Sankey, the commissioner of the Southeastern Conference. The March Madness news meant it will be a world free of basketball for the foreseeable future. A day after the NBA put its season on temporary hiatus, a second member of the Utah Jazz — Donovan Mitchell — tested positive for the coronavirus. The league said its suspension would last for at least 30 days — possibly a conservative guess, as teams undertake the task of identifying any player or referee who has had recent contact with the Jazz, then putting them into isolation for the required two weeks. “What would kill the NBA season is if more players catch it,” Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said in an interview on CNBC. He called the hiatus a matter of “us being vigilant, as all businesses should be. Businesses are going to have to be incredibly vigilant, and that's hard.” The NHL also suspended its season, though it did not report any positives for COVID-19. Major League Baseball scrapped spring training and postponed the start of its season, currently scheduled for March 26, for at least two weeks. Before the start of one of the biggest golf tournaments on the calendar, the PGA Tour announced that the last three rounds of The Players Championship, best known for the rowdy gatherings around the island green on the 17th hole, would be played without fans. The same goes for the three events that follow, all of which lead into the Masters, which was, for the time being, slated to go on as scheduled the week of April 6. The LPGA postponed three tournaments, beginning next week, including its first major of the season. Tennis will also be canceling events. The ATP called off men's tournaments for the next six weeks; the WTA said its tournament in South Carolina, set for April 6-12, would not be held as scheduled, with decisions about the rest of the season to come in the next week. NASCAR announced it would race the next two weekends, in Atlanta and Miami, without fans, and IndyCar made the same decision for its race this weekend in St. Petersburg, Florida. Horse races were going on in several states, though without fans in the stands — leaving the parimutuel wagers to be made online; organizers of the Kentucky Derby were moving forward with plans for the May 2 race. The NFL, never off the radar even in the depths of the offseason, announced a number of changes and cancellations on its schedule of meetings, fan fest and scouting trips — all related to coronavirus. The U.S.-based Major League Soccer said it would shut down for a target period of 30 days. Earlier in the day, soccer leagues and teams scrambled to make changes: —Belgium's soccer league backpedaled on an earlier decision, and decided to close stadiums to fans. —A Champions League game involving Real Madrid was postponed after the Spanish team puts its players in quarantine. —Dutch soccer authorities canceled all matches through the end of the month, including friendlies against the United States and Spain. —Also, a second player from Italy's top soccer division tested positive. All sports in that hard-hit country have been suspended through April 3. For once, there were no major announcements coming out of Tokyo, where conflicting messages about the status of this summer's Olympics have come out of the country, and the IOC, for weeks. Instead, the IOC went ahead with its ceremonial lighting of the Olympic flame, an event held in front of the ruined Temple of Hera in Ancient Olympia. "We are strengthened ... by the many authorities and sports organizations around the world which are taking so many significant measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus,” IOC president Thomas Bach said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 13th, 2020

Team PHI to fly earlier to Tokyo for quarantine requirements

Team Philippines will fly to Tokyo at least two weeks earlier than expected. Chef de Mission to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Nonong Araneta and Philippine Olympic Committee Secretary General Atty. Ed Gastanes announced the plan of sending the delegation ahead of schedule to avoid possibilities of disqualification and meet quarantine and health check requirements in light of the COVID-19 pandemic in a press briefing held at the Philippine Sports Commission in Manila Tuesday. Gastanes and Araneta provided an update on the qualification tournaments of our athletes despite the spread of the communicable disease.  “Walang official cancellation, walang official postponement, so we’re preparing as if it will go on as planned,” said Araneta, stressing that they are in constant communication with national sports associations on their preparations.  “We had a discussion concerning the Olympic athletes who qualified. The (PSC) Board’s consensus is we might send them two weeks ahead of their planned qualification tournament just to ensure that we are doing our quarantine procedure,” said Marc Velasco, PSC Chief of Staff. Araneta shared the difficulty of the qualification process considering that tournaments needed for a Tokyo berth are getting canceled left and right due to the virus.  “Ang concern ko actually is that, kahapon kasi, di ba sa dyaryo, yung Philippines may travel ban, yung ibang countries may travel ban coming from the Philippines. Sa ngayon two countries pa lang yan, Kuwait at Qatar, baka pati yung ibang countries pa in which we have a qualifying event,” explained Araneta.     There are currently 64 athletes coming from archery, athletics, swimming, basketball, boxing, cycling, canoe-kayak, fencing, golf, gymnastics, judo, karate, rowing, skateboarding, table tennis, taekwondo, triathlon, weightlifting, and wrestling, who are working to qualify.  Out of these 64, 18 athletes have a higher than average chances of booking a ticket to the largest quadrennial games this year, according to Araneta.  “Sa swimming may dalawa, athletics may apat, boxing sana apat pa, sa judo we have two or three, sa golf three, so that’s 16, sa skateboarding dalawa, so ‘yan yung mga tsansa,” intimated Araneta.  So far, EJ Obiena for pole vaulting, Carlos Yulo for gymnastics, and Eumir Marcial for boxing have qualified to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.          .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 10th, 2020

Fury batters Wilder to win title rematch

Las Vegas, United States--Tyson Fury reigns again as a heavyweight world champion after battering Deontay Wilder on the way to a stunning seventh-round stoppage in their World Boxing Council title rematch......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 24th, 2020

Fury wins in stunning stoppage of Wilder in heavyweight tilt

By TIM DAHLBERG AP Boxing Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tyson Fury is a heavyweight champion once again, dominating Deontay Wilder in their title rematch Saturday night before Wilder’s corner threw in the towel in the seventh round. A boxer in their first fight, Fury went on the attack in the rematch and knocked Wilder down twice before a flurry of punches in the seventh prompted his corner to call an end to the highly anticipated rematch. Fury dropped Wilder in the third round with a right hand that seemed to take the legs out of the champion. He put him down again in the fifth round, this time with a left hand to the body. The end came at 1:39 of the seventh round when referee Kenny Bayless stopped the fight after Wilder’s corner threw in the towel as he was getting pummeled in a neutral corner. It was the first loss for Wilder in 44 fights, and it came in the 11th defense of the title he won in 2015. Fury stalked Wilder almost from the opening bell, using his jab to control the early rounds. He won every round on the scorecard of the Associated Press and was in total command of the fight when it ended. Wilder briefly protested the stoppage, as a pro-Fury crowd at the MGM Grand hotel roared in delight. Fury had bulked up to 273 pounds for the rematch, vowing to change tactics and become the big puncher. He was true to his word, dominating early with a jab that stopped Wilder in his tracks and then landing combinations to the head and body. The rematch drew a sellout crowd that set a record of more than $17 for the live gate and was expected to do well on pay-per-view. Both fighters were guaranteed $5 million but could make $40 million apiece......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 23rd, 2020

Sensational Fury crushes Wilder in heavyweight title rematch

Tyson Fury reigns again as a heavyweight world champion after battering Deontay Wilder to a stunning seventh-round stoppage in their World Boxing Council title rematch. Fourteen months after their dramatic split-decision draw, Britain’s Fury dominated the American champion, who had blood dripping from his left ear and leaking from his mouth when referee Kenny Bayless […] The post Sensational Fury crushes Wilder in heavyweight title rematch appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsFeb 23rd, 2020

Santisima-Navarrete tipped to end in KO

ALA Boxing CEO Michael Aldeguer expects a knockout ending in the WBO superbantamweight title fight between defending champion Emanuel Navarrete of Mexico and Filipino challenger Jeo Santisima in the undercard of the main event featuring heavyweights Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas this morning (Manila time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 22nd, 2020

Wilder, Fury ready for rematch

Las Vegas--The most-anticipated heavyweight showdown in nearly two decades will transfix the boxing world on Saturday when unbeaten WBC champion Deontay Wilder faces Tyson Fury in a long-awaited rematch......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 21st, 2020

Wilder, Fury ready for Vegas rematch

    LAS VEGAS, USA – The most-anticipated heavyweight showdown in nearly two decades will transfix the boxing world on Saturday, February 22, when unbeaten WBC champion Deontay Wilder faces Tyson Fury in a long-awaited rematch. In what is the biggest heavyweight collision since Lennox Lewis bludgeoned Mike Tyson into submission on the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 21st, 2020

Wilder-Fury rematch set for Las Vegas

        LOS ANGELES, USA – The February 22 rematch between World Boxing Council heavyweight world titleholder Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, promoters announced on Friday, December 27 (Saturday, December 28, Philippine time). Top Rank and Premier Boxing Champions said tickets for the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 28th, 2019

Manny Pacquiao’s return to glory highlights Boxing in 2019

Apart from basketball and football, arguably no other sport dominates the global headlines quite like ‘The Sweet Science’. Such was the case once again in 2019, as the sport provided some pretty big stories, including a couple of returns to glory, some continued dominance, and even a pretty epic upset. Here are some of boxing’s biggest hits in 2019:   Manny’s Back! Well, okay, maybe it wouldn’t be right to say that he’s in his prime, but Manny Pacquiao definitely showed that in 2019, he can still hang with the best. The 41-year old eight-division world champion showed just that at the start of the year when he dominated Adrien Broner in Las Vegas to defend his WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Championship. Then, just six months later, Pacquiao did even better by dethroning the previously-undefeated Keith Thurman for the WBA (Super) Welterweight World Championship. With Pacquiao’s recent resurgence, so to speak, more and more possible big money bouts are being discussed, but the whispers that continue to be prevalent are those of a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr. While ‘Money’ remains retired, he’s done more than enough to continuously fan the flames of a potential rematch, and 2020 could finally be the year that it becomes a reality. As always, we’ll just have to wait and see.   Donnie Nietes vacates WBO title From one Filipino boxing great, we jump to another, as Donnie Nietes made headlines early in the year, and then was pretty much never heard from for the rest of 2019. After defeating Kazuto Ioka to become the WBO Super Flyweight World Champion in the very final day of 2018, Nietes was once again a world champion and seemed to be in for another dominant year as one of the division’s top dogs. In a surprise move however, Nietes decided to vacate the title in March, without even defending it, citing his desire for bouts against big-name opponents in the division. With Nietes vacating the title, it set up a title bout against then-mandatory challenger Aston Palicte and Kazuto Ioka, with Ioka ultimately winning and taking the WBO title. As for Nietes, the longest-reining Filipino boxing, who last fought on December 31, 2018, he will go more than a year without competing for the first time in his storied career. Hopefully, 2020 features the long-awaited return of “Ahas”.   The dominance continues for Lomachenko, Crawford, Canelo, and Ancajas Some won titles, others vacated, and others just remained on top. This was the case for the likes of Vasily Lomachenko, Terrence Crawford, Canelo Alvarez, and our very own Jerwin Ancajas. 2019 was a relatively quiet year for Loma, who only had two bouts to his name. The Ukrainian boxing machine KOd Anthony Crolla in April to retain the WBA super and WBO World Lightweight World Championships. In August, Lomachencko defeated Luke Campbell via Unanimous Decision to retain his titles and win the vacant WBC World Lightweight Championship. “Bud” Crawford also had himself a two-fight year in 2019. In April, Crawford faced Amir Khan in a highly-anticipated bout, and ended up scoring a sixth-round TKO to retain his WBO World Welterweight crown. In mid-December, Crawford scored another TKO win to defend his title, this time against Egidijus Kavaliauskas Canelo Alvarez meanwhile, became a four-division world champion in 2019 after going up to light heavyweight and dispatching Sergey Kovalev in 11 rounds to capture the WBO title. This was after he opened the year with an impressive 12-round win over Daniel Jacobs to retain the WBC, WBA super and IBF Middleweight World Championships. Our very own IBF Super Flyweight World Champion Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas also had a good year, defeating Ryuichi Funai and Miguel Gonzales en route to eight successful world title defenses.   Andy Ruiz Jr. shocks the world In recent years, boxing’s heavyweight division belonged to the likes of Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder, and Anthony Joshua. That all changed when Joshua saw himself fall victim to the biggest boxing upset of the year. Following a failed drug test from his initial challenger Jared Miller, Joshua was matched up with Mexican heavyweight Andy Ruiz Jr, who many didn’t take seriously due to his less than impressive physique. Ruiz quickly silenced the naysayers by using his speed and power to drop Joshua four times, twice in what would be the final seventh round, to shock the world and capture the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO Heavyweight World Championships. Ruiz also became the first Mexican heavyweight world champion in boxing history. In the rematch however, Joshua bounced right back and dominated Ruiz across 12 rounds to reclaim the titles. Part 3 could be something to watch out for this 2020.   Nonito Doniare Jr. and Naoya Inoue put on a war Many expected it to be a quick affair, but the World Boxing Super Series Bantamweight Finale between Nonito Donaire Jr. and Naoya Inoue ended up becoming a 12-round classic, worth of Fight of the Year honors. Donaire Jr. and Inoue both earned their spots in the tournament finale, but judging from their prior performances, it looked like ‘The Monster’ Inoue was set to make quick work of an aging, presumed-to-be-past-his-prime Donaire Jr. “The Filipino Flash” instead gave Inoue the fight of his life, putting the pressure on the Japanese star like no one else before has been able to do. Unfortunately for Donaire, the younger Inoue simply had more in the tank left, as he was able to grind out a Unanimous Decision win, but it was clearly the hardest win he had ever had. For Donaire’s part, his impressive performance in the loss earned him a mandatory challenger spot against WBC Bantamweight World Champion Nordine Oubaali in 2020.   Amatuer stars Eumir Marcial and Nesthy Petecio shine on the world stage and in the SEA Games It wasn’t just the Pinoy pros that had their time in the spotlight, as a pair of amateur pugs also made headlines in 2019. Filipino middleweight Eumir Felix Marcial finished with silver in the 2019 AIBA World Boxing Championships in Russia and then finished the year with a dominant run in the 2019 SEA Games, stopping both his opponents en route to a gold medal. Nesthy Petecio meanwhile, became a world champion after capturing gold in the 2019 AIBA Women’s Boxing World Championships, also in Russia. Petecio’s win earned her a spot as the torchbearer in the 2019 SEA Games, lighting the cauldron alongside Pinoy boxing legend Manny Pacquiao. Petecio also captured gold in the SEA Games tournaments.   Quadro Alas becomes a three-division champion For a while, it looked like Johnriel “Quadro Alas” Casimero was done. After an uninspired loss to Jonas Sultan in a super flyweight title eliminator, Casimero steadily got back on track and picked up win after win until he was suddenly a titleholder again, winning the WBO Interim Bantamweight World Championship in April. After a successful defense of the interim belt, Casimero became the mandatory challenger to reigning WBO World Champion Zolani Tete. Tete was coming into that fight as the heavy favorite, riding a 12-fight winning streak which included three successful title defenses. Casimero halted the Tete hype train with a third-round TKO win to once again become a world champion, his third in as many weight divisions. With the win, Casimero now sets his sights on a possible super-fight against Naoya Inoue in 2020......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 27th, 2019