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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

ONE: No More Detours - Kevin Belingon wants Bibiano Fernandes next

Six years since his ONE Championship debut, Team Lakay’s Kevin ‘The Silencer’ Belingon is finally a World Champion in the martial arts promotion. At ONE: REIGN OF KINGS last 27 July, in front of a partisan pro-Philippines crowd at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, Belingon defeated reigning ONE Featherweight and Lightweight World Champion Martin ‘The Situ-Asian’ Nguyen to capture the ONE Interim Bantamweight World Championship. For Belingon, it was a childhood dream come true. “I can’t explain this feeling. I’m the happiest athlete tonight,” Belingon said during the post-match interview. “Thank you to all the people who came out to support me, and of course to ONE Championship, my team, my coaches and trainers, and my teammates,” With the win, Belingon becomes the fifth Filipino to capture ONE World Championship gold, as he joins reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon ‘The Truth’ Vera, as well as Team Lakay stablemates in reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje ‘Gravity’ Eustaquio, former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard ‘Landslide’ Folayang, and former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio ‘The Rock’ Banario. And while making history as a world champion is indeed a prestigious feat, even more important for Belingon is that he’s finally secured his spot as the next person to challenge reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano ‘The Flash’ Fernandes. Fernandes is currently recovering from an injury, and when the most dominant champion in ONE Championship history finally returns, Belingon will be right there, waiting for his rematch. (READ ALSO: No longer just a contender, Kevin Belingon has more surprises in store for Bibiano Fernandes) “I respect [Bibiano] as a champion, but we are in the same weight class, and I am the top contender, so there is no escape in facing me. I hope you recover fast, and that we can make the fight this year.” Belingon said. Belingon and Fernandes first shared the cage back in January of 2016 at ONE: DYNASTY OF CHAMPIONS, in Changsha, China, with Fernandes retaining the title via a first-round submission win. The loss did nothing but fuel Belingon’s world championship dreams even more, and the road back to the championship picture was a long one for the 30-year old, who had to run through a gauntlet of former world title contenders and a two-division champion in a just under two years. Currently riding six straight victories dating back to October of 2016, Belingon has taken out the likes of Toni Tauru, Reece ‘Lightning’ McLaren, Andrew Leone, and Nguyen, pretty much a who’s-who in ONE Championship’s bantamweight division. “I have faced many tough opponents leading up to this interim title, and I believe I have earned my spot to face Bibiano again,” Belingon said in an interview with ONE Championship’s official website. Now, the Baguio City native has his sights firmly set on Fernandes and the ONE Bantamweight World Championship. Nothing else, no one else. “I am looking forward to our rematch. No more detours. Bibiano should be next, and I fully expect to be facing him soon.” Surely, ‘soon’ can’t fast enough for Belingon, but the reality is that he’ll have to wait for Fernandes to be cleared to compete. In the meantime however, the newly-crowned interim champion could use some time off as well, to heal up before getting back to business. He is, after all, coming off a tough five-round main event. “Right now, I am just focused on resting and healing my body. I am pretty banged up. My ankle and shin are bruised, and they need time to recover,” Belingon said. “Once everything is good to go, then I will be back in training. But for now, I am going to enjoy the rest. It still has not sunk in that I am a World Champion.” He continued. While indeed, the record books will show that Belingon has already held world championship gold, the Filipino star knows in himself that there’s still one more bit of work to be done, and that’s to avenge his loss to Fernandes and become the undisputed ONE Bantamweight World Champion. “Until I beat Bibiano, [however], I will always feel like there is unfinished business to take care of.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 7th, 2018

Major grudge match for Garbrandt, Dillashaw tops fight card

By Greg Beacham, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw have one of the UFC's most compelling feuds of recent years. This beef is rooted in betrayal and tribalism, and it led to the demolition of a once-cordial relationship between training partners. The feud persisted even after Dillashaw knocked out Garbrandt and took his bantamweight title belt last year, following months of verbal sparring and pre-fight scuffling. Their rematch at Staples Center on Saturday night is the main event of UFC 227. It's also the chance for a particularly personal victory for both men, who declined to shake hands at their ceremonial faceoff Thursday in downtown Los Angeles. "I prefer to be respectful," Dillashaw said Thursday. "I prefer to be a martial artist, so I like a respect level, but I don't mind the drama, either. I'm going to use it to my advantage." Garbrandt (11-1) and Dillashaw (15-3) actually have plenty in common. They're both well-conditioned, gifted strikers who became elite competitors at Team Alpha Male, Urijah Faber's famed gym in Sacramento. They've also both become first-time fathers in the nine months since their last bout. But they simply haven't gotten along ever since Dillashaw won the bantamweight title and also left Alpha Male in 2014. To make an epic story short, Dillashaw says he was thrown out because he wouldn't break ties with coach Duane Ludwig, who had just split acrimoniously from Faber. Several Alpha Male fighters, including Garbrandt, say Dillashaw turned his back on them. "Let him say what he wants, but that motivates me," Garbrandt said. "If you say you're going to ruin my career and basically take food out of my child's mouth, that's fine. I didn't need any more motivation with my new son, and while I'm coming off my first loss, I've been more motivated than I ever have out of any win." Any viewer of the pay-per-view show can't miss the clear contrast between Garbrandt, the rural Ohio product with prominent neck tattoos, and Dillashaw, the clean-cut college graduate with a California surfer look. But the rematch primarily is a collision of two fighters with legitimate reason to think they're the best in the 135-pound division. Garbrandt rocketed to the top of the class, winning the belt less than two years after entering the UFC. He lost his title in equally stunning fashion last November to Dillashaw, who reclaimed the strap he had lost to Dominick Cruz nearly two years earlier. During his ascent, Garbrandt appeared to be the archetype of the most compelling lighter-weight fighters. He was slick, athletic, stylistically well-rounded and powerful enough to generate knockouts — and he looked the part of a mixed martial arts star, right down to those tattoos that spread down his resplendently multicolored arms. Garbrandt's neck is covered by large wings flanking a diamond, with the words "SELF MADE" atop his sternum. He seemed ticketed for superstardom — until Dillashaw, the former Cal State Fullerton wrestler whose only losses in the last six years were on debatable split decisions, wrecked the narrative with his fists. Immediately after their bout at Madison Square Garden, Garbrandt claims he tried to quash their grudge, but Dillashaw rejected him. Dillashaw says he isn't to blame for not wanting Garbrandt around him. "You've got me by the throat before, and that pushed me overboard," Dillashaw said, recalling a past scuffle between the two. "What's changed now? Just because I slapped you upside your face, what's different? Why have you got to be fake?" While Garbrandt doesn't accept the blame for this state of affairs, he insists he has grown and changed since his wife, Danny, gave birth in March to their first child, a son named Kai. But Garbrandt also angrily declined to apologize this week for a series of racially insensitive tweets from his early 20s. "I've never felt entitled to anything in my life," Garbrandt said. "I feel like everything happens for a reason. I've been given second chances my whole entire life. ... T.J. is a tough adversary. He's skilled. He's a good competitor. He doesn't like to lose either. That's what's great about this rivalry.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2018

Belingon out to silence Nguyen in ONE bantamweight showdown

Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon seeks to make the most of his shot at glory as he battles Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen for the ONE Interim Bantamweight world title tonight in the main bout of the ONE Reign of Kings at MOA Arena......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 26th, 2018

ONE: Kevin Belingon targeting history against Martin Nguyen as well

If making history as the first three-division world champion in mixed martial arts is what Martin Nguyen is after in his highly-anticipated encounter against Kevin Belingon, the Filipino spitfire could likewise establish a new record for the Philippines in ONE Championship should he win over his Vietnamese-Australian foe. Both men are slated to face each other in the main event of ONE: REIGN OF KINGS, which takes place at the 20,000-seater SM Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines on July 27. ONE Championship has raised the stakes of the scheduled five-round clash between Belingon and Nguyen as the ONE Interim Bantamweight World Championship will be up for grabs. If Belingon succeeds in securing the gold-plated strap at the expense of Nguyen, the Philippines will set a record of most championship wins in the seven-year history of the promotion. “The main goal for Filipino martial arts athletes like me is to bring pride, honor and glory to our country. This match against Marin Nguyen on July 27 is another opportunity to hoist the Philippine flag aloft on the world stage of this beautiful sport,” he said. To date, there have been four Filipino world champions under the ONE Championship banner since 2013. Honorio Banario became the first Philippine-rooted competitor to notch a huge prize in ONE Championship when he defeated compatriot Eric Kelly by fourth-round stoppage for the inaugural ONE Featherweight World Championship in February 2013. It was followed by Brandon Vera, who crowned himself as the first ONE Heavyweight World Champion by knocking out Paul Cheng in 26 seconds with a high kick in December 2015. Meanwhile, Eduard Folayang pulled off a major upset victory over Japanese legend Shinya Aoki in November 2016 to capture the ONE Lightweight World Championship. Geje Eustaquio joined the list of Filipino world titleholders this past January, claiming the ONE Interim Flyweight World Championship with a split decision win over Kairat Akhmetov in a rematch before becoming the undisputed division kingpin in his second meeting with Adriano Moraes last June. With the ONE Interim Bantamweight World Title on the line, having his hand raised would symbolize so much to Belingon. Ever since losing to Bibiano Fernandes for the bantamweight crown in January 2016, Belingon has won five consecutive matches, routing the best contenders that the division has to offer. For Belingon, he could finally become a mixed martial arts world champion on July 27, which is the goal that he has been chasing ever since he launched his career in June 2007. “Becoming the champion has been my goal since my career started. It is a lifelong dream for me. I need to win my next bout to turn my dream into a reality,” he stated. “This is going to be a very exciting match. To take on an elite athlete like Martin, it will only be good for my experience. I look forward to testing my skills against him,” Belingon added. Sharing the cage with a dynamic knockout artist like Nguyen, Belingon asserted that he likes his chances versus the two-division world champion and shared his thoughts as to how things would play out at ONE: REIGN OF KINGS. “Martin has very good, high-level skills. His wrestling is very strong, and so is his boxing. He is aggressive, and he punches with power. There is no underestimating this guy,” he explained. “But I think his biggest weakness is his speed, especially in this fight. He is not faster than me. I think this will come down to who gets there first.” Although he is known for his explosive striking, massive knockout power, and fearlessness to engage, Belingon assured that he is prepared to go the distance with Nguyen. “I am training very hard to make sure I am well-equipped with everything I need to face any situation. If I have the opportunity to finish him, I will not hesitate to grab that chance. But I am prepared for this fight to go full five rounds as well,” he concluded......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

Boxing: Albert Pagara back to form, sets sights on world champion Dogboe

Fighting in his hometown of Maasin, Southern Leyte, ALA Boxing standout ‘Prince’ Albert Pagara took one forward on his redemption tour as he demolished Laryea Gabriel Odoi to the point that the Ghanaian’s cornermen were forced to throw in the towel in the third round of their main event bout at Pinoy Pride 44: Laban sa Leyte, Saturday evening. With the win, Pagara reclaimed the WBO Intercontinental Super Bantamweight Championship, the very same title that he lost to Cesar Juarez back in 2016. The loss to Juarez remains as the only notch in Pagara’s loss column. Since then, the 24-year old Pagara has racked up four straight victories, three straight have come by KO or TKO, including Saturday’s win over Odoi. After destroying Odoi, Pagara an emotional Pagara fought back tears as he basked in the cheers of his kababayans. For Pagara, reclaiming the belt that he lost nothing short of euphoric. “Sobrang happy ako na nabalik ko yung belt ko, naging champion ulit ako ngayon.” Pagara told ABS-CBN Sports. Looking more like the ‘Prince’ Albert of old that won his first 26 bouts, Pagara says that now more relaxed and has found the optimal walking weight so that once fight time comes, he’s lighter and more agile. “Yung katawan ko, parang magaan, hindi tulad nung dating mga laban ko na parang hindi ako makasuntok at gigil ako. Ngayon, yung timbang ko, paglalaban ako, 132 pounds, ten pounds lang yung over ko para magaan yung katawan ko, para confident ako pag 132-pounds, kasi lalaban ako dati, 138 o 139, mabigat yung katawan ko, ngayon, grabe, parang ang-liksi.” After having already reclaimed the WBO Intercontinental title, would a rematch against Juarez be the next step towards complete redemption for Pagara? Not necessarily. For Pagara, another go-around with Juarez isn’t too appealing anymore. “Ayaw ko na hamunin si Juarez kasi na-knockout na siya ni [Isaac] Dogboe, gusto ko sa level na yung kakalabanin ko. Parang wala na siya. Gusto ko pa-taas na.” “Kung gusto ng ALA Promotion na rematch kay Juarez, sige okay lang sa akin kung mag-rematch kami.” Pagara added. Speaking of Isaac Dogboe, Pagara has his sights set on the current reigning WBO Super Bantamweight World Champion. The unbeaten Ghanaian knocked out Juarez to become the interim champ, and then knocked out Jessie Magdaleno just three months later to snatch the world title. Quite the target for Pagara, but he says the prospect of a bout against Dogboe is keeping him motivated. “Si Dogboe, gusto ko kalabanin, kaya focused ako ngayon sa training, focused talaga sa training, ngayon na nakamit ko na yung belt.” With teammates like Donnie Nietes, Milan Melindo, Jonas Sultan, and Arthur Villanueva all having held or challenged for world titles, Pagara says that he’s working even harder so that one day, he too can reach the level that they have. “Gusto ko maabot yung pangarap ko na maging world champion kagaya nila, kaya pursige lang talaga, disiplina sa sarili.” “Masasabi ko na nakabalik na si Albert, kasi yung style ko dati, binabalik ko na yung mga galaw ko, yung pag-laban ko dati.” Pagara added......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 10th, 2018

Crawford scores TKO over Horn, wins WBO welterweight title

By W.G. RAMIREZ LAS VEGAS (AP) — Terence Crawford threw a bevy of punches toward the end of the ninth round to stop Jeff Horn and win the WBO welterweight title Saturday night. After dropping Horn with 50 seconds left in the ninth round, Crawford unleashed a slew of punches that sent the former champion into the ropes, prompting referee Robert Byrd to stop the fight with 28 seconds left in the round. Crawford (33-0, 24 knockouts) moved up to the 147-pound division and became the sixth fighter in boxing history to win titles at lightweight, junior welterweight and welterweight. Considered by many as boxing’s best pound-for-pound fighter, Crawford relinquished the four major belts he held in the junior welterweight division to move up to a stacked welterweight division. The 30-year-old from Omaha, Nebraska, improved to 11-0 (eight knockouts) in world title fights, the most wins by an active American fighter. The 30-year-old Horn (18-0-1, 12 knockouts) struggled to make weight one day prior to the bout, hitting 148 pounds on his first try at the weigh-in Friday. He originally won the belt by decision from Manny Pacquiao last July in his hometown of Brisbane, Australia. He fought once since, stopping Gary Corcoran in Brisbane in December to retain his title. He wasn’t so fortunate against Crawford, who out-landed Horn 155-58, according to CompuBox. Crawford, a traditional right-hander who fought southpaw most of the bout, dominated from the start, using both hands to pepper Horn. A big left in the second round by Crawford got things going, while an impressive right cross to Horn’s left temple in the third round showed his keen ability as a tactician. Crawford’s skills came to life in the eighth round, as he went upstairs-downstairs near the end of the round, working the head and the body before closing the round with a monster right that staggered Horn. The two fighters were originally scheduled to meet April 14, but Crawford injured a hand in training, which resulted in the fight being postponed. Though it’s been close to one year since Crawford has been in the ring, when he fought at 140 pounds, he looked every bit the part of a hard-hitting welterweight. The fight marked the first attempt to attract boxing fans to ESPN’s new $4.99 per month app, which allowed them to watch the bout from the MGM Grand Garden. In the co-main event, Jose Pedraza defeated Antonio Moran by unanimous decision for a regional lightweight title. With the win, it opened the door for Pedraza to challenge WBO lightweight world champion Ray Beltran in August......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 10th, 2018

Boxing: Hometown return for Albert Pagara as he headlines Pinoy Pride 44 in Maasin

ALA Boxing standout Albert Pagara returns to the city where he was born, Maasin, Southern Leyte, to headline Pinoy Pride 44: Laban sa Leyte, Saturday evening at the Maasin City Sports Complex. In his first fight back home in his birthplace, the 24-year old Pagara takes on Ghana’s Laryea Gabriel Odoi for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental Super Bantamweight Championship. (READ ALSO: Albert Pagara, Laryea Odoi make weight for Pinoy Pride 44) After suffering his first career defeat to former world title contender Cesar Juarez back in 2016, Pagara (29-1, 20 KO) has steadily gotten back to form, picking up three straight wins, including back-to-back early stoppages against Thailand’s Patomsith Pathompothong in Cebu and Mohamed Kambuluta in Bohol. In front of his fellow Maasin natives, Pagara looks to make it three-straight wins via impressive stoppage against Odoi. 28-year old Odoi will make his Philippine boxing debut and is bringing a 20-3-2 professional record with 14 of those wins coming via KO. The native of Acca, Ghana will look to extend his four-fight winning streak against the hard-hitting Pagara in the Laban sa Leyte main event. In the co-main event, another title is up for grabs, as rising Pinoy prospect Jeo Santisima takes on Thailand’s Likit Chan-e for the vacant WBO Oriental Super Bantamweight Championship. One of ALA Boxing’s fast-rising stars, Santisima (15-2, 13 KO) has not tasted defeat since 2014, riding an impressive 13-fight winning streak. What’s more impressive that all but one of those wins on that streak have ended via stoppage. The 22-year old Aroroy, Masbate native will try to make it 14 straight as he tries for his first boxing championship. Thailand’s Chan-e (16-6, 10 KO) on the other hand, will try to snap a two-fight losing skid, with one of those losses coming against Pinoy Juan Miguel Elorde. Also on the card, a couple of ALA Boxing standouts make their return to the ring and try to bounce back from recent losses, as former world title contender Arthur Villanueva (31-3, 17 KO) meets compatriot Renren Tesorio, while Jason Pagara (40-3-1, 25 KO) takes on Indonesian Wellem Reyk.   Full Pinoy Pride 44: Laban sa Leyte Fight Card Albert Pagara vs. Laryea Gabriel Odoi (WBO Inter-Continental Super Bantamweight Title) Jeo Santisima vs. Likit Chan-e (WBO Oriental Super Bantamweight Title) Jason Pagara vs. Wellem Reyk (10 Round Welterweight Bout) Arthur Villanueva vs. Renren Tesoro (10 Round Bantamweight Bout) Melvin Jerusalem vs. Philip Luis Cuerdo (10 Round Light Flyweight Bout) Go Hosaka vs. Holly Quinones (6 Round Lightweight Bout) Joyjoy Formentera vs. Lobert Bayo (6 Round Bantamweight Bout) Jeno Macapobre vs. Carlito Antaran (4 Round Flyweight Bout)   Pinoy Pride 44: Laban sa Leyte takes place at the Maasin City Sports Complex, Maasin, Southern Leyte on Saturday, June 9th. Telecast will be on Sunday, June 10, 6:00 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 9th, 2018

Filipino Menchavez to make ONE debut in Macau

Another Filipino fighter will strut his stuff in Macau for ONE Championship's Pinnacle of Power card on June 23. Rodian Menchavez (5-1) is set to make his debut in the promotion, making it to the card that features interim ONE flyweight champion Geje Eustaquio (10-6) taking on undisputed ONE World flyweight titlist Adriano Moraes (17-2) in a title unification bout in the co-main event. Eustaquio's Team Lakay stable mates Edward Kelly (10-4) and Danny Kingad (6-1) are also in the card and are scheduled to face against Narantungalag Jadambaa (12-5) and Ma Hao Bin (10-2), respectively. Menchavez will bring his four-fight winning streak on the line against China's Li Kai Wen (7-4)...Keep on reading: Filipino Menchavez to make ONE debut in Macau.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 6th, 2018

Ancajas, Sultan make weight for super flyweight title bout

Sultan and Ancajas face off during the weigh in ahead of their title bout. Photo from TR BOXING The first All-Filipino title bout in almost a century is good to go as both champion Jerwin Ancajas a.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 27th, 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