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GAB hails world title fights here

Since the pandemic breakout last year, the Philippines staged only four boxing promotions, two in Mandaue with Omega and two in General Santos City with Sanman......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarJan 14th, 2021

Two world titles switch hands in ONE: Inside The Matrix

In a fight card that featured four world title fights, both the ONE Featherweight World Championship and Middleweight World Championship came out with two new winners......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 31st, 2020

Miocic retains heavyweight crown with decision over Cormier

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Stipe Miocic defeated Daniel Cormier by unanimous decision in a five-round bout Saturday night to win the rubber match in a fantastic trilogy between the fighters and retain his heavyweight championship at UFC 252. Miocic (20-3) swept the scorecards 49-46, 49-46 and 48-47 to stake his claim as perhaps the greatest heavyweight in UFC history. “I'm happy to cement my legacy,” Miocic said. Miocic tagged Cormier with a vicious poke to his left eye late in the third round that sent the challenger staggering to his corner. Cormier's eye was about swollen shut, but he gamely fought on the final two rounds in the main event of UFC 252 at the UFC APEX complex in Las Vegas “I can't see anything out of my left eye,” Cormier said. “It's black.” Miocic said he apologized to Cormier for the poke. “I totally poked him in the eye, my bad," Miocic said. Cormier was taken to the hospital after the bout. There was no immediate word about his condition. The 41-year-old Cormier (22-3, 1 NC) is a former two-division champion and has already cemented his status as one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters in UFC history. The amiable Cormier, who has found his niche as a successful broadcaster, had vowed to retire after Saturday and end a career in which 10 of his last 11 fights were fought with a championship on the line. Cormier said he stood by his decision to retire. He won the first fight between the two but dropped two straight to Miocic. “I’m not interested in fighting for anything but titles and I don’t imagine there’s going to be a title in the future,” Cormier said. “That will be it for me. I’ve had a long run, it’s been great, I just fought my last fight for a heavyweight championship and it was a pretty good fight.” UFC President Dana White had said Francis Ngannou was next in line for a heavyweight title shot. “Great performance to both guys. ... Congrats to Stipe on the performance. See you soon,” Ngannou tweeted. Jon Jones, the reigning UFC light heavyweight champion, tried to stir the pot on social media by teasing a challenge to Miocic. “Heavyweight world championships I will be seeing you real soon. Victorious,” Jones tweeted. Miocic nearly got the finish at the end of the second round and had Cormier in trouble until time ran out. “One hundred percent I would have finished him,” Miocic said. Cormier knocked out Miocic at UFC 226 in the first round in their 2018 bout to win the heavyweight belt. Miocic defeated Cormier last August in the rematch at UFC 241. The winner of this bout could make an argument as the greatest heavyweight champion in UFC history. Miocic has plenty left in the tank to keep cementing his legacy as the best big man UFC has seen inside the cage. “Great heavyweight fight!! #UFC252 #TeamStipe,” Lakers star LeBron James tweeted. Cormier finished with a 1-2 mark against Miocic and a losing mark against Jones. Cormier lost both fights to Jones, though the second one was overturned when Jones failed a doping test. The result was changed to a no contest. Miocic, who continues to work shifts for the Valley View (Ohio) Fire Department, has won eight of his last night fights. “I don't get any special treatment,” Miocic said. “I'm just one of the dudes.” The only thing missing was the crowd. UFC hasn't missed a beat during the pandemic and continued to run some of its most successful shows over the last few years. But no doubt a packed and crazed crowd would have added another dimension to the epic trilogy. White said UFC will return to Fight Island in Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island. “I don't see fans happening any time soon,” White said. “I'm not even thinking about it.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 16th, 2020

Interim WBA champ Jamal James eyeing Manny Pacquiao

The list of names looking to challenge Filipino eight-division boxing world champion Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao seems to be getting longer, and the latest addition to that list is American welterweight Jamal James.  The 32-year old Minneapolis native owns an impressive 27-1 pro record with 12 of those wins coming via KO.  Last August 8th, James earned his first taste of world championship gold by defeating Thomas Dulorme by unanimous decision to become the interim WBA Welterweight World Champion.  Now, James is looking to drop the 'interim' tag by going after the big names, and right now, the biggest name with a WBA world title is none other than Pacquiao.  "Obviously, I would like to get a shot at Manny Pacquiao, he's got the WBA super title," James told BoxingScene.com.  The 41-year old Pinoy boxing icon captured the WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Championship back in 2018 and then defeated the previously-undefeated Keith Thurman to become the WBA (Super) Welterweight World Champion in 2019.  Right now however, it looks like Pacquiao is eyeing big name fights, and James isn't exactly at that level yet.  James himself understands this, but being the interim champion means he's next in line, so he'll take whoever he can get. "But I know he's such a big name, so it really doesn't matter. I want any of the big name welterweights, we can really put on a good show," James said.  Both James and Pacquiao fight under the Premier Boxing Champions promotion.  Over the last few months, Pacquiao has been discussed a lot by a number of big name welterweights including Terence Crawford, Errol Spence Jr., Mikey Garcia, Thurman, and even junior welterweight Josh Taylor. Most recently, he's been linked to a possible superfight with MMA star Conor McGregor.  For now however, it's unclear when Pacquiao makes his return to the ring, although a 2020 fight isn't out of the realm of possibility. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 12th, 2020

Iranian heavyweight Amir Aliakbari calls out Filipino-American champ Brandon Vera

Reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon "The Truth" Vera need not look far for willing challengers. The Filipino-American heavyweight king is expected to defend his title against Indian-Canadian challenger Arjan Bhullar in the future, but already, challengers are lining up and calling the champ out.  One of them is newly-signed Iranian heavyweight Amir Aliakbari.  The 32-year old former World Champion Greco-Roman wrestler inked his deal with Asia-based martial arts promotion ONE Championship back in early August, and he wasted little time in making his objective in the company known.          View this post on Instagram                   @onechampionship give me your m* f* champion i cant wait anymore. im the best ?? ????? ???? ?????? ??? ?? ??? ??? ??????? ?? ???? ???? #fights#onefc#amiraliakbari##knockout #kickboxing #wrestling #MixedMartialArts#amiraliakbari#onechampionship #one #imthebest #WeAreONE‌ A post shared by Amirali Akbari (@amiraliakbari60) on Aug 5, 2020 at 11:41pm PDT The 10-1 heavyweight posted a photo of himself and Vera, accompanied by a pretty strong-sounding caption.  "ONE Championship, give me your m* f* champion, I can't wait anymore. I'm the best," Aliakbari wrote.  Aliakbari made a name for himself competing in Japan under the Rizin FF promotion, before a stint in Russia. He has notable wins over the likes of PRIDE FC veteran Heath Herring and Geronimo Dos Santos. His lone loss came against MMA legend Mirko Cro Cop......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 11th, 2020

ONE Championship: Angela Lee banking on grappling experience against Denice Zamboanga

Reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela “Unstoppable” Lee has been nothing short of dominant at the top of the women’s atomweight division.    The Singaporean star has been able to dispatch every challenger put in front of her, and when she finally steps into the ONE circle once again, Lee will face another new challenger in Filipina newcomer Denice “The Menace Fairtex” Zamboanga.  Just two fights into the Asia-based promotion, Zamboanga has been impressive, posting wins over Jihin Radzuan and two-time title challenger Mei Yamaguchi. Those two outings were enough for Zamboanga to earn a shot at the queen of the atomweight division.  For her part, Lee believes that it will be an great matchup.  “I’m just excited to get back in the ONE Circle again. I’m feeling extremely motivated for my next matchup. I think it’ll be a great fight,” Lee told ONE Championship.  In her two wins, Zamboanga was able to utilize superb wrestling and grappling to grind out victories, which poses an interesting challenge to Lee, who has put her elite-level grappling to good use as well.  “I think Denice is very well-rounded,” Lee said. “She’s an up-and-coming fighter. I also think that her team did a great job in creating a smart game plan for her in the Yamaguchi fight, and she was able to execute that plan and get the decision win.” “She’s young, hungry, and well-rounded. She is the new breed of MMA fighter that can do it all. She can strike, wrestle, and grapple. But I think she may be inexperienced in certain areas of the game,” Lee added.  Lee’s grappling has been her number one weapon throughout her career, winning seven of her ten career fights via submission, including her latest victory over reigning ONE Women’s Strawweight titleholder Xiong Jing Nan.  Having a top-level Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt for a husband and training partner surely helps Lee’s cause.  Lee is married to fellow ONE Championship athlete and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champion Bruno Pucci.  “I love training with my husband. He always pushes me hard and brings out the best in me,” said Lee. “I’m very grateful to have him as my partner in life and in training. Bruno is a second degree BJJ black belt and a two-time No Gi world champion. He has a lot of knowledge and I really appreciate everything that he shares with me.” Zamboanga definitely provides a refreshing challenge for Lee, but the reigning champion is confident in her chances of holding on to the title.  “I just think it’ll be a great fight. The fans will love it. It will definitely be exciting. But when that final bell rings, you will hear the words, ‘and still,’” Lee concluded......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 30th, 2020

Filipino-American MMA star Mark Muñoz recalls retirement bout in Manila

In 2015, Filipino mixed martial arts fans’ prayers were answered when the UFC, finally brought the legendary Octagon to the Philippines.  UFC Fight Night Manila was headlined by Frankie Edgar and Urijah Faber, two former world champions and two of the world’s best at the time.  But while the main event was indeed on worthy of a pay-per-view card, Pinoy fans flocked to the Mall of Asia Arena to see one of their own compete in the Octagon for the very last time.  The UFC’s inaugural card in Manila also featured the retirement bout of Filipino-American Mark “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Muñoz.  (READ ALSO: Mark Muñoz ends career on the highest of notes) Muñoz was 37 at the time, and was already a veteran in the UFC, having fought 14 times for the North American promotion. During his peak in the UFC, the California-native won seven out of eight fights and came within a win away from becoming a title contender, before losing to eventual middleweight titleholder Chris Weidman.  Following the loss to Weidman, Munoz went on to drop three of his next four bouts.  In the final fight of his MMA career, Muñoz had the chance to go out on top and retire in front of his fellow Filipinos. In front of over 13,000 strong, Muñoz did just that, beating Luke Barnatt via unanimous decision and announcing his retirement durung the post-fight speech.  (READ ALSO: The MMA community reacts to Mark Munoz's final fight and retirement) On an episode of The Hit List Vodcast, Muñoz recalled that night and what it meant for him to end his career that way.  “Oh man. I would cherish that night forever,” Muñoz said. “Even when I came to the Philippines early and I visited my family, I still have four generations of my family still there and it was so cool to see my whole family and just to have the support there from everybody. It was amazing and for me, you know, I just felt the love.” “I loved it. And when I walked out, I heard just people cheering and as I was walking out, I slapped somebody’s hand and I started crying you know. Like, whoah, that’s crazy, I’m getting ready to fight and you know like, dude that’s nuts. For me to be able to have that impact on people because they love the sport I love and I’m able to do it in a high level, it made me just wanna give,” he continued.  Following the hard-fought three-round victory, Muñoz addressed the Pinoy crowd and gave a heartfelt message, thanking his fans and then expressing his desire to help the Philippines out in terms of wrestling, an aspect that has long been deemed lacking or inadequate among Filipino mixed martial artists.  “Like I said before, when I got on the microphone, they handed the microphone to me and they never do that, so when they handed the mic to me, I told everybody that I wanna go back to the Philippines and I wanna help in any way I can and so, right now I’m actually building a website that people could access from all around the world, so it’s a wrestling website and I have the best people on there.  Muñoz’s commitment to helping Filipino wrestlers remains to this day, saying that he would gladly fly out to the motherland if he was asked to do so.  “I have my wrestling room where you could have the capability of getting on there and learning from me, and if someone wants to bring me for a seminar out there, I’ll come. In a heartbeat. I’d love to go back to the Philippines and help my kababayan. Just be able to support and help everybody I can,” he said.  While Muñoz did decide to call it a career that night, the former collegiate wrestling star believed that he could still compete at a high level, especially since he was working with world champions and elite-level talent on a daily basis.  “I honestly felt that I was still in my prime,” Muñoz admitted. “I honestly felt that I could have fought more and I felt like I could beat still the guys that beat me. I trained with all the best guys. I trained with Lyoto Machida and fought him and I do very well with him inside the gym. Michael Bisping was a training partner of mine. Anderson Silva I trained with him for a very long time. I know that level and I can be at that level. I felt like I could still compete at that level.” The reason why he left the sport, Muñoz explained, is to be able to spend more time with his family.  “To answer your question, the reason why I stepped away from the sport was not because my body wasn’t able to do it. I stepped away because my family needed me more than me being in the sport. Because, I’m telling you it was hard for my wife, she was a single mom with all the kids for a long time so it was hard. Things at home was pretty rough for us and I didn’t like that at all. All the while I was coaching and travelling all the time so something has to give. I felt like yes, it was a storybook ending but a the same time, I can still compete with the best guys in the division.” Check out the full interview HERE .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 15th, 2020

Freddie Roach advises against Manny Pacquiao going up to 160-pounds for Golovkin bout

At 41 years of age, eight-division boxing world champion and reigning WBA (Super) Welterweight World Champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao has shown that he can still hang with the best in the world.  Pacquiao is coming off a masterful victory over Adrien Broner and then handed the erstwhile-undefeated Keith Thurman his first career loss to capture the WBA’s primary welterweight crown.  Now, the Filipino boxing legend continues to draw attention from potential opponents.  Former long-time Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank Boxing has spoken about the possibility of a massive welterweight unification bout between Pacquiao and reigning WBO Welterweight World Champion Terence “Bud” Crawford, while WBC Welterweight World Champion Errol Spence Jr. has also been touted as a possible opponent.  (READ ALSO: Manny Pacquiao has been on Terence Crawford’s radar since 2015) Long-time Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach has also weighed in on some potential future Pacquiao opponents.  Speaking to Chris Mannix on his DAZN podcast, Roach mentioned the likes of Mikey Garcia and Robert Garcia as fights he likes for “Pacman”.  "Mikey Garcia has called him out a couple of times, I think that’s a good fight for him, of course,” Roach said. "Robert called him out on one of your shows, that made me smile because I like that fight for Manny, I think it’s a great fight.”  The biggest name - literally and figuratively -being thrown around as a possible Pacquiao opponent is that of reigning IBF and IBO Middleweight World Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin.  "The thing is Manny maybe might want to go a little higher and fight GGG or one of those guys who is supposed to be one of the best in the world today,” Roach shared.  The hard-hitting Golovkin (40-1-1, 35 KO) has ruled the 160-pound division since capturing the WBA (Regular) Middleweight Championship in 2010. Golovkin went on to rack up 17 more wins and capture the WBO, WBC, and IBF titles to become, at one point, the undisputed middleweight champion of the world.  Golovkin suffered his lone loss against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in 2018. Since then, ‘GGG’ had reclaimed the IBF crown and captured the IBO crown.  "There are always good fights out there. The one thing about Manny is he doesn’t want to beat anybody, he wants to beat the best out there. He wants to fight the top guys," Roach said.  "Pacquiao still desires to be the best there is,” Roach added.  A match-up with Golovkin would require Pacquiao to jump up to at over at least 154-pounds. The heaviest that Pacquiao has gone in his career is 144.6-pounds when he defeated Antonio Margarito for the WBC Super Welterweight World Championship back in 2010. Pacquiao has since remained at welterweight for the remainder of his career.  "I would not advise him to go 160-pounds, that would be a little crazy. But putting him at 147 lbs was a risk at one time," Roach stated.  A dream match against the much bigger Golovkin could bring Pacquiao his unparalleled ninth world title in as many weight divisions, but it’s not without its risks. Watch the full interview with roach HERE. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 9th, 2020

MMA legend Tito Ortiz says he s been offered a fight with Mike Tyson

Since videos surfaced of former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson working out and getting back into shape for his reported comeback, names of potential opponents have been popping up left and right.  Even former rival Evander Holyfield fanned the flames of a third meeting with Tyson after posting his own comeback training video.  MMA legend Tito Ortiz however, claims that someone actually called him up and offered a fight against "Iron Mike."  (RELATED: Mike Tyson works out with MMA legend Vitor Belfort) Talking to TMZ Sports, the 45-year old Ortiz, a former UFC Light Heavyweight World Champion and UFC Hall of Famer said that he received a call days after seeing Tyson's viral training videos.  “I was watching Mike Tyson hit pads with my old trainer Rafael Cordeiro, and Tyson looked like the old Tyson. Fast, and speed, and powerful, just like, wow. Is Tyson gonna make a comeback?” Ortiz shared.  “All of a sudden, two days later, someone asking me ‘What do you think about fighting Mike Tyson?’ I was like ‘Really? This is an opportunity of my life. I’m in!’" he continued.          View this post on Instagram                   .@MikeTyson - Legend Vs Legend on PPV! When are we doing it? Just so you all know I was called for this fight. What if someone called you , “would you fight Mike”? Me,”YES”! A post shared by Tito Ortiz (@titoortiz1999) on May 21, 2020 at 2:25am PDT Tyson, 53, has been retired since 2005, with his last professional boxing bout ending in a sixth-round retirement loss to Kevin McBride. During his prime however, Tyson was known as 'The Baddest Man on the Planet' and had multiple runs with the IBF, WBA, and WBC Heavyweight World Championships.  Ortiz on the other hand, was one of MMA's earliest stars and captured the UFC Light Heavyweight title in 2000. Ortiz held the title until 2002 and successfully defended it five times.  “I’m not sure if it’s going to be MMA or boxing, it hasn’t even gotten that far, I think we both got to be cleared by athletic commissions, that’s the biggest thing," Ortiz stated.  Either way, the man best known as 'The Huntington Beach Bad Boy' feels confident in his chances, whether the proposed bout be boxing or MMA.  “Either or, I’ve been boxing for 20 years, my boxing skills have gotten better and better. It may not be in the same level as Tyson, but has Tyson been punched in the face in the last 15 years? No he hasn’t, and have, and I’ve been able to subdue everyone I’ve competed against in the last four years.”  Ortiz has remained fairly active in his career, competing four times in the last five years. Since leaving the UFC in 2012, Ortiz has won five of his last six fights.  Ortiz clarified however, that he wasn't in any way trying to disrespect Tyson with his comments.  “First and foremost, before everything, I respect Mike. Mike’s an amazing man, he’s an amazing individual, in general. What he’s gone through and what he’s became, I gotta give him nothing but respect. I’m not trying to disrespect him at all. Anything that I say from this point out on, I really want to let him know, Mike you are the man, you are one of the best in the world, but I was one of the best in the world in my own game too.”  Should a bout with the boxing legend indeed materialize, Ortiz believes that it could draw better numbers than the last big MMA fighter-versus-boxing crossover bout between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr.  “What Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather did, I think we can double that. I just think it would be amazing, it would be fun. I think it would be a great opportunity for both of our brands.” When asked if he really thinks he can beat Tyson in boxing, Ortiz said that it's really just about gameplan. “Well, do you think Evander Holyfield stepped up and said ‘That’s Mike Tyson, I’mma be afraid of him. I’m not gonna be able to tie up with him and tire him out and then knock him out in the seventh or eighth round’? No. It’s all a gameplan, it’s all what you’re going to do to make the fight interesting, and I’m the person to make that happen!”            .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 26th, 2020

Lito Adiwang talks training at Team Lakay, dream match with Demetrious Johnson

Team Lakay strawweight Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang has been on fire since coming up to the main roster of ONE Championship.  Adiwang, who earned a ONE contract after three wins on Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series, scored back-to-back submission wins on the big show, first against Japanese contender Senzo Ikeda and then against Thai star Pongsiri Mitsatit.  Adiwang’s immediate success however, should not come as a surprise, considering that he’s got some really good teammates around him over at the La Trinidad-based gym.  On a daily basis (at least before the COVID-19 pandemic), Adiwang sharpened his tools alongside world champions like Eduard Folayang, Geje Eustaquio, Kevin Belingon, Honorio Banario, Stephen Loman, and of course, reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua Pacio.  Being around all those winners, Adiwang admits that training can sometimes get a bit intense, which is expected since everyone is working towards a common goal and everyone is looking to push each other.  “Training at Team Lakay is intense. I’m very fortunate to be working with a great group of guys who are not just talented and highly-skilled, but also close like family,” Adiwang shared in an interview with ONE Championship. “There are instances when we are really deep in training, and we let loose and forget to hold back. There’s the occasional heavy shot we land here and there, or sometimes we put each other in some painful submissions.” “But we’re all professionals, and we know it’s part of the game. We just say sorry and continue with no hard feelings. After all, we’re like brothers here,” he continued.  Adiwang is just two fights into his ONE Championship career, but by the looks of it, he’s primed for an upward trajectory.  In the same light, his teammate Pacio, who has handily defeated some of the division’s top contenders and former champions, also appears to be at the top of the heap for a while.  It appears as though their paths could inevitably cross.  “My personal goal is to be known as one of the best fighters in the division. Of course, I want to eventually compete for a World Title. It’s every athlete’s dream to become a World Champion,” Adiwang stated.  As has been the case with former Team Lakay champions and their teammates in the same division however, Adiwang would rather not fight his family. “While it will ultimately depend on ONE Championship, I still prefer not to face Joshua Pacio as much as possible. I want to avoid that. Instead, I want the top guys in the division,” Adiwang expressed.  Fortunately for the 27-year old, the strawweight division presents a number of possibilities for him to raise his stock.  “Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke, Yoshitaka Naito, Alex Silva, Yosuke Saruta -- these are all great matchups for me and challenges I’m willing to face. I just want to face the best and prove myself. My plan is to keep taking on anyone they put in front of me and beat them. I’ll take any fight, no matter how short the notice. I’m always ready, always training, and always ready for action,” he continued.  If Pacio’s reign at the top of the strawweight division continues, Adiwang says he’s open to jumping up to the flyweight division to test himself there.  “If Joshua still has the belt in the next couple of years, I have no issues moving up to flyweight to take on challenges there. There’s a lot of great talent in that division that I wouldn’t mind testing myself against. But we’ll cross the bridge when we get there.”  A move to flyweight will move Adiwang a step closer to a potential matchup with ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix champion and MMA legend Demetrious Johnson, a bout that he’s longed for.  “That would be a dream come true for me,” Adiwang said. “Demetrious Johnson is the best in the world right now, in my opinion. And I’ve dreamed of facing him since I started my career. Before, that was just an impossible dream. But now that he’s with ONE Championship, it’s closer to reality.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2020

Lace them up: Boxing set for June 9 return in Las Vegas

By TIM DAHLBERG AP Boxing Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Add boxing to the list of sports on the comeback trail. Promoter Bob Arum said Thursday he plans to stage a card of five fights on June 9 at the MGM Grand, the first of a series of fights over the next two months at the Las Vegas hotel. A second fight card will be held two nights later, with ESPN televising both cards, kicking off twice weekly shows at the hotel in June and July. No fans will be allowed, and Arum said fighters and everyone else will be tested at least twice during fight week for the new coronavirus. The fights are pending approval of the Nevada Athletic Commission, which meets next week to consider the events, along with two cards that the UFC plans to stage at its facility in Las Vegas. They are also pending the reopening of the MGM and other Las Vegas hotels, something that is widely expected to happen the first week of June, though no dates for a second phase of easing virus restrictions have been announced by Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak. “Once we get those fights in and UFC gets its initial fights in, both of us will ask for additional dates," Arum told The Associated Press. "The key was getting enough testing, and we’ve got plenty of testing in Nevada to hold our events.” In addition to Arum’s fights, British promoter Eddie Hearn said this week he plans to hold fights beginning sometime in July from the backyard garden of the family mansion outside London where he was raised. Hearn told The Athletic that the first fight card is tentatively set for July 15. Golden Boy promoter Oscar De La Hoya has also talked about returning with a July 4 card, though he has offered no details. UFC returned to action earlier this month with cards in Florida, including a pay-per-view event, that took place without fans. Arum declined to say who would be fighting on June 9, saying ESPN wanted to make the announcement after the fights are approved. But he said the cards would feature the same quality of fighters who were on ESPN before the shutdown of sports around the world. The cards would be expanded to three-hour shows, Arum said, and feature a main event, a co-main and three supporting fights. “These will be the same guys we were going to have before to the extent possible,” he said. “Guys like (Olympic medalist) Shakur Stevenson and others who would have been fighting on our cards.” Stevenson was set to headline a Top Rank card in March at Madison Square Garden when it was called off at the last minute because of the pandemic. Another Top Rank fighter, Ireland’s Michael Conlan, was to fight in New York on St. Patrick’s Day, but Arum said Conlan won’t be on the upcoming cards because he’s unable to travel from Ireland. Arum said fighters and cornermen will be tested when they arrive in Las Vegas the week of the fight and will be housed on a “bubble” floor at the MGM Grand. They will be allowed out only to eat at an approved restaurant in the hotel or to train at the Top Rank gym. Fighters will also be tested the night before they fight. The double tests should eliminate the issue the UFC had when a fighter tested positive and was removed from the UFC 249 card, Arum said. “Our protocols will be much more stringent than UFC had in Florida,” Arum said. “In ours you wouldn’t have a fighter testing positive the day of the fight or the day before.” Arum credited Jim Murren, the former MGM CEO who leads a state task force dealing with the virus, with making sure there are enough tests available for fighters, judges, commissioners and anyone else involved on site. He said 60-70 people may be tested on fight day alone, using tests that can give results in a couple hours. While pre-pandemic fights were held in the 16,000-seat MGM Grand Garden, Arum said the fights will be held in a convention area or ballroom at the hotel. There will be no media allowed, at least at the beginning, he said, because of the logistical difficulty of testing more people. Arum’s Top Rank has a long-term deal with ESPN for fights that before the pandemic hit were on the main network and streaming service ESPN+. The network also combined with Fox to televise the pay-per-view of the Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder heavyweight title card in February that was Top Rank’s last card. Arum said he talked to Fury on Thursday and that plans are underway to hold the rematch — probably somewhere outside the U.S. — late this year. He said there are also still plans for a highly anticipated lightweight title unification fight between Vasiliy Lomachenko and Teofimo Lopez by the end of the year......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2020

53-year old Mike Tyson still hits really hard

Over the weekend, former heavyweight boxing star "Iron" Mike Tyson posted a clip of himself hitting the mitts and looking every bit as scary as he did during his heyday.  In the clip that went viral and spread like wildfire, Tyson, who was training with famed MMA trainer Rafael Cordeiro, unloaded a six-punch combination with a certain speed and power that no 53-year old man should possess.          View this post on Instagram                   I’m a Bad Boy for Life. Watch #BadBoysforLife now on DVD Blueray @willsmith @martinlawrence #stillthebaddestmanontheplanet A post shared by Mike Tyson (@miketyson) on May 1, 2020 at 12:07pm PDT Tyson, of course, is no ordinary 53-year old man, but how many of you are actually old enough to remember Mike Tyson?  While it was the likes of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. that ruled the last couple of decades of boxing, during the mid-80's through the late 90's, boxing's biggest star was the man who was widely regarded as "The Baddest Man on The Planet."  Standing at just 5-foot-10, Tyson wasn't the biggest heavyweight in the world when he began his career, but the New York native had the lethal combination of speed and uncanny power that ultimately led him to 19 (NINETEEN) straight wins via KO or TKO in his first 19 bouts. Eight wins and six more knockouts later, Tyson blasted Trevor Berbick in just two rounds to become the WBC Heavyweight World Champion.  In his next nine bouts (six of which would be by knockout), Tyson would proceed to add more gold to his resume, capturing the WBA, IBF, and The Ring Magazine heavyweight championships while improving to a 37-0 professional record.  Tyson would suffer his first loss to Buster Douglas, by knockout, in 1990.  After the loss to Douglas, Tyson won his next eight bouts (six by knockout) and regain the WBC and WBA Heavyweight World Championships in the process.  Tyson's next two bouts would arguably be his most controversial.  In November of 1996, Tyson would suffer just his second career loss, losing to Evander Holyfield via 11th-round TKO to lose the WBA title. In the rematch, Tyson would be disqualified for biting Holyfield in the ears.  Tyson's career after the Holyfield fights can be called rocky, at best, winning five more fights while two went to No Contests.  In his last chance at a world championship, Tyson lost to Lennox Lewis in the eighth round.  In 2005, following back-to-back stoppage losses to Danny Williams and Kevin McBride, Tyson retired from professional boxing.  While Tyson is easily one of the most controversial figures in the world of boxing, his legacy as one of the best heavyweights ever is undeniable. In 2011, Tyson was inducted to the International Boxing Hall of Fame.     .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 5th, 2020

Johnriel Casimero could be facing someone other than Naoya Inoue

Johnriel Casimero’s plans to go ‘Monster Hunting’ could be put on hold for now. Due to COVID-19-related travel restrictions, it looks like the Filipino WBO Bantamweight World Champion’s highly-anticipated title-unification bout against Japanese bulldozer and  reigning IBF and WBA Welterweight World Champion Naoya “Monster” Inoue could be put on the backburner for the time being. Casimero and Inoue were initially scheduled to fight on April 25th in Las Vegas, but it ended up being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking to BoxingScene.com’s Keith Idec, Top Rank Promotions CEO Bob Arum says that Casimero could be stepping in the ring against someone else, given that the Pinoy champion is already in the US, and Arum isn’t sure when Inoue can travel from Japan. A name that is being discussed is American Joshua Greer.  “One of the possible fights we’re talking about for [Casimero] is Joshua Greer, our kid from Chicago,” Arum said. “He was gonna fight Jason Moloney, so we could have him fight Casimero. That’s a good, competitive fight.” The 30-year old Casimero (29-4, 20 KO) is coming off a stunning win over Zolani Tete to capture the title back in November of 2019. “I talked to Mr. [Akihiko] Honda and Inoue’s people from Japan [on Thursday],” Arum added. “We’re thinking of bringing him over to the United States. The problem we have, of course, is the travel ban. Can we get a Japanese fighter into the country under these circumstances? I don’t know. Right now, what we’re concentrating on is American fighters or foreign fighters who are here in the United States. That way, we don’t have to worry about bringing them in from abroad for the fights we can do in the beginning.”  Greer, 25, is the number one contender for Casimero’s world title and owns a 22-1-1 pro record with 12 wins coming via KO, and has been on a 19-fight winning streak since 2016. A title shot against Casimero will be Greer’s first shot at a major world championship. Greer was set to face Jason Moloney on the same card as Casimero-Inoue. “From the looks of things, it’s a good fight with Casimero,” Greer also told BoxingScene.com’s Idec. “[Casimero is] an unpredictable, wild guy, very unpredictable. It’s a good matchup. I’m just looking for the winner, either or. I’m gonna take care of my business against Jason Moloney, beat him and I’m looking toward the winner, and I’m ready for either one.” Should the Casimero-Greer bout push through, its likely that the winner will get to go ‘Monster Hunting’ against Inoue......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 28th, 2020

Pacquiao to Marcial: Stick with me and you’ll go places

BY NICK GIONGCO       Manny Pacquiao is dangling a mouth-watering offer to sought-after Filipino middleweight Eumir Felix Marcial, who has been besieged with feelers from overseas for him to turn professional. “I can give him a world title shot after just three (pro) fights,” said Pacquiao, the World Boxing Association welterweight king, in […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsApr 15th, 2020

Title fights on hold

Five Filipino boxers in line for world title bouts are in cold storage for the moment while the world grapples with the coronavirus crisis but they’re staying safe and healthy to make sure when the fight dates are confirmed, it’ll be a smooth transition back to the ring......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 9th, 2020

Team Lakay stars shine as S+A brings back ONE Championship fights

Filipino warriors from Team Lakay will show us how to fight with all heart and might this April as ABS-CBN S+A gives us world-class mixed martial arts (MMA) action from ONE Championship all month. Witness Team Lakay’s rising star Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang notch another rousing victory as one of the featured fighters in “ONE Warrior Season 4.” The travel series and talent show hosted by MMA legend Rich Franklin will have its Philippine premiere on Sunday (April 5) from 6 pm to 12 mn, followed by 30-minute telecasts every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 9 pm. Adiwang’s first round knockout on Brazilian Alber Correia Da Silva was one of the best moments that season, which aired in February 2019 and was won by Japanese submission specialist Kimihiro Eto.  Thunder Kid’s Team Lakay teammate Joshua “The Passion” Pacio will also take the spotlight as S+A airs “ONE: Roots of Honor” on April 16 at 9 pm.  Pacio redeemed himself in the co-main event, defeating Yosuke Saruta via split decision to take back the ONE Strawweight World Championship. The fight also featured ONE Featherweight World Champion Martin Nguyen, who knocked out former titleholder Narantungalag Jadambaa to extend his reign. On April 17, it’s Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio’s turn to show Filipino courage through his domination of Korean Kim Kyu Sung in their Flyweight World Grand Prix bout in e “ONE: Enter the Dragon.” Fighting alongside the former champion from Team Lakay  in this card were superstars Shinya Aoki and Christian Lee, who figured in a Lightweight World title showdown.  On April 23, watch Danny “The King” Kingad make his presence felt in the MMA world with a split decision win over Australian Reece McLaren in “ONE: Dawn of Heroes,” which also featured legends Demetrious Johnson and Eddie Alvarez. The next day, April 24, see the gallant stand of Filipino fighters Brandon Vera, and Team Lakay’s Kevin Belingon and Kingad in the biggest event in martial arts history, the two-part “ONE: Century” event in Japan. S+A closes the month with “ONE: Masters of Fate” on April 30, which had Filipinos Pacio and Rene Catalan fighting each other in the main event. The Passion won the fight, while other Pinoy fighters like Eduard Folayang, Robin Catalan, and Eustaquio also entering the win column.  Apart from these world-class MMA events, fight fans will also enjoy looking back at other outstanding bouts in “ONE: Championship Classics” every Tuesday at 9:30 pm starting April 14 and never before seen footage and behind-the-scenes moments in “ONE: Official Film” every Saturdays at 9:30 pm beginning April 18.   S+A will also air “ONE: Greatest Rivalries” every Sunday at 9:30 pm starting April 19 and “ONE: Spirit of a Warrior” every Monday at 9 pm beginning April 20. For the latest news in sports, follow @ABSCBNSports on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit sports.abs-cbn.com. For updates, follow @ABSCBNPR on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit abs-cbn.com/newsroom......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 6th, 2020

ONE Championship: Denice Zamboanga hopes to realize World Championship dreams in Manila

FIlipina atomweight Denice “The Menace Fairtex” Zamboanga has made quite the impression since joining Singapore-based martial arts promotion ONE Championship. The 23-year old Quezon City native exploded onto the ONE Championship scene with a dominant three-round unanimous decision victory over Malaysian veteran Jihin “Shadow Cat” Radzuan back in December. For a relative unknown and a promotional newcomer, taking out a proven contender in the division like Radzuan was already a notable feat in itself. The win earned her a massive step up in competition and an equally massive opportunity at proving that her debut was no one-time performance. In just her second bout in the promotion, Zamboanga was matched up against two-time world title challenger and Japanese women’s MMA veteran Mei “V.V.” Yamaguchi in a match that some people saw as a win for the latter. Zamboanga proved the doubters wrong by dominating Yamaguchi en route to another unanimous decision victory. “Sobrang masaya ko sa mga naging resulta ng mga fights ko sa ONE kasi puro malalakas at top contender mga nakalaban ko,” Zamboanga told ABS-CBN Sports. Those two impressive victories have in fact earned Zamboanga a shot at the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship, currently held by Singaporean star Angela “Unstoppable” Lee. While Zamboanga admits that the title shot came as a bit of a surprise, the possibility of her challenging for ONE gold if she was able to defeat Yamaguchi was indeed within the realm of possibility, which is why she accepted the fight, even on short notice. “Bago ko pa i-accept yung laban kay Mei, nagsabi na yung coach ko na kapg nanalo ko dun may possibility na maglaro ako ng title fight,” Zamboanga explained. “Kaya kahit short notice, tinanggap ko.” Now, Zamboanga has the distinction of being the first Filipina to challenge the first and only champion in the atomweight division so far. “Masaya at proud ako na ako ang unang Filipina na lalaban kay Angela Lee para sa title,” Zamboanga stated. “Representing my country is one of the best feelings when I’m fighting,” she added. Making things even more exciting for Zamboanga is the fact that the must-see title bout could take place in her home country. “If ever na sa Pilipinas ganapin ang title fight, sobrang malaking bagay sa akin yun at sa mga taong sumusuporta sa akin,” Zamboanga said. If Zamboanga can do what hasn’t been done before and dethrone Lee, in Manila no less, she joins the likes of Brandon Vera, Joshua Pacio, Edward Folayang, Geje Eustaquio, and Kevin Belingon as Pinoys who have captured ONE world championships in Manila. “Iba rin kasi sa feeling kung sa sariling bansa ka naging champion,” Zamboanga continued. With the current COVID-19 pandemic that has put the whole world on pause, there hasn’t been many matchmaking announcements as of late, but that isn’t stopping Zamboanga from hyping her title fight up if indeed it does get pencilled in for ONE’s return to Manila this coming May. “Expect that this title fight would be one of the greatest fights ever in ONE, so hindi nila pwedeng hindi mapanood,” Zamboanga exclaimed.      ONE Championship is expected to return with closed-door events in Singapore starting April 17th. You can still catch the best events of ONE Championship from 2019 on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 30th, 2020

ONE Championship: Denice Zamboanga sees holes in champ Angela Lee s game

Denice "The Menace Fairtex" Zamboanga's confidence is at an all-time high ahead of her highly-anticipated bout against reigning ONE Women's Atomweight World Champion Angela "Unstoppable" Lee later this year.  The fast-rising Filipina phenom earned her shot following a dominant performance against two-time World Title challenger Mei "V.V" Yamaguchi at ONE: KING OF THE JUNGLE on 28 February at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. In just her second appearance in The Home of Martial Arts, Zamboanga shocked the world when she defended the Japanese veteran’s repeated attempts to take the match to the ground while picking her apart on the feet.  “I think I am ready to face the champion, because my coach told me no one ever did that to Mei Yamaguchi,” Zamboanga said.  Zamboanga's performance was so convincing that ONE Championship CEO and Chairman Chatri Sityodtong granted her the World Title shot after the match. This early, “The Menace Fairtex” sees one thing that she could use to her advantage in their upcoming showdown for all the marbles.  "She's a very well-rounded fighter, but I think I have an advantage when it comes to my cardio," she said. "Her strength is in grappling but I am also strong in that one too. To win [on] the ground, I have to study all of her fights, and I will study well.” From the looks of it, Zamboanga has been using her idle time scouting Lee, and she has no doubts that if she can push the World Champion to her limits, she has a chance to steal the crown.  “I saw all of her fights. Usually in the 5th round, she fades. You can see it in the Xiong Jing Nang fight,” Zamboanga said.   “For me, I am confident with my cardio and I believe that’s her weakness. That’s what I would prepare for.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 18th, 2020

Jerwin, John Riel fights postponed

Filipino world champions Jerwin Ancajas and John Riel Casimero will have to wait longer for their title fights to take place after Top Rank Inc. put all its plans on hold because of the COVID-19 crisis......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 18th, 2020

Ancajas, Casimero title defenses in Vegas postponed

MANILA, Philippines – There is a faint hope that the world title fights of Jerwin Ancajas and Johnriel Casimero would push through as scheduled, after Top Rank Promotions on Monday, March 16 (Tuesday, March 17, Philippine time) canceled all of its scheduled events in March and April Following the move of rival Premier ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 18th, 2020

Ancajas, Casimero title fights postponed due to virus threat

Filipino world titlists Jerwin Ancajas and John Riel Casimero will have to wait a little longer to return to action after their promoter Top Rank Inc. postponed their upcoming fights because of the COVID-19 health crisis......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 17th, 2020