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Filipino surfer captures international surfing title

CLOUD NINE, GENERAL LUNA, Siargao Island (MindaNews / 9 Oct) – It was a neck-to-neck battle between Hawaii and the Philippines in the final game match up but home-grown surfer John Mark “Marama” Tokong has reigned supreme, capturing the 25th Siargao International Surfing Cup title. Tokong, 23, beat Hawaiian surfer Noah Beschen in the final […].....»»

Category: newsSource: mindanews mindanewsOct 9th, 2019

Filipino surfer takes revenge at Cloud Nine

CLOUD NINE, GENERAL LUNA, Siargao Island (MindaNews / 8 Oct) – It’s a total vengeance for the home-grown surfer John Mark “Marama” Tokong after he successfully defeated defending champion Skip McCullough in the last elimination round for the 25th Siargao International Surfing Cup. Tokong, 23, the only remaining Filipino surfer left in the round after […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsOct 8th, 2019

Local bet lone Pinoy standing in Siargao int’l surfing

Local bet John Mark Tokong emerged the lone Filipino bet still in the hunt for the title as he advanced to the round of 16 Monday in the 25th Siargao International Surfing Cup at Cloud 9 in Surigao del Norte. The 23-year-old Tokong placed second to Indonesian Oney Anwar in Heat 7, to the thrill […] The post Local bet lone Pinoy standing in Siargao int’l surfing appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 7th, 2019

Pinoy surfer making waves in Siargao Cup

Southeast Asian Games-bound John Mark Tokong didn’t disappoint as he rode the waves mightily to enter the 25th Siargao International Surfing Cup finals yesterday at the Cloud 9 here......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 10th, 2019

Tokong reaches Siargao Surfing Cup quarterfinals

Local bet John Mark Tokong survived a shaky finish to keep his title hopes alive yesterday in the 25th Siargao International Surfing Cup at the world-famous Cloud 9 here......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 9th, 2019

Big splash

Indonesian surfer Oney Anwar flaunts during his heat in the 25th Siargao International Surfing Cup in Cloud Nine, General Luna, Siargao Island on Monday, October 7, 2019. Anwar poses a great threat to every opponent in the competition. MindaNews photo by ROEL N. CATOTO.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsOct 8th, 2019

Tokong leads local fight in Siargao Surfing Cup

Philippine team stalwart John Mark Tokong and two other Filipino bets try to make the country proud as they compete in the 25th Siargao International Surfing Cup at Cloud 9 here today......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 6th, 2019

Salva, Taduran dispute world title in historic tiff

    MANILA, Philippines – Either Samuel Salva or Pedro Taduran will join the ranks of Filipino world champions after their collision for the vacant International Boxing Federation minimumweight crown on Saturday, September 7, at the Philippine Navy Gym in Taguig City. The unbeaten Salva (17-0, 10 knockouts) is ranked ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 6th, 2019

TERRIFIC 12: Alapag all set for tough Macau tilt after quick “tourist” day

Jimmy Alapag has become some sort of East Asia Super League legend by now. Last year in the Summer Super 8 tournament, Alapag, fresh from an ABL championship with San Miguel-Alab Pilipinas, led the coaching clinic in Macau, sharing his knowledge with over 50 basketball coaches in the region. Just recently, Coach Jimmy was back in Macau to help promote the 2019 Terrific 12 joust. His latest trip was focused on sightseeing, interacting with local fans and enjoying all the tourist attractions that Macao SAR has to offer. Alapag visited the Philippine Consulate, a locally owned Filipino restaurant, hosted Q&A sessions with fans and hosted East Asia Super League merchandise giveaways.   The former PBA MVP and 11-time All-Star kicked off the day by visiting some of the most iconic destinations including Rua do Cunha at the center of Taipa as well as the Ruins of St Paul’s Cathedral. “Macao’s tourism sector is consistently growing and this is a great location for events. People from so many different countries come to visit and enjoy the culture, food and people,” Alapag said. “To bring a big-time sports event like The Terrific 12 to Macao is huge for locals and tourists. There’s a ton of sports fans in the region and they can all converge in Macao to watch their favorite and the best basketball teams fight for The Terrific 12 crown,” coach Jimmy added. With tourist stuff done, Alapag now turns his attention to the actual Terrific 12 tournament where he finally gets the chance to compete in the East Asia Super League. Alapag serves as an assistant coach for the mighty San Miguel Beermen and the reigning five-time Philippine Cup champions are hoping to make a title pit stop in Macau before resuming a Grand Slam chase in the PBA. In the Terrific 12, the Beermen will have defending champion Ryukyu Golden Kings from Japan, and China’s Shenzen Aviators in group play. Aside from San Miguel, TNT KaTropa and the Blackwater Elite will also see action for the PBA. “The Terrific 12 is the best international club to club competition platform in the region and this is something that coaches and players have desired for a long time,” Alapag said. “Playing in this amazing tourist destination against new opponents offers an incredible opportunity for our club and our league to showcase what we can do to basketball fans across the world,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 5th, 2019

THROWBACK: FIBA 1954—the Philippines’ pinnacle as third best in world basketball

No other Asian team could eclipse what the Philippines achieved in 1954.  And this is what is considered an accomplishment that spoke of the glory the country once had—something that we had long desired to duplicate.  Sixty-five years since this stellar bunch of Filipino basketball icons first strode into Ginásio do Maracanãzinho in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 23, 1954, we still long for that moment, but have since made gargantuan steps in regaining that world basketball glory. It was the second FIBA World Basketball Championship, four years after the inaugural tournament in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At that time, Asia wasn’t even in the map of international basketball, with only Europe and the Americas battling it out for dominance. It wasn’t really a surprise, considering how the sport hasn’t really reached that kind of popularity in the region for it to produce a world-caliber team. Favorite pastime Except of course in the Philippines, where basketball has already been the most popular pastime and already the source of national idols people fancy. Collegiate and commercial leagues were already drawing crowds, not to mention the everyday Filipino finding extreme joy swooshing that ball in a ring with an attached net—be it at the backyard or the neighborhood street—thanks to an overwhelming American influence that continues up to this day.  But what they really find so much delight is watching the country’s best players and ballclubs going at it—a sort of primetime top rating action drama in today’s parlance. And the main cast steps in while everyone howls or cheers, seeing San Beda’s Carlos Loyzaga’s “Big Difference” in scoring baskets with impunity from everywhere on the court or watching Letran’s Larry “The Fox” Mumar with his sly and cunning moves, running rings around the opposition for that easy two.  And, a Philippine team of basketball demigods? Insane. Silva’s 12 picks They did prove their wizardry and magic in their first shining moment—when they were called upon to play in the 1954 Manila Asian Games. True enough, they were unstoppable clinching the Gold against the Republic of China and earning the first-ever Asian slot in the Rio FIBA World Basketball tourney.  It was a team coached by the legendary Herminio “Herr” Silva, who despite his failing health, became that ingenious and innovative tactician who devised the “dash-and-dribble” and the vaunted zone and “freeze” defense that sent opponent plays in disarray.  Joining the Loyzaga and Mumar in Silva’s 12 picks from the original 24 selected by the country’s governing body were the “Rajah of Rebound” Francisco Rabat, skipper Tony Genato, Benjamin Francisco, Nap Flores, Florentino Bautista, Pons Saldana, Bayani Amador, Rafael Barretto, Mon Manulat, and Mariano Tolentino. Their poise even at the start of hostilities were already world-class. They would pound Paraguay without let-up behind Loyzaga’s 15 points in a 64-52 drubbing on opening day.  Their intensity in the first game, however, left them gasping in their second game the next day, facing a mighty host team and lost, 62-99. Despite the loss, however, they still advanced to the final round with their 1-1 slate in Group A, after Brazil ousted Paraguay, 61-52. The Filipinos will soon have its first acid test and face the United States on October 27 for its first assignment in the Final Round. The Americans, who lost to Argentina in the Gold Medal match in 1950 was definitely hungry for their first World title, but facing the Philippines proved to be their most challenging match.  Challenging the US It was a close match in the first half with the Filipinos giving the Americans a very hard time in executing their offense, trailing by a mere three points at halftime, 25-22, and even led with its largest margin at 31-26 at the start of the second half. But the US, bannered by the Illinois squad Peoria Cats, adjusted their offense and pulled away at 49-30, with three minutes left to play. The game ended with the US winning by a mere 13 points, 56-43, their lowest winning margin in the tournament.  Mumar topscored with 14 points, Loyzaga added 12, and Tolentino had 11, but the rest each had at most two points.  Eventual MVP Kirby Minter led the US with 15 points. The Philippines, despite the setback gained the respect of the world with their performance against the Americans that sent shockwaves across the tournament. Led by Flores, the Filipinos would then cruise past Formosa (now Chinese-Taipei), 48-38, on October 29. The following day, Loyzaga and Saldana each scored 20 points and Philippines clobbered Israel, 90-56. They would however lose to their Group A tormentors and hosts Brazil, 41-57. Sealing glory What really sealed their glory and place in history, however, was their successive victories against Canada, 83-76, behind Mumar’s 24 points, France, 66-60 with Loyzaga leading all scorers with 19 points, and the hotly contested match against Uruguay, 67-63 with Loyzaga bombarding 31 markers.  The match against France was memorable when Mumar had an altercation with the French behemoth 7-footer Jean-Paul Beugnot, who took issue with Mumar’s sly tactics as he defended him in a drive to the basket. Rubbing his eyes after he claimed to have been spat on, Beugnot could not do anything but notice Mumar scoring on a lay-up unmolested that sealed the win.  Already assured of the bronze, the Philippines still engaged Uruguay in a tough battle. In fact, Uruguayans had complained about the Filipinos’ rough play throughout their game.  It however spoke of the Philippines’ tenacity in getting the win, as Genato made the biggest defensive gem of all, limiting Uruguay sniper Oscar Moglia, who buried 37 points in a previous match against Canada, to a mere nine points. Loyzaga’s monster game was the key factor in the four-point win, with Mumar scoring nine, Tolentino and Barretto contributing five each, with Bautista and Manulat both had four, Rabat two and Amador one.  The US would eventually cop their first World title, manhandling Brazil in the final, 62-41. Loyzaga part of World’s Mythical Five Loyzaga ended the tournament as the second top scorer with a combined 148 points, with a 16.4 average, behind Canada’s Carl Ridd, who totaled 164, and became part of the World’s Mythical Five.  Looking back, the stature of this Philippine squad seems too lofty to even emulate, but we are slowly, yet even at a painstaking grind, getting close even with small baby steps to achieving that feat. With today’s Gilas Pilipinas already reaching unanticipated heights in this more challenging and competitive arena, especially with open basketball coming into play, the Philippines’ lost world basketball glory may soon reemerge. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 29th, 2019

TERRIFIC 12: Castro all set to meet old rival in Macau as TNT grouped with Liaoning

Asia League has rebranded to the East Asia Super League (EASL) but it’s still set to hold its crowd favorite tournament coming in the next couple of months. The Terrific 12 will return to Macau on September 17-22 and this time, there’s finally a strong Filipino presence for the week-long joust at the Tap Seac Multi-sports Pavilion. The PBA will send two flagship teams in the San Miguel Beermen and TNT KaTropa. The Blackwater Elite will also make an East Asia Super League return after competing in the Super 8 last year. [Related: TERRIFIC 12: San Miguel Beer takes on champion Golden Kings in Macau] Despite a down year in 2018, the KaTropa remain one of the top crews in the PBA. This season, TNT has slowly bounced back, winning 17 out of 22 regular season games so far and has finally advanced to the semifinals of the Commissioner’s Cup as of press time. In Macau, TNT looks to stamp its class in international play. The KaTropa are certainly more than capable as they have a number of Gilas regulars in their starting lineup. RR Pogoy can shoot with the best of them in the region and Troy Rosario is one of the most versatile forwards in the national team. Of course, the KaTropa are led by Jayson Castro, twice named as the Best Point Guard in Asia. That title has since been taken over by China’s Guo Ailun and in Macau, the Blur is on a collision course against an old rival as TNT is grouped with the CBA’s Liaoning Flying Leopards. Lioaning, the CBA’s top team two seasons ago, is of course led by Ailun, China’s top guard. The Flying Leopards lost their title last season but they were still good for 38 wins and a top-2 seed before falling to Xinjiang for a semifinal finish. The Terrific 12 should be a good prep before Liaoning tries to regain the CBA championship next year. Also part of Group D in the Terrific 12 is Japan’s Niiigata Albirex, the B.League’s no. 3 seed with a 45-15 record in the previous season’s playoffs. Unfortunately, Niigata was taken out in the first round by Alvark Tokyo, who went on to win back-to-back titles in the B.League. Niigata is led by a pair of veteran guards in Kei Igarashi and Shinsuke Kashiwagi which should fit right in this group’s theme in Macau: superior point guard play. The Terrific 12 is a FIBA-recognized basketball tournament and features three clubs from the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), four from the B.LEAGUE (Japan), two from the Korean Basketball League (KBL) and three from the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). A Group Stage, Semi-Finals and Finals will play out 16 epic games in total to crown this year’s champion.  In the Group Stage, clubs will be divided into four groups of three, with each team playing two games. The top team from each group will advance to compete in the Semi-Finals following a rest day ?on September 20.? The champion will be awarded USD 150,000, the runner- up will be awarded USD 100,000 and third place will be awarded USD 50,000. TNT will play Lioaning to end Day 1 on September 17. The KaTropa then open Day 3 on Sept. 19 with a showdown against Niigata Albirex.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 25th, 2019

Team Lakay s Gina Iniong and Joshua Pacio: Two paths, one goal

Lakay. It is the Ilocano word for old man.   But when you go up to Baguio, it has an altogether different meaning. You cannot miss that word when you drive down Benguet road, on a nifty sign attached to a normal-looking office building: Team Lakay.   The home of the best Philippine mixed martial arts team in history. Almost all of the big names local fight fans have come to cheer and love as our modern-day heroes trace their roots to the relatively small, packed training room down Benguet road, where mats are soaked with the sweat of the fighters.   Eduard Folayang, Kevin Belingon, Geje Eustaquio, Honorio Banario, Rey Docyogen, Roldan Sangcha-an, and Mark Eddiva are all hallowed names in the annals of Philippine mixed martial arts, disciples of Mark “The Machine” Sangiao, who established, and groomed Team Lakay to the fearsome fighting factory that it is today.   While all the names above have ensconced themselves on pedestals, Team Lakay’s pipeline includes two more who have been fighting for recognition in recent fights: lone female fighter Gina Iniong, and ONE’s current Strawweight lynchpin and youngest champion, Joshua Pacio.   Both fighters may have started their professional fighting careers for different reasons, but Iniong and Pacio still have a lot to offer and prove for mixed martial arts in the country and in the international stage, such as being prominent fighters in the prestigious cage of ONE Championship.   CHANCE OF A LIFETIME   Gina, the first female Filipino mixed martial artist to fight and win abroad, started boxing back in high school as part of her after-school activities. When she was about to graduate, she actively sought scholarships in order to finish her education. One such opportunity presented itself in the form of an athletic scholarship, concentrating on the martial art of Wushu, which has a huge following in her hometown of Baguio City, with the University of the Cordilleras having a team of its own.   “Our former boxing coach, who was a former student of Coach Mark (Sangiao), approached me one day, telling me to join the upcoming wushu competition then for the college scholarship. So I joined it, and took a chance,” Iniong shared, recounting how she got into the world of combat sports as a young lady.   However, it was too good to be true, as she had to hurdle quite a huge problem if she wants that scholarship: a fight record. Sangiao told the young Iniong it would be difficult to get her a scholarship if she does not have a record to show in active combat in Wushu.   “I was lucky because there was a Wushu National Games here in Manila and we immediately went down and made our way there. Thankfully, I got the gold after the competition, and that paved the way for my scholarship,” said Iniong.   From there, the “Conviction” was born. After competing in numerous Wushu tournaments, Iniong finally caught the eye of Sangiao, who decided to take her under his wings and train her to be his female version inside the MMA cage.   After debuting in the Universal Reality Combat Championship in 2010, Iniong hasn’t looked back in the 12 bouts she has figured in, compiling a professional record of 8-4.  As the lone female representative of the most-successful mixed martial arts team in the Philippines, she has displayed that trademark fearsome striking prowess of fighters coming from the Lakay camp.   When asked about the fact that she is one of the only five Filipinas making the country proud inside the ONE cage, the 29-year old’s face lit up, in disbelief, in honor, in humility, for she cannot believe it herself.   “I’m very proud, and humbled, of the fact that I am the lone female fighter representing Team Lakay in ONE Championship. Many very skilled female fighters dream of being part of ONE Championship, and fight under Team Lakay, yet I am the one that Coach Mark has seen with the most potential to carry the flag inside the cage,” she said.   However, what drives Gina to fight, and it has been a well-known fact, is her mother, diagnosed with a stage 5 chronic kidney disease. In her fight against Jihin Radzuan last February, Iniong dedicated the fight to her mother, who to this day, is scared of seeing her daughter mix it up in the ring.   “To this day, she hasn’t watched me fight live, not even on TV because she is quite the nervous person, and she would only watch if she knew I won, during replays. She is very unlike my dad, who has fully supported my life as an athlete, after being a boxer himself in his younger days,” she shared.   CHALLENGE ACCEPTED   Joshua “The Passion” Pacio never intended to make mixed martial arts fighting a career growing up. The 23-year old fighter deemed it impossible back then, to reach a stage as huge as ONE Championship, due to the excellence of the fighters that he used to watch with his uncle through videos.   Add to the fact that Pacio was overweight. Obese, specifically. It made it all the more difficult for the kid to follow his dream and passion to be a fighter.   It all changed when his uncle started training him in Muay Thai, the art of the eight limbs that originated from Thailand, and considered one of the deadliest forms of combat striking. It started out as training just for fitness, but as if seeing a tiny ray of light in a dark tunnel, Pacio wanted more.   “At first, it was only for fitness, with my uncle training me, and watching videos of various MMA fights, which really inspired me to push myself harder. I really wanted to test myself, compete with the best, and it all seemed impossible when I was out of shape. My uncle really pushed me starting with Muay Thai. I started competing a few months after that, but I suffered defeat after defeat in amateur competitions. I questioned myself why I still trained afterwards. But at the same time, that’s when I realized that this is really my passion, that even if I lost my last fight,” shared the ONE Championship Strawweight king, who has not looked back since then.   “The goal for me has ever been to prove to myself that I have improved in skills, and be the best fighter I can be,” Pacio added.   He made his ONE debut three years ago, finally fulfilling his lifelong dream of professional mixed martial arts, facing a more experienced Filipino fighter in Robin Catalan at the age of 20, one of the youngest to enter ONE’s cage.   “Before I got to represent Team Lakay in ONE Championship, the roster spot was actually up for grabs. Fighters of the team figured in a Team Lakay Championship, a grand-prix style tournament within the team, for the ONE Championship contract. I fought twice victoriously in one night to get it. Two weeks later, with a ONE Championship event in Manila, that’s when I found out I am making my professional debut,” said an astounded Pacio.   Everything about the man they call “The Passion” has been hard earned. He finally tasted gold last 2018 when he decisioned the famed Yoshitaka Naito, a Japanese ground and wrestling master that forced Pacio to tap via a rear-naked choke when they first met. Facing, and losing to Naito, according to Pacio, was a revelation that he has to improve his overall skills, especially his ground game in order to play with the big boys of the cage.   Striking will definitely get you somewhere, as is with Pacio’s base as a martial artist, but one has to have more tricks up his sleeve when they aspire for the pinnacle of the competition. Joshua came back with a vengeance in 2018 to show “Nobita” that “The Passion” is no longer the young kid who will be submitted easily.   However, 2019 did not start of great for Pacio and Team Lakay, after he lost the belt in January to Naito’s contemporary in Yosuke “Tobizaru” Saruta in a questionable split decision. But that did not deter the young man, who has made it his personal goal to continue improving and treat each loss as a lesson, in ONE Championship’s “Roots of Honor” fight card, where he faced Saruta once more.   This time, in front of a racous Filipino crowd inside the Mall of Asia Arena, Pacio did not let the judges’ cards decide as he detonated a right knee to the side of Saruta’s head late in the fourth round to reclaim his throne. The dreaded Team Lakay striking power knocked the lights out from the Japanese fighter as Baguio’s young lion let out a furious roar to celebrate his redemption.   TWO PATHS, ONE GOAL   One did it for education, the other for health. Nowadays, however, MMA means more to Iniong and Pacio than just a stepping stone to something else. It is their passion, their advocacy, their bread and butter.   They continue to grind each day, waiting for another opportunity to show what they got and get the win, not just for personal glory, but also for the country and their family.   Inspired by her ailing mother, the “Conviction” promises to keep her current winning streak up despite being up against a formidable foe in her next match. After tasting defeat from Brazilian Istela Nunes, Iniong bounced back with a split decision over Radzuan last February to get herself back on track. Right now, Gina has one thing in mind with their goal: chase that ONE Women’s Atomweight division title, currently held by Angela Lee, and become the Philippines’ very first female ONE world champion.   However, Iniong acknowledges that the path towards the gold may not be easy, as she is currently eyeing a rematch with Japanese tormentor Mei Yamaguchi, the number one-ranked Atomweight fighter whom she has fought with twice, in order to settle who the rightful challenger to Lee’s belt is.   “Everyone has gotten belts. My big brothers in the team have tasted championship. I felt jealous because I do not have a belt, and lost my fight that would have given me a title shot. This time, I will make sure that I will do my best to secure a title fight,” rued Iniong in a previous interview with ONE Championship prior to fighting Radzuan.   While Iniong wants hit paydirt, it’s all about keeping the belt on his waist for Pacio, the reigning ONE Strawweight champion. His most probable foe is his nemesis Yoshitaka Naito who he does not have a problem with facing for the third time.   “I really want to prove I am the champion, and if it’s by facing him (Naito), so be it. I also want to prove that I have greatly improved as well from the last time we fought,” he shared.   While Iniong and Pacio await their next fighting assignment, their teammates are in the thick of training for the upcoming “Dawn of Heroes” megafight card happening on August 2 at the Mall of Asia Arena. It features Team Lakay members, led by Edward “Landslide” Folayang, Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, and Danny “The King” Kingad, who will face the best of the world as represented by Eddie Alvarez, Reece McLaren, and Yuya Wakamatsu.   The entire country will be cheering on them as the whole world watches. And maybe somehow, somewhere there will be new blood encouraged and inspired by them to take on the challenge of continuing the legacy of the nation’s best fighting team alongside Iniong and Pacio.   After all, Sangiao did not establish Team Lakay just to be some Bagiuo-based fitness gym down Benguet road. He made Team Lakay to provide a home, a family, for young Filipinos who have the heart to fight for their dream, their family, and the country.     Watch “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” on August 2 at the Mall of Asia Arena, to be broadcast LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A and S+A HD with livestreaming on iWant for all the Pinoy fight fans to see. For more stories and news one ONE Championship, follow @ABSCBNSports on Twitter and Facebook or visit sports.abs-cbn.com. For updates, follow @ABSCBNPR on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram or visit www.abs-cbn.com/newsroom......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 18th, 2019

Jimuel Pacquiao could be following in father Manny s footsteps

At 40, Manny Pacquiao is definitely on the tail end of his career, and while he may still be able to compete at a high level now, eventually, the eight-division world champion will have to call it a career.  Definitely, there will never be another Manny Pacquiao, but there could be another Pacquiao to continue Manny's legacy inside the ring, and that's none other than his son Jimuel.  The 18-year old has already begun his boxing journey, winning all three of his amateur fights this year, and as his father gets ready for his title bout against Keith Thurman in Las Vegas later this month, Jimuel was able to see his dad at work in the gym.  "It feels good, I can finally watch him train, watch him spar, get a fee ideas from him," said Jimuel, who was at the Wild Card Gym during one of Manny's training sessions last week. Jimuel and the rest of the Pacquiao family recently arrived in the US to join Manny ahead of his big title bout.  "I'm trying to get as much as I can, since they're pros already," Jimuel added.  Jimuel has expresse his desire to follow his footsteps and even hopefully represent the country in International competition.  "Hopefully, it would be a big privelege to represent the Philippines if ever," he said.  If Jimuel does decided to make a career of the sweet science as well, then he may not have to look too far for a coach in his corner.  Also in the states for the Pacquiao camp is Paul Fernandez, the son of Manny's friend and trainer Buboy. Paul has been in camp from the beginning, and says that he has learned a lot seeing his dad train the Filipino boxing legend.  Could Jimuel and Paul be the second coming of the Pacquiao-Fernandes tandem? Only time will tell.  For now however, Paul says that he will be focusing on his studies, but if Jimuel asks for some help in training, he won't think twice about doing so.    H/T: Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 8th, 2019

Filipino bowling star wins Singapore Open youth masters title

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine bowling's rising star Merwin Tan bagged the boys' masters title in the 51st Singapore International Open 2019 on Saturday, June 29.  The 19-year-old rolled to a leading 1,687 pinfalls in 8 games to beat Malaysian Megan Zaqrul Haiqal by 5 pins and clinch the championship. Japanese Keita ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 30th, 2019

Reigning champ leads crack field in PGT third leg

Jhonnel Ababa vows to go aggressive in chase of back-to-back title feat, leading a stellar international field in what promises to be an explosive opener in the rich ICTSI Club Filipino de Cebu Invitational today in Danao City......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 5th, 2019

Risk taker leads chase as PGT Cebu begins

Jhonnel Ababa vows to go aggressive in chase for back-to-back title feat, leading a stellar international field in what promises to be an explosive opener in the rich ICTSI Club Filipino de Cebu Invitational......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 4th, 2019

Cariño eyes back-to-back Le Tour title

Cariño won last year’s race that finished at Burnham Park in Baguio City as a rider for Philippine Navy-Standard Insurance (PNSI) to become the third Filipino champion of the International Cycling Union race after Baler Ravina (2012) and Mark John Lexer Galedo (2014)......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsMay 20th, 2019

ONE Championship: Bigdash retains title; Catalan, Subora victorious

ONE Championship returned to the Jakarta Convention Center for another evening of world-class mixed martial arts (MMA) action. ONE: QUEST FOR POWER set the tone for what will be an amazing 2017 for ONE Championship with a series of compelling bouts featuring the absolute best in local and international MMA talent. In the main event, ONE Middleweight World Champion Vitaly Bigdash retained his title, defeating top contender “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang by unanimous decision after five rounds. div>  /div> div>In the main event of the evening, ONE Middleweight World Champion Vitaly Bigdash of Rostov-on-Don, Russia impressed with a great show of strength in a dominant performance over “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang of Myanmar. Throughout the bout, Bigdash kept N Sang at bay with his sharp combinations, while on the mat he connected with multiple elbows. After five rounds of action, it was a clear win for Bigdash who met very little resistance in outlasting the durable N Sang to remain undefeated, retaining his ONE Middleweight World Championship. /div> div>  /div> div>In the co-main event of the evening, 27-year-old Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen of Sydney, Australia authored one of the most spectacular finishes of the evening, stopping Japanese MMA veteran Kazunori Yokota with strikes to win by technical knockout just past the midway point of the first round. Yokota stalked Nguyen, looking to throw combinations but Nguyen timed Yokota with an overhand right that dropped him to the canvas. From there, Nguyen jumped on his foe and rained down punches from the top to earn the stoppage victory. /div> div>  /div> div>Lightweight contenders Vincent “MagniVincent” Latoel and Vaughn “The Spawn” Donayre put on an exciting show for fans in attendance, tagging each other with intense combinations for the majority of the three-round lightweight contest. On the mat, Donayre showcased his grappling skills, threatening with various submissions off his back. Latoel however was more consistent throughout and scored points with his takedowns and cage control. All three judges saw the bout in favor of Latoel to win by unanimous decision. /div> div>  /div> div>The highly-anticipated lightweight showdown between Georgi Stoyanov of Bulgaria and Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev of Russia ended on an unfortunate note, as the bout resulted in a No Contest ruling. Although Arslanaliev swarmed Stoyanov from the beginning of the bout and completely outclassed the Bulgarian, an ill-advised technical ground kick landed for Arslanaliev and Stoyanov was unable to continue. /div> div>  /div> div>Dutch featherweight standout based in Jakarta, Anthony “The Archangel” Engelen, put on a masterful performance, stopping Malaysian fight veteran A.J. “Pyro” Lias Mansor in under two minutes in the first round of a scheduled three-round bout. Engelen pressed Mansor up against the cage fence with a combination before a beautiful right hand felled Mansor, earning Engelen one of the most spectacular knockouts of his career. /div> div>  /div> div>Fans were treated to an action-packed clash of colossal light heavyweights as Igor Subora of the Ukraine and Sherif Mohamed of Egypt pushed each other to the limit in a tremendous three-round show of determination from both fighters. Subora effectively used his reach advantage to keep the smaller, stockier Mohamed at bay with his boxing throughout the bout. In the third round, both fighters fought through sheer exhaustion to make it to the final bell as Subora did just enough to outlast Mohamed to earn the unanimous decision. /div> div>  /div> div>Local martial arts hero from Jakarta, “The Terminator” Sunoto, brought the crowd to its feet with a riveting performance to defeat Cambodia’s Chan Heng by technical knockout just a little under three minutes into the first round. Sunoto wasted no time in taking the fight directly to Heng, challenging the Khun Khmer practitioner to a striking showdown at the center of the ONE Championship cage. Sunoto however, proved too much for the Cambodian after he gained mount and unleashed the ground-and-pound. /div> div>  /div> div>Unbeaten Indonesian flyweight prospect Stefer Rahardian defeated Jakarta-based Liberian fighter Jerome S. Paye via unanimous decision in the second preliminary bout of the evening. Rahardian showcased tremendous cage-control for the majority of the fight, smothering Paye with a consistent attack that left the Liberian stifled throughout the contest. The 30-year-old Rahardian left very little openings for Paye who just couldn’t get his offense going. In the end, Rahardian had just enough in the tank to complete a comprehensive three-round performance, earning the nod on all three judges’ scorecards. /div> div>  /div> div>Strawweights Rene Catalan of the Philippines and Adrian Matheis of Indonesia kicked off ONE: QUEST FOR POWER with a spirited display of mixed martial arts action, on a bustling Saturday night in Jakarta. After a dominant first round from Catalan, one that saw the Filipino attempt various finishes, the end came swiftly in the second when Catalan was able to execute an armbar to earn the submission victory. /div> div>  /div> div> strong>COMPLETE RESULTS /strong> /div> div>  /div> div>MW Title: Vitaly Bigdash defeats Aung La N Sang by Unanimous Decision /div> div>  /div> div>Featherweight bout: Martin Nguyen defeats Kazunori Yokota by TKO (Strikes) at 3:36 minutes of round 1 /div> div>  /div> div>Lightweight bout: Vincent Latoel defeats Vaughn Donayre by Unanimous Decision /div> div>  /div> div>Lightweight bout: Georgi Stoyanov, Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev (No Contest) /div> div>  /div> div>Featherweight bout: Anthony Engelen defeats AJ Lias Mansor by Knockout (KO) at 1:42 minutes of round 1 /div> div>  /div> div>Light Heavyweight bout: Igor Subora defeats Sherif Mohamed by Unanimous Decision /div> div>  /div> div>Bantamweight bout: Sunoto defeats Chan Heng by TKO (Strikes) at 2:30 minutes of round 1 /div> div>  /div> div>Flyweight bout: Stefer Rahardian defeats Jerome S. Paye by Unanimous Decision (UD) /div> div>  /div> div>Strawweight bout: Rene Catalan defeats Adrian Matheis by Submission (Armbar) at 2:08 minutes of round 2 /div>.....»»

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Marlon Tapales to defend world title in Japan

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Chatri Sityodtong confirms Demetrious Johnson versus Adriano Moraes for ONE Flyweight Title

American mixed martial arts star Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson added another title to his already-long list of accolades, defeating Filipino rising star Danny “The King” Kingad in the finals of the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix to secure the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Championship at ONE: Century Part 1, Sunday morning at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan.  Johnson, the former long-time UFC Flyweight World Champion, outgrappled the talented Kingad for three rounds to win via Unanimous Decision and make it a perfect 3 for 3 since coming to ONE.  Now, Johnson moves just one more win away from achieving his goal of becoming a world champion in ONE after it was confirmed that he was next in line to challenge reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes.  “DJ for Adriano Moraes for the World Championship,” announced ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong.  First things first for Johnson however, is some time off after competing three times in 2019.  “DJ says he want to rest, he said it’s been a very exhausting year, so let him rest, let him enjoy, then we’ll get back to the drawing board but I would expect maybe March of next year, maybe earlier,” Sityodtong said.  Johnson himself expressed his desire to take some time off before making a return in early 2020.  “I’ma take some time off, and if I can pick and choose, I want to fight maybe February or March, just give my body a chance to relax, get my health to where it needs to be and the start training and get ready then.” Moraes is coming off a unanimous decision win over Geje Eustaquio to reclaim the ONE Flyweight World Championship, his third title run in ONE. .....»»

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