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Donaire, Frampton make weight for WBO Interim title bout

Nonito 'The Filipino Flash' Donaire Jr. and Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton both made weight for their upcoming WBO Interim Featherweight World Title fight set for the SSE Arena in Belftast, Northern Ireland.  Donaire tipped the scales at 125.5-pounds, while Frampton came in at exactly 125-pounds, making their title bout official.  The 35-year old Donaire is coming off a unanimous decision win over Ruben Garcia Hernandez, and is looking for another run at the top-tier of the featherweight division after most recently holding the WBO Super Bantamweight Championship.  Frampton, 31, is also looking to get back to the top of the 125-pound rankings after losing his WBO ttile to Leo Santa Cruz back in 2017. The hometown boy Frampton is coming off a unanimous decision win over Horatio Garcia.    You can catch Nonito Donaire Jr. vs. Carl Frampton for the WBO Interim Featherweight World title on Sunday, April 22nd, 6:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23! You can also catch the fight LIVE on Sunday, April 22nd, 2:30 AM on SKY Sports Pay-Per-View for only P199!.....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnApr 20th, 2018

Frampton outpoints Donaire in battle of former champions

Never in doubt Carl Frampton is declared the winner over Nonito Donaire. A professional display pic.twitter.com/eAORmDKy3u --- Boxing on BT Sport (@BTSportBoxing) April 21, 2018 Carl Frampton delighted his Belfast home crowd with a unanimous points win over fellow former multiple world champion Nonito Donaire. All that was at stake was the World Boxing Organization's interim featherweight belt, not a fully-fledged title. But by coming out on top by a margin of 117-111 on all three judges' scorecards, the 31-year-old Frampton kept himself on course for a bout with the winner of next month's International Boxing Federation title fight between Lee Selby and Josh Warrin...Keep on reading: Frampton outpoints Donaire in battle of former champions.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 22nd, 2018

Donaire s career-defining fight vs Frampton live on SKY Sports PPV

Former world boxing champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. fights for another world title when he goes head to head against Irishman Carl “The Jackal” Frampton for the interim World Boxing Organization (WBO) Featherweight division title, in the Irishman’s own backyard at the SSE Arena in Belfast, United Kingdom. The fight will air live on SKY Sports Pay-Per-View on April 22 at 2:30 AM, with same day replays at 6 AM, 9:30 AM, 4 PM, and 7:30 PM.   Boxing analyst Atty. Ed Tolentino said that this fight is make-or-break for Donaire (38-4, 24 KOs), who hails from Bohol. “Donaire is walking a tight rope. He is at the crossroads opposite Frampton in this fight. This could be the swan song if he loses,” he said. Despite being the underdog of the match there is still much to look forward to from the former five-time world champion. “Even as he gets older, Donaire is still extremely dangerous because of his one-punch power and excellent counterpunching skill,” added Tolentino of the 2012 Fighter of the Year of the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA). On the other hand, the 31-year old Frampton (24-1, 14 KOs), fondly called “The Jackal,” is a former world junior featherweight and featherweight champion, and holds a hometown advantage over the Filipino slugger. “Frampton is a great athletic boxer with fast hand and packs serious power in his punches,” Tolentino said of the Irish fighter, who, like his foe was also touted as Fighter of the Year by the BWAA and The Ring magazine in 2016. The analyst believes that if Donaire prevails over Frampton, he will be guaranteed at one last shot for glory against the reigning WBO champion Oscar Valdez from Mexico once the lynchpin heals from a broken jaw and resumes his reign. SKY PPV subscribers may also watch these bonus content with their subscription: Donaire vs. Prado in Pinoy Pride 30, Donaire vs. Bedak, and “Flash Forward,” a documentary on the Pinoy fighter. Watch the match live, commercial-free on SKY Sports PPV for P199 on channels 159 (SD) and 259 (HD) for Mega Manila, channels 59 (SD) and 959 (HD) for select provincial areas, channel 42 (HD) for SKYdirect and via SKY On Demand. Visit mysky.com.ph/boxingppv for details. Subscribers who are also Kapamilya Thank You members may earn Kapamilya Thank You points when they avail of these PPV offerings. Kapamilya Thank You points may be used to get bill rebates, pay for pay-per-view offers, buy tickets to Kapamilya events, and more.  In addition, SKY has also made it easier for subscribers to pay their bills online.  More information is available via www.mysky.com.ph. The fight will also air on ABS-CBN S+A on April 22 at 6:30 pm. For updates, follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit www.abscbnpr.com......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 18th, 2018

Experts’ Eye: Donaire vs. Frampton - Part 2: More To Gain, More to Lose

With just a few days to go before the highly-anticipated showdown between four-division world champion Nonito Donaire Jr. and two-division world champion Carl Frampton for the WBO Interim Featherweight World Championship, it’s time to see what the experts have to say about this upcoming matchup. We asked three boxing experts for their two cents on the upcoming featherweight clash between Donaire Jr. and Frampton: Nigel Collins - Boxing Writer for ESPN, former Editor-in-Chief for Ring Magazine, International Boxing Hall of Famer Brian Campbell - Combat Sports Writer for CBS Sports. Former host and writer for ESPN and Grantland. Atty. Ed Tolentino - Veteran Philippine sportswriter and boxing analyst for ABS-CBN Sports.   In this second installment, we ask who’s got more to gain from capturing the WBO Interim Featherweight World Championship, Nonito Donaire Jr. or Carl Frampton?  — — Nigel Collins Winning the WBO interim featherweight title would put Donaire in line for a shot at WBO 126-pound titleholder Oscar Valdez. The same is true for Frampton, but at this stage of his career he could bounce back from a loss easier than Donaire. On the other hand, if Frampton loses in a definitive manner on his home turf, it would be such a massive blow to his career he might seriously consider retiring from the ring.   Brian Campbell Between the two, Donaire has more to gain from this fight even if you remove the interim title from the equation. While Donaire has never quite had a bad enough losing skid where the topic of retirement was ever seriously broached, he remains firmly in the twilight of what has been a great professional career. A victory of this caliber over a prime fighter the talent and name value of Frampton would be a major feather in Donaire's cap, and would instantly catapult him back into the fray as one of the top 126-pound fighters in the world. The fight also has large value for Frampton but it has more to do with getting Donaire's name as a victory on his record and building toward a fight against the very best in the division. This fight represents a stepping stone for Frampton where as for Donaire, it could be his final shot at a fight this important.    Atty. Ed Tolentino Winning the interim belt  will provide the winner with a shot at the regular title held by Oscar Valdez. In fact, if Valdez moves up in weight or gives up the crown, the interim champ will be promoted to regular world champ. Right now, Frampton has more to gain if he wins because at his age, he still has plenty of fighting years left. Donaire, at 35, is looking to simply extend his career with a win. For Donaire, every fight could be his last fight. For Frampton, Donaire is just a ticket towards a return to the featherweight throne which he once held. — —   In Part One, all three of our experts were unanimous in saying that the younger, more aggressive Carl Frampton is the favorite over Nonito Donaire Jr. This time around, we see a bit of differing opinions, with Nigel Collins and Brian Campbell saying that a WBO Interim Featherweight World Title win would do a lot more for Donaire. Understandably so.   If Donaire can manage a win over a guy who’s in the upper half of the division in terms of rankings, aside from becoming the WBO’s Interim 126-pound champ, it also significantly raises Donaire’s place in the rankings as well. Atty. Ed Tolentino on the other hand argues that while beating Frampton will do Donaire a lot of good, it doesn’t change the fact that ‘The Filipino Flash’ is on the tail end of his illustrious career. Collins however adds that a loss to Donaire could ultimately force Frampton into retirement. — — Donaire or Frampton? Who’s got more to gain? Be sure you don’t miss out on this massive featherweight matchup! Watch on Sunday, April 22nd, 6:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23! You can also catch the fight LIVE on Sunday, April 22nd, 2:30 AM on SKY Sports Pay-Per-View for only P199! Watch out for more Experts’ Eye soon!.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018

Nonito Donaire, Jr. lays own odds for Belfast title bout

Oddsmakers have installed Northern Ireland’s Carl Frampton a 6-1 favorite to beat Nonito Donaire, Jr. in their 12-round fight for the interim WBO featherweight title in Belfast on April 21 but the Filipino Flash isn’t buying the betting line and said he has a 70 percent chance of winning......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 14th, 2018

Donaire suffers unanimous decision loss to Frampton

LONDON, United Kingdom – Carl Frampton delighted his Belfast home crowd with a unanimous points win over fellow former multiple world champion Nonito Donaire. All that was at stake was the World Boxing Organisation's interim featherweight belt, not a fully-fledged title. But by coming out on top by a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 22nd, 2018

Jerwin Ancajas, Israel Gonzales make weight for title fight

Reigning and defending IBF super flyweight world champion Jerwin 'Pretty Boy' Ancajas and challenger Israel Gonzales both made weight Friday evening to make their title bout on Saturday official.  Davao's Ancajas came in at 114.5-pounds, while Gonzales weighed in at 114-pounds.  The 26-year old Ancajas will be making the fourth defense of his IBF 115-pound title, but more importantly, he'll be making his US debut.  Gonzales will be making his first go at a world title.  Ancajas and Gonzales throw down at the Bank of America Center in Corpus Christi, Texas on Saturday, February 3rd. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2018

Belfast bout crucial for both Donaire, Frampton

  Both Carl Frampton and Nonito Donaire Jr. have reached the pinnacle of boxing excellence with multiple World titles in different weight classes and recognition that belts can't measure. And the two former champions both know their fight on April 21 in Belfast will be crucial in their respective careers. Frampton, a two-division World champion, said in a BoxingScene.com report that his fight against Donaire would be vital in his bid to return to the pedestal of the featherweight division. "It's a brilliant fight, a four-weight World champion against a two-weight World champion," said Frampton as per BoxingScene.com. "Has a bigger 'away' fighter come to fight in Belfast ...Keep on reading: Belfast bout crucial for both Donaire, Frampton.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 12th, 2018

Nonito Donaire Jr. versus Carl Frampton official for April

It's official.    FRAMPTON FACES FILIPINO FLASH⚡️ Carl Frampton MBE will face Filipino former four-weight World Champion Nonito Donaire at @SSEBelfastArena on Saturday 21st April LIVE on @btsport & @boxnationtv 🔥 🎟 Tickets on sale Thursday at 10am #FramptonDonaire pic.twitter.com/KtDHpfEywX — Frank Warren (@frankwarren_tv) January 9, 2018 Filipino five-division boxing world champion Nonito 'The Filipino Flash' Donaire will be taking the next step on his road back to the upper echelon of the boxing world when he faces fellow former world champion Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton.  Making a number of changes following his loss to Jesse Magdaleno in 2016, Donaire Jr. signed with fledgeling promotion Ringstar Sports and returned to the boxing ring, defeating Reuben Garcia Hernandez in 2017, winning via unanimous decision and capturing the WBC Silver Featherweight championship.  With his eyes set on the world's best 126-pounders, he faces a step back up in competition against Ireland's Frampton.  Frampton went unbeaten in his first 22 contests, which included world title wins and defenses in the super bantamweight and featherweight ranks.  In 2017, Frampton found himself on the losing end of a decision for the first time in his career, falling to Leo Santa Cruz in their WBA Super World Featherweight title rematch.  Frampton bounced back with a decision win over Horacio Garcia, and now turns his attention to a bigger name in Donaire Jr.  A win for either men could catapult them back into the world title picture.  Donaire and Frampton throw down on Saturday, April 21st at the SSE Arena in Belfast......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 10th, 2018

Melindo, Taguchi make weight for title unification bout in Japan

World champions Milan Melindo and Ryoichi Taguchi both made weight easily, one day before their scheduled junior flyweight world title unification bout in Tokyo, Japan on New Year's Eve.  Filipino IBF junior flyweight world champion Melindo tipped the scales at 107.5-pounds, while WBA junior flyweight world champion Taguchi of Japan came in at 107.75-pounds, both under the 108-pound junior flyweight limit. The two are set to meet in a winner-take-all junior flyweight title unification bout at the Ota City General Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan on Sunday, December 31st.    Catch the telecast on Tuesday, January 2nd at 8:00 PM only on S+A channel 23! .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 30th, 2017

ALA Boxing s Jason Pagara gets TKO d in Japan

Fortune just isn't on the side of Filipino boxer Jason 'El Nino' Pagara as of late. After failing to make weight, Pagara was stopped in the sixth round by still-unbeaten Hiroki Okada in Tokyo, Japan, Tuesday evening. As a result, Okada claims the vacant WBO Asia-Pacific junior welterweight title. Pagara came in at 142-pounds two over the 140-pound limit for the title bout. Hometown favorite Okada dominated Pagara for the most part, before getting the TKO stoppage less than a minute into the sixth round. It was Pagara's first loss since being decisioned by Mexican Rosbel Montoya in Cebu back in 2011. Okada, meanwhile, improves to 17-0 with 12 knockouts as he successfully snatches gold in his first attempt at a regional title.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 19th, 2017

Ben Askren versus Shinya Aoki is simply two of the best testing themselves against each other

Behind every great fight is a good backstory, and Friday night's megabout between reigning and defending ONE welterweight world champion Ben Askren and former ONE lightweight world champion Shinya Aoki certainly as a lot of interesting backstories behind it.  For Askren, the narrative has been about this being his retirement fight, and this being a chance to cement his legacy as one of the best to ever set foot inside the ONE Championship cage. It's also a chance for him to end his career as a champion, and being a champion is something that Askren knows a lot about, having had stellar world title runs in Bellator and now in ONE Championship. Askren says that for him, it hasn't been about 'chasing' gold.  "Obviously, the best is a symbol of what I have achieved, but for me, it’s always one fight at a time. You can’t win the next fight until you win the one you have coming up, right?" Askren said during the pre-fight press conference, Wednesday. "Because I’ve been able to string a bunch of those wins together in a row, I’ve ended up with a lot of belts in my life." For the reigning and defending champion, Friday's title defense isn't about defending the championship. It's about finding a way to defeat a fellow world-class talent in Aoki.  "Belt is put on hold. Friday, it’s about me fighting Shinya, me executing a gameplan and me proving that I have the skills and the ability to take him out." As for Aoki, Friday night's fight is a chance to make history as only the second fighter to hold a ONE world title in two weight divisions.  Much like Askren however, Aoki sees the belt as a bonus of sorts. For the Japanese MMA icon, Friday night's fight is about getting into the cage with someone he considers a legend.  "Yes, Friday night is a title bout, and if I can get a champion’s belt, that would be great," said Aoki. "What I’m really, really looking forward to is that I’m going face a legend in Ben Askren Friday night, and I just want to get a big win against him, and also survive." For these two men, it's not about wrestling versus judo or jiu-jitsu. It's not about retiring a champion or being two-division titlist. All of that is just outside noise. For them, it's simply about testing yourself against the best of the best, and on Friday night, in front of a raucous crowd at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, indeed, it's going to be two of the best testing themselves against each other. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2017

Ancajas, Conlan make weight ahead of IBF title bout

Reigning IBF super flyweight world champion Jerwin 'Pretty Boy' Ancajas had no trouble making weight for his title defense against Ireland's Jamie Conlan, scheduled for Saturday, November 18th in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  The reigning and defending champion came in at 115-pounds, same as challenger Conlan.  This will be Ancajas' third title defense in twelve months, after successfully retaining the championship against Jose Alfredo Rodriguez and Teiru Kinoshita earlier this year.  Undefeated hometown boy Conlan on the other hand, will be challenging for a world championship for the first time in his 19-fight career.  Ancajas and Conlan do battle for the IBF super flyweight championship at the SSE Arena in Belfast. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 18th, 2017

Arthur Villanueva, Luis Nery make weight in Tijuana

Filipino boxer 'King' Arthur Villanueva had no problems making weight for his non-title contest against WBC Bantamweight World Champion Luis 'Pantera' Nery in Tijuana, Mexico on Saturday, November 4th. (Sunday, November 5th, Manila time). Villanueva, a standout of the Cebu-based ALA Boxing gym, came in at 119-pounds, while hometown favorite Nery tipped the scales at 120-pounds, making their 10-round affair official.  Originally scheduled to be a world title bout, complications on Nery's side have turned this into a non-title matchup, as decided by the WBC.  Still, Villanueva says that he's treating this as a world title opportunity, as a win for the Bago City-born boxer could have major championship implications.  Villanueva and Nery are set to throw down at the Estadio Gasmart in Tijuana.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 4th, 2017

Donnie Nietes: A Decade of Championship Greatness

The Philippines has produced many boxing legends, from the likes of Pancho Villa and Gabriel “Flash” Elorde to Luisito Espinosa and Gerry Peñalosa, and Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire Jr. However, none of those mentioned above can measure to the longevity of the reign of one Filipino boxing champion, who up to this day remains on top of his game and has never been beaten in a world title fight. His name is Donnie Nietes. For Donnie 'Ahas' Nietes, the journey to greatness started on September 30, 2007, when he defeated Thailand's Pornsawan Porpramook for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) minimumweight title. The victory gave Nietes his first world boxing championship, but nobody knew back then that it was the start of what would end up as the longest reign in Philippine boxing history. Believe it or not, ten years after he became a world champ for the first time, Nietes remains a world champion, only in a heavier weight class that is the flyweight division. Previously, Gabriel 'Flash' Elorde held the record for holding the world junior lightweight title from 1960 to 1967, a period of seven years. Nietes held the WBO minimumweight title from 2007 until 2011, when he was forced to relinquish it after winning the WBO light flyweight crown on October 8, 2011. Nietes held the WBO light flyweight crown until 2016, when he gave it up to move up in weight and challenge for the world flyweight title. From September 2007 until May 2016, Nietes reigned uninterrupted as world champion in two weight categories -- a period of almost nine years, thus making him the longest reigning champion in Philippine boxing history. In April 2017, Nietes added another feather on his cap by winning the IBF flyweight title and becoming the country's third three-division world champ after Manny Pacquiao and, Nonito Donaire Jr. Overall, Pacquiao won an unprecedented eight division titles while Donaire captured four regular world crowns. But here's what sets Nietes apart from Pacquiao and Donaire Jr.: Neither Pacquiao nor Donaire Jr. enjoyed a title reign as long as Nietes.' Also, unlike Pacquiao and Donaire, Jr., Nietes has never been knocked out in a world title fight. Nietes has actually never lost when a world title is at stake as the only loss in his career happened in a non-title bout in September 2009 against Angky Ankota. Nietes is unbeaten in his last 32 fights, with only three fights ending in draws. He answered, “After I lost that fight against Ankota, I trained hard to improve my skills and movement. I stay focused during practice. I give my best and I work really hard. For me, it is very important to always have self-discipline” the humble champion added. Nietes is also the true “Mexecutioner,” as he has never lost to a Mexican challenger. Ahas is 16-0 with one draw against Mexican opponents. Whenever he fights in Mexico, he always gets the rock star treatment that he truly deserves as boxing fans there know very well of his greatness. While he does not get the same adulation here, the good thing is that Filipinos still have a chance to appreciate and cheer for Nietes as he seems to get even better and stronger through the years.  Nietes is a tireless workhorse in the ring, which explains why he remains a world champion to this day despite being already 35 years old. He has no trouble making the weight for his fights which speaks well of his conditioning. When he is asked about his motivation, he answered, “I always get prepared whenever I have a scheduled fight. I want to remain a World Champion and give honour to my family and my team ALA boxing stable”. Nietes also offers an unconventional fighting style that allowed him to stay this long as world champion. On offense, Nietes can box and brawl and owns an overhand right that carries above-average power. On defense, Nietes' penchant to crouch low has made him a hard target to find. Nietes always keeps himself ready for the next fight. On regular days, the Filipino Champion loves to do biking. Sometimes he travels with groups.  span style="font-size: 13px;">Sometimes by himself. But what makes it really special is that his biking group conducts a feeding program for children on those provinces that they visit. “For me its dual purpose, I could stay fit through biking and at the same time I could share my blessings with other people and meet new friends.” /span> Giving back has always been part of Nietes’ goals, as someone who grew up in poverty. He was working as a janitor in the ALA Boxing Gym before taking up boxing. From his modest earnings as boxing champion, Nietes has built two homes, one in Mandaue and the other in his native Bacolod, and financed his siblings' education. He describes himself as a kind, simple and an ordinary person. “I am a boxer who is trusts in God. Before my fight, I always pray because on the ring, there is no one to help me but God.” When asked about his humble beginnings, he says, “In order to succeed, you must listen to the advice of your parents. For me, the number one rule is to honour them and avoid disobedience. They always tell me to do good deeds. We must follow. We may not agree with their decisions but your parents is always thinking on what is good for you” he added. In his most recent interview, an overjoyed Nietes expressed his appreciation for all his supporters and the people behind the success of his career, saying, “I would not have been celebrating my 10th year as a world champion if I weren’t given the chance to box in the first place, so I want to thank my manager, sir ALA,” talking of the ALA Boxing Group’s top honcho, Tony Aldeguer. “I’m very grateful to my promoter, ALA Promotions, our partner TV network ABS-CBN, the local and international media, my family, friends, fans, and of course, God Almighty who made all this happen. It has been a long journey, but nothing beats the happiness I feel being identified as Donnie “Ahas” Nietes, the longest-reigning Filipino world champion” he added. Unbeaten in the last 13 years and a world champion in three weight divisions, Nietes has indeed earned his place in the pantheon of great Filipino world champions. Thankfully, Filipinos can still witness his greatness because the country's longest reigning boxing champion is not done winning yet.  br />   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 30th, 2017

Nonito Donaire Jr. victorious in in-ring return, claims WBC Silver title

He's back!  Five-division world champion and Filipino boxing great Nonito 'The Filipino Flash' Donaire was successful in his in-ring return, outpointing Mexico's Ruben Garcia Hernandez to become the new WBC Silver featherweight champion, Saturday evening (Sunday morning, Manila time) at the AlamoDome in San Antonio, Texas.  The 34-year old Donaire, who last saw action in November of 2016, took charge of the match early, establishing his speed against the younger Garcia Hernandez.  The Talibon, Bohol native quickly shed off any ring rust as he darted in and out to score points on Hernandez while moving out of the line of fire.  The young Hernandez managed to move Donaire back with some good shots late in the fight, but it wasn't enough to make any significant damage.  After ten rounds, 'The Filipino Flash' earned a clear-cut unanimous decision nod from the judges, 100-90, 97-93, 99-91. Donaire publicly said that after a win against Garcia Hernandez, he'll be gunning for the game's top featherweights, so expect the Pinoy great to lobby for fights against the likes of Scott Quigg, Carl Frampton, Lee Selby, Leo Santa Cruz, and Oscar Valdez, who recently defended his title against another Pinoy in Genesis Servania.  Donaire improves to 38-4 in his career.    em> strong>Catch Nonito 'The Filipino Flash' Donaire's in-ring return against Mexico's Ruben Garcia Hernandez on Sunday, September 24th, 7:00 PM only on S+A channel 23!  /strong> /em>   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 24th, 2017

ONE: Geje Eustaquio vs. Adriano Moraes world title unification bout set for Beijing in June

Team Lakay standout and reigning ONE Championship Interm Flyweight World Champion Geje "Gravity" Eustaquio gets the chance to become an undisputed world champion when he challenges reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano "Mikinho" Moraes this June. The Eustaquio-Moraes title unification bout is set as one of the headliners on ONE's Pinnacle of Power card set for June 16th in Beijing, China.  Eustaquio (10-6), an entertaining striker fighting out of Baguio City, captured ONE's interim flyweight title back in January after outpointing former titleholder Kairat Akhmetov in a five-round unanimous decision win.  Reigning champion Moraes (17-2), an elite grappler from Brazil, is on his second run as ONE's flyweight king. Moraes defeated Akhmetov back in 2017 to reclaim the title, and is coming off a dominant title defense back in November in Manila, submitting Eustaquio's teammate Danny Kingad in the first round.  This will be Eustaquio and Moraes' second time to meet in a ONE cage, as the two flyweight stars locked horns back in 2014 for the vacant ONE Flyweight world title, with Moraes getting the second round submission win.  ONE Championship also revealed that China's own reigning ONE Women's Flyweight world champion Xiong Jing Nan will be making her first title defense against Argentinian Laura Balin.  Also expected to be on the card are Team Lakay standouts Kingad and Edward Kelly.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 19th, 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

Folayang raring to make new memories in Singapore in comeback fight

If there's one foreign country that Eduard Folayang holds dear into his heart, it has to be the city-state of Singapore. It was in 2016 when the legendary Team Lakay member upset Shinya Aoki for the ONE World lightweight championship at Singapore Indoor Stadium and Folayang plans to channel that love for the Lion City once more for his comeback fight. "Singapore is where I won the title, I was the underdog in that title bout against Shinya Aoki, but I managed to pull off the upset win," said Folayang. "It was so memorable, the country will always be dear to my heart." "Singapore is an awesome country, the venue is so awesome, it's truly world-class, and the energy is palpabl...Keep on reading: Folayang raring to make new memories in Singapore in comeback fight.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 10th, 2018

Pacquiao adds Nonito Donaire Sr. to team of trainers for Mathysse fight

Nonito Donaire Sr., father of multi-time boxing world champion Nonito 'The Filipino Flash' Donaire Jr. was tapped to lend his expertise and beef up Manny Pacquiao's think-tank in preparation for the Filipino's title bid against Lucas Matthysse on July 15 at the Axiata Arena in Malaysia. A week after opening training camp, Pacquiao added Donaire to help out in plotting tactical plans against Matthysse, the reigning WBA welterweight champion from Argentina. "Donaire will serve as one of the assistant coaches," said Pacquiao, who did two trial rounds with the mitts with the father of former world champion Nonito Donaire (Junior). It was Donaire Sr. who trained and honed his son, who later won multiple former world championships in three weight divisions. "So far, so good. I am happy with my current team," said Pacquiao, who took two days off on Saturday and Sunday to rest and relax, coming off a controversial loss last year in Australia against local brawler Jeff Horn. Pacquiao went scuba diving Sunday and was refreshed to do his road work the morning after. Pacquiao is trying to have an all-Filipino line-up in his bid to win his 11th world title against a formidable opponent who has knocked out 36 of his 39 wins or a whopping 92 percent ratio. Matthysse has only lost four times in his career. Long time friend and confidant Buboy Fernandez would still act as head coach along with assistant trainer Raides "Nonoy" Neri. Pacquiao is still about to name another team member soon, the person who will help him in his strength and conditioning. - RELEASE.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 8th, 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