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Rosia upsets Trongco to cop WBC International Flyweight belt



Renz Rosia downed the heavily favored Renan Trongco – scoring a technical knockout in the tenth round to become the new WBC International Flyweight champion in the Elorde Intenational Promotion’s “Night of Champions” triple main event at the Elorde Sports Complex Ballroom, Paranaque City, Saturday night.

The 27-year old southpaw banked on his speed and accuracy to prevent the hard-hitting Trongco from firing his usual punches. He broke away late in fifth round but was momentarily slowed down after referee Bruce McTarvish’s untimely separation of both men during the ten second warning. In addition, Rosia absorbed a point deduction for accumulated of low blows, to the dismay of his corner.

Rosia’s spirit, however, was revitalized after hearing that he still maintained the lead in the judges’ scorecards at the start of round nine. Raining punches to the frustrated “Little Pacquiao”, Rosia opened a cut above Trongco’s right eyelid and continued to punish the already bloodied Trongco in the following round, forcing ringside doctors to stop the bout at 1:51 mark.

“Nakita ko po sa kanya na nung mga 9th round na medyo nanghihina na siya. Pinush ko na sarili ko na i-todo ko na para makuha na namin (yung championship),” a jubilant Rosia told Tiebreaker Times after winning the title. “Sobrang saya nung inistop na nung referee yung laban kasi alam ko naman po na hindi (galling sa) headbutt po yung cut. Alam ko pong suntok talaga yung tumama. Masayang masaya po ako. Naramdaman ko po na panalo na talaga ako.”

Rosia improves his record to 12-3 with 6 knockouts and joins Bernabe Concepcion and Jestoni Audita to as the third Arci Boxing Stable fighter to win a title this year. Trongco, on the other hand, had his win streak snapped at 5.

In the other main events, Filipino pugilists were crowned as Jheritz Chavez and Romel Oliveros came out on top against their respective opponents to win the WBC Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council (EPBC) lightweight and superflyweight titles respectively.

Jheritz Chavez edged a resilient Tatsuya Yanagi, who still managed to put up a fight despite a bloodied nose, via unanimous decision, 115-113, 116-112, 116-113; while Oliveros squeezed past journeyman Edison Berwela, winning 96-94 on all scorecards.

The card was promoted by Gabriel S. Elorde Jr. of Elorde International Productions.

Elorde Night of Champions results
August 22, 2015 – Flash Grand Ballroom, Elorde Sports Complex, Paranaque City

WBC Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council Lightweight Championship: Jheritz Chavez (5-0-2) def. Tatsuya Yanagi (11-3) via UD (115-113, 116-113, 116-112)
WBC International Flyweight Championship: Renz Rosia (12-3) def. Renan Trongco (17-5) via TKO10
WBC Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council Super Flyweight Championship: Romel Oliveros (6-0-1) def. Edison Berwela (13-31-8) via UD (96-94, 96-94, 96-94)
Flyweight bout: Rolly Sumalpong (9-0-1) def. Lowell Saguisa (7-21) via UD (60-54,60-54, 60-54)
Super Featherweight bout: Vergel Nebran (14-9-1) def. Ryan Soliveres (4-26-1) via RTD1 (3:00)
Bantamweight bout: Glenn Medura (2-1-1) def. Rex Lagane (0-1) via MD (39-37, 38-38, 40-36)
Super Flyweight bout: Alfonso Toyogon (1-0) def. Rex Merceno via TKO1 (0:35)
Welterweight bout: Meljun Penafil (1-0) def. Richard Marceno (0-1) via TKO3
Super Lightweight bout: Jeffrey Arienza (13-4-1) def. Gilbert Donasales (5-10-1) by UD (58-57, 58-56, 58-56)

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PBA slaps fines on Yeng Guiao, Chris Ross



Yeng Guiao and Chris Ross opt to move on

The much-talked about tilt that pitted the San Miguel Beermen and the NLEX Road Warriors last January 18 featured numerous confrontations and exchanges. But none was more heated than what happened between fiery head coach Yeng Guiao and emotional defensive cog Chris Ross.

With 1:46 remaining in that game, Guiao and Ross figured in a verbal altercation that resulted to the latter being slapped with his second technical foul of the contest.

San Miguel head coach Leo Austria alledged that Guiao threw a racial slur at Ross that triggered the Filipino-American.

The league though could not find any hard evidence that this occurred.

“Upon review of the incident, consulting possible witnesses to the event and discussing the matter with both parties, the alleged racist remark attributed to Coach Guiao could not be established,” the league said in a statement. “Coach Guiao has denied such allegation while Chris Ross has opted to move forward and said that he would not want to discuss the matter further. However, Coach Guiao and Chris Ross will be subject to appropriate fines for their respective misconduct.

“As a result, the Office of the Commissioner finds no sufficient basis to discuss the matter of an alleged racist remark uttered by Coach Guiao. It may be recalled that in a previous incident, a heavy penalty was imposed for a racist remark that was clearly proven.

“Rest assured that any act that is racially derogatory and pejorative in nature will be dealt with sternly by the league,” the statement ended.

As a result, Guiao is fined PHP 11,000 for obscene gesture, use of profane language and engaging in a verbal altercation while Ross is fined the amount of PHP 2,600 for incurring two technical fouls, both for verbal altercation.

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MPBL aims to give local talent biggest exposure




After months of planning, the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League will finally raise its curtains on Thursday, January 25 at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum. Unlike the other leagues in the country, the MPBL wants to give Filipino aspirants from local communities a chance to shine on national TV.

“I would like to say, this is the noble project of our founder and chairman, Senator Manny Pacquiao, Talagang dream niya ito, matulungan ‘yung mga grassroots,” said MPBL head of marketing Arnold Vegafria during the league’s press conference. “And from the grassroots, to the collegiate players and also professionals na gusto niyang tulungan, mabigyan ng chances, makalaro at ma-expose ang skills nila para matulungan ang mga basketbolista not only sa Metro Manila but this is gonna be all over the Philippines.

“Simula muna sa Metro Manila and key cities in Luzon. Soon it will go to Visayas and Mindanao.”

The first conference for the league is the Anta Raja Cup. 10 teams from Luzon will compose the league, namely Bataan, Batangas, Bulacan, Caloocan, Imus, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Paranaque, Quezon City, and Valenzuela.

Though it may be ambitious, the league wants to continue the dream started by the Metropolitan Basketball Association which is to create a league that has a home and away format.

“For the longest time, after ng MBA, I think it’s 20 years ago na ‘yun, I think it’s due na rin for our basketball fans around the country, ‘yung mga sa provinces, ‘cause ‘yung advantage nito is ‘yung games mismo, dadalhin mo sa kanila. Unlike before sa mga liga natin, naka-stay lang sila sa isang venue,” said league commissioner Kenneth Duremdes.

“Maraming factors ngayon, traffic and time-consuming. Pero itong liga natin, tayo ang magdadala mismo sa mga tao, sa mga basketball fans. Sa tagal-tagal ng walang organized, or high-level na basketball tournament, ito na ‘yung time na makikita ng mga basketball fans natin na up close and personal ang mga ini-idolo nila, lalo na ang mga hometown hero nila,” the PBA legend furthered.

Armed with this vision, the league plans to be the country’s premier amateur league, helping build the dreams of the Filipino youth.

“It’s an amateur league. Kaya nga natin siya tinatawag na liga para sa lahat ng Pilipino, kasi lahat dito as long as Filipino ka, kasali ka,” shared Duremdes.

“Kagaya ng sinasabi ni Sen. Manny, matutulungan natin ang mga players ng grumaduate sa college na walang mapaglaruan, mga ex-pro na hindi masyado nabigyan ng exposure sa PBA, may exposure sila dito. Tapos yung mga grassroots player natin, malay mo springboard nila ang MPBL and who knows they will represent the country in the national team.

“Ito ang nakikita ni Sen Manny, mga players na out of school or the big leagues, ma-expose sila sa MPBL at mapansin sila ng national team or pro team,” he furthered.

The league’s first game will feature Caloocan taking on Paranaque at the Big Dome. Tickets are priced at P300, P200, P150, P100 while the Gen Ad will be open for all.

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Lady Blazers evade upset-hungry Lady Generals



The College of Saint Benilde Lady Blazers avoided a major upset, slipping past the winless Emilio Aguinaldo College Lady Generals, 25-17, 18-25, 21-25, 25-18, 15-7, at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

After winning the opening set, the Lady Blazers collapsed in the following frames, surrendering errors and fumbling passes. The Lady Generals took full advantage and grabbed all the momentum, rued Saint Benilde head coach Arnold Laniog.

“Nabigyan nga namin ‘yung kalaban ng confidence, kaya tuloy-tuloy na sila kanina. Mataas pa rin ‘yung tendency ng team ko mag-relax,” Laniog said. “Kung tutuusin, may advantage talaga ‘yung team namin. Nahihirapan lang talaga kami makabangon kapag nauunahan kami. Mabuti na lang kanina nakabawi kami noong huling dalawang sets.”

The Lady Generals took their turn making errant plays, allowing the Lady Blazers to grab a 15-7 lead in the fourth set and force a decider. Anchored by the imposing presence of their middle blockers Ranya Musa and Rachel Austero, the Lady Blazers raced to a 10-2 in the final set and sealed the win.

Austero finished with 17 points while Musa added 15. The pair also combined for seven of CSB’s 13 blocksm Austero also provided five aces.

The Lady Blazers (3-2) take on fellow Final Four aspirant Jose Rizal University (2-3) on Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Lady Generals had no player score in double-digits as they pulled 48 points from Benilde’s errors. Yvette Tongco and Arina Reyes, nonetheless, provided nine points apiece.

The Lady Generals (0-5) get their best chance at their first of the season when they face also-ran Mapua University (0-4) also on Wednesday.

The Scores

CSB (3) – Austero 17, Musa 15, Cui 8, Ventura 8, Abriam 5, Daguil 5, Enginco 5, Cardiente 1, Pablo 1, Dolorito 0, Lim (L), Torres (L)

EAC (2) – Reyes 9, Tongco 9, Binondo 8, Lumbo 8, Tasis 4, Pablo 3, Magbanua 2, Chan 0, Yongco 0, Medina (L)

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Blazers rally from 0-2 deficit, fend off Generals for fourth win



Defending NCAA men’s volleyball champions College of Saint Benilde Blazers completed a huge comeback from an 0-2 hole and upended the gritty Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals, 19-25, 20-25, 25-7, 25-14, 15-11, Monday morning at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

The Generals stormed through the first two sets, leaning on better transition and their service game. Joshua Mina and Chris Ilano poured in most of their combined 27 points in these frames.

Nonetheless, when the Blazers realized that they needed to turn up its aggressiveness, it was cruise control from there.

“Nung first two sets, nag-relaxed kami, ‘di kami aggressive sa atake, sa blocking,” Benilde senior middle blocker Jethro Orian lamented. “Eh yung kalaban, masipag sila.”

EAC imploded in the next two sets, coughing up most of its 41 miscues during the frame. The reigning champions capitalized on the situation with heightened aggression.

Halfway into the eliminations, Orian shared that the Blazers needed to continue their hard work.

“Kailangan pa naming mas maging aggressive. Mas tumrabaho sa dapat naming again,” he said.

Captain Isaah Arda registered a 19-point outing, 17 coming off attacks. Orian’s fellow center attacker Francis Basilan finished with 12 markers.

The Blazers (4-1) will battle the Jose Rizal University (0-5) on Wednesday.

Mina starred for the Generals with 16 points.

The Generals (2-3) will lock horns with Mapua University (2-2) on Thursday, in a tussle for survival.

The Scores:

CSB 3 – Arda 19, Basilan 12, Orian 9, Bacani 9, Bautista 9, Magsino 4, Rojas 1, Saldavia 0, Dy L.

EAC 2 – Mina 16, Ilano 11, Rasing 11, Castellano 8, Lim 6, Garcia 2, Guinto 1, Panoy 0, Lumbar 0, Magadan L, Bagdoc L.

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