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Despite SEA Games absence, Women’s Boxing Team in high spirits after 1-day tourney

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The Philippine Sports Commission, in partnership with the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines, held a one-day women and girls boxing tournament, Tuesday at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.

The event was part of the PSC’s women’s martial arts tournament and had two divisions, namely the Youth Girls Division and the Elite Women Division for members of the national team.

In the Youth Girls Division, the flyweights kicked off the day’s action, with Janine Pangod making quick work of fellow Baguio native Jeah Maplinic. The first bout ended in Round 1, in favor of Pangod, after the referee called two consecutive standing counts against her opponent.

The next two matches proceeded and ended as quickly with stoppages in the first round. Judilyn Casin won against fellow national team teammate Jima Boja via shots to the body, while Wushu-practitioner turned boxer Claudine Veloso won over Jarissa Sumilao via a straight left hand that knocked down her opponent.

The last of the Youth Girls Division bouts, meanwhile, ended with a split decision win for Faith Yosayos against Arla Chalis, while in the Elite Women Flyweight category, Irish Magno held off a spirited Aira Villegas. Both Magno and Villegas were able to showcase their speed and combinations in the competitive affair, but it was Magno who came out on top with a unanimous decision win, owing to her sustained aggressiveness and slick defense.

In all, there were six bouts contested in four different weight categories.

Last but not least, in the last match of the day, Nesthy Petecio won a lop-sided decision over teammate Florence May Oliveros.

A silver medalist in the 2014 World Championships, Petecio outgunned the younger Oliveros with her speed, accuracy, and body work—with Petecio employing the Philly Shell defense and often switching stances to open up Oliveros to a variety of angled attacks.

Though it was a veteran versus neophyte affair, it was to the credit of Oliveros, who had only started training with the team in June, that she was able to withstand the onslaught from Petecio and finish the bout despite a standing count in the third and last round.

Ruel Velasco, head coach of the women’s national boxing team, noted the improvement of his wards and the competitive nature of the bouts, saying, “Hindi naman sila nag-alalayan. Bigay todo talaga.”

An Olympic sport since 2012, women’s boxing was officially removed from the list of events for the 29th SEA Games to be held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from August 19 to 31.

According to Petecio, while the team was saddened at first, they respect the decision of the host country.

“Na-feel sad po kami, pero nirerespeto ko naman yung decision ng host country. Kasi sabi nga po nila ‘pag Philippines din yung mag-host, kahit ano pong ilagay namin, kahit anong sports po yung tanggalin namin, magagawa po namin. So nirerespeto po namin. Kasi para sakin po ah, [kahit] wala pong SEA Games, madami pa namang ibang laro na pwede namin [salihan para] mapakita yung best performance namin.”

For Petecio, she says, her own sights are on the Olympics in 2020.

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Bob Arum sees Jerwin Ancajas as the ‘next Manny Pacquiao’

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What a day it has been for IBF World Junior Bantamweight Champion Jerwin Ancajas.

On a day that saw him make courtesy calls to President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Manny Pacquiao, Top Rank Promotions chief executive officer Bob Arum revealed that the 25-year-old is set to sign with his company.

The veteran promoter revealed the news to Boxing Scene’s Steve Kim Wednesday morning.

“He is going to become a Top Rank fighter,” Bob Arum told Boxing Scene. “We’re going to fight him at least three or four times a year.

“We call him the ‘next Manny Pacquiao.'”

Ancajas (28-1-1, 19KOs) defeated McJoe Arroyo for the world title back in September of 2016. Since then, he has defended his crown three times, with the most recent coming via a TKO of Jamike Conlan last November 18 in Belfast, Ireland.

Throughout his journey to the top, he was affiliated with MP Productions and he will continue to do so as the deal between Pacquiao’s camp and Arum’s will be to co-promote the native of Cavite City.

Later in the day, Ancajas, together with stablemate Mark Barriga and coach Joven Jimenez, made a courtesy call to the president.

“Nakakatuwa at na-meet namin si Presidente,” said Ancajas.

“Nakikita na rin namin siya dati sa Davao, pero iba pa rin po nung nameet namin siya na presidente na siya.”

Ancajas is set to face Israel Gonzalez (21-1) on February 3, 2018 at the Bank of America Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.

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Mark Magsayo retains WBO International crown in homecoming

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By: JD Sanchez

The future is bright for Bohol’s Magnifico

In his homecoming, Mark Magsayo (18-0, 13KOs) successfully defended his WBO International Featherweight title against seasoned veteran Shota Hayashi of Japan (30-7-1, 18KOs), Saturday evening at the Bohol Wisdom School Gym in Tagbiliran City.

“Inisip ko pamilya ko. Inisip ko belt ko na sana hindi mabawi kaya nilakasan ko fighting spirit ko,” Magsayo said.

The fight went the 12 full rounds, with both warriors giving their all. At the end of the 36-minute slugfest, the judges saw the bout in favor of the Filipino, 116-112, 116-112, 116-112.

Headlining Pinoy Pride 43 in his hometown in front of his family, friends, and fans, Magsayo knew and vowed that he needed to fight smart and be technical in his approach. That did not stop him from going toe-to-toe against the very same Hayashi, who was making his overseas debut.

The two traded hard punches all throughout with Magsayo landing the cleaner ones. The Tagbilaran native punished the Japaneese visitor with brutal body and head combinations, but the latter would shrug them off and drop his own deadly combos to the delight of those in attendance.

The win could easily propel him towards fighting for the WBO World Featherweight championship belt currently held by Mexico’s Oscar Valdez — or at the very least, a title eliminator.

In the undercard, Albert Pagara and Jeo Santisima came out on top, as both fighters did not waste time to dispose their respective opponents.

Pagara (29-1) overwhelmed Mohammed Kambulata (16-4) as he knocked down his opponent twice in the second round that called for the stoppage, while Santisima (15-2) needed just 36 seconds to dispose of Kichang Kim (8-5-1)

Pinoy Pride 43: The Battle in Bohol Results
November 25, 2017 – Bohol Wisdom School Gym, Tagbilaran City


Super Bantamweight bout: Virgel Vitor (12-1, 7 KOs) def. John Ray Logatiman (6-7-2) via UD
Minimumweight bout: Melvin Jerusalem (12-2, 7 KOs) def. Jestoni Racoma (6-3-1) via UD
Flyweight bout: Esneth Domingo (8-0, 4 KOs) def. Lowell Saguisa (7-27-1, 3 KOs) via UD
Flyweight bout: Rocky Fuentes (36-9-2, 20 KOs) def. Ryan Tampus (11-21, 8 KOs) via KO1
Featherweight bout: Roli Gasca (24-8-1, 7 KOs) def. Jason Tinampay (8-7-1, 7 KOs) via UD
Junior Flyweight bout: Christian Bacolod (8-0, 6 KOs) def. Ryan Makaputin (12-11-2, 4 KOs) via TKO2

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Manny Pacquiao teases showdown with Conor McGregor in 2018

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Is a Manny Pacquiao-Conor McGregor super fight in the works?

In a cryptic tweet posted by Fighting Senator Manny Pacquiao on Thursday evening, boxing’s only eight-division world champion sent a direct message to UFC World Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor, hinting at a future match-up with the MMA fighter in 2018.

Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38KOs) last fought in July of 2017, figuring in a controversial unanimous decision loss to Jeff Horn in Brisbane, Australia. A rematch was supposed to take place later in the year, but the two camps could not come to terms. Pacquiao is turning 39 years old on December 17.

On the other hand, McGregor (0-1) made his professional boxing debut last August 26, 2017, losing to a former Pacquiao foe in Floyd Mayweather via a 10th round TKO. The fight — dubbed the Money Fight — had an estimated 4.4 million buys in pay-per-view, falling short of the record claimed by Mayweather-Pacquiao that generated 4.6 million buys.

If this comes into fruition, both fighters are expected to have big paydays. as the two are still considered part of the top five drawers in the fight industry.

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Mark Magsayo out to prove worth in hopes of world title opportunity

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There’s no slowing down Mark Magsayo (17-0, 13KOs) in his quest for a world title

Since his pro debut, the 22-year-old featherweight has set his sights on the sport’s ultimate prize and he’s been doing his part to make it happen.

Over the course of his career, Magsayo has climbed up the ladder to prove his worth in the boxing world. Every year, he made sure to stay active, competing at least three times and piling up victories and championships.

And as he enters the ring this weekend, “Magnifico” views his upcoming title defense as the perfect opportunity to inch closer to a possible world title shot.

“Ginagamit ko ito as a chance din na ma-prove ang sarili ko at kakayahan ko sa mga tao,” Magsayo shared with Tiebreaker Times.

“Every fight, meron din akong natututunan at nai-improve, so bawat laban para sakin ay one step closer sa world title.”

From Melton Sandal — whom he first knocked out in his pro debut back in 2013 — to his marquee win over Chris Avalos in front of more than 20,000 Filipinos last April, 2016, Magsayo believes that every win is an important piece to his championship puzzle.

In his latest test against Japanese veteran Shota Hayashi (30-6-1), a motivated Mark Magsayo vows to put up yet another impressive performance in his hometown.

“Bawat kalaban ay iba-iba so ang challenge ko sa kanya ngayon ay ang pagiging beterano niya sa laban,” he said.

“Excited talaga ako na lumaban dito sa Tagbilaran at bibigyan po namin kayo ng exciting na laban sa Sabado at ipapakita ko ang lahat ng makakaya ko sa laban na ito.”

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