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ONE Championship: Coach Mark Sangiao Wary Of Burnout as Danny Kingad Starts Preparing For ‘DJ’

  Danny "The King" Kingad will employ a precautious yet stringent approach as he prepares for Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Championship Final.   The top flyweights in the world are set to collide in ONE Championship’s historic 100th event at ONE: CENTURY on 13 October at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan.   Both athletes overcame stiff challenges in the semifinals at ONE: DAWN OF HEROES this past 2 August at the Mall Of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.   Kingad upended Reece “Lightning” McLaren and Johnson defeated Tatsumitsu “The Sweeper” Wada.   With just roughly two months to spare until the final match, that gives little time for both athletes to rest.   For Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao, it is all about balancing rest and preparation.   “We’ll be giving a week of light training before we go back to the rigid training sessions,” Sangiao shared.   “We haven’t really finished sitting down intently and discussing our lapses in the previous match.”   One factor that Sangiao is looking at is the possibility of Kingad burning out from going hard each and every training session.   Sangiao says he has everything covered if he sees signs that “The King” is burnout during training.   “You’ll see that during training sessions, that sometimes he’ll get burnt out, we have adjustments for that,” Sangiao shared.   “We have a lot of adjustments for everything. We have to have everything covered because we know that Johnson is a very difficult opponent. He has proven it worldwide.”   Fans and experts alike point out that Kingad is in a win-win situation in his bout against an athlete touted by many as the pound-for-pound greatest mixed martial artist in history.   After all, at 23 years old, Kingad will be getting something out of it - regardless of the result.   Sangiao agrees with that notion, but do not expect them to be happy just to be there.   “It’s a win-win situation for us, even more so if we win,” Sangiao said with a laugh.   “We cannot be content with where we are right now. We have to win. If Danny wins here, it will not only be for him but for the Philippines as well, knowing Demetrious and the legacy that he has worldwide.”   Whatever happens, Sangiao knows that Kingad would not be backing down from the 12-time flyweight World Champion.   “He’s up for a grind. He’s the pound-for-pound king worldwide, but let’s look at Danny - maybe he’s really ‘The King.’”   Catch ONE Championship’s event, ONE: IMMORTAL TRIUMPH, on 6 September in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It will be the organization’s first ever all-Super Series event.    Watch the action live on the ONE Super App.   More From ONE Championship   Danny Kingad Admits ‘Bittersweet’ Feeling But Ready For Demetrious Johnson Danny Kingad Defeats Reece McLaren To Reach ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Final Demetrious Johnson Ready For the King After Wada Win  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News8 hr. 14 min. ago

ONE Championship: Pinoy Ramon Gonzales targets fourth-straight win at ONE: DREAMS OF GOLD

Ramon “The Bicolano” Gonzales looks to leave a bigger dent in the stacked strawweight division in his next appearance inside the ONE Championship ring. The Filipino National Kyokushin Karate Champion will take on “Wolf of the Grasslands” Hexigetu at ONE: DREAMS OF GOLD on Friday, 16 August at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand. Currently on a three-bout winning streak all by way of first-round submission, “The Bicolano” is ready to climb the ladder anew in the hopes of getting a crack at the ONE Strawweight World Title, which is currently held by his compatriot Joshua “The Passion” Pacio. “I’m certainly ready for Friday. I’m ready to display more innovation and improvement from what I can do. Of course, there’s still my striking,” Gonzales said. “I’ve been focusing on everything, from my striking, which is Kyokushin, to my ground game. I know that a win could push me further up the rankings. But on top of that, my main goal for every match is to win and learn.” In the hopes to finally make a splash in his weight class, Gonzales says he has stepped up his training camp in preparation for Hexigetu. “This is one of the best training camps I’ve had. Everyone in the gym helped me out with the challenge I’m facing in Bangkok,” he said. “I am eager and much more determined for this coming Friday. This is for everyone who believes in me.” His game plan is simple - get in the ring and showcase his renowned striking and improved well-roundedness as a mixed martial artist. “Our game plan is to give my all thru striking and the ground. Wherever this match goes, I am ready, and I will give my best,” Gonzales shared. “I know how dangerous of an opponent Hexigetu is, and I have no plans of getting complacent.” Eager to prove himself on the global stage, the Filipino athlete said that he remains as hungry as ever, even after winning three straight matches. “I remain focused in training even on match week. I am excited and challenged for my next fight because this is another opportunity for me.” Tune in to watch ONE Championship’s next event, ONE: DREAMS OF GOLD, this Friday, 16 August. The main card airs live on ABS-CBN S+A at 9:30pm PHT. To catch the prelims, tune in to ONE’s Facebook and Twitter pages at 6:00pm PHT.   More from ONE Championship: Ramon Gonzales Aims To Continue Life-Changing Winning Streak In Bangkok Ramon Gonzales Thrills Manila With 79-Second Submission Ramon Gonzales Opens The Show With Crushing First-Round Choke      .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 14th, 2019

Manny Pacquiao receives hero s welcome in ABS-CBN

Eight-division boxing world champion and newly-crowned WBA (Super) Welterweight World Champion Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao recieved a hero's welcome Sunday at the ABS-CBN compound a week after his impressive victory over Keith Thurman at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The 40-year old Pacquiao bested the much-younger Thurman via Split Decision to add yet another title to his already impressive list of accolades.  With the Kapamilya network being the official broadcaster of Pacquiao's bout, it was only fitting that they threw the Champ a victory party of sorts.  LOOK: Preparation for the arrival of People’s Champ Manny Pacquiao inside the ABS-CBN compound. | @ABSCBNNews pic.twitter.com/wL8Kq7qqLY — Ganiel Krishnan (@KrishnanGaniel) July 28, 2019 The Filipino boxing legend was welcomed by fans and members of the media upon his arrival and went on do some media rounds and meet with ABS-CBN executives. WATCH: Senator Manny Pacquiao arrives at ABS-CBN | via @KrishnanGaniel pic.twitter.com/4DhzNMeFYR — ABS-CBN News (@ABSCBNNews) July 28, 2019 Welcome home, Kapamilya! After his sensational win over Keith Thurman, the People’s Champ Sen. Manny Pacquiao is here in ABS-CBN! pic.twitter.com/IiYAoFnIII — ABS-CBN PR (@ABSCBNpr) July 28, 2019 8-division boxing champion Manny Pacquiao having a friendly chat with ABS-CBN executives Sunday morning. pic.twitter.com/eY6pGTNYAr — Dennis Gasgonia (@dggasgo) July 28, 2019 Interview with the People’s Champ today ? pic.twitter.com/svHq9TkrjQ — Ganiel Krishnan (@KrishnanGaniel) July 28, 2019 So this happened today. Always rooting for the the legend! @MannyPacquiao. Full interview tomorrow on #EarlyEditionOnANC @ANCGametime @ANCALERTS #PambansangKamao pic.twitter.com/N7DJJqGIkx — Migs Bustos (@migsbustos) July 28, 2019 Up next for the boxer-slash-senator was a guesting on ASAP, ABS-CBN's widely popular Sunday noontime variety show, and he sure did make on heck of an entrance!  WATCH: Sen. Manny Pacquiao on his way to make a grand ASAP entrance. Pacquiao visited ABS-CBN for interviews and guesting at ASAP | via @dggasgo pic.twitter.com/oAF9m3t3qC — ABS-CBN News (@ABSCBNNews) July 28, 2019 After he was greeted with cheers and confetti in a mini motorcade in ABS-CBN, Sen. Manny Pacquiao took the @ASAPOFFICIAL stage to thank the entire nation for supporting him. Viewers also saw the live performance of #GalingNatinIto, the theme of ABS-CBN’s National Cheer Campaign! pic.twitter.com/8A0RUGbR5q — ABS-CBN PR (@ABSCBNpr) July 28, 2019 Manny also joined some of the biggest stars on stage for a rendition of Galing Natin Ito, the theme of ABS-CBN's National Cheer Campaign.  By the looks of it, Pacquiao is likely done for the year in terms of in-ring action and says he will be focusing on his responsibilities as a statesman. He is however, targeting a return to the ring in January of 2020.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 29th, 2019

Manny Pacquiao admits he relaxed during middle rounds against Keith Thurman

Eight-division world champion and newly-crowned WBA (Super) Welterweight World Champion Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao once again put on an impressive performance in his split decision win over previously-undefeated Keith "One Time" Thurman in Las Vegas last July 20th.  While it was another win for the Filipino boxing icon, it didn't come as easy as he would have liked, as Thurman proved to be a tough customer.  In fact, the 30-year old American was the more active fighter in terms of punches, as he landed 210 punches compared to Pacquiao's 195 throughout the 12-round contest.  Early on, it was Thurman who was more aggressive, but everything shifted when he got clipped and dropped by a left hook in the latter part of the first round.  "Yung first round, siguro yun yung magandang advantage natin, dahil in that early round, naipakita natin na hindi mo pwede akong i-underestimate or taking me lightly, taking me easy sa fight. Parang doon natin na-tatak sa isipan niya na ‘mag-ingat ka.’, Pacquiao shared in an interview with Migs Bustos for ANC's Gametime.  Pacquiao continued to outwork Thurman in the succeeding rounds, but admitted to taking some rounds off, essentially allowing Thurman to catch up and land more punches.  "Nag-relax kasi ako sa 6, 7, 8, 9," Pacquiao revealed. "Nag-relax ako nung mga rounds na iyon, so medyo sinamantala niya yung pag-rerelax ko, and the nung 10, 11, 12, nag-sigurado ako, hindi ako nag-relax, kumbaga nag-ikot-ikot ako, nag-hanap ako ng mga strategy na hindi ako matamaan and kailangan ko sumuntok ng maraming punches." Round 10 proved to be another momentum-shifting round, as Pacquiao landed a solid body shot that had Thurman visibly in pain and on the retreat.  "Pacman" explained why he opted to go to the body this time around.  "Mailap kasi sa mukha, umaatras siya pag-sumusuntok na ako, pag-gumalaw na ako," he said. "Siguro may nakapag-timbre na sa kanya, basta pag gumalaw na ako, nag-footwork na ako, umaatras na siya, so alam na niya yung strategy ko, so ginawa ko body shot, tapos napuruhan ko siya. Ayun, medyo tumiklop siya tapos tumakbo." In the end, the two most-impactful shots came from Pacquiao in the opening round and in the tenth round, which likely swayed the victory in his favor.  All in all, Pacquiao said that he was happy with how the fight went and he was able to stick with the gameplan.  A big part of the success, he adds, was the fact that he was very motivated heading into the bout, thanks to the trash talk from Thurman.  "Really big difference, kasi my opponent is a good talker, tapos sabi ko naman na it will not help him, it will help me because it will give me more motivation to work hard, to focus on training, yun yung naka-ganda, kasi na-momotivate tayo sa mga sinasabi niya and then nakaka-tulong sa atin." Check out the full interview here: .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 29th, 2019

WATCH: Catriona Gray raises Philippine flag during Pacquiao-Thurman bout

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray served as the flag bearer during the boxing match......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 21st, 2019

WATCH: Past, present boxing stars talk Pacquiao-Thurman

Premier Boxing Champions, the chief promoter of fight, gathered some of the biggest boxing names to give their quick thoughts on the bout set at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas this Saturday (Sunday Manila time)......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 15th, 2019

Betting odds not a concern for Pacquiao against Thurman

Initial odds had eight-division world champion and reigning WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Champion Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao as the underdog in his upcoming challenge against reigning WBA (Super) Welterweight World Champion Keith "One Time" Thurman.  The two welterweight stars are set to clash for Thurman's title at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, July 20th (Sunday, July 21st, Manila time).  While Pacquiao is very rarely the underdog in betting odds, it helps that in Thurman, he faces an opponent who is undefeated and is ten years his junior.  Still, Pacquiao's pedigree has emerged as a factor among bettors, given that in recent days, the betting lines have evened up a bit, as reported ABS-CBN's Steve Angeles.  A month ago, the American was favored at -135, while Pacquiao was the underdog at -105.  Since then, Thurman's odds have dropped to around -115, while others have Pacquiao as the favorite with the same odds.  Whatever the odds are outside the ring, the eight-division titleholder is only focused on what will happen inside the ring come fight night.  "I’m not thinking about the odds. I’m thinking about my condition and focused on my training. Make sure I’m 100 percent condition on the night of the fight," Pacquiao said.  [RELATED: Manny Pacquiao vs. Keith Thurman title bout to air exclusively on ABS-CBN Platforms] Speaking of bets, someone who's willing to make wagers is the man standing opposite Pacquiao inside the ring.  Thurman recently said that he would bet $10,000 for every round until he knocks Pacquiao out, just the latest of the brash American's shots aimed at Pacquiao.  While Pacquiao isn't one to do some trash talking, he has repeatedly admitted to being motivated by Thurman's verbal jabs.  Someone who isn't afraid to engage Thurman in the war of words however, is Pacquiao's long-time trainer, Freddie Roach.  The legendary boxing mentor says he's also willing to make a wager as well.  "He wants to spend 10, I’ll bet 20," said Roach. "The thing is, our odds are going up and down and so forth. There is some action around the fight for sure but I just use betting to play around but I don’t gamble anymore."   Don't miss the action! Catch Manny Pacquiao challenge Keith Thurman for the WBA (Super) Welterweight World Championship LIVE on SKY PPV this coming Sunday, July 21st! Follow the blow-by-blow coverage on DZMM Radyo Patrol 630 starting at 9:00 AM!  ABS-CBN channel 2's free TV telecast will begin at 10 am. Replay will be at 3:00 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23.  The entire bout will be available on iWant beginning Monday, July 22.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2019

Jimuel Pacquiao: The rising son

Three weeks before Manny Pacquiao stakes his world title in Las Vegas, his 18-year-old son put on his own show last Saturday and stayed undefeated as an amateur......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 30th, 2019

Manny Pacquiao- Keith Thurman title bout to be aired on SKY Sports PPV

Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao guns for another win in a major boxing bout as he challenges Keith Thurman for the WBA (Super) Welterweight World Championship this July 21 (Sunday) live via SKY Sports Pay-Per-View. The reigning WBA (regular) Welterweight World Champion faces an opponent ten years his junior after successfully defeating Adrien Broner last January and Lucas Matthysse in the latter part of 2018. Pacquiao currently holds a boxing record of 61-7-2 with 39 wins coming via knockout. On the other hand, Keith Thurman also known by the moniker, “One Time,” is coming from a majority decision win over Josesito Lopez. He owns an unblemished record of 30-0-0 with 22 wins via knockouts and one No Contest. Local boxing analyst Ed Tolentino said in an interview by news.abs-cbn.com that the bout between Thurman and Pacquiao will be a good one, stating that Thurman is better than Broner. One thing he is concerned about Thurman, though, is his health since this fight is only the American fighter’s second after being inactive for almost two years. Don’t miss the eight division world champion as he returns to the MGM Grand this July 21. Subscribe now until June 30 to avail an early bird promo for only PHP 649 instead of Php 949.This promo is available to all digital SKYcable, SKY Fiber, and SKYdirect subscribers nationwide. Subscribers to the fight on SKY Sports Pay-Per-View will have access to its live and commercial-free airing in high definition, including its replays on the same day right after the live event, as well as its livestream with a 7-day catch-up via SKY on Demand. Call 418 0000 or your SKY local office or visit www.mysky.com/pacman to subscribe. SKYcable, SKY Fiber + HD Cable TV Plan and SKYdirectsubscribers can also activate their subscription by texting PPV to 23662. For SKYdirect prepaid subscribers, they can text PPV PACMAN  to 23667 (available to Globe Prepaid, or TM ). .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 24th, 2019

30-1 odds on Ruiz against Joshua say it all

By Barry Wilner, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The odds of 30-1 say it all. Andy Ruiz barely was on anyone's heavyweight radar when he was summoned as a replacement to fight champion Anthony Joshua. On Saturday, massive underdog Ruiz promises he could be the next Buster Douglas. "I've been an underdog all my life," Ruiz said Thursday in the final news conference before the fight that will be four-belt champion Joshua's Madison Square Garden debut and is close to attracting a sellout crowd. "The body shape I have and the way I look, maybe, but once I get into the ring ..." He will take a 32-1 mark with 21 knockouts into the ring, and that's nothing to scoff at. Except that his range of opponents hasn't been stellar, and in Ruiz's biggest bout thus far, he lost a very close decision to Joseph Parker for the WBO crown that Joshua now owns. He's also stepping in after fighting on April 20, when he stopped Alexander Dimitrenko. Jarrell Miller's failed drug tests sent the trash-talking New Yorker to the sidelines. Still, Douglas pulled off one of the great upsets in sports history when he knocked out Mike Tyson in 1990. When Douglas' name was mentioned to Ruiz, he smiled. "If he looks past me," Ruiz said of Joshua (22-0, 21 KOs), "I think he should be focused on this fight first." Joshua is. Sort of. He claimed the overview of the heavyweight division, particularly unifying all the titles, remains on his mind. But not ahead of his American debut Saturday night in the fight for the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts that will be streamed on DAZN. "I've been practicing and am prepared for June 1," the champion from England said. "But I cannot not look at the bigger picture. I am not looking past him, but I know if I beat this guy what's out there for me." That would be WBC champion Deontay Wilder at some point, though Wilder has a rematch with Luis Ortiz on his plate. It also could be an all-British fight with Tyson Fury, who drew with Wilder last year and likely would mean a huge purse. Still, in heavyweight boxing, anyone who steps into the ring has a puncher's chance. Ruiz, whose father, a native of Mexico, got him into the gym when he was 6 and had his son in bouts a year later, knows how his life would change with a win. Boxing, in fact, changed his outlook on life. "Boxing kept me away from big trouble," he said, noting he hung around with the wrong crowd and saw friends wind up in jail or on drugs in Imperial, California. "Then I joined the Mexican Olympic team when I was 16, and started getting serious about boxing. "When my dad (first) took me to the gym, kids were beating my butt. I didn't want to go back. I end up keep doing it and a few months later I ended up beating them up." Ruiz laughs, then looks ahead, not back when envisioning the scene on Saturday night. "My hand raised" is what he sees. "I don't predict the knockout, the knockout comes when it comes. I'll stay focused and humble. Know why you're here." He's here as nothing more than an opponent in the eyes of many, including, obviously, the bookmakers. Joshua, who knows Ruiz from the amateur ranks, credits him as a "top professional," but soon after saying that is busy talking about potential fights with Fury and Wilder. "Some say he will be easy, some say he can cause problems," Joshua noted of Ruiz. "I am confident I can beat Ruiz." Should he do so, a megafight later in 2019 is quite possible. Should Ruiz stun Joshua — and the boxing world — a rematch would make sense. But a Ruiz win might not make any sense. Then again, neither did Douglas against Tyson......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 31st, 2019

Ombudsman probes PNP chief’s all-expense paid US trip to watch Pacquiao bout

Ombudsman probes PNP chief’s all-expense paid US trip to watch Pacquiao bout.....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsNov 11th, 2016

Ombudsman probes PNP chief's all-expense paid US trip to watch Pacquiao bout - InterAksyon

Ombudsman probes PNP chief's all-expense paid US trip to watch Pacquiao bout - InterAksyon.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsNov 11th, 2016

ONE Championship: Edward Kelly takes blame for letdown against Xie Bin

Hard-hitting Filipino featherweight Edward "The Ferocious" Kelly admitted that he only has himself to blame for losing to "The Stalker" Xie Bin at ONE: DAWN OF HEROES. It was a back and forth affair between the Team Lakay stalwart and the Chinese athlete, but it was the latter who got the better of the exchanges as he nullified Kelly's striking with his takedowns. The bout came to a halt when Xie landed a series of unintentional elbows to the back of the head, prompting the referee to give Kelly time to recover. Moments later, after Kelly could not continue, the match went to the judges, who all awarded the Xie his eighth straight win in ONE Championship. “I was 100 percent confident that I was gonna win, but that happened. I went there knowing how ready I am but again, there are still a lot of holes in my game that I can’t quite fill,” Kelly admitted. “I know my weakness. In the gym, we always work on that and I know that I’ve improved. But come fight night, it still happens.” Kelly’s latest loss was his second in four bouts. More than sharpening his skillset, “The Ferocious” believes that it is his mind that needs to be stronger. “Maybe I need to work on my mentality and reactions,” Kelly said. “We have the same way of training, that’s why I’m confident with my conditioning, but I guess it’s still in my mentality cause after grappling for a bit, I lose wind.” Nonetheless, Kelly remained in high spirits. All he knows is that he needs to have a bulletproof mentality as he looks to work his way back up the rankings and maybe get a rematch with his latest conqueror. “It’s all mental now. If there are any problems, then I’ll adjust,” Kelly said. “Of course I want the rematch. I’m not satisfied with how I lost.” Tune in to watch ONE Championship’s next event, ONE: DREAMS OF GOLD, by downloading the ONE Super App. The action starts Friday, 16 August at 6:30pm local time.     More from ONE Championship: Xie Bin Picks Up Technical Decision Win In Kelly’s Backyard Top 5 Highlight From ONE Warrior Series 7 Danny Kingad Admits ‘Bittersweet’ Feeling, But Ready For Demetrious Johnson    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 8th, 2019

San Beda-Letran must-see of all must-see matchups from August 6 to 10

These are the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament games from August 6 to 10 all of us just CAN NOT miss! TUESDAY, 10:00 a.m., Red Cubs vs Red Robins This will be a clash between the two teams that have dominated the NCAA Jrs. in the last five years. San Beda is, as expected, at the top of the standings in its quest for its first championship since 2015 – and only hungrier after suffering its first setback in the season. Just as hungry, if not more, is Mapua which is in unfamiliar territory at the bottom third of the standings – but is nonetheless coming off a breakthrough win. The Red Cubs and the Red Robins do battle and y'all can watch VIA LIVESTREAM. TUESDAY, 12:00 p.m., Letran vs CSB The hottest team in the tournament up against one of the two perfect squads in the league. Letran puts its five-game win run on the line against a CSB side which will also have to stake its spotless slate. The Knights and the Blazers do battle and y'all can watch on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, and iWant as well as livestream. THURSDAY, 2:00 p.m., Jr. Altas vs Jr. Pirates Perpetual and LPU are the two upstarts that have the confidence and capability to finally break through to the top tier of the NCAA Jrs. A statement win is at hand when the Jr. Altas led by super scorer Emman Galman and the Jr. Pirates captained by do-it-all Mac Guadana wage war in Las Pinas. The Jr. Altas and the Jr. Pirates do battle and y'all can watch VIA LIVESTREAM. THURSDAY, 4:00 p.m., Perpetual vs LPU Right after their little brothers wage war, Perpetual and LPU’s Srs. squads also figure in a heavyweight bout. A year ago, the Altas got one over the CJ Perez-fueled Pirates and the former is only hopeful for a repeat right on its home floor in Las Pinas. The Altas and the Pirates do battle and y'all can watch on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, and iWant as well as livestream. FRIDAY, 2:00 p.m., CSB vs JRU Youth will be served in this duel between upstarts. Both CSB and JRU can make a claim that they are the most pleasant surprise in the season. The two teams also have even more surprises in store when they are pitted against one another. The Blazers and the Heavy Bombers do battle and y'all can watch on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, and iWant as well as livestream. SATURDAY, 4:00 p.m., San Beda vs Letran Finally, San Beda and Letran can do battle once more in a storied venue. The fierce foes will stand opposite one another at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay for a special Saturday showcase in NCAA 95. “Bandana Bros.” James Canlas and Evan Nelle vs Jerrick Balanza and Bonbon Batiler. Donald Tankoua vs Larry Muyang. Calvin Oftana vs Jeo Ambohot. Boyet Fernandez vs Bonnie Tan. This right here is, without a doubt, the most anticipated matchup in all of the first round. Age-old rivals Red Lions and Knights do battle and y'all can watch on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, and iWant as well as livestream......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 5th, 2019

ONE Championship: Eduard Folayang breaks down loss to Eddie Alvarez

Eduard "Landslide" Folayang looked moments away from conquering his most decorated opponent so far in Eddie "The Underground King" Alvarez, but it only took one mistake for it to slip away.   The Team Lakay superstar dropped the former Lightweight World Champion early in round one, only to get swept and choked in the opening round at ONE: DAWN OF HEROES on 2 August at the Mall Of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.   “I think I overdid it. When I saw him go down, I felt like I really wanted to finish him,” Folayang shared.   “I don’t usually give up my back but I lost my cool. I really wanted to finish him in the first round. However, because I wanted to get back up, I lost my position.”   Folayang usually knows what to do when caught in a rear naked choke, but when he stood up he let Alvarez tighten the choke further.   “I had an idea how to defend the choke, but at that time I felt like my mindset changed.”   Folayang admitted that the error did not hit him until the bout was officially over. He knows that his overeagerness to finish got him into trouble and he paid the ultimate price.   “When I saw his face, I know that he was close to being finished,” Folayang said.   “But when the match ended, I was in shock. I really lost focus on the match and singled out the stand-up game,” the Filipino added. “It hurts but we learn from it.”   While many people feel like Folayang’s experience, or lack of it, when it comes to the ground cost him the match, the 35-year-old Filipino hero said that was not the case.   “I don’t think I can be easily submitted when I roll in the ground for jiu jitsu but, things happen in an MMA bout. We’re not really top-notch jiu jitsu practitioners, and we’re not that experienced, but there are things that happen in the match which are beyond your control,” Folayang shared.   “We’re always working on our ground game, but it’s not why we lost today. My mistake was moving in with the wrong mindset. Letting the emotions get the better of me.”   Despite letting a huge opportunity slip, Folayang is quick to move forward from it.    “The results don’t matter anymore. What’s important is that we learned. We’ll be back. We’ll try to fix it. Then we’ll rise again.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 5th, 2019

Will MPBL go pro?

GAB chairman Abraham Mitra has reached out to MPBL founder Sen. Manny Pacquiao and MPBL commissioner Kenneth Duremdes on the possibility of turning the amateur nationwide league into a professional circuit under the supervision of the government agency......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 4th, 2019

ONE Championship: After disappointing night in Manila, it’s back to the drawing board again for Team Lakay

ONE Championship’s third trip to Manila for 2019, ONE: Dawn of Heroes which was held last August 2nd at the Mall of Asia Arena, was tagged as the biggest martial arts event in Philippine history.    With fans packing the stadium, it was the perfect platform for La Trinidad-based mixed martial arts stable Team Lakay to showcase their talents in front of what could possibly be the biggest ONE crowd in Manila.    Unfortunately for Team Lakay, ONE: Dawn of Heroes would prove to be an unfavorable night for the most part.    “1 and 4,” said Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao during the post-event press conference. “One win and four losses, but again, it’s not the first time that we’ve experienced a case like this. We’ve gone 0-5, and again, we learned a lot of lessons from tonight, and we’ll be back to the drawing board. We’ll go back to the hotel and discuss what happened.”   The preliminary card was nothing short of a disaster for Team Lakay, as former champions Geje Eustaquio and Honorio Banario, and featherweight contender Edward Kelly all absorbed painful losses.    Kelly, who was the first on deck, fell victim to unintentional illegal blows to the back of the head at the hands of Chinese contender Xie Bin, rendering him unable to continue. With the bout already past the halfway point when the infraction occurred, a technical decision needed to be made, and it went in favor of Xie, who had been dominating Kelly all throughout the first one-and-a-half rounds.    Hoping to right the ship and get himself back on track as well was former ONE Featherweight World Champion Banario, who took on a short-notice replacement in South Korean Dae Sung Park. Banario was originally slated to face Russian Timofey Nastyukhin, but instead went to the prelims after Nastyukhin needed to pull out due to an injury.    Banario found himself in trouble early on after getting rocked with a left high kick and an elbow, but was able to survive and make things competitive for the rest of the bout. Banario had his moments, but it was Park who was in control for the better part of the three-round bout, leading to a unanimous decision win.    “Siguro the lesson I learned in this fight is I need to train more,” a dejected Banario said during the post-fight presser. “I gave everything in the fight, but it wasn’t my night, so I think the next time, I need to train more and improve my game.”    With the loss, Banario is now riding a two-fight losing streak, and while he admitted that the short-notice opponent change may have thrown him off his game for a bit, “The Rock” offered up no excuses for the defeat.    “Just a little bit, because my opponent changed to a southpaw, I tried to adapt for three weeks, but there’s no excuses. I lost the fight and [I need] to go back to the drawing board,” he said.    Hoping to be able to end the slump was former ONE Flyweight World Champion Eustaquio, who was coming off a bounce-back win back in Singapore. Against a heavy-handed Japanese striker in Yuya Wakamatsu, Eustaquio was hoping to get a win and throw himself back into title contention. Instead, Wakamatsu had other plans, as he landed a stiff right straight that knocked Eustaquio out in the first round.   It was Eustaquio’s first loss via knockout.    “Things happen, you know? In this level of competition, it’s either you get knocked out or you will knock him out. It’s just that tonight was not my night. I hope, and I believe that this is going to be a big stepping stone for me to become a better athlete,” he said.    In what was Team Lakay’s main event for the night, former two-time ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang faced arguably his toughest challenge yet in former UFC and Bellator Lightweight World Champion Eddie Alvarez in a ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix semifinal bout.    Folayang appeared to be within moments of victory after chopping Alvarez down with a vicious leg kick and pouncing on the grounded American.    Over-aggression led to a bit of carelessness for Folayang as he found himself getting reversed as he was looking to finish Alvarez off.    With the American star now in dominant position, it was only a matter of moments before he managed to impose his superior grappling and submitted the Filipino hero with a Rear Naked Choke just a little over two minutes into the opening round.   “I think, for Eduard in this fight, the major lesson that we learned is that ‘Don’t rush. We’re winning.’ I thought we won already, but because of small details, we’re in the [world-class] calibre, so small details will finish everything and lose the fight, so next time, we’ll be cautious,” Sangiao said of Folayang’s loss.    The lone bright spot for the team was their youngest Lakay in Danny Kingad, who rallied back to defeat Reece McLaren in their ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix semifinal bout. With the win, Kingad advances to the Finals to face American MMA icon and former long-time UFC Flyweight king Demetrious Johnson, who was also victorious that night against Japanese contender Tatsumitsu Wada.    Kingad and Johnson are set to square off at ONE: Century in Tokyo, Japan this October.    As Coach Mark said, this isn’t the first time that Team Lakay has felt disappointment in Manila. In fact, they have gone worse.    Back in 2013, Team Lakay went 0-5, with Folayang, Eustaquio, and Banario and Kevin Belingon all suffering losses that night in Manila.    But following the downs are usually ups, and Team Lakay has had their share of ups as well since then. They have gotten quite a few clean sweeps and even ended 2018 with four world championships, which means that all is not lost for the Igorot warriors, and Sangiao is confident that his team will regain their glory in the future.    “As I’ve said, this isn’t the first time that we’ve experienced cases like this. Before, we experienced going 0-5, and now we will be back again, and I know that they will be back stronger and better.”   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2019

ONE Championship: Danny Kingad has the chance to take down someone he looks up to in Reece McLaren

Danny “The King” Kingad has always considered himself a fan of Reece “Lightning” McLaren. Now the 23-year old will get a crack at his longtime idol in the semi-finals of the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix nonetheless. The dynamic pair of flyweights is set to collide on the undercard of ONE: DAWN OF HEROES on Friday, 2 August, which is set to take place at the 20,000-seat Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines. “Of course I am excited cause it’s one of my goals to face someone I look up to on 2 August,” Kingad said. “The King” started to hold McLaren in such high regard when the Filipino-Australian pulled a shocker in defeating Mark “Mugen” Striegl by third-round submission in his debut in The Home of Martial Arts at ONE: SPIRIT OF CHAMPIONS in December 2015. He knew right there that “Lightning” is a rare talent - so he never missed watching his every bout. “When I first watched him, he was really explosive. He had wrestling and he had striking. That was when he faced Mark Striegl,” Kingad shared. “I thought to myself I had to watch all of his fights because I considered him my idol.” But the young phenom from Baguio City vows that his admiration for McLaren will not stand in the way of his goals. “I want to show what I am made of, and of course, I also want to see the things that I saw from him before,” Kingad said. “For me, the more that I idolize you, the more that I want to beat you. I am excited. I am motivated to train everyday.” Kingad believes that he has seen just about everything that McLaren is capable of doing inside the ring. He sees that as an advantage, and promises to showcase a side of his game the world is yet to witness. “Truth be told, I have some things in my arsenal that people are yet to see,” Kingad playfully teased. “It’s hard to predict, but I don’t want to disappoint people, I really want to win this for the people, and for me to be able to show my idol what I am capable of.” ONE: DAWN OF HEROES will air on ABS-CBN S+A at 8:30pm Philippine Standard Time (PHT). For the prelims, watch on ONE’s Facebook and Twitter pages at 5:00pm PHT. Also, you can get a ticket to see the show live in the Mall Of Asia Arena. Click here to get your ticket before they are all sold out.   Catch ONE: DAWN OF HEROES on Friday, August 2 LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23 starting at 8:30 PM. Livestream will be available on the ABS-CBN Facebook Page starting at 5:00 PM and on iWant.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2019

ONE Championship: Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao believes Danny Kingad has made all the right adjustments

ONE flyweight talent Danny "The King" Kingad was originally scheduled to face former ONE Flyweight World Champion Kairat "The Kazakh" Akhmetov in the semi-finals of the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix.   But in an unexpected turn of events, Akhmetov had to withdraw from the bout after he suffered an injury in training. It left the young phenom from Team Lakay to get a new foe in former World Title challenger Reece "Lightning" McLaren.   The pair of top-tier flyweights are set to collide on the undercard of ONE: DAWN OF HEROES on Friday, 2 August at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines, and Kingad’s camp is confident that they have made the necessary adjustments heading to this match.    “We know McLaren’s strengths are in the ground. Danny has to avoid McLaren’s submission attempts,” Team Lakay’s Mark Sangiao said.    “Aside from that, I am not worried. When it comes to power, when it comes to striking, I think Danny has the advantage. We just have to avoid McLaren’s ground game.”    A change of opponent meant that Kingad had to tweak his game plain heading into the bout. While such development could rattle some, if not most, martial artists, Sangiao is confident that his ward was quick to adapt.    “I don’t think Danny struggled in changing his game plan because he’s well rounded. He transitioned well,” Sangiao said.    “Danny is one of the most improved fighters on the team. With what he’s showing, he can definitely put those skills to good use. If he wants to wrestle, or wants to go for the submission, he’ll do it,” he added. “He doesn’t just rely on size and skill.”   What concerns Sangiao however is the fact that McLaren happened to be one of Kingad's idols early in his professional mixed martial arts career. Furthermore, he also believes that McLaren was not at his best when he lost his last outing.   “For me, I just hope that Danny doesn’t get affected because he really looks up to McLaren,” Sangiao revealed.   “I told him that if he wants to be a champion, he has to go through them. He has to beat whoever is in front of him. I thought McLaren’s previous performance didn’t really show who he is against Akhmetov.”    Never the type to predict an outcome, Sangiao gave himself a pass this time. He’s confident, and he knows that Kingad will end up on top against McLaren.   “This will end either in a knockout or a decision, but it will be a great fight,” he said.    “Danny will go all out. He’s given everything in training, and like what he’s been doing in the past, he’ll give everything in this match.”     Want to catch ONE: DAWN OF HEROES? Get your tickets here and use the codeword ONEHERO for a 25 percent discount. A special limited-edition Eduard Folayang - Eddie Alvarez shirt will be sold on event night. Catch ONE: DAWN OF HEROES on Friday, August 2 LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23 starting at 8:30 PM. Livestream will be available on the ABS-CBN Facebook Page and on iWant  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 1st, 2019

WATCH: The Truth goes one-on-one with The Rock

Now here's a meeting of massive proportions!  Reignign ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon "The Truth" Vera had a chance to, even just for a bit, take of his 'fighter' hat and put on his 'journalist' hat, as he was able to 'go one-on-one with The Great One', as they say.  Vera, who's in California right now, training for his upcoming light-heavyweight world title bout against titileholder Aung La N Sang at ONE: Century in Tokyo this coming October, got the chance to talk to none other than former WWE star and action movie-megastar Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who is promoting his new movie Hobbes and Shaw.  The two heavyweights were able to chat it up for a bit and they talked about how much goes into making a good action movie.  Vera, of course, is no stranger to action movies as well, having starred in the critically-acclaimed BuyBust movie a while back.  Check out the interview below:    Catch ONE: DAWN OF HEROES this coming Friday, August 2nd at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Philippines. Watch i LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23, the ABS-CBN Sports Facebook Page, and on the iWant app! .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 29th, 2019