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Who’s the more durable fighter?

All indicators point to an abbreviated ending in the WBA welterweight title fight between defending champion Lucas Matthysse of Argentina and Manny Pacquiao at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarJul 12th, 2018

ONE Championship: Joshua Pacio looks to finally bring home world title

Team Lakay young gun Joshua "The Passion" Pacio will try to bring home a world title for the second time in his young career as he meets Yoshitaka "Nobita" Naito in a highly-anticipated rematch for the ONE Strawweight World Championship at ONE: Conquest of Heroes on Saturday, September 22nd at the Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta, Indonesia.  The 22-year old Benguet native looks to finally get over the hump as he tries to avenge his loss to the Japanese champion.  In their first meeting in 2016, Pacio showed that he belonged in the cage with the best strawweights that ONE had to offer, pushing Naito to the limit before comitting a costly mistake in the third round that gave the defending champion the opening he needed to secure the submission victory and retain the crown.  Since then, Pacio has won four of his last five bouts, including his current three-fight winning streak and a hard-fought decision win against former titleholder and Muay Thai legend Dejdamrong Sor Amuaysirichoke. Naito on the other hand, lost the title in his second defense against Brazilian Alex Silva, only to win it back just six months later.  A win for Pacio will make him the third current ONE titleholder from Team Lakay, joining reigning ONE Interim Bantamweight World Champion Kevin Belingon and reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje Eustaquio.  A win for Naito solidifies his place as the king of ONE Championship's flyweight division.  Also on the card, Pacio's training partner and flyweight contender Danny "The King" Kingad welcomes Japanese newcomer Yuya "Little Piranha" Wakamatsu to the ONE Championship stage.  Another rising star from the famed Team Lakay camp in La Trinidad, Benguet, 22-year old Kingad comes into Jakarta with his sights set on a third consecutive win after dispatching Ma Hao Bin and Sotir Kichukov. He looks to establish himself as a force to be reckoned with in the flyweight ranks.  Making his promotional debut, the 23-year old Wakamatsu with a 10-2 professional record and a remarkable nine wins coming via KO. The Pancrase veteran will look to make an immediate impact and add Kingad to that list of knockout victims.  In a must-watch prelminary bout, unbeaten Filipina atomweight star Jomary "The Zamboanganian Fighter" Torres will look to keep her record spotless as she meets hometown bet Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol.  Torres shocked the world in her ONE debut in 2017, blasting Thai star Rika Ishiga en route to a submission victory. Torres hasn't slowed down since, decisioning Nita Dea and then knocking out Team Lakay bet April Osenio in her most recent outing.  Eager to bounce back from her most recent setback, Jakarta's own Gaol will try to derail the Jomary Torres train in front of her home country.    COMPLETE ONE: CONQUEST OF HEROES   Main Event ONE Strawweight World Championship Yoshitaka Naito vs Joshua Pacio Mixed Martial Arts: 56.7kg   Stefer Rahardian vs Peng Xue Wen Mixed Martial Arts: 56.7kg   Sergio Wielzen vs Rodtang Jitmuangnon ONE Super Series Muay Thai: 61.2kg   Yuya Wakamatsu vs Danny Kingad Mixed Martial Arts: 61.2kg   Koyomi Matsushima vs Marat Gafurov Mixed Martial Arts: 70.3kg   Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev vs Timofey Nastyukhin Mixed Martial Arts: 77.1kg   Kairat Akhmetov vs Ma Hao Bin Mixed Martial Arts: 61.2kg   Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol vs Jomary Torres Mixed Martial Arts: 52.2kg   Fabrice Fairtex Delannon vs Yodpanomrung Jitmuangnon ONE Super Series Muay Thai: 65.8kg   Victorio Senduk vs Sunoto Mixed Martial Arts: 65.8kg   Adrian Mattheis vs Angelo Bimaodji Mixed Martial Arts: 56.7kg   Riski Umar vs Egi Rozten Mixed Martial Arts: 59.0kg (Catch Weight)       Catch ONE Championship: Conquest of Heroes on Saturday, September 22nd at 10:30 PM LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News21 hr. 50 min. ago

New father Kingad seeks victory in ONE Championship

      JAKARTA, Indonesia – "Parang dumoble ang sipag ko (It's like I'm working twice as hard)," says Danny Kingad as he shares how the birth of his son has affected his training. Named Gleurdan Adrian, the youngest Kingad has not served as a distraction to the fighter but instead inspired him to focus ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 21st, 2018

ONE: Team Lakay’s Kingad ready for war vs Japanese foe

JAKARTA---Facing a dangerous opponent in Yuya Wakamatsu, Danny Kingad has prepared for any kind of challenge that Yuka Wakamatsu could throw at him. Kingad (7-1) and Wakamatsu (10-2) face off the stacked main card of the ONE: Conquest of Heroes on Saturday at Jakarta Convention Center here. "I have seen a few of [Yuya Wakamatsu's] highlights, and I know that he is a very dangerous opponent. He likes to strike and I think we will try to strike with me," said Kingad. "But I am ready to take this fight, whether on the ground or on the feet." The Team Lakay fighter, though, expects his Japanese foe to go to his strength which is striking in what is expected to be an action mat...Keep on reading: ONE: Team Lakay’s Kingad ready for war vs Japanese foe.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 21st, 2018

ONE Championship: New dad Danny Kingad balancing life as a fighter, a father, and a student

They say that when you become a father, everything changes. Such is the case for Team Lakay flyweight start Danny Kingad. Kingad and his girlfriend Jannine welcomed a bouncing baby boy into the world last August 14th, and safe to say, it’s given the 22-year old a new source of motivation. “Parang nadoble ‘yung sipag,” Kingad shared. “Everytime na nagte-train ako, nakikita ko siya, naeexcite ako.” The timing couldn’t be more perfect, as Kingad makes his return to action at ONE Championship: Conquest of Heroes on Saturday, September 22nd in Jakarta, Indonesia against Japanese newcomer Yuya Wakamatsu. The proud new father said that even though Jannine went into labor during his fight camp, never was it a distraction from preparing for the fight, rather it served as motivation. “Hindi distraction, kundi mas namomotivate ako.” Kingad expressed. “Mas excited na ako, excited na akong lumabas ‘yung baby. Dagdag sipag sakin eh.” Kingad explains that with the birth of his son Gleuordan Adrian, he’s gotten a new outlook on life and a renewed sense of responsibility. “Oo, nagbago na lahat. Wala na yung lakwatsa. dapat andun ka palagi para sa kanya, inaalagaan mo siya, tapos ayun, pagkatapos alagaan, training.” Now, Kingad faces the challenge of juggling the life of being a father, a fighter, and for the moment, a college student. Currently a third-year Education student at the University of the Cordilleras, Kingad says he’s managing to balance all three roles in his life. “Binabalance ko,” he proudly shared. "Meron naman si mother niya na nagbabantay sa kanya pag may training ako. Pag may time ako punta ako sa kanya tapos inaalagaan ko siya.”   Catch ONE Championship: Conquest of Heroes on Saturday, September 22nd at 10:30 PM LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 21st, 2018

UFC s Jones suspended 15 months by USADA; can return in fall

FILE - In this July 7, 2016, file photo, mixed martial arts fighter Jon Jones reacts as he speaks during a news conference in Las Vegas. Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones should be el.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsSep 20th, 2018

ONE Championship: Rene Catalan still won t fight a fellow Filipino, not even for a championship

Veteran martial artist and ONE Championship strawweight contender Rene Catalan is standing his ground with regards to his statement about not wanting to fight a fellow Filipino.  In an interview with ONE Championship back in August, the former Asian Games Gold Medalist in Wushu stated that he'd rather not fight a fellow Filipino, regardless of the stakes.  Back then, Catalan and fellow pinoy strawweight contender Joshua Pacio were thought to be on a collision course, with both having put together respective winning streaks.  "I’d rather not face a fellow Filipino.” said Catalan. “Since 2003, I’ve been representing for the Philippines, and until now, I try to avoid having to compete against one of my countrymen.”  Both Catalan and Pacio were coming off impressive wins in Manila, but it was Pacio who was rewared the opportunity for the championship. The Team Lakay strawweight standout will challenge reigning ONE Championship Strawweight World Champion Yoshitaka Naito at ONE: Conquest of Heroes in Jakarta, Indonesia.  When asked about the possiblity of having to face Pacio with a world title on the line, Catalan's answer didn't change.  "Ibibigay ko na siguro kay Joshua 'yun," the 39-year old said. "Kung manalo siya, maraming foreigner na mag-hahabol sa kanya at sa belt. Andiyan si Hayato Suzuki, si Alex Silva, marami."  Catalan is also in Jakarta, cornering prized pupil Jomary Torres as she takes on Indonesia's own Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol.  "Naniniwala ako na may time din ako." he added.  Catalan even hinted at playing gatekeeper for Pacio, should the Baguio-based fighter pull off a victory on Saturday night.  "Pwedeng ako yung kalabanin nung mga ibang challenger, pero hindi talaga natin kakalabanin yung kababayan natin."  "Yung kapwa natin Pilipino, tutulungan dapat natin." he added.  Catalan was slated to meet Japanese submission specialist Hayato Suzuki at ONE's return to Bangkok in October, but had to pull out due to an ankle injury.  Taking Catalan's place against Suzuki will be his younger brother Robin.  Before anything else of course, Pacio will have to take care of business against Naito.  Saturday's main event will be a rematch of their 2016 title bout which saw Naito defeat Pacio in the third round via submission.    Catch ONE Championship: Conquest of Heroes on Saturday, September 22nd at 10:30 PM LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23! .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 20th, 2018

Floyd Mayweather Jr. rematch is unfinished business, says Manny Pacquiao

Over the weekend, social media went into a frenzy as Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. announced on his Instagram account that he would be coming out of retirement for a rematch with Manny Pacquiao. It was easy to shrug the news off, but then Pacquiao responded on his Instagram with a post of his own and fueling the talks of a potential rematch. As it turns out, the little Instagram back-and-forth could actually turn out to be a legitimate fight announcement.  According to Senior Ring Magazine writer Mike Coppinger, the rematch is already in the advanced stage of negotiations, with the fight being planned for Las Vegas and December 1 or December 8 as target dates. Breaking: Talks for #MayweatherPacquiao2 are in the advanced stages and it’s expected there will be contracts out this week, according to industry sources. Once finalized, the fight will likely land in Las Vegas and two target dates are Dec. 1 and Dec. 8 — Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) September 17, 2018  In his first interview since the interaction with Mayweather, Pacquiao basically confirmed that the fight is happening.   "Well, he’s announcing his comeback from retirement, so he wants to fight, he challenged me, he wants get my belt." Mayweather has mostly been retired since late-2015, returning to action last year for a big money super-fight with UFC star Conor McGregor. Pacquiao on the other hand, has remained active, save for a brief eight-month retirement perioid in 2016. Last July, Pacquiao captured his eleventh-world championship by defeating Lucas Matthysse for the WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Championship in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Pacquiao himself confirmed that he and Mayweather are indeed in negotiation-mode, without giving away too much information.  "Right now we’re in the middle of negotiations, hoping to finalize that." Pacquiao shared with Dyan Castillejo of ABS-CBN News. "Sa ngayon, pag-uusapan pa yung negotiations, we’re in the middle of negotiations, so hindi pa natin masabi kung kailan or kung ano yung exact date." "I’m always available. I’m always available for him." Pacquiao added.  @mannypacquiao says @FloydMayweather wants his belt and they will continue to discuss details of planned superfight #MP #TMT pic.twitter.com/nZCOW4sByN — DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) September 17, 2018 I’m always available for him . @mannypacquiao to @FloydMayweather #MP #TMT pic.twitter.com/5nf01HrZz3 — DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) September 17, 2018 If the fight does push through, it will be a highly-anticipated rematch of their 2015 bout, which saw Mayweather emerge victorious via Unanimous Decision after twelve rounds.  For Pacquiao, he feels that he has some unfinished business with the unbeaten fighter, which is why he's pushing for the rematch to happen.  "Ang importante ay matuloy na para makita, para hindi unfinished business yung kaming dalawa. Para bang nanakawan tayo ng panalo and matagal na panahon ang hinintay natin." The eight-division boxing world champion is confident that he can come out with the win this time around.  "Right now, alam ko na yung gagawin ko." As far as his training is concerned, Pacquiao has yet to reveal where he'll be holding camp. For his bout against Matthysse, Pacquiao held camp in his gym in General Santos, with close friend Buboy Fernandez overseeing matters.  "Kung saan man ako mag-training, basta I’ll put myself through strict and disciplined training." the 39-year old boxer-turned-statesman said.      @mannypacquiao on @FloydMayweather as unfinished business pic.twitter.com/YiUU3gdAhI — DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) September 17, 2018.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 17th, 2018

Canelo Alvarez defeats Gennady Golovkin for middleweight title

By TIM DAHLBERG, AP Boxing Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Canelo Alvarez won the middleweight title by the narrowest of margins Saturday night, taking a majority decision over Gennady Golovkin to hand the longtime champion his first loss as a pro. A year after the two fought to a draw, the second fight was almost as close. There were no knockdowns, but the action was spirited throughout as the two battled to the final bell before a frenzied crowd at the T-Mobile Arena. Two judges favored Alvarez 115-113, while a third had it 114-114. The AP scored it 114-114. The two fighters switched roles, with Triple G trying to counter Alvarez and the Mexican fighter coming forward much of the fight. Both landed well to the head and Golovkin controlled some rounds with his jab though neither were ever in any trouble of going down. "He's a great fighter but I'm a great fighter and I showed it tonight," Alvarez said. The fight was a rematch of a draw last September that left neither fighter satisfied......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 16th, 2018

Golovkin heavier for Alvarez rematch

LAS VEGAS: Gennady Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez faced off for the final time ahead of their eagerly awaited rematch here Friday (Saturday in Manila) as they comfortably made the weight for their middleweight grudge match. Kazakh fighter Golovkin, the defending WBA, WBC and IBO champion, tipped the scales slightly heavier at 159.6 pounds (72.4 [...] The post Golovkin heavier for Alvarez rematch appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 16th, 2018

Freedom fighter Maria Y. Orosa and her life-saving ‘darak’ cookies

She was an icon long before the term became a descriptive noun. Born in Taal, Batangas, on Nov. 29, 1893, Maria Ylagan Orosa was a chemist, pharmacist, food scientist, humanitarian, and above all, a freedom fighter and a war heroine.   Her life, in fact, was like one big adventure. The fourth child of Simplicio Agoncillo Orosa and Juliana Ylagan Orosa, she helped her mother run their general store in Batangas after her father passed away. After finishing high school, she went to the United States as a stowaway, where she worked her way through college.   No job was too hard or too menial for the energetic young lady, from cooking and washing dishes to scrubbing floo...Keep on reading: Freedom fighter Maria Y. Orosa and her life-saving ‘darak’ cookies.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 13th, 2018

Golovkin trainer calls positive test by Alvarez insulting

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2017, file photo, Canelo Alvarez, left, and Gennady Golovkin pose during a weigh-in in Las Vegas. Golovkin's trainer says his fighter was insulted when Alvarez tested.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsSep 13th, 2018

Halle Berry to direct and star in ‘Bruised’

The film about a mixed martial arts fighter will be the Oscar winner's directorial debut, reports Deadline. Written by Michelle Rosenfarb, "Bruised" follows Jackie "Justice", a mixed martial arts fighter struggling to keep her life together. When six-year-old Manny, the young son she walked out on, returns to Jackie's life, she must battle her own fears, go up against a rising star of the MMA world, and strive to be a good mother to Manny. No stranger to action films, Berry ("X-Men", "Catwoman", "Die Another Day") is currently at work on action movie "John Wick 3", where she stars opposite Keanu Reeves. "John Wick" producer Basil Iwanyk will join Berry for "Bruised", as will...Keep on reading: Halle Berry to direct and star in ‘Bruised’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 12th, 2018

Golovkin trainer calls positive test by Alvarez ‘insulting’

Gennady Golovkin's trainer says his fighter was insulted when Canelo Alvarez tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug that caused their planned May middleweight title rematch to be postponed. Abel Sanchez tells PodcastOne Sports Now co-host Tim Dahlberg that Alvarez's claim the test was positive because of tainted meat he ate in Mexico rings hollow, and that it could be Alvarez didn't want to fight when the bout was originally scheduled. "Sometimes I feel he ingested the meat on purpose," Sanchez said. "It's not like he lives under a rock. The fact it happens makes me believe there's either carelessness on his part or he simply didn't care." Sanchez also said Tripl...Keep on reading: Golovkin trainer calls positive test by Alvarez ‘insulting’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 12th, 2018

Fighter jets hit Syria’s Idlib targets as fears of battle mount – Al Jazeera

Air raids have pounded areas in Syria’s last rebel-held province of Idlib, killing several civilians and raising further concerns that […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsSep 5th, 2018

Red Bull Kumite qualifier set

HERE’S good news to all e-sports followers in the country. Do you have what it takes to represent the Philippines in Paris, France, for the Red Bull Kumite Championship? The Red Bull Kumite -- an e-sports tournament that brings together the best Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition players -- will….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsAug 30th, 2018

Taduran loses to Thai fighter

PEDRO Taduran of the Philippines put up a brave stand before losing to World Boxing Council (WBC) minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin of Thailand in their 12-round title fight in the Thai city of Nakhon Sawan. Taduran, nicknamed the “Rattlesnake” for his aggressive fighting style, kept the fight interesting in the….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsAug 29th, 2018

WBC champ Rungvisai not underestimating unknown Mexican foe

WBC super flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, Rungvisai, considered among the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, is facing a relatively unknown fighter in Iran Diaz of Mexico......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 28th, 2018

Military to send technical experts to Russia

The Philippines will send technical working groups (TWGs) to Russia to see how the helicopters, submarines and armaments it is offering could be integrated into the country's defense systems. Speaking to reporters after Monday's arrival ceremonies for the Philippine contingent to the recent Rim of the Pacific military exercises in Hawaii, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said TWGs from the Air Force, Navy and Army would soon be sent to Russia to evaluate the weapons systems. Navy chief Vice Adm. Robert Empedrad and military technical experts have underscored the importance of "interoperability" in the acquisition of equipment such as submarines and fighter jets. Technical spec...Keep on reading: Military to send technical experts to Russia.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 27th, 2018

Pilot killed in Iran F-5 fighter jet crash

TEHRAN, Iran – An Iranian F-5 fighter jet crashed in southern Iran on Sunday, August 26, killing its pilot, state media reported. The jet, a training aircraft, crashed as it attempted to land in Dezful in the southwestern Khuzestan province, the official IRNA news agency said.  Its pilot was killed but his ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 27th, 2018

Wushu fighter lands Philippine’s fifth bronze

The Philippines’ medal machine ground to a halt for 10 dull hours yesterday before an amazon from the Cordilleras fought her way to the semifinals of wushu sanda (combat) and won a bronze, the Philippine camp’s only medal following the golden success of lifter Hidilyn Diaz after four days of the 15-day 18th Asian Games here yesterday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2018