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Magsayo retains WBO Int l Featherweight title

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol --- A world title fight could be in the horizon for undefeated Mark 'Magnifico' Magsayo. The hometown hero did not disappoint in his homecoming in this beautiful province in the Visayas as he successfully defended his WBO International Featherweight belt against Japanese challenger Shota Hayashi in a unanimous decision win Saturday in the sold out Bohol Wisdom Gymnasium here. Magsayo got an identical 116-112 scores from the three judges to wrap up the successful staging of Pinoy Pride 43 'The Battle in Bohol'. "Nahirapan din ako kasi di ko talaga in-expect ang tibay niya saka malakas talaga," said Magsayo, who battled a very game and tough Japanese veteran. "Matibay siya sa bodega saka sa mukha kaya medyo nahirapan ako."  The 22-year old Magsayo spoiled the birthday wish of Hayashi, who turned 30 Friday, with his 18th straight win in his return to this province famous for its majestic Chocolate Hills since his seventh win back in 2014. With an impressive 18-0 (13 KOs) record and a good performance in his fight, Magsayo could be heading into a world title bout against WBO Featherweight champ Oscar Valdez or a eliminator on March 2018. Hayashi dropped to 30-7-1 win-loss-draw record. Meanwhile, 'Prince' Albert Pagara knocked out Mohammed Kambuluta of Tanzania with 2:26 in the second round. Pagara floored Kambuluta early in the second round before finishing off the Tanzanian with a right straight for his 20th KO win in 28 victories against a lone loss. Kambuluta dropped to 17-4 win-loss card. Jeo 'Santino' Santisima pummeled Indonesian Ki Chang Kim to submission just 36 seconds into the opening round to score a magnificent knockout win in their junior featherweight bout. Santisima caught Kim with two body shots that dropped the Indonesian, who never recovered from the Pinoy's devastating body blows. Santisima improved his record to 15 wins, 14 from KOs, with two losses. Kim absorbed his fifth loss against eight wins and a draw. In other undercard results, Christian Bacolod opened the night with a sensational second round TKO win over Ryan Makiputin. Bacolod floored Makiputin twice in the second round before finishing off the fight with a barrage of combinations as the referee stepped in to stop the fight, 2:50 in the round. Roli Gasca made quick work of Boholano Jason Tinampay, knocking out the home crowd bet with a thunderous right uppercut to the jaw with 1:15 in the opening round.  Rocky Fuentes edged Ryan Tampus via unanimous decision (59-55, 60-54, 59-55) while Esneth Domingo dominated the score cards, 39-36, 40-36, 40-35, for a UD win over Lowell Saguisa. Melvin Jerusalem outpointed Jestoni Racoma in a unanimous decision win, 80-72, 80-72, 78-74. Another local bet in Virgel Vitor went home  victorious after getting the identical 97-93 scores from the judges against John Ray Logatiman in their Junior Featherweight bout.   Complete Pinoy Pride 43 Results Mark 'Magnifico' Magsayo def. Shota Hayashi via UD (116-112, 116-112, 116-112) 'Prince' Albert Pagara def. Mohammed Kambuluta via KO, 2:26 in the second round Jeo 'Santino' Santisima def. Ki Chang Kim via KO, 2:24 in the first round Virgel Vitor def. John Ray Logatiman via UD (97-93, 97-93, 97-93) Melvin Jerusalem def. Jestoni Racoma via UD (80-72, 80-72, 78-74) Esneth Domingo def. Lowell Saguisa via UD (39-36, 40-36, 40-35) Roli Gasca def. Jason Tinampay via knockout, 1:15 in the first round Rocky Fuentes def. Ryan Tampus via UD (59-55, 60-54, 59-55) Christian Bacolod def. Ryan Makiputin via TKO, 2:50 in the second round --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnNov 25th, 2017

Magsayo keeps int’l feather crown

Mark Magsayo passed the test, but not with magnificent scores. The unbeaten Filipino hope dubbed "Magnifico" went through the full route to beat Japanese Shota Hayashi by unanimous decision Saturday night to retain his World Boxing Organization international featherweight title at Bohol Wisdom School gym in Tagbilaran City. Though he was unable to deck the former world champion, Magsayo did enough to earn the nod of the three judges by similar 116-112 scores in the headliner of Pinoy Pride 43 at his hometown. The 22-year-old Magsayo extended his winning run to 18 with 13 knockouts and stayed on course to earning a crack at a world crown next year. Hayashi suffered his seventh...Keep on reading: Magsayo keeps int’l feather crown.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 26th, 2017

Magsayo makes weight, ready for title defense

TAGBILARAN CITY --- Hometown hero Mark ‘Magnifico’ Magsayo easily made the weight in the weigh-ins a day before his WBO International Featherweight title defense against Japanese challenger Shota Hayashi on Saturday in “Pinoy Pride 43: Battle in Bohol”. Magsayo tipped the scale at exactly 126 lbs. and promised to put on a good show in front of his fellow Boholanos at the Bohol Wisdom Gymnasium here against the former Japanese champion looking to silence the home crowd. The proud son of Bohol puts his pristine 17-0 win-loss record, with an impressive 13 knockouts, on the line in the 12-round main match of this exciting 9-card boxing fest, set to start at 6:00 p.m. and will air live via SKY Sports pay-per-view. Magsayo, ranked world no. 2 in the division, is looking forward to big a win that will serve as a ticket to achieve his dream to land a world title fight against WBO Featherweight champ Oscar Valdez of Mexico. But Hayashi wants to write a different script. The Japanese veteran, who holds a 30-win, 6-loss and 1-draw record with 18 victories coming off KOs, came in at 125 lbs. Meanwhile, Pinoy bet Albert Pagara, who parades 28 wins (18 KOs) and a loss, tipped in at 124 lbs., a pound lighter than Tanzanian opponent Mohammed Kambuluta (17-3, 6KOs) in their non-title superbantamweight fight. Jeo 'Santino' Santisima weighed exactly 123 lbs. three pounds heavier than Indonesian opponent Ki Chang Kim.    The fight will be telecast on ABS-CBN at 3:30 p.m. with a primetime airing on S+A and S+A HD at 6:30 p.m.         Full weigh-in results:   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 24th, 2017

Pinoy Pride 43 stars work out in front of Boholano fans

Less than a week before the big night, Pinoy Pride 43 main protagonists Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo, “Prince” Albert Pagara, and Jeo “Santino” Santisima wowed fans at the Island City Mall Tagbilaran Saturday afternoon, as they performed some of their workout routines in front of a huge Boholano crowd. Magsayo, Pagara, and Santisima looked sharp as they moved effortlessly from their circuit program to shadow boxing, down to working with the mitts together with coaches Edmund Villamor and Michael Domingo. The members of the crowd were also able to take photos and meet their idols up close after the program, which ran for 30 minutes. The three young prospects will headline ALA Promotions’ The Battle in Bohol this Saturday, November 25, at the Bohol Wisdom Gymnasium, along with six more bouts. Magsayo (17-0-0, 13KOs), who headlines the card against veteran Shota Hayashi  (30-6-1, 18KOs) of Japan, will be defending his WBO International Featherweight title for the third time. Meanwhile, WBO ranked #11 Featherweight Albert Pagara (28-1-0, 19KOs) and Philippines’ #1 Super bantamweight Jeo Santisima will face Mohammed Kambuluta (16-3-0, 6KOs) of Tanzania and Kichang Kim (8-4-1, 2KOs) from Indonesia in 123-lb. non-title, 10-round bouts respectively. Pinoy Pride 43: The Battle in Bohol tickets are available at all RD Pawnshops in Tagbilaran, Bohol Tropics Resort, Wisdom Gymnasium and Abi’s Seafoods and Grill located in Espuelas Street......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 21st, 2017

Magsayo keeps WBO title

MANILA, Philippines -  Mark Magsayo looked magnificent against a boxer from Nicaragua last Saturday and kept his WBO International featherweight crown at the.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 9th, 2017

Nonito Donaire Jr., Mark Magsayo join forces

Former IBF/IBO flyweight, interim WBA superflyweight, WBC bantamweight, IBF/WBO superbantamweight and WBA featherweight champion Nonito Donaire, Jr. is now training with WBO/WBC No. 1 featherweight Mark Magsayo in Las Vegas as they prepare for big fights before the year ends......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated News22 hr. 29 min. ago

ONE CHAMPIONSHIP: Mixed results for Team Lakay in Shanghai

FILIPINO martial arts stable Team Lakay came away with a win and a loss in ONE Championship’s return to Shanghai, China with lightweight contender falling to Amir Khan via submission, while featherweight contender Edward Kelly won via disqualification against former title contender Christian Lee. In the main event of ONE: BEYOND THE HORIZON, “The Panda” […] The post ONE CHAMPIONSHIP: Mixed results for Team Lakay in Shanghai appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsSep 10th, 2018

Banario, Kelly look to raise Team Lakay s banner high in Shanghai

Honorio Banario and Edward Kelly will look to continue Team Lakay's hot streak when they take on a pair of tough challenges at ONE Championship: Beyond the Horizon, Saturday evening at he Baoshan Arena in Shanghai, China.  It's going to be a showdown of sorts between two of Asia's top mixed martial arts stables as the Team Lakay duo will be going up against a pair of top-tier talent from Singapore-based MMA gym EVOLVE MMA.  For former ONE Featherweight World Champion Banario, his assignment will be Singaporean knockout artist Amir Khan.  Riding a five-fight winning streak, 'The Rock' Banario is on the brink of a world title shot in the deeply-stacked ONE Championship lightweight division.  A win over a contender the caliber of Khan will definitely put him in contender status along with the likes of Shinya Aoki, Ev Ting, Timofey Nastyukhin, and stablemate Eduard Folayang.  As for Khan, a win over someone like Banario will also elevate his status in the division. The winner of seven of his last eight bouts, an impressive win could be all that Khan needs to get back into the title picture.  Featherweight contender Edward Kelly will be looking to get back on track following his most recent defeat, but he's got a tough out ahead of him in the form of former ONE Featherweight World title challenger Christian Lee.  The owner of a 21-second KO win that went viral, Kelly is looking to get back into the win column after a tough loss at the hands of former ONE Featherweight king Narantungalag Jadambaa in Macau. Prior to his loss to Jadambaa, Kelly had won four of his previous five bouts and was definitely making waves in the featherweight division. Now, he tries to make another impact against one of Singapore's best.  Also looking to bounce back will be Lee, who's coming off a title challenge loss to reigning ONE Featherweight World Champion Martin Nguyen.  Prior to the Nguyen loss, Lee had won four straight, including wins over the likes of Keanu Subba and former ONE Lightweight Champion Kotetsu Boku.  Also, in the main event, China's own Xiong Jing Nan will defend her ONE Women's Strawweight World Championship against Brazilian newcomer Samara 'Marituba' Santos.    Catch ONE: BEYOND THE HORIZON on Saturday, September 8th, 10:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23! Full event broadcast on Sunday, September 9th, 8:00 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 8th, 2018

Dogboe defends featherweight title with first round KO

Isaac Dogboe retained his WBO junior featherweight title with a first round knockout of Japan's Hidenori Otake at the Gila River Arena in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday.........»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 26th, 2018

Frampton stops Jackson in 9 rounds

BELFAST, Northern Ireland --- Belfast's Carl Frampton stopped Luke Jackson in nine rounds to secure another shot at the world featherweight title on Saturday. Having successfully defended the interim WBO title, Frampton will be confirmed as mandatory challenger to full champion Oscar Valdez but will next fight IBF titlist Josh Warrington, who travelled to Windsor Park to be ringside. Against Australia's Jackson, the 31-year-old Frampton had long been a significant favorite in a fight that essentially served as a celebration of his popularity in his home city, where he may have fought for the final time. With Jackson increasingly struggling to defend himself and remain on his feet ha...Keep on reading: Frampton stops Jackson in 9 rounds.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 19th, 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

Dib quits after losing to Farmer in IBF super featherweight bout

SYDNEY -- Billy Dib of Australia quit boxing after a unanimous points loss to American Tevin Farmer in an IBF super featherweight title fight Friday. Farmer sent Dib to the canvas with a left hook.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 4th, 2018

ONE: Kevin Belingon s world title win is the product of team effort from Team Lakay

Friday night at the Mall of Asia Arena, Team Lakay’s Kevin Belingon became the latest member of Team Lakay to capture a world championship by defeating two-division titleholder Martin Nguyen in the main event of ONE: Reign of Kings to win the ONE Championship Interim Bantamweight World Champion. And while it was Belingon who did the work inside the cage, the win wasn’t just his, rather it was all of the Philippines’ and of course, Team Lakay's. As former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang explained, Belingon’s win was the result of team effort. “Masayang-masaya ako kasi na-predict ko na yan noon pa eh, talagang mananalo si Kevin,” Folayang said during the post-fight press conference. “Of course, because you can see that we worked very hard and of course, smart on our preparation, talagang we helped each other.” Nguyen is, of course, a familiar opponent for Team Lakay, with Folayang having faced the Viet-Aussie star back in 2017. “Kung ano yung pwede naming ibigay na advice or time na maibibigay sa kasama namin, preparing for a fight, we give it.” Folayang continued. With Belingon’s interim title win, he becomes the fourth member of Team Lakay to hold ONE World Championship gold, joining Folayang, former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio Banario, and reigning ONE Championship Flyweight World Champion Geje Eustaquio. Add reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon Vera to that list, and you have all five world champions representing the Philippines, making it the country with the most world title wins in ONE Championship's seven-year history.  The way Folayang sees it, there’s more on the way. “I think this is one of the memorable moments of our team, because, hindi ko alam, malapit na yata namin kunin lahat [ng championships].” the former lightweight king said playfully. And while what Folayang said was in jest, it isn’t wrong by any means. Friday night’s ONE card had two other winnner from the famed Benguet-based MMA stable, as Folayang decisioned Russian newcomer Aziz Pahrudinov, while former strawweight title contender Joshua Pacio steamrolled through Thailand’s Pongsiri Mitsatit in just one round. Both Folayang and Pacio are riding winning streaks, and both are inching their way closer to title contention. “If ONE Championship or sir Chatri [Sityodtong] will give me the opportunity to face Yoshitaka Naito, why not.” Pacio said at the presser. Should it push through, it would be Pacio’s second go-around with Naito after losing to the reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion back in 2016. If everything goes according to plan for Team Lakay, they could have two, even three more world championships coming back home to La Trinidad pretty soon......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 30th, 2018

ONE: Former champ Eduard Folayang learned from teammate Kevin Belingon’s title win over Martin Nguyen

Team Lakay bantamweight star Kevin Belingon did something that not a lot of people have been able to do, and that’s defeat Martin Nguyen. In the main event of ONE: Reign of Kings, Friday evening at the Mall of Asia Arena, Belingon outstruck and outworked Nguyen over the course of five rounds to earn a unanimous decision win and become the new Interim ONE Championship Bantamweight World Champion. The Baguio native becomes just the third man to defeat Nguyen, along with former ONE Featherweight World Champion Marat Gafurov and reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano Fernandes. As Belingon implemented his winning gameplan against Nguyen, his teammate and former ONE Championship Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang was an interested observer. Aside from watching one of his Team Lakay brothers fight for a world championship, Folayang is also preparing for what could be a possible rematch with Nguyen, the reigning ONE Championship Lightweight king. Folayang who took to the cage Friday evening, defeating previously-undefeated Russian Combat Sambo world champion Aziz Pahrudinov via Unanimous Decision. Having already won back-to-back fights, Folayang is on the brink of another shot at regaining the championship that he used to hold, and during the post-fight presser, Folayang admitted to have overlooked some stuff in his previous fight with Nguyen. “I think in the first time na nag-meet kami [ni Martin Nguyen], I overlooked some things, in some cases, na-overconfident din ako, and nakalimutan ko na it’s MMA,” Folayang bared. “There will always be a way for your opponent to hit you.” Against Nguyen, Folayang was on the receiving end of a vicious KO. Watching Belingon beat Nguyen however, Folayang says that he’s picked up a more confident approach, should he and the Viet-Aussie star share the cage again. “On the fight of Kevin, I really learned a lot. Of course I need to be careful in those areas na kalakasan ng kalaban, and then kung saan ka malakas, be careful din kasi doon ka papasukin.” Since falling to Nguyen, Folayang has taken a more patient approach in his fights, and it has led him to two convincing wins against a pair of tough Russian grapplers. With the way things are playing out in the lightweight division however, it’s more likely that Folayang finds himself going up against another former opponent and fellow former champion in Shinya Aoki. Folayang dethroned Aoki for the lightweight title back in 2016, and says that a rematch against the grappling ace wouldn’t be a problem. “Okay naman ang rematch kay Shinya,” Folayang said, before jokingly suggesting that another unbeaten Russian could be the next person that ONE puts in front of him. “Siyempre hindi lang natin alam, baka mamaya another undefeated na Russian ulit, si Khabib [Nurmagomedov] naman ang susunod, we just really don’t know. That’s a joke.” the former champ said with a laugh. Nurmagomedov, of course, is the reigning UFC Lightweight World Champion......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 30th, 2018

Kevin Belingon challenges Martin Nguyen for ONE bantamweight title

MANILA, Philippines – Top bantamweight contender Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon of Baguio City, Philippines will go head-to-head with reigning ONE Featherweight & Lightweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen of Sydney, Australia in the ONE Interim Bantamweight World Championship. Belingon (18-5) admitted that he would have a better ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 24th, 2018

ONE: Folayang needs to ‘keep winning’ as he eyes another title shot

Eduard Folayang once ruled ONE Championship's lightweight division for nearly a year until one pinpoint strike from Martin Nguyen ended that 364-day reign in 2017. Less than a year has passed since Folayang relinquished the belt to Nguyen, who is the current featherweight champion, but the old lion once again attempts to sit on the throne he once sat on. Folayang has since won his comeback fight back in May of 2018 against Kharun Atlangeriev, and he hopes that another win could catapult him to the title picture. Team Lakay's 34-year-old senior member will go up against undefeated Russian Aziz Pahrudinov, five years his junior, on July 27 and Folayang knows a win will help hi...Keep on reading: ONE: Folayang needs to ‘keep winning’ as he eyes another title shot.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 18th, 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

Tepora stops Ortega, wins WBA featherweight title

Filipino Jhack Tepora put in a sensational performance in the undercard of Manny Pacquiao's fight with Lucas Matthysse, stopping Mexico's Edivaldo Ortega in the ninth round to annex the WBA interim featherweight title Sunday at the Axiata Arena......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

Cebuano KO artist looks to end fight early vs Mexican foe

KUALA LUMPUR---Jhack Tepora's first world title fight could end quickly. Tepora, the undefeated Filipino featherweight, refused to offer any predictions for his upcoming showdown against Edivaldo Ortega in the main supporting bout of the Manny Pacquiao-Lucas Matthysse "Fight of Champions," but he believes it won't go the distance. "It won't last 12 rounds," said Tepora in Filipino Wednesday while working out at a makeshift gym at Le Meridien Hotel. His trainer and older brother Jing-jing hinted that the knockout could come in the middle rounds, five to seven to be specific. The probability of Jhack winning by stoppage is high given his reputation as a knockout artist. Jing-Jing al...Keep on reading: Cebuano KO artist looks to end fight early vs Mexican foe.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

Xiong retains ONE women s strawweight belt at expense of Balin

MACAU--Jingnan Xiong successfully defended her ONE women's world strawweight title after securing a unanimous decision win over Argentina's Laura Balin in the co-main event of ONE: Pinnac.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 24th, 2018

Boxing: Jeff Horn wants Terence Crawford rematch in Australia

After getting stopped in the ninth round by Terence Crawford in their WBO Welterweight World Championship bout, former titleholder Jeff Horn wants a rematch in his home country of Australia.  Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, former junior featherweight ruler Crawford made his welterweight debut and dominated Horn en route to a ninth round TKO to capture the WBO title. The win was Crawford's 33rd in as many fights and it made him a three division world champion.  For Horn, it was his first loss in 20 professional bouts.  After all the dust has settled, the Australian former champion wants another crack at 'Bud'. During the post-fight presser, Horn expressed his desire for a rematch, and given that he's a former champion, he believes he deserves one.  "I definitely think I can win a rematch if we have a rematch, and surely I should be allowed one, because I was the champion.” Horn said.  Horn's camp echoed the 30-year old Brisbane native's sentiments, saying that they would like to have a rematch Down Under.  "I would dearly, dearly love for Jeff Horn to fight Terence Crawford in Australia, and if we get that opportunity, I’m very confident we can turn the tables." said Glenn Rushton, Horn's trainer and manager, via BoxingScene.com's Keith Idec.  Horn's first nineteen bouts were held in Australia, where he amassed a 18-0-1 record, including a WBO title clinching win over Filipino eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao and a title defense against Gary Corcoran. Speaking of Horn's breakout fight against Pacquiao, promoter Dean Lonergan believes that if a Pacquiao-Horn bout proved to be successful in terms of crowd turnout in Australia, the same could be said for a possible Crawford-Horn rematch.  “Put it this way, if we can put on a Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn fight, we can put on a Terence Crawford-Jeff Horn fight down in Australia." said Lonergan.  “With the amount of branding we’ve built around Terence Crawford and Jeff Horn, I think it would be very easy to put a rematch together." he added.  According to the New Zealand-based promoter, Crawford is interested in fighting in front of an Aussie crowd, as long as the money was enticing enough.  How would Jeff Horn fare in a rematch in Australia? .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 11th, 2018