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Pinoy boxing stars John Riel Casimero, Mark Magsayo link up in the US

A pair of rising Pinoy boxing stars in WBO Bantamweight World Champion John Riel "Quadro Alas" Casimero and undefeated prospect Mark "Magnifico" Magsayo got to link up and spend some time together in the United States over the weekend.  Casimero and Magsayo, both members of Manny Pacquiao's MP Promotions stable, spent their rest day fishing, as shared by Magsayo on his Instagram account.        View this post on Instagram                   Went fishing with my bro WBO Champ Quadro Alas @johnrielreponte last night for our weekend rest. @mannypacquiao @knuckleheadsean #fishingtime #resttime #MPpromotions #viva #MMM #teamSeva A post shared by Magnifico (@markmagnificomagsayo) on Jul 26, 2020 at 7:14pm PDT  The 30-year old Casimero has been in the United States since March and was scheduled to face undefeated Japanese boxing star Naoya Inoue, the reigning WBA and IBF Bantamweight king in a unification bout back in April, until the COVID-19 pandemic nixed those plans.  Magsayo, who inked his deal with MP Promotions earlier this year, flew to the US at the start of July to work and train with the likes of long-time Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach and Pacquiao strengh and conditioning coach Justin Fortune. Magsayo's trip to the US was also initially supposed to happen at an earlier date, but the pandemic also prevented that from pushing through.  Both Casimero and Magsayo are hoping to return to the ring later this year. .....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnJul 27th, 2020

Pinoy boxing stars John Riel Casimero, Mark Magsayo link up in the US

A pair of rising Pinoy boxing stars in WBO Bantamweight World Champion John Riel "Quadro Alas" Casimero and undefeated prospect Mark "Magnifico" Magsayo got to link up and spend some time together in the United States over the weekend.  Casimero and Magsayo, both members of Manny Pacquiao's MP Promotions stable, spent their rest day fishing, as shared by Magsayo on his Instagram account.        View this post on Instagram                   Went fishing with my bro WBO Champ Quadro Alas @johnrielreponte last night for our weekend rest. @mannypacquiao @knuckleheadsean #fishingtime #resttime #MPpromotions #viva #MMM #teamSeva A post shared by Magnifico (@markmagnificomagsayo) on Jul 26, 2020 at 7:14pm PDT  The 30-year old Casimero has been in the United States since March and was scheduled to face undefeated Japanese boxing star Naoya Inoue, the reigning WBA and IBF Bantamweight king in a unification bout back in April, until the COVID-19 pandemic nixed those plans.  Magsayo, who inked his deal with MP Promotions earlier this year, flew to the US at the start of July to work and train with the likes of long-time Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach and Pacquiao strengh and conditioning coach Justin Fortune. Magsayo's trip to the US was also initially supposed to happen at an earlier date, but the pandemic also prevented that from pushing through.  Both Casimero and Magsayo are hoping to return to the ring later this year. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 27th, 2020

Eumir Marcial says Manny Pacquiao offered to manage his pro career

Eumir Marcial has already made a name for himself in the amateur boxing ranks, with three SEA Games gold medals and a runner-up finish in the 2019 World Championships.  Now, the 24-year old Zamboangueño is targeting a gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics next year.  Marcial qualified for the Tokyo games (which was originally scheduled for 2020, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic) after reaching the semifinals of the 2020 Asia and Oceania Olympic Boxing Qualifier Tournament held in Amman, Jordan back in March.  The heavy-handed middleweight went on to capture gold in his weight division.  While Marcial is intent on going pro, he has maintained that right now, his top priority is still to bring home an Olympic gold medal.  Because of the Olympics being postponed however, Marcial made the decision to go pro, and while he hasn't made any decisions on which promoter he'll be signing with, it appears as though he's quite keen on joining the MP Promotions stable.  MP Promotions, of course, is Manny Pacquiao's boxing promotions outfit and is home the likes of WBO Bantamweight World Champion Johnriel “Quadro Alas” Casimero, IBF Super Flyweight World Champion Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas, IBF Minimumweight World Champion Pedro Taduran, former WBO Bantamweight World Champion Marlon Tapales, former interim WBA Bantamweight World Champion Reymart Gaballo, former interim WBA Featherweight World Champion Jhack Tepora, and rising star Mark Magsayo, their newest big-name recruit.  On an interview with Radyo Pilipinas 2, Marcial shared that Pacquiao offered to help him in his professional career.  "Nakausap ko and sabi ni Senator na talagang tutulungan niya ako," Marcial said. Very thankful ako na binigyan tayo ng oras ni Senator Manny Pacquiao, and nakaka-inspire talaga yung words na sinabi niya sa akin na tutulungan kita, ako mag-mamanage sa’yo. Napaka-sarap pakinggan yung mga galing sa isa sa mga nagbigay ng inspiration sa akin." Like most up-and-coming Pinoy boxers, Marcial says that he has long looked up to the eight-division world champion.  "Simula po nagkaroon ako ng isip sa boxing, siya na yung isa sa mga inspirasyon ko." Marcial clarified that there hasn't been any official discussions about signing with MP Promotions, but it looks like the pro-bound pug is leaning in that direction.  "Hopefully sir, sana as soon as possible," Marcial said about when he's set to meet with Pacquiao regarding a deal. "Hindi pa naman kami nag-uusap talaga, na magsabi about na doon ako pipirma, pero yung sinabi ni senator na kung sa akin pupunta, tutulungan kita, ako ang mag-mamanage sa’yo, akong bahala sa’yo." "Napaka-gandang marinig yun," Marcial added.     .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 16th, 2020

Boxing: John Riel Casimero expects Inoue fight to happen in May

Three-division boxing world champion and reigning WBO Bantamweight World Champion John Riel "Quadro Alas" Casimero doesn't expect to wait too long to finally get his hands on WBA and IBW Bantamweight World Champion Naoya "Monster" Inoue of Japan.  The two 118-pound titleholders were set to collide on April 25th at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, but due to the current COVID-19 pandemic that's affecting the whole world, Top Rank Boxing decided to postpone all boxing events in March and April.  The Ormoc, Leyte-native believes that he and Inoue will square off in May.  "Durog 'yan, 'matic. Durugin natin 'yan in May, guys," Casimero said, responding to a fan during a live Q&A session on his YouTube channel.  "Pinag-usapan namin sa Top Rank, ibabalik [yung laban] in May, pero hinihintay pa namin yung 14 days, kaya malalaman natin after 14 days, i-aanounce na namin kung kelan yung laban, basta in May. Ready lang tayo, guys," Casimero explained further.  Casimero also touched on the possibility of a Filipino-versus-Filipino unification bout in the bantamweight division, since Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire is expected to challenge WBC Bantamweight World Champion Nordine Oubaali for the title.  "Yeah, maglalaban yan talaga. Pag-mananalo si Donaire at mananalo ako, maglalaban kami," Casimero said. "Walang problema yan, kay i-pray natin na manalo si Donaire, manalo din tayo, magandang laban din 'yan."  Speaking of Filipinos, as it turns out, Inoue was able to enlist some help from a Pinoy boxer in the form of "Prince" Albert Pagara.  "Si Albert Pagara ka-sparring daw ni Inoue doon sa Japan, pero naka-uwi na sila sa Cebu," Casimero explained. "Nag-sparring sila, malakas daw si Inoue, sabi nila."  Casimero also answered a ton of fan questions in the near-2 hour video which you can watch below:.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 20th, 2020

2019 Monthly Memorable Sports Moments (Part 2)

The year 2019 was a rollercoaster ride for Filipino athletes and Pinoy sports fans. We saw the highs and the lows, basked in the glory of triumph and felt the agony of defeat. We witnessed history unfold and experienced the best and the worst of Philippine sports. Here’s a look back at the sports news that made the headlines that made the end of the decade a memorable one.   JULY Eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao defeated Keith Thurman via decision to claim the WBA (Super) Welterweight World Championship belt. Abraham ‘Bambol’ Tolentino won as Philippine Olympic Committee president in a special election after the resignation of Ricky Vargas.   AUGUST John Riel Casimero knocked out Mexican Cesar Ramirez in the tenth round to retain the Interim WBO Bantamweight World Championship belt. San Miguel Beer captured the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup championship. F2 Logistics won the 2019 PSL All-Filipino Conference title.   SEPTEMBER Pole vaulter Ernest John Obiena earned a ticket to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after clearing 5.81 meters in the Salto Con L'asta meet in Piazza Chiari, Italy. Gilas ended the horror trip to China with a 0-5 record in the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Japanese-Filipino sumo wrestler Hisashi Mitakeumi captured his second top-division title after defeating Takakeisho in a playoff to win the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament. Pedro Taduran needed only four rounds to dispatch Samuel Salva to become the new IBF Minimumweight World Champion. Kiefer Ravena saw action in the PBA after an 18-month ban.   OCTOBER Caloy Yulo won a historic gold medal in the 49th FIG Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Stuttgart, Germany and also earned a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Nesthy Petecio won the gold medal in women’s featherweight of the 2019 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championship in Ulan-Ude, Russia. Brandon Vera fell short against Aung La N Sang in their ONE light heavyweight bout in Tokyo while Kevin Belingon was submitted by Bibiano Fernandes in their bantamweight title clash. Adamson University won the PVL Collegiate Conference title. F2 Logistics ruled the PSL Invitational Conference.   NOVEMBER Ateneo de Manila University won its third straight title in UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball via tournament sweep while National University completed a six-peat with its 96th straight win in women's basketball. Letran dethroned San Beda University in the NCAA Season 95 men’s basketball tournament. Creamline retained its PVL Season 3 Open Conference crown. Reigning IBF Super Flyweight World Champion Jerwin "Pretty Boy" Ancajas' scheduled world title defense against Mexico's Jonathan Javier Rodriguez was cancelled because the challenger’s visa issues.  Nonito Donaire Jr. lost to Japanese KO artist Naoya Inoue via unanimous decision in the finals of the World Boxing Super Series Bantamweight Tournament. Joshua Pacio retained the ONE Strawweight World Championship with a masterful submission win over fellow Filipino Rene Catalan. The Philippines began its fourth hosting of the Southeast Asian Games. Businessman, sports patron and University of the East head coach Bong Tan passed away after collapsing during a basketball game. He was 53.   DECEMBER Pinoy boxer Johnriel Casimero knocked South African Zolani Tete out in the third round to capture the WBO Bantamweight World Championship. Reigning IBF Super Flyweight World Champion Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas retained his belt after needing just six rounds to dispose of Chilean challenger Miguel Gonzales. Team Philippines won the overall championship in the SEA Games after copping 149 gold medals. Barangay Ginebra and Meralco forged a Finals encounter in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup.    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 30th, 2019

Casimero takes on Micah today

WORLD Boxing Organization bantamweight champion John Riel Casimero entered a near-empty venue in Connecticut on Saturday night wearing a mask for the official weigh-in for his fight against undefeated challenger Duke Micah of Ghana — a sight unfamiliar amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Casimero (29-4, 20 knockouts) easily made the 118-pound limit as he tipped the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 27th, 2020

Casimero, ready na sa rumble

Handang-handa at nasa kondisyon na ang World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight champion na si John Riel Casimero sa kanyang napipintong pakikihamok kay undefeated Ghanaian challenger Duke Micah sa Linggo. Sa official weigh-in na ginanap sa Mohegan Sun Casino sa Uncasville, Connecticut, pumalo si Casimero sa 117.8lbs habang nasa 117.2lbs naman si Micah. Ang announcer par […] The post Casimero, ready na sa rumble appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 27th, 2020

& lsquo;Casimero& rsquo;s foe won& rsquo;t go distance& rsquo;

Reigning World Boxing Organization bantamweight champion John Riel Casimero warns Duke Micah to be ready when they clash on Sunday (Philippine time) in a world title bout, organized by Showtime and Premier Boxing Champions at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 26th, 2020

Casimero, handa sa title defense

Nasa Connecticut na ang World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight champion John Riel Casimero bilang paghahanda para sa kanyang title defense laban kay Ghanaian challenger Duke Micah. Pero sasalang muna sa siya sa isa sa dalawang coronavirus (COVID-19) test bago niya harapin si Micah sa Setyembre 26 sa Uncasville, Connecticut. Makakasama ni Casimero sa pagharap kay […] The post Casimero, handa sa title defense appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2020

Gello-ani: Gibbons is rightful Casimero handler

Promoter and manager Sammy Gello-ani insists that MP Promotions is the only rightful authority to handle the career of reigning World Boxing Organization bantamweight champion John Riel Casimero......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 28th, 2020

Casimero stakes WBO title against another African

Reigning World Boxing Organization bantamweight titleholder John Riel Casimero will be facing another opponent from Africa......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 17th, 2020

Casimero-Inoue fight scrapped, for now

International matchmaker Sean Gibbons confirmed that defending World Boxing Organization bantamweight champion John Riel Casimero is now headed to a different direction, away from a fight against Japanese unified champion Naoya Inoue......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 16th, 2020

7-foot Fil-Am hoops prospect Sage Tolentino channels inner-Manny Pacquiao in workout video

7-foot Filipino-American high school prospect Sage Tolentino isn’t a household name yet, but don’t be surprised if he becomes one in the near future.  The 16-year old is currently ranked as the top high school player in Hawaii, and should be a coveted recruit for any university, or eventually follow in the footsteps of fellow towering Pinoy Kai Sotto in the G-League.  Tolentino could also be one of the cornerstones of future Philippine National Teams, with the SBP already reaching out to him.  Always looking for new ways to push himself and improve physically, it looks like Tolentino is keen on taking up another sport as a form of cross-training.  A video posted on East West Private’s Instagram page shows Tolentino trying his hand at boxing, channeling Filipino boxing legend and eight-division world champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.          View this post on Instagram                   When training for your future basketball dreams it doesn’t always mean you find yourself daily on the court. @mannypacquiao Sage said he LOVED IT! Maybe one day you can come train with @kzsotto and @sagee23_ for some cross training. Show them a few moves. At EWP today our goal for Sage was: - Hand-eye coordination - Understanding time and space - Footwork relative to basketball, positioning, and leverage - Learning how to stay focused through fatigue - Muscular endurance - Controlled aggression A post shared by EWP (@eastwestprivate) on Jul 2, 2020 at 4:25am PDT “When training for your future basketball dreams, it doesn’t always mean you find yourself daily on the court,” the post’s caption read, before giving a shout out to Pacquiao himself and inviting him to train Tolentino and the G-League-bound Sotto.  Boxing is actually a pretty popular cross-training sport for a lot of NBA players, as it’s a good way to build up cardio and improve footwork.  Stars like Damian Lillard, Joel Embiid, Kyle Kuzma, John Wall, and many others have put on a pair of 16-ounce gloves and hit the mitts to keep themselves in tip-top shape during the off-season.  With Pacquiao being an avid hoops fan himself, what’s the likelihood that he does bite on the offer to help train two of the Philippines’ most promising young stars?.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2020

Pinoy athletes show gratitude to frontliners in music video

Filipino athletes band together in an online rally to show appreciation and gratitude to frontliners braving the battle against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic this Labor Day. Virtual Playground, which manages a stable of athletes, launched on Friday a music video of the song ‘Fly High” featuring sports personalities. The song was composed by songwriter Joven Tan and sung by Yohance Buie, Hans Paronda, Althea Pinzon and KM Oliveros. With the hashtags #TogetherWeFlyHigh #VPCares and #VPSalutes, the music video highlights the sacrifices and heroism of Filipino frontliners who risk their own lives to help and save those affected by the virus. The song also gives hope and inspiration to Filipinos in this time of crisis.   Among the athletes featured in the music video were PBA stars James Yap, Ranidel de Ocampo, Chris Ross and Sol Mercado. UAAP athletes Ricci Rivero, Andrei Caracut, CJ Cansino, Christiana Dimaunahan, mixed martial artists Brandon Vera and Mark Streigl and volleyball stars Mika Reyes, Kat Tolentino, Jema Galanza, Mela Tunay and John Vic De Guzman participated in the video......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 1st, 2020

Title fight with Casimero possible in Japan, says Inoue

MANILA, Philippines – There's a possibility the unification bout between Johnriel Casimero and Naoya "Monter" Inoue will be moved to Japan. This revelation came from Inoue, the World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation bantamweight champion, himself. "Presumably my fight with John Riel Casimero would be possible to take ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 15th, 2020

Arum to boxers: Be patient

BY NICK GIONGCO       Locked down in Las Vegas and unable to fly back to the Philippines owing to the pandemic, world boxing champion John Riel Casimero is doing his best to kill time and looking forward to the day when everything clears up. Though when exactly that day will come remains a […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsApr 13th, 2020

Boxing: Fury vs. Wilder 3 postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic

The third installment between of the heavyweight boxing rivalry between "The Gypsy King" Tyson Fury and "The Bronze Bomber" Deontay Wilder is the latest casualty in the COVID-19 Pandemic's rampage on sporting events.  Wilder and Fury fought to a draw back in December of 2018. In the rematch, Fury stopped Wilder in the seventh round to claim the WBC Heavyweight World Championship.  Originally scheduled for July 18th at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, Fury-Wilder 3 has been postponed, said Top Rank Boxing CEO Bob Arum, via ESPN's Dan Rafael.  "Clearly not. We don't even know if the MGM will even be open by then," said Arum.  This comes after Top Rank Promotions decided to indefinitely postpone their slate of events for March and April, including a highly-anticipated bantamweight bout between titleholders John Riel Casimero of the Philippines and Naoya Inoue of Japan, wherein three of the big four world titles are up for grabs.  Casimero however, is confident that the fight will push through this coming May.  Arum added that while July is still a handful of months away, the uncertainty of the current situation as well as the time needed to prepare was a big part in deciding to move the bout to a later date.  "You could not guarantee the fighters that the event would take place on that date. We couldn't convince them or ourselves," Arum stated. "Where were they going to train for it? It just made no sense. You just have to take a step back. With the world seemingly on lockdown at the moment, international travel was also a concern, since Britain's Fury had thousands of British fans in attendance for the rematch back February 22nd.  "How are you going to sell tickets? It's absolutely ridiculous to say the fight is on when the Brits can't even get there," Arum added.  Top Rank's head honcho did give a projected date of when he hopes the fight to push through.  "So everybody has to take a step back. Boxing is not isolated. It's part of what's happening in the world. So possibly the fight will be in early October," Arum said. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 26th, 2020

Casimero avoids burning out

WBO bantamweight champion John Riel Casimero is staying indoors in a rented house in Las Vegas, steps out only to buy provisions in a Filipino store about four miles away and does 15 to 16 rounds of mitts and shadow boxing every day while awaiting word on when his triple unification showdown with super WBA/IBF titleholder Naoya Inoue will be reset......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 26th, 2020

SUPER SHOWDOWN: 13 season sweep vs 20 perfect run of Bullpups

Not only has Nazareth School of National University gone undefeated through the tournament in UAAP Boys Basketball, it has actually done it twice in the last seven years. The Bullpups did it in 2013 as Jeff Napa guided and Hubert Cani led them in warding off all oncomers and winding up 16-0. Seven years later, head coach Goldwin Monteverde's well-oiled machine stamped its class on all its opponents en route to an unbeaten title defense. With that, the Sampaloc-based school can now boast of having, arguably, two of the top teams in high school history. Head-to-head, though, which squad's season sweep was more impressive? That, that is exactly what we will delve into in ABS-CBN Sports' Super Showdown. In grading the greatness of each team's perfect run, we will be judging them in five categories (frontcourt, backcourt, coaching, depth, and level of competition) with a boxing-style 10-point must system determining the decision. FRONTCOURT Carl Tamayo is the best big man to come out of high school in recent history. The 6-foot-7 modern big man's averages of 11.6 points and 9.3 rebounds in the elimination round were ho-hum, but he unleashed his true self in the Finals where the posted a per game double-double of 19 markers and 18 boards. Put 6-foot-8 Kevin Quiambao and his norms of 12.3 points, 9.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.4 blocks beside that and the '20 National U team had two of the most talented towers in all of the Jrs. division. Coach Jeff, a well-renowned big man whisperer, has his bigs prepared to the utmost in each and every game, but '13 Bullpups' JP Cauilan, Mark Dyke, and Kins Go are just no match for the power and potential of the Tamayo-Quiambao pairing. That gap more than made up for the inexperience of '20 National U's wings in Harold Alarcon, Reyland Torres, and Nat Tulabut when matched up opposite the battle-tested wiles of Enzo Battad and Chino Mosqueda from the '13 Bullpups. Advantage '20 Bullpups, 10-8 BACKCOURT Cani, without a doubt, underwhelmed in his college career, but there was always a reason why several squads were interested in him coming out of high school. Simply put, he was a true-blue-chip recruit and his 24.5-point, 7.0-assist, 4.0-rebound, and 2.0-steal averages when it mattered most made him nothing but worthy as Finals MVP. Make no mistake, Terrence Fortea and Gerry Abadiano are true-blue-chip recruits in their own right, but the '13 version of Cani was just on another level - a big guard who can make plays as well as take matters into his own hands. Backstop him with steady Philip Manalang and '13 National U trumps the '20 Bullpups guard rotation of Fortea, Abadiano, Ernest Felicilda, and Steve Nash Enriquez. Advantage '13 Bullpups, 10-9 COACHING Both Coach Jeff and Coach Gold are undisputed master-builders in high school. Napa transformed National U from a once-league doormat into a dynasty while Monteverde has been a winner anywhere and everywhere, be it Chiang Kai Shek College or Adamson High School or with the Bullpups. Coach Jeff's trademark has long been mining raw big men and molding them into forces while Coach Gold has always had total team effort as his signature. Considering the lineups of the two teams, though, it was Napa who got the most out of his players. Cani was the '13 Bullpups one and only shining star, but Coach Jeff had perfect roles for do-it-all Cauilan, monster rebounder Dyke, and two-way swingman Mosqueda. On the other hand, Coach Gold had tantalizing talents in Abadiano, Fortea, Quiambao, and Tamayo, among others, and then made them all work in a system. And so, the slight edge here goes to Napa who turned scraps into a machine - but still, it should never be disregarded how masterful it was that Monteverde let his constellation of stars shine bright in their own ways. Advantage '13 Bullpups, 10-9 DEPTH There is no debate that the National U of '20 will blow the '13 Bullpups out of the water in terms of total talent. The National U of '20 had Tamayo and Fortea coming off the bench for crying out loud all while Quiambao and Abadiano made sure they started strong. Even more, the likes of Alarcon, Torres, and Felicilda never got headlines and highlights, but were actually the grease that made sure the juggernaut was running as well as it should. In comparison, the '13 Bullpups, more often than not, went eight-deep with Cani flanked by Battad, Cauilan, Dyke, Go, Manalang, Mosqueda, and John Rey Lapiz. Man-for-man, the National U of '20 was just fully loaded as promising prospects Enriquez, Kenji Duremdes, and Echo Laure are only just waiting for their turn at the controls. Advantage '20 Bullpups, 10-8 LEVEL OF COMPETITION The '20 National U won by an average of 25.8 points and only had three single-digit wins through the tournament. The '13 Bullpups, meanwhile, won by an average of 12.5 points and had 10 single-digit wins through the tournament. That alone doesn't tell the full story, though. The '13 Bullpups' road to a season sweep was actually rockier as it featured matchups with Ateneo de Manila University with Aaron Black, Jolo Mendoza, Thirdy Ravena, and Nieto twins Mike and Matt; Far Eastern University-Diliman with Brandrey Bienes, Wendell Comboy, Richard Escoto, Christian Fajarito, Marvin Lee, and Domingo twins JJ and JS; De La Salle Zobel with QJ Banzon, Aljun Melecio, Brent Paraiso, and Renzo Subido; and even Diego Dario and Joe Gomez de Liano's the University of the Philippines Integrated School and Raymar Caduyac's University of the East. And yet, they were able to take care of Thirdy's Blue Eaglets by an average margin of victory of 12.5 points in the Finals. That was the same average margin of victory for '20 National U opposite FEU-Diliman which went to war led by Cholo Anonuevo, Jorick Bautista, and Penny Estacio. While Anonuevo, Bautista, and Estacio are tantalizing talents, they are only coming into their own and far from the player that Season MVP Thirdy was for Ateneo. No doubt, talent was all over the league even past those '20 Finalists in the form of Adamson High School with Season MVP Jake Figueroa and Matty Erolon; Ateneo's Josh Lazaro, Lebron Lopez, and Forthky Padrigao; University of Sto. Tomas' Jacob Cortez and Bismarck Lina; and UPIS' Sean Torculas, Jordi GDL, and Ray Allen Torres. In all, however, the level of competition in 2013 was higher as '20 National U didn't face a team as talented as Thirdy's Blue Eaglets or a more complete team than the Baby Tams. Advantage '13 Bullpups, 10-8 FINAL SCORE, a draw at 46-46.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 24th, 2020

Boxing- John Riel Casimero taps Cuban connection Manila Bulletin Sports

Boxing: John Riel Casimero taps Cuban connection Manila Bulletin.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsFeb 18th, 2020

John Riel Casimero meets Naoya Inoue in Las Vegas this April

Reigning WBO Bantamweight World Champion John Riel "Quadro Alas" Casimero plans to go 'Monster Hunting' this year, as he's set to face reigning WBA (Super) and IBF Bantamweight World Champion Naoya "The Monster" Inoue of Japan in a unification bout on April 25th in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The bout was officially announced in a press conference, Wednesday afternoon at the Amelie Hotel in Manila.  "This fight here, brings together the two best bantamweights in the world," said MP Promotions President Sean Gibbons. "You have the WBO Champion [in Casimero] and the WBA (Super) Champion, IBF Champion, and The Ring Magazine Champion in Mr. Inoue."  The 29-year old Casmiero (29-4, 20 KO) is a three-division world champion, having previously held the IBF Light Flyweight World Championship as well as the IBF Flyweight World Championship. In December of 2019, Casimero recorded arguably the biggest win of his career, needing just three rounds to finish off the heavily-favored Zolani Tete of South Africa and capture the WBO's 118-pound title.  Inoue, meanwhile, is one of the most feared boxers in the division, possessing a spotless 19-0 professional record with 16 wins coming via KO.  The 26-year old Japanese superstar is also a three-division tileholder, with reigns as the WBC Light Flyweight World Champion and the the WBO Super Flyweight World Champion. "The Monster" is coming off a stellar run in the World Boxing Super Series Bantamweight Tournament, defeating Juan Carlos Payano and Emmanuel Rodriguez to set up a finals date against Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire back in November.  While many expected Inoue to steamroll Donaire, the fight instead turned into a 12-round classic, with the Filipino star giving the Japanese juggernaut all that he could handle.  In the end, Inoue still prevailed via Unanimous Decision, but his aura of invincibility was no longer there.  Casimero is confident that he can push Inoue to the limit and hand the Japanese champion his first loss. "Magaling siya, may knockout punch, may lakas din siya, kailangan pag-handaan talaga."  "Tignan natin yung tibay nitong si Inoue," he added.  Casimero is scheduled to fly to Miami, Florida on Thursday to begin training camp before heading to Las Vegas a month before the fight. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 5th, 2020