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'I want na mag-enjoy yung crowd...para sa kanila yung laban' - Milan Melindo on upcoming fight

Aside from holding on to his championship this Saturday at Pinoy Pride 42, reigning IBF Light-Flyweight king Milan 'El Metodico' Melindo has one more objective come fight night.  'I just want na mag-enjoy yung crowd,' Melindo told ABS-CBN Sports during Friday's official weigh-ins. 'Kasi sila yung nagbabayad,sila yung nanonood.'  If fans enjoy what they see on fight night, Milan believes that it will be step towards getting more and more fans to support Filipino boxing.  Even more than that, the 29-year old ALA Boxing product simply wants to give back to the fans who took time out of their schedules to see some of the best Filipino boxers do what they do best.  'Gusto kong ipakita sa kanila na hindi sayang yung pera nila sa pagbili ng ticket at pag-nood, yung effort nila and yung time nila.' 'Para sa kanila yung laban.' Melindo added. 'Dapat ibubuhos ko kung anong meron akong abilidad na binigay ng Panginoon.' Saturday night, Melindo will walk into the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu City with a hometown crowd behind him. The Cebu-based champion will defend his title for the first time, at home.  A far cry from the reception he recieved in Japan, where he won the title from Akira Yaegashi.  'Hindi ko iniisip na hometown ko ito, ang importante sa akin ay may mag-chicheer sa akin, not like sa Japan.' Melindo said.      em> strong>Catch Pinoy Pride 42: Clash For Glory on Sunday, September 17, 3:30 PM on ABS-CBN channel 2 and 6:30 PM on S+A channel 23.  /strong> /em> .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 15th, 2017

WWE Live Manila explodes Sept. 9

WWE superstar Big Show talks to reporters during a news conference on Tuesday at Conrad Hotel in Pasay City. PHOTO BY LANZ MENDOZA Pinoy wrestling fans will be in for a treat when the World Wrestling.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 26th, 2016

Morata hat trick keeps Chelsea near top of EPL

SAM JOHNSTON, Associated Press br /> LONDON (AP) — Despite having been Chelsea's second choice in the transfer window, Alvaro Morata is quickly proving his doubters wrong in the English Premier League. The former Real Madrid forward showcased his skills with a hat trick as Chelsea defeated Stoke 4-0 on Saturday, drawing him level with Romelu Lukaku and Sergio Aguero with six league goals. 'Alvaro took his goals very well, which for a striker is very important,' Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said. 'I am pleased with the team also because it means we are creating chances for our strikers.' Aguero and Lukaku were on the scoresheet, too, as Manchester City and Manchester United won but stayed unbeaten by different paths. City's latest victim was winless Crystal Palace by 5-0, while United ground down Southampton 1-0 thanks to Lukaku's first-half strike. Liverpool overcame its leaky defense to secure a first win in September as Philippe Coutinho starred in a 3-2 win at Leicester. Tottenham and Watford also maintained perfect away records. Spurs withstood a late West Ham comeback to win at the London Stadium 3-2, Watford won at Swansea 2-1, Everton came from behind to defeat Bournemouth 2-1, and Burnley and Huddersfield played out a goalless draw. MORATA, MORATA, MORATA Morata's first three Premier League goals came via his head, but a cool side-footed finish after just two minutes gave Chelsea the lead at Britannia Stadium. His second was even better as he picked up the ball on the left, drove past two Stoke defenders and curled his shot past Jack Butland. His third was simple, but the Spain striker's movement was on display as he slipped his marker to find space to tap in Cesar Azpilicueta's knockdown. If there was any remaining sadness over Diego Costa's exit from Chelsea, which was finally resolved this week, Morata ensured his compatriot was forgotten on Saturday. Pedro scored Chelsea's other goal as Antonio Conte's side maintained its perfect away record in the league, keeping it within three points of United and City at the top of the table. CITY CAN'T STOP SCORING City scored five or more goals for a third consecutive league game as the impressive Leroy Sane opened the scoring before Raheem Sterling added a double against Palace. Aguero maintained his goal-a-game record and substitute Fabian Delph rounded off the scoring, to leave Roy Hodgson's Palace pointless and goalless after six games. LUKAKU: GOALS, CHANTS CONTINUE Lukaku scored the only goal but United's win in Southampton was overshadowed by the continued use of a racist chant in support of Lukaku by United fans. The club said it will review CCTV footage to identify supporters who sang the lyrics despite Lukaku's pre-match request for it to stop. SWEET REVENGE Days after being knocked out of the League Cup by Leicester, Liverpool went to King Power Stadium and beat Leicester in an action-packed encounter. Coutinho laid on an assist for Mohamed Salah before curling a stunning free kick into the top corner to put Juergen Klopp's side in control. However, Liverpool's fragile defense was once more exposed as Shinji Okazaki pulled a goal back. Jordan Henderson restored the Reds' two-goal advantage but Jamie Vardy got Leicester back into contention just a minute later. Vardy then squandered a chance to secure the Foxes a draw when his penalty was saved by Simon Mignolet. PERFECT ON THE ROAD Harry Kane's double and Christian Eriksen's goal appeared to give Spurs an unassailable lead, but a Javier Hernandez header quickly followed by Serge Aurier's sending off made for a tense finale. Cheikhou Kouyate headed West Ham within touching distance but Tottenham held on to make it three wins from three away from home. Watford matched that record with an equally dramatic 2-1 victory over Swansea as Richarlison struck a 90th-minute winner. Andre Gray earlier scored his first goal for Watford before Tammy Abraham came off the bench to level the game. IN FROM THE COLD Oumar Niasse came off the bench to score twice as Everton came from behind to defeat Bournemouth and end a run of three successive defeats. Niasse was deemed surplus to requirements by Ronald Koeman last summer, but with Everton struggling for goals, the Senegal forward was given a chance. He grabbed it with both hands, ending the Toffees' run of 6 1/2 hours without a league goal, before notching the winner five minutes later. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News7 hr. 22 min. ago

Heavyweight champ Parker hits the road to boost profile

em>By Steve Douglas, Associated Press /em> MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Fresh from getting his chest waxed and boasting a slick new haircut, heavyweight champion Joseph Parker arrived in a tailored two-piece suit for a final news conference before the second defense of his WBO belt. The New Zealander certainly looks the part outside the ring going into Saturday's fight against Hughie Fury in Manchester. What is still unknown is how he shapes up inside it. In a bid to strengthen his 'brand' and gain exposure in the boxing world, the 25-year-old Parker is hitting the road after fighting in his native country for 12 of his last 13 bouts. Britain is his first stop. The plan is to beat Fury, the 23-year-old cousin of former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, to improve his record to 24-0 and potentially set up a showdown with WBA and IBF champion Anthony Joshua. 'I feel like the UK is where the heavyweight scene is at, at the moment,' Parker said on Thursday at Old Trafford, home of storied soccer team Manchester United. 'We want to be a part of it. We feel it's important to come here and make a statement.' Question marks remain over New Zealand's first heavyweight champion, though. His trainer, Kevin Barry, acknowledged that Parker was not at his best in his last two fights — the victory on points over Andy Ruiz Jr. that earned him the WBO strap and then an underwhelming first successful defense of the belt against Razvan Cojanu, also on points, in May. He dreams of becoming as well-known as the All Blacks rugby team but he still has a low profile outside New Zealand and the WBO belt is still regarded as the flimsiest of the heavyweight titles. The fight against Fury is even going under the radar in Britain, with only 5,000 tickets sold for the 21,000-capacity Manchester Arena. YouTube — rather than a TV broadcaster — is showing it. It's time for Parker to send a message to the rest of the heavyweight division. 'We know the size of this challenge,' Barry said. 'We have an opportunity, here in our first fight in the UK, to look spectacular.' Given Fury has a reputation for being as unpredictable and awkward to fight as his more illustrious cousin, that won't be easy. Not only that, Fury hasn't fought in around 18 months while he battled to overcome an energy-sapping skin condition that has affected him throughout his professional career. Fury, who is unbeaten in 20 fights, says he is feeling '100 percent' for the first time as a boxer, so neither fighter really knows what to expect. The fight is also being staged in Fury's home city, after the original fight — scheduled to take place in Auckland in May — was canceled owing to a back injury sustained by Fury. 'He is a very difficult opponent,' Barry said. 'He is an opponent a lot of people don't want to fight. We sat down as a team and said to Joe, 'Do you want to fight Hughie Fury?' And he said, 'I want to fight the best fight there is for me in the UK at the moment.' 'We have planned on coming here for the past 12-to-18 months. We think Hughie brings the biggest challenge to us.' The build-up has been light on trash talk, with Parker living up to his image of being clean-cut and courteous. 'I know it's the wrong sport for a good guy, but everyone is his friend,' Parker's mother, Sala, told The Associated Press. 'Joe has no enemy in the entire world. His opponents are his best friends.' Still, Parker said there were doubts over Fury's power and his chin, and he felt he saw 'fear in his eyes' as they went face to face for the cameras. 'He took a big gulp,' Parker said. 'I thought, 'He's scared.'' br />   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 21st, 2017

Perfectly healthy Isaiah Austin appreciates love from Pinoys

Isaiah Austin is yet to play one game for the Philippines but Filipino fans have already embraced him as one of their own. Maybe because Austin is practically 'Puso personified. After news broke out that the former Baylor star will reinforce Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in the upcoming FIBA Asia Champions Cup with the possibility of him being a naturalized player for the Gilas program for good, the reception has been entirely positive. After all, Isaiah Austin is young at just 23 years old, he's big at 7'1' and a standing reach of almost 10 feet, and he's pretty good as well being a projected top-10 pick in the NBA three years ago before he was unfortunately diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome. Speaking of Marfan Syndrome, the genetic disorder basically ended his basketball career in 2014, but he's back at it now three years later because Isaiah is 100 percent healthy. Not 99 percent. 100 percent. One Benjamin. He's good as new. He is practically 'Puso personified. And that's why Pinoys already love him. And he knows that. 'I read a lot of the comments,' Austin said, referring to the flood of messages he has recieved on social media over the past week. 'It's hard for me to get back on everybody just because of the fact that there's thousands of people reaching out to me right now,' he added. Even if he's not able to answer all the messages of love he has received from his now legions of adoring Pinoy fans, Isaiah says he's taking everything in and he is thankful for all of it. 'I appreciate all the love and support and if I don't get back to you, don't take it as me ignoring you. Just know that I really do appreciate the support and I do read all your comments. It definitely means a lot to me,' Austin said. Barely a year since he's been cleared to play after dealing with Marfan Syndrome, one can't help but think just how healthy Isaiah Austin is really. Just to be clear. He's is perfectly healthy. Good as new. 'I'm 100 percent healthy that's why I'm out here playing basketball on the court. If there's any reason for me not to play, if the doctor said I was 99 percent healthy, I won't come out here,' he said. 'Basketball isn't worth my life,' Austin added.   br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 16th, 2017

Royals beat Indians 4-3 to halt Cleveland's record streak

The Associated Press br /> CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians can return to clinching their division and playoff preparations. Their historic winning streak is, well, history. Cleveland's AL-record run was stopped at 22 straight games by Friday night's 4-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals, who became the first team to conquer the defending league champions since Aug. 23. Jason Vargas (16-10) pitched into the sixth and Brandon Moss homered off Trevor Bauer (16-9) as the Royals ended baseball's longest win streak in 101 years. With one last chance in the ninth, the Indians put the tying run on base before Mike Minor struck out the side for his first pro save, fanning Francisco Lindor on a pitch in the dirt for the final out. DODGERS 7, NATIONALS 0 WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Wood struck out eight in six innings, Corey Seager hit a three-run homer during a five-run second and the Dodgers won on the road. Wood (15-3) allowed three hits and walked one. Los Angeles has won three in a row after losing 11 consecutive games and 16 of 17. The teams entered the highly anticipated three-game series having clinched playoff berths and owning the top two records in the National League. The Dodgers lowered their magic number to clinch the NL West to six. Justin Turner and Yasiel Puig homered in the Dodgers' first Washington appearance since winning Game 5 of the NL Division Series last October. Edwin Jackson (5-6) lasted just 2 1/3 innings. The NL East champion Nationals fell six games back of Los Angeles in the chase for home-field advantage in the playoffs. BREWERS 10, MARLINS 2 MILWAUKEE (AP) — Neil Walker hit a grand slam during an eight-run eighth inning, and the Brewers beat the Marlins in the opening game of a series relocated from Miami to Milwaukee because of the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The Marlins were technically the home team and batted in the bottom of the innings. Milwaukee even used palm trees, fake flamingos and giant blue and pink sea shells to give Miller Park a South Florida feel. Miami's Dee Gordon went hitless in four at-bats to end his 17-game hitting streak. Brian Ellington (0-1) got the loss. Jared Hughes (4-3) picked up the win after tossing a scoreless seventh inning. RED SOX 13, RAYS 6, 15 INNINGS ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Xander Bogaerts had two hits in Boston's seven-run 15th inning and the Red Sox beat Tampa Bay in a game that lasted 6 hours, 5 minutes. Austin Pruitt (7-5) walked Jackie Bradley Jr. to lead off the top of the 15th. Bogaerts followed with a single. Dustin Pedroia hit a ground ball that was misplayed by second baseman Brad Miller, allowing Bradley to score the lead run. Andrew Benintendi, Mitch Moreland, Deven Marraro and Bogaerts drove in extra runs for the Red Sox, who maintained their three-game lead over the New York Yankees in the AL East. Brandon Workman (1-1) got the win. Blaine Boyer, the 21st pitcher to appear in the game, pitched the 15th for Boston. Nine Red Sox pitchers set a club record with 24 strikeouts. CUBS 8, CARDINALS 2 CHICAGO (AP) — Kris Bryant had three hits, including his 27th homer, and the Cubs opened a big weekend series with their fourth consecutive win. Bryant went deep in the fourth and singled twice in Chicago's seven-run sixth. The NL Central-leading Cubs stayed three games ahead of Milwaukee and increased their advantage over St. Louis to four games. Chicago pitcher John Lackey and catcher Willson Contreras were thrown out for yelling at plate umpire Jordan Baker in the fifth. Carl Edwards Jr. (4-4) pitched a perfect sixth for the win. Tommy Pham homered for St. Louis. Carlos Martinez (11-11) was charged with seven runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings. YANKEES 8, ORIOLES 2 NEW YORK (AP) — Didi Gregorius hit a tiebreaking two-run homer and drove in four runs, leading the Yankees to their fifth win in six games. Luis Severino (13-6) allowed three hits in eight innings. He made one big mistake, Welington Castillo's opposite-field, two-run homer to right that put the Orioles ahead 2-1 in the second. Severino is 8-2 with a 2.09 ERA in 12 starts since the All-Star break. Gregorius hit a sacrifice fly in the first, homered against Miguel Castro for a 4-2 lead in the fifth and added another sacrifice fly in a three-run seventh. Baltimore lost for the eighth time in nine games. Gabriel Ynoa (1-2) allowed three runs — two earned — and five hits in 4 1/3 innings. ASTROS 5, MARINERS 2 HOUSTON (AP) — Carlos Correa and Evan Gattis had two hits apiece and each drove in a run, and the Astros moved closer to clinching the AL West title. Houston's magic number dropped to two, meaning the Astros could secure their first division championship since 2001 with a win on Saturday if the Angels lose Friday or Saturday. The Astros led 3-0 after one inning as James Paxton (12-4) struggled in his return from the disabled list after sitting out since Aug. 10 with a strained pectoral muscle. He allowed three runs in 1 1/3 innings to snap a seven-game winning streak. Charlie Morton (12-7) pitched six strong innings for Houston. Ken Giles tossed a scoreless ninth for his 31st save. DIAMONDBACKS 3, GIANTS 2 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Robbie Ray won his fifth straight start and A.J. Pollock hit a two-run double as Arizona beat San Francisco. Ray (14-5) struck out 10 and gave up two runs (one earned), six hits and no walks as the Diamondbacks won for the 19th time in 24 games and for the eighth straight time on the road. The Diamondbacks trailed 2-1 when Pollock doubled in two runs off Jeff Samardzija (9-14) in the seventh inning. Arizona reduced its magic number for clinching its first postseason berth since 2011 to seven. BLUE JAYS 4, TWINS 3 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Josh Donaldson homered and drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning with an infield single that ricocheted off the mound, sending Toronto to the win. J.A. Happ (9-10) pitched into the seventh inning in his third straight win, and Roberto Osuna got three outs for his 36th save in 46 opportunities. The Twins had a three-game lead over the Los Angeles Angels for the second AL wild card going into the night, with the Seattle Mariners 3 1/2 games back. The New York Yankees hold the first wild card with a four-game edge on the Twins. Twins starter Bartolo Colon (6-13) was charged with four runs in six-plus innings on 'Big Sexy Night.' The Twins had souvenir T-shirts for fans who bought a special ticket package in honor of the burly right-hander, who joined the Twins two months ago and has more than held his own despite his decreased velocity. ANGELS 7, RANGERS 6 ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — C.J. Cron hit a two-run homer to cap the a five-run rally in the sixth inning, and Los Angeles trimmed its deficit in the AL wild-card race to two games. Andrelton Simmons had two run-scoring singles for the Angels (75-72), who gained a game on the Minnesota Twins (77-70) with just their third win in eight games. Los Angeles used seven pitchers in a bullpen start, with former closer Bud Norris getting the first six outs. Yusmeiro Petit (5-0) pitched two perfect innings, and Blake Parker earned a six-out save. Shin-Soo Choo hit a two-run homer in the sixth for Texas (72-75). The Rangers have lost four straight and six of seven, their playoff hopes down to a flicker. Yohander Mendez (0-1) took the loss. ROCKIES 6, PADRES 1 DENVER (AP) — Tyler Chatwood pitched into the sixth inning and drove in his first runs of the season, helping the Rockies to the victory. Nolan Arenado homered as Colorado remained 2 1/2 games ahead of Milwaukee and moved 3 1/2 games ahead of St. Louis for the second NL wild card. Chatwood (8-12) tossed 5 2/3 innings and left after Wil Myers' 28th homer. It was Chatwood's third start after six relief appearances. San Diego's Clayton Richard (7-14) allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings. REDS 4, PIRATES 2 CINCINNATI (AP) — Zack Cozart hit two of Cincinnati's four solo home runs, powering the last-place Reds to the victory. Joey Votto and Scott Schebler also connected, sending the Pirates to their third straight loss and eighth in the last nine games. Homer Bailey (5-8) allowed one run in 5 2/3 innings for his first win in six starts since Aug. 11. Raisel Iglesias got five outs for his 27th save. Chad Kuhl (7-11) gave up all four home runs, a single-game career high for the second-year right-hander. ATHLETICS 4, PHILLIES 0 PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Daniel Mengden pitched a two-hitter for Oakland, and Matt Olson and Matt Joyce each hit a two-run homer. Mengden (1-1) struck out seven and walked none in his first career shutout in his 18th start. J.P Crawford had both hits off Mengden. Phillies starter Mark Leiter Jr. (3-6) allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings. Mengden also got his first career hit, a single off Crawford's glove in the shortstop hole before Joyce connected in the second. TIGERS 3, WHITE SOX 2 DETROIT (AP) — Mikie Mahtook hit a game-ending RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning, helping Detroit stop a six-game skid. Former Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque (0-2) walked Jeimer Candelario with one out in the ninth, and Aaron Bummer walked Tyler Collins with two outs. White Sox manager Rick Renteria brought in Juan Minaya, who uncorked a wild pitch to move the runners to second and third. Mahtook then hit a 3-2 pitch up the middle for his first career game-ending hit. Shane Greene (4-3) got four outs for the win. BRAVES 3, METS 2 ATLANTA (AP) — Sean Newcomb struck out eight in 5 1/3 innings, and the Braves handed the Mets their fifth straight loss. Newcomb (3-8) gave up two runs and six hits. Arodys Vizcaino pitched the ninth for his 11th save in 13 opportunities. Rafael Montero (5-10) became the fourth straight Mets starter pitcher to fail to complete five innings. He was lifted with two outs in the fifth after throwing 108 pitches and allowing three runs and seven hits. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 16th, 2017

Inspired by teammate Milan Melindo's rise, Arthur Villanueva looks to write own comeback story

The journey of 28-year old Arthur Villanueva looks pretty familiar.  30 wins and only two setbacks, both coming from world title shots.  A little research will show that one other ALA Boxing product has a similar record, and he goes by the name of Milan Melindo, the current reigning IBF light-flyweight champion of the world.  Much like 'King' Arthur, Melindo was an impressive talent who dispatched every challenge put in front of him, with the exception of world title opportunities.  Before finally capturing the IBF world title back in May, Melindo came up short in two previous title shots, one for the WBO and WBA world titles against Juan Francisco Estrada back in 2013, and one for the IBF flyweight title against Javier Mendoza in 2015.  The third time was the charm for Melindo, and Villanueva the same will ring true for him as well.  'Kaya ko, yun din yung tingin ng manager ko, na hindi lang talaga ako sinuwerte.' Villanueva told ABS-CBN Sports. 'Talagang mayroon pa akong pag-asa.' Seeing his stablemate finally capture the big one only served as motivation for the Bago City, Negros native.  'Sabi ko kung kaya ni Milan, Kaya ko din.' In his most recent title shot, Villanueva came up short against Zolani Tete, who now holds the WBO world bantamweight championship.  'Dun sa laban ko kay Zolani Tete, hindi ko nabigay yung dapat kong gawin, kasi nahirapan ako sa style niya.' All that's in the past now, and Villanueva sets his sights on writing his own comeback story, one similar to Melindo's.  To do that, he says he needs to show people what 'King Arthur' can really do inside the ring.  'Nitong last year, na-feel ko naman sa sarili ko na medyo malaki yung na-improve sa akin. Mayroon pa akong gustong ipakita na hindi ko nagawa nung huling mga laban ko.' Arthur Villanueva makes his return to the boxing ring when he takes on Richie Mepranum at Pinoy Pride 42: Clash for Glory this Saturday, September 16th at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu City.    em> strong>Catch Pinoy Pride 42: Clash For Glory on Sunday, September 17, 3:30 PM on ABS-CBN channel 2 and 6:30 PM on S+A channel 23.  /strong> /em> .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 16th, 2017

Amidst pre-fight drama, Melindo ready to defend world championship at Pinoy Pride 42

There's a saying in combat sports that goes 'You're not really a champion unless you defend your belt.'  Saturday night at Pinoy Pride 42, reigning IBF light-flyweight champion Milan 'El Metodico' Melindo will get a chance to solidify his place as champion when he defends his title for the first time against South African challenger Hekkie 'The Hexecutioner' Budler.  In Budler, Melindo faces somewhat a mirror-image of himself. Both are 29 years old, both are around the 5'2-5'3 height range, and both have a 65'' reach.  Even in records, Melindo (36-2, 13 KO) and Budler (31-2, 10 KO) are in the same ballpark.  Still, when the bell rings, records and statistics are thrown out the window.  Melindo is coming off an impressive first-round knockout win over Japan's Akira Yaegashi to become the new IBF 108-pound king. Asked when he looks to do the same to Budler in their title bout on Saturday, his response was simple: 'I don't predict the knockout.' Budler on the other hand, is coming off an eighth-round stoppage of Filipino Joey Canoy back in February. Budler says that he's ready for whatever Melindo has in store for him on fight night. 'We're ready for whatever he brings to us.'  In a highly-anticipated matchup, ALA Boxing's Jonas 'Zorro' Sultan gets the biggest shot of his career when he takes on former IBF flyweight champion John Riel 'Quadro Alas' Casimero in an IBF super-flyweight title eliminator.  One of ALA Boxing's fastest rising stars, Sultan (13-3, 9 KO) is riding a four-fight winning streak and is coming off an eighth-round KO win over former world champion Sonny Boy Jaro.  Casimero (24-3, 15 KO) on the other hand, is coming off a Unanimous Decision win over Jecker Buhawi in his super-flyweight debut. Before jumping up to the 115-pound division, Casimero was the reigning IBF 112-pound king, defeating Thailand's Amnat Ruenroeng to claim the title and then defenfding it against England's Charlie Edwards in late 2016.  The winner of this all-Filipino title elminator will get the shot at reigning IBF super-flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas.  Also on the card, Jason 'El Nino' Pagara returns to the ring to face Kenya's James Onyango in a 10-round co-main event, while former world title challenger 'King' Arthur Villanueva takes on Richie Mepranum in another exciting all-Filipino contest.  Pinoy Pride 42: Clash for Glory takes place on Saturday, September 16th at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu City.    u> strong>Full Pinoy Pride 42 Fight Card /strong> /u> IBF light-flyweight championship: Milan Melindo vs. Hekkie Budler 146 lbs - 10 rds: Jason Pagara vs. James Onyango 115 lbs - 12 rds: Jonas Sultan vs. John Riel Casimero 118 lbs - 10 rds: Arthur Villanueva vs. Richie Mepranum 113 lbs - 8 rds: Kevin Jake Cataraja vs. Wiljan Ugbaniel 122 lbs - 8 rds: Virgel Vitor vs. Alvin Bais 115 lbs - 6 rds: Kenneth Gentallan vs. Jeffrey Stella 112 lbs - 4 rds: Jeno Macapobre vs. Mel Ando   em> strong>Catch Pinoy Pride 42: Clash For Glory on Sunday, September 17, 3:30 PM on ABS-CBN channel 2 and 6:30 PM on S+A channel 23.  /strong> /em> .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 16th, 2017

It's on: Triple G and Canelo ready for big middleweight bout

em>By Tim Dahlberg, Associated Press /em> LAS VEGAS (AP) — It's the kind of fight Gennady Golovkin has been chasing from the moment he walked off an airplane six years ago to make his new home in Los Angeles. It's the fight boxing fans have been waiting for almost as long. Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez meet Saturday night in a middleweight showdown that has been brewing for years. They do it in their prime, and they both bring the kind of power that could make for a night that will be talked about in boxing for years to come. Three weeks after Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor met in an odd spectacle, boxing shows off its best side in a scheduled 12-round fight that will pay both men millions and make one of them the undisputed top 160-pounder in the world. 'It's a true fight,' Golovkin said. 'You can go back home or go to the hospital. It's dangerous. Everyone understands that.' Indeed they do, which is one reason Golovkin has had trouble getting fighters in the ring with him. The fearsome slugger from Kazakhstan has stopped almost everyone put in the ring with him, winning all 37 of his fights, 33 by knockout. But Alvarez packs power, too, and the red-headed Mexican is a savage counterpuncher with a style that should match up perfectly against the onrushing Golovkin. 'I don't back down,' Alvarez said. 'I'm a counter puncher, and I like to fight.' The combination of styles has boxing fans salivating over what will happen in the same ring where Mayweather stopped McGregor three weeks ago. The fight quickly sold out and is expected to do well on HBO pay-per-view, though it will not reach the level of last month's spectacle. Still, it promises to be a can't miss fight that brings back memories of the great middleweights of the 1980's. Both fighters weighed in Friday at the middleweight limit of 160 pounds. 'It all depends on who lands the punch that defines the fight and I think Gennady is going to do that,' said Abel Sanchez, Golovkin's trainer. 'They're going to hit each other and give fans the kind of fight they want and expect.' It won't be the first time the two have met, but it will be under far different circumstances. They sparred together at Golovkin's camp in Big Bear, Calif., in 2011 as both were preparing for fights and, though accounts vary, both had their moments with each other. But this is a real fight, with Golovkin's titles at stake and a lot more. Both will make millions of dollars in a fight that holds risks — and plenty of rewards — for both of their careers. 'These are the fights that define your career,' said Oscar De La Hoya, who promotes Alvarez. 'Both guys are not going to back down.' Alvarez is already an established superstar, arguably the most popular athlete in Mexico. Golovkin, who won a silver medal in the 2004 Olympics, is hoping for the kind of performance that will finally win over fans not overly impressed by a 23-fight knockout streak of 18 middleweight title defenses. Between them they have 86 wins, against only one loss. That was suffered by Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 knockouts) in 2013 against Mayweather in a fight he admitted he was too young to take. Oddsmakers in this gambling city have made Golovkin a slight 7-5 favorite, but the fighters themselves say anything could happen. 'It's not an easy fight for him or me,' Golovkin said. 'I think the first couple of rounds will be very close. I think the second half will be much crazier, like a street fight.' For Golovkin, the fight is the culmination of a long battle to establish himself as the top middleweight in the world. Triple G came to the U.S. in 2011 to pursue bigger fights, and has collected the major middleweight titles while trying to get Alvarez into the ring. It finally happened after Golovkin (37-0, 33 knockouts) was forced to go 12 rounds earlier this year against Danny Jacobs in a fight where he got hit a lot and barely escaped with a decision. Some in boxing thought it showed some vulnerability or suggested that at the age of 35 Triple G is getting a bit old. Nonsense, he says. 'I am the champion and I bring all my belts,' Golovkin said. 'This is my game, my fight. I am the boss, not Canelo.' Golovkin, who speaks limited English, backed his comments up with a tweet warning Alvarez what was yet to come. 'If you go in the ocean the shark knows,' he wrote. 'He's home. It's the same for me in the ring. ... Let's do it.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 16th, 2017

IBF title challenger Hekkie Budler ready for pro-Milan Melindo crowd in Cebu

South African IBF Light-Flyweight challenger Hekkie 'The Hexecutioner' Budler will be walking into hostile territory this Saturday at Pinoy Pride 42 when he challenges titleholder Milan 'El Metodico' Melindo in front of a partisan crowd at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu City.  For ALA Boxing products such as Melindo, Donnie Nietes, Mark Magsayo, and the Pagara brothers, the Waterfront has somewhat served as home ground, and these Pinoy warriors have done an excellent job of defending their kingdom.  Many have tried and many have come out empty-handed, but Budler says that he's ready for whatever the Cebu crowd has in store for him.  After all, when the bell rings, it's just him and his opponent inside the ring.  'When you’re in that ring, it’s just you and him in that squared-circle, and you don’t even really hear the people.' Budler told ABS-CBN Sports. 'Whatever the crowd does, whether they boo me or they shout at me, I’m ready for whatever they want to bring and do.' The 29-year old Johannesburg native is no stranger to fighting on foreign soil, having thrown down in Canada, the United States, and Spain throughout his 33-fight career. Saturday however will mark Budler's Asian debut.  As for his gameplan against the champion, Budler says he plans to outwork Melindo inside the ring.  'If you’ve seen my fights, I go for it and throw a lot of punches, and that’s the plan, outwork him.' 'We’ll see in the fight, anything can change, we’ve got about three or four gameplans, but we’re ready for whatever he brings to us. God-willing, I’ll come out as the new champ.' Budler added.    em> strong>Catch Pinoy Pride 42: Clash For Glory on Sunday, September 17, 3:30 PM on ABS-CBN channel 2 and 6:30 PM on S+A channel 23.  /strong> /em> .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 15th, 2017

Coutinho is back but problems run deeper at Liverpool

em>By Steve Douglas, Associated Press /em> LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Philippe Coutinho's belated return to the Liverpool team adds an extra layer of ingenuity to a forward line that promises to be one of the most thrilling in European soccer this season. Entertainment is unlikely to be in short supply at Anfield now that the front three of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah will be prompted from midfield by Coutinho, who has been reintegrated after his unsettling offseason when he was wooed by Barcelona. However many goals they score, though, Liverpool seems destined to be debilitated by its frailty at the back. Whether it's a collective problem — as manager Juergen Klopp is suggesting — or individuals simply making bad decisions or mistakes, Liverpool doesn't have the defense to make a realistic challenge for major honors this season. This past week, Liverpool has lost 5-0 at Manchester City, albeit after being down to 10 men for more than half the game, and then ruined a dominant performance against Sevilla in the Champions League by giving away two sloppy goals in a 2-2 draw. There are legitimate concerns starting with the goalkeepers and going right across the defensive line, and they have been there from the moment Klopp took over in October 2015. It was odd, then, that he chose to sign only one defender during the transfer window, left back Andrew Robertson from relegated Premier League team Hull for 8 million pounds ($10.7 million). Robertson has played only one game so far this season. Would things have been different had Liverpool managed to sign Southampton center back Virgil van Dijk, its much-publicized top defensive target? Klopp doubts it. 'I know here you're always looking for this thing about the defense ... that these problems will have been sorted with one player — it was mentioned we put all our money together and do this,' Klopp said after the Sevilla game. 'It's not about this. It's about being dominant and losing a little bit of concentration, the grip of the game that you do not have in all defensive moments.' The issues are clear to see. Klopp has rotated his two goalkeepers, Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius, in the last four matches, continuing the long-held uncertainty in that position. At center back, Joel Matip is good on the ball but not a commanding presence at set pieces or under the high ball, while Dejan Lovren can be clumsy and error-prone, as shown against Sevilla when he completely missed an attempted clearance to allow a tap-in goal in the fifth minute. At left back, Alberto Moreno can be an attacking threat but a defensive liability, and Robertson is inexperienced on this stage. At right back, youngsters Trent Alexander-Arnold (18) and Joe Gomez (20) have bright futures but can be caught out in behind them. Of the so-called 'Big 6' in the Premier League in Klopp's time in England, Liverpool had the leakiest defense in the 2015-16 season and only Arsenal conceded more goals last season. The neutral will want Klopp to keep things as they are, starting with the home match against Burnley in the league on Saturday. Liverpool is arguably the most exciting team to watch in the Premier League, with opportunities popping up regularly at both ends. The team's first-half performance in the Sevilla game was so exhilarating that Liverpool's fans gave the players a standing ovation as they went off for halftime. Throw the returning Coutinho into the mix, and Adam Lallana when he is back from a thigh injury maybe next month, and Liverpool's attacking options are seemingly limitless. It's what happens at the other end, however, that could decide the Reds' fate this season. Here's what else to watch out for this weekend in the Premier League: ___ strong>ROONEY'S RETURN /strong> On Sunday, Wayne Rooney makes his first return to Old Trafford since leaving Manchester United to rejoin boyhood club Everton. Rooney spent 13 trophy-filled years at United and is the club's record scorer with 253 goals, yet seemingly isn't held in the same regard as United's great names of the past like Bobby Charlton, Eric Cantona and Ryan Giggs. United midfielder Jesse Lingard predicted Rooney will receive a good reception, saying: 'He's a legend at the club and we will always welcome him back.' United leads on goal difference after collecting 10 points from a possible 12. Everton has scored only two goals in four games this season, Rooney grabbing both of them. ___ strong>HODGSON'S FIRST GAME /strong> Fifteen months after leaving the England job, Roy Hodgson is back in management after taking over at Crystal Palace. Palace fired Frank de Boer after only four league games, with the team in last place and yet to score a goal in four straight losses. Hodgson's first game in charge is at home to Southampton on Saturday.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 15th, 2017

LeBron wows Pinoy fans in ‘Strive for Greatness’ event

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Zamboanga City Boy Scouts send Marawi troops letters, chocolates - Philippine Star

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Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsAug 11th, 2017

Send us home, Marawi evacuees ask Duterte

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Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 6th, 2017

Makan a la Pinoy: Chunky guacamole

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