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Dy finds himself in congested world title chase

Seef District, Bahrain---Last year, Filipino superstar Rolando Dy put BRAVE Combat Federation’s talent-filled lightweight division on notice by clinching stellar victories over two of the division’s top contenders......»»

Category: sportsSource: thestandard thestandardFeb 11th, 2021

Gomez in chase of World Pool title

Roberto Gomez kept the Philippine flag flying in the 2021 World Pool Championship, barging into Round-of-16 after back-to-back victories Tuesday night at Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes, England......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 10th, 2021

Dodgers, Braves chase end to MLB title droughts

Los Angeles, United States—A power-hitting Los Angeles Dodgers squad and a tough-pitching Atlanta Braves lineup meet in the Major League Baseball playoffs with each trying to end a World Series title drought......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 11th, 2020

AFF Suzuki Cup 2020 postponed to 2021

30 July 2020 – The ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) today announced that the AFF Suzuki Cup 2020 will be postponed until 2021 in view of the rapidly deteriorating coronavirus situation, regionally and globally. For AFF, the health and safety of the players, coaches, partners, fans and the public are of the highest priority, and the decision to postpone the tournament to 2021 will safeguard the well-being of everyone involved in the AFF Suzuki Cup 2020. The AFF Suzuki Cup Task Force Committee held extensive discussions before reaching this decision. “Since the onset of COVID-19, the AFF has been closely monitoring guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO), Health Ministries, government agencies, FIFA and AFC,” said AFF President, Major General Khiev Sameth.  “As you are aware, this pandemic continues to pose enormous health, societal and economic challenges to us all. AFF's top priority continues to be the health and safety of our football family and mitigating the impact of this pandemic. With the risk of the spread of COVID-19 remaining high, the AFF finds itself in a situation where we cannot proceed safely with the AFF Suzuki Cup 2020.” “While these are unprecedented times for the whole world including our football family and communities, we are confident that we will get through it together with the support of all our stakeholders including our fans, Member Associations, players, coaches, official, media and partners and we would like to thank them for standing united with us in the fight against COVID-19,” Major General Sameth said. Adrian Staiti, President APAC at SPORTFIVE, the exclusive commercial partner of the AFF Suzuki Cup, said, “SPORTFIVE supports the decision by the AFF to postpone the AFF Suzuki Cup 2020 to ensure the safety and well-being of all players, partners, staff and fans. While we are disappointed that we are unable to hold the tournament this year, we will work closely with the AFF to monitor the situation and look forward to working with our partners to deliver a great tournament for the fans of ASEAN next year.” The AFF Suzuki Cup is the largest and most prestigious football tournament in South East Asia and was set to see the national ‘A’ teams of the region competing for the Championship title, played on a home and away format. Drawing a fan attendance of more than 750,000 for the 2018 edition, the risks and challenges in organising a mass event of this scale would be considerable in the current climate. The AFF will continue to work closely with the various member associations and partners to monitor the situation and will provide further updates on the 2021 tournament dates and other details as soon as available......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 30th, 2020

Coach Rene Catalan has nothing but faith in Jomary Torres

When Filipina mixed martial artist Jomary “The Zamboanginian Fighter” Torres made her ONE Championship debut back in 2017, she made such a big splash that it didn’t take long for her to be in the conversation for a world title shot.  The soft-spoken atomweight did all her talking in the ring, as she stunned fan favorite Rika Ishige in her promotional debut, followed by wins over Nita Dea and a tremendous 40-second TKO win over Team Lakay’s April Osenio.  That impressive start however, feels like it happened ages ago, as Torres has lost four of her last five outings, and her most recent one ended in a No Contest following an accidental low blow from former title contender Jenny Huang.  Once possibly just a win away from a shot at gold, Torres now finds herself on the bottom of the rankings.  Still, at just 23 years old, Torres still has a lot of time left to bounce back, and Catalan Fighting System head coach Rene Catalan has nothing but faith in his student.  “It’s a good challenge,” Catalan told ONE Championship, “not just for her but for the team to persevere.” “We’re still positive. We want to remain positive so we can further motivate Jomary and the team to train even harder so they can barge into the rankings soon,” he continued.  Catalan, a top contender and former world title challenger in his own right, revealed that it was Torres’ lack of discipline that led to her downfall.  Following the big win over Osenio, Catalan explained that Torres began to lose focus.  “There are times when she missed training, because sometimes it’s already 3 am and she is still on her phone,” Catalan revealed. “She lost her discipline, the things that she was previously doing. Her focus wasn’t there, the focus that we saw in her training initially.” When at her full potential, Torres has shown that she can be as dangerous as they come in the women’s atomweight division. For Catalan, all that “the Zamboanginian Fighter” needs to do is to re-discover her drive and her hunger in the sport.  “For as long as she remains focused and disciplined, I think there’s a big chance for Jomary to get back on track and maybe put herself in contention in the near future,” Catalan stated.  So far, Catalan says that he’s beginning to see shades of the old Jomary Torress that won three straight.  “She’s still young and I can see her focus in training is back. I have been telling her that I need to see the Jomary Torres of old, and so far I like what I am seeing,” Catalan shared. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 5th, 2020

WHAT IF: Eduard Folayang had stopped Eddie Alvarez back in 2019?

In August of 2019, the Mall of Asia Arena in Metro Manila played host to arguably one of the biggest matches in ONE Championship lightweight history.  In one corner was Filipino mixed martial arts icon and hometown favorite Eduard “The Landslide” Folayang, a two-time ONE Lightweight World Champion who was looking to bounce back after dropping the title to Japanese legend Shinya Aoki in Japan earlier that year.  Standing in the opposite corner was American star Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez, a former UFC and Bellator Lightweight Champion and one of ONE’s biggest acquisitions in recent memory. Like Folayang, Alvarez was also looking to get back on track after a disappointing KO loss to Timofey Nastyukhin in his ONE debut.  Considered a dream match by ONE Championship fans, Folayang versus Alvarez was billed as East versus West. One of ONE’s pioneers against one of ONE’s newest stars.  As much as the storylines made the match very intriguing, the stakes were quite high as well.  With the semifinals of the then-ongoing ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix doomed by injuries, the Folayang-Alvarez bout was elevated to Grand Prix semifinals status, meaning that the winner would go on to face Turkish knockout artist Saygid “Dagi” Guseyn Arslanaliev in the Finals at ONE: CENTURY.  For Folayang, it was a step towards reclaiming the title that he held at the start of the year. For Alvarez, it was a way to erase the memory of his bitter debut loss and also a step closer towards capturing his third major world championship.  While the Folayang-Alvarez was the third-to-the last bout on the bill, for many of the Pinoy fans in attendance at the MOA Arena that night, it sure felt like the main event.  From the opening bell, the crowd was buzzing, anxious to see of their hometown hero could pull off the massive victory.  Chants of “Folayang! Folayang!” rang through MoA Arena just seconds before the Pinoy connected on a solid counter left hook that definitely got the American star’s attention.  After a flurry of kicks from Folayang, the briefly fell into a nervous silence as Alvarez caught a leg kick and managed to get Folayang to the ground before trapping him in a standing guillotine.  Folayang simply shrugged off the half-hearted submission attempt, much to the delight of the partisan-Pinoy crowd. So far so good for Team Philippines.  A flying knee from Alvarez collided with a spinning back kick from Folayang, which elicited some oohs and ahhs from the crowd, which was ready to go off as soon as their bet landed something big.  Folayang began to pick up steam as he launched strike after strike, throwing kicks, punches, and elbows. It was clear that the Team Lakay star was in control of the stand-up aspect of the fight.  Then, at the 3:37 mark of the first round, the big strike that the fans were waiting for finally came. Folayang, with his massive tree-trunk legs, whipped a right low kick that connected on Alvarez’s left leg, sending the American down to the mat. The way Alvarez sat back down, it looked like he was hurt.  Sensing blood in the water, Folayang went for the kill and began dropping fists as Alvarez tried to defend himself. A failed armbar attempt from Alvarez forced Folayang to reposition himself, moving into side control while still throwing hammerfist after hammerfist.  Then, all of a sudden, Alvarez managed to slip his right hand in between Folayang’s legs and then flip the Pinoy over. Just like that, it was Alvarez who was on top.  Unlike his Pinoy opponent however, Alvarez remained calm and slowly transitioned into full mount. Making things worse, Folayang, likely looking to prevent and ground and pound damage, turned and gave up his back.  Almost immediately, Alvarez sinked his hooks in and flattened Folayang out before locking in a rear naked choke and forcing the Pinoy to tap out.  While he did win, Alvarez would miss out on the Finals anyway after an injury would force him to withdraw as well. As a result, Dagi ended up facing - and losing to - reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion Christian Lee.  Folayang was offered the Finals spot against Dagi, but last-minute visa issues would prevent him from being able to step up.  The loss was quite a painful one to swallow, not just for Folayang, but also for the fans.  Folayang admitted after the fight that he had rushed to get the finish, causing him to be a bit careless and make some costly mistakes.  "I was too eager to get the finish, and I think that’s the mistake, I became impatient, and I wanted to finish him as soon as possible but it didn’t go that way, so, that happened," Folayang explained.  But WHAT IF Folayang hadn’t rushed? Close your eyes and imagine:  After chopping Alvarez down with the leg kick at the 3:37 mark, Folayang pounced and picked his spots, landing some good shots to the head, enough to stun the American and force the referee to step in and stop the fight.  Or, what if instead of pouncing, Folayang allowed the visibly hurt Alvarez to get back up and from there, continued to punish The Underground King’s leg (or legs) en route to a TKO finish.  Folayang would have booked his ticked to the ONE Lightweight Grand Prix Finals. More importantly, Folayang would have been able to add Alvarez to the name of legend’s he’s beaten, and it would have skyrocketed his stock to even greater heights.  Would he have been able to defeat Dagi in the Finale? Of course it was very much possible. At the rate Dagi was knocking guys out up to that point, Folayang would have likely been considered an underdog, but a high-level striker like Folayang is never without his chances.  If Folayang had been able to get past Dagi as well, it would set up a very intriguing matchup between himself and Lee, which could have been a good matchup for the Pinoy star.  Now, Folayang finds himself once again looking to bounce back following a close loss to Dutch striker Pieter Buist.  Still hungry for a third run as world champion, Folayang will need to work his way back to the top of the division.  Who knows? Maybe two or three wins in, Folayang could find himself standing opposite Alvarez once again, with the chance to re-write history. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 27th, 2020

World title shot for Mama

In December last year, unbeaten General Santos City fighter Jayson Mama flew to South Africa to challenge then IBF flyweight champion Moruti Mthalane only to be told the match was cancelled because “the promoter has failed to meet basic requirements to enable sanction and give credibility to the event,” according to the local federation......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 26th, 2021

Casimero-Rigondeaux unification duel downgraded to regular world title bout

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The much-anticipated unification battle between World Boxing Organization (WBO) world bantamweight king John Riel “Quadro Alas” Casimero and World Boxing Association (WBA) bantamweight champion Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux has been downgraded to just a regular world title bout. The fight is scheduled for August 14 in the United States. This developed […] The post Casimero-Rigondeaux unification duel downgraded to regular world title bout appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 24th, 2021

Jerusalem, Landero make weight for July 16 OPBF minimumweight title match 

CEBU CITY, Philippines—Former world title challenger Melvin “Gringo” Jerusalem and his opponent Toto “Muscovado” Landero officially passed the weigh-in to schedule their rematch for the Oriental Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) minimumweight title tomorrow, Friday at the Tabunok sports complex in Talisay City, south Cebu. Jerusalem of Zip Sanman Boxing Gym and Landero of Pontevedra, Negros […] The post Jerusalem, Landero make weight for July 16 OPBF minimumweight title match  appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 15th, 2021

No adjustments needed—Santisima

CEBU CITY, Philippines—With roughly two days before his fight, former world title challenger, Jeo “Santino” Santisima, believes  he doesn’t need to adjust despite his opponent being replaced.  Santisima said his brand-new opponent, Alan Alberca, is a very familiar foe after he defeated the latter before.  Their rematch will be featured on Friday’s Zip SanMan fight […] The post No adjustments needed—Santisima appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 14th, 2021

Santisima, Alberca ready to slug it out in SanMan’s Talisay fight card

CEBU CITY, Philippines—- Former world title challenger, Jeo “Santino” Santisima will face Alan Alberca in the undercard of the Zip SanMan Promotions fight card slated this Friday, July 16, 2021 at the Tabunok sports complex in Talisay City, South Cebu.  Santisima, one of the top prospects of the disbanded ALA Boxing Gym, was initially pitted […] The post Santisima, Alberca ready to slug it out in SanMan’s Talisay fight card appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 12th, 2021

Noynay ripe for world title shot

WBO No. 7 superfeatherweight Joe Noynay knew he faced tough odds in battling unbeaten Australian rising star Liam Wilson in a 10-rounder at Newcastle, New South Wales, last Wednesday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 8th, 2021

Noynay defends WBO strap vs unbeaten Australian

CEBU CITY, Philippines—- Bogo City’s pride Joe “Jaw Breaker” Noynay will defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) Asia Pacific super featherweight title in hostile territory when he takes on Australian Liam Wilson tomorrow, July 7 in New Castle, New South Wales, Australia. The 25-year old Cebuano is ready to trade leathers with his Australian challenger […] The post Noynay defends WBO strap vs unbeaten Australian appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 6th, 2021

Verstappen wins in Austria to pull clear of Hamilton in title race

Red Bull's Max Verstappen reeled off his third win in a row from pole in the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday to consolidate his world championship lead over Lewis Hamilton who finished fourth......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 5th, 2021

Casimero, Donaire agree to drug testing

There’s no stopping the All-Filipino world title unification showdown between Nonito Donaire and John Riel Casimero on August 14 in Carlson, California......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 28th, 2021

Donaire, Casimero camps in early social media tussle

A war of words over social media has erupted between the camps of Filipino world bantamweight champions Nonito Donaire and John Riel Casimero, and whether that will help in drumming up the prospects of a unified world title fight will be known in the coming days. The topic of it happens to be doping, and […] The post Donaire, Casimero camps in early social media tussle appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 28th, 2021

Dasmariñas guns for WBA, IBF world bantam belts against “Monster” Inoue

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Filipino boxer Michael “Hot & Spicy” Dasmariñas and the heavily-favored unbeaten Japanese WBA and IBF world bantamweight champion Naoya “Monster” Inoue successfully passed the official weigh-in to greenlight their world title showdown tomorrow, June 20, 2021 (June 19 in the United States) in Virgin Hotels in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 28-year […] The post Dasmariñas guns for WBA, IBF world bantam belts against “Monster” Inoue appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 19th, 2021

Jerusalem, Landero to fight for OPBF minimumweight title 

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Former World Boxing Council (WBC) world minimumweight title challenger Melvin “Gringo” Jerusalem returns into action by having a rematch against fellow former world title challenger Toto “Muscovado” Landero on July 18, 2021, at the Tabunok Sports Complex in Talisay City, south Cebu. Jerusalem, a former ALA Boxing Gym standout, will fight […] The post Jerusalem, Landero to fight for OPBF minimumweight title  appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 17th, 2021

Djokovic conquers ‘Everest’, eyes 52-year landmark at French Open

Novak Djokovic can become the first man in 52 years to win all four Grand Slam titles twice in the French Open final on Sunday after conquering Rafael Nadal, the ‘Mount Everest’ of Roland Garros. World number one Djokovic takes on Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas for the title with tennis history on the line. Victory for […] The post Djokovic conquers ‘Everest’, eyes 52-year landmark at French Open appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 13th, 2021

Azarcon’s world title fight moved

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Clyde Azarcon of the Big Yellow Boxing Gym has to be extra patient after his much-awaited world title shot in South Africa originally scheduled on June 27, 2021, for the vacant World Boxing Foundation (WBF) world minimumweight title was rescheduled due to COVID-19 concerns. The 26-year old Azarcon, a native of […] The post Azarcon’s world title fight moved appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 10th, 2021

Why try other pageants: Catriona Gray recalls eating pride from Miss World to Miss Universe

Like Pia Wurtzbach, who joined Binibining Pilipinas thrice before bagging the crown and eventually winning Miss Universe 2015, Catriona Gray admitted that it was not easy for her to eat her pride and join Binibining Pilipinas after falling short to take home a Miss World title in 2016......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 10th, 2021