Donaire TKOs Darchinyan again!

10 11 2013

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Corpus Christi, Texas – After being hit by two catastrophic natural calamities in the past few weeks, the Philippine sports fans received some good news when the Filipino Flash Nonito Donaire defeated Vic Darchinyan via a 9th round TKO.  This bout was rematch for their 2007 tiff that launched the career of Donaire.  Darchinyan was one of the most exciting boxing champions then but got schooled by tactical Donaire.  Donaire’s 5th round demolition of Darchinyan was awarded KO of the Year by the Ring Magazine.   The rematch that took 6 years in the making was a very competitive one and both fighters had their moments.

The bout was quite even until the 6th round. On the 7th and 8th round, Darchinyan was aggressive and was taking alot of punches.  By the end of the 8th round, Donaire was behind in two of judge’s score cards. The 9th round, however, was all Donaire.  He showed what his vaunted left hook can do as  it pounded the Armenian constantly.  One of those left hooks caused the first knockdown of the match but Darchinyan was able to beat the count but was still a bit groggy. Sensing his opponents weakness, Nonito Donaire put on all out attack.  Initially, Darchinyan was able hold on and weather the storm but Donaire kept on with the pressure using a two fisted attack. Two hard left uppercuts forced referee Laurence Cole to step in and stop the fight.  Donaire was by TKO at the 2:06 mark of the 9th round.

The win was a good bounce back win for Nonito Donaire after he suffered just 2nd career loss back in April against the ultra-talented Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux. The victory could set up a rematch against the person who took his super bantamweight titles. Another option is to fight WBA featherweight champion Nicolas Waiters of Jamaica which is the same as the weight limit for tonight’s bout.  Darchinyan’s road back to a world championship has hit a snag again but he will always be in the discussion as one option for up and coming boxers to fight against because of exciting and aggressive style.  The roads of the two protagonists will once again diverge.

Boxing: Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta will fight on ESPN Friday Night Fights

11 07 2012

Mandaue City‘s Mercito Gesta will be fighting his biggest bout in his promising career when he is featured in ESPN Friday Night Fights on August 3 against the dangerous Ty Barnett (20-2-1 13 KOs).  The undefeated Filipino lightweight prospect stakes his 25-0-1, 13 KOs record in his fight at the Texas Station Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In his last fight, Gesta won via an 8th round TKO over Oscar Cuero (15-8) last April 4 at Mandalay Bay Resort in Last Vegas.  He is on a 15-bout winning streak since he moved to the USA in his quest to become a world champion. His opponent Barnett has won against patsies Damon Antoine and Robert Daluz in his last 2 bouts.  Barnett last loss was against undefeated Andrey Klimov of Russia in May of last year.  A win by Gesta on the August 3 fight could propel him to a world title challenge by next year.

AIBA Women’s Boxing World Championships 2012: Josie Gabuco wins gold

20 05 2012

Josie Gabuco earned the Philippine‘s first ever gold medal in the history of AIBA Women’s Boxing World Championships. Gabuco beat hometown bet Xu Shiqi for the light-flyweight gold medal, 10-9.  While her victory did not give her an olympic slot, it was nevertheless a good news for Philippine boxing specially amateur boxing. With only one boxer going to London, the well-funded Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines (ABAP) are looking for new heroes to show that the country is still relevant in the olympic sport which we used to dominate in the Asian level. Gabuco is no stranger in giving the country honor as she is a back to back Southeast Asian games gold medal winner and a bronze medallist in the 2008 women’s boxing world championships.

Here are the other results of the final matches:


 XU Shiqi                 9

 GABUCO Josie    10


 REN Cancan        14

 ADAMS Nicola    10 


 GORDINI Terry                      10

 KULESHOVA Aleksandra    16


 BROWN Tiara    24

 KRUK Sandra    21


 TAYLOR Katie       11

 OCHIGAVA Sofya    7


 STELMACH Magdalena    5

 PAK Kyong                      10


 ADULINA Mariia    14

 MILLER Raquel       8


 VYSTROPOVA Elena       15

 MARSHALL Savannah    17


 YUAN Meiqing          18

 CREWS Franchon    11


 LI Yunfei                             21

 MAMATKULOVA Yulduz    13

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AIBA Women’s Boxing World Championships 2012: Josie Gabuco gains finals slot

19 05 2012

Qinhuangdao, ChinaFilipina Light-flyweight Josie Gabuco won over Russian Svetlana Gnevenova, 12-7 to set up a finals match against  Xu Shiqi of host China in the 2012 World Championships. Gabuco is already assured of a silver.  There will be no olympics slots at stake because light-flyweight is not included in the weight classes for the 2012 London Games.

Semi-finals Results:

Women’s Light-flyweight (Non-Olympic)

 XU Shiqi                     17

 KYZAIBAY Nazym    10

 GABUCO Josie               12

 GNEVANOVA Svetlana    7

Flyweight (Olympic)

 REN Cancan                      27

 MICHALCZUK Karolina    18

 SAVELYEVA Elena    6

 ADAMS Nicola          11


Bantamweight (Non-Olympic)

 CRUZ Christina     7

 GORDINI Terry    11

 LIU Kejia                               10

 KULESHOVA Aleksandra    19

Featherweight (Non-Olympic)

 BROWN Tiara              22 

 STANEVA Svetlana    14 

 WHITESIDE Lisa Jane    16
 KRUK Sandra                  26

Lightweight (Olympic event)

 TAYLOR Katie             16

 CHORIEVA Mavzuna    6

 OCHIGAVA Sofya    18

 JONAS Natasha      10

Light-Welterweight (Non-Olympic)

 STELMACH Magdalena    14

 ABRAMOVA Daria            10

 PAK Kyong           25

 MAYER Mikaela    24

Welterweight (Non-Olympic)

 de JONG Marie     10

 ADULINA Mariia    18

 MILLER Raquel      13

 POTEYEVA Irina    10

Middleweight (Olympic)

 LAURELL Anna             15

 VYSTROPOVA Elena    16

 MARSHALL Savannah     18

 TORLOPOVA Nadezda    10

Light-Heavyweight (Non-Olympic)

 YUAN Meiqing           23

 KOSOVA Svetlana    13 

 CREWS Franchon    22

 NAGY Timea              8

Heavyweight (Non-Olympic)

 LI Yunfei                     25

 SINETSKAYA Irina    15

 MAMATKULOVA Yulduz    15 

 Kavita                                     9

AIBA Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament Day 4: 8 Boxers claim Olympic Spots

9 04 2012

Astana, Kazakhstan – With 4 slots each allocated for Asia in the Light Welterweight and Middleweight divisions, the quarterfinal bouts became olympic eliminators for the boxers in these weight classes. Here are the results in the quarterfinal matches of both divisions:

Light Welterweight:

 KAWACHI Masatsugu
 RAHMONOV Uktamjon    RSC

 YELEUSSINOV Daniyar    17
 KIM Chol Song                    6

 SHIM Hyun Young              16

 SAKENOV Ermek                   9


 YANG Yu-Ting                  11
 NAZAROV Sobirdzhon    16

 HARON Muhamad    
 ATOEV Abbos           RSC

 TUMURKHUYAG Chuluuntumur    17
 Vijender                                            27

 WAHEED Waheed      8
 PAZZIYEV Nursaat    15

The blog will would like to congratulate, the following boxers for bagging an Olympic slot for their respective countries:

  1. Uktamjon Rahmonov of Uzbekistan – Rahmonov is silver medallist in the  2010 Asian Games in Welterweight  and a bronze medallist in the 1st AIBA Youth World Championships (2008).
  2. Daniyar Yeleussinov of Kazahkstan – The host nation’s representative in the Olympics is an Asian Games Gold Medallist (-64 kg division) and a silver medal winner in the  1st AIBA Youth World Championships.
  3. Mehdi Toloutibandpi of Iran – Toloutibandpi reached the Round of 16 in the 2011 World Boxing Championships. He defeated Filipino Rolando Tacuyan in his first round bout of the said tournament. He got eliminated by Mongolian Uranchimeg Munkh-Erdene.
  4. Serdar Hudayberdiyev of Turkmenistan – Hudayberdiyev will finally be in the Olympics. He got a bronze medal in the 2nd Asian Olympic Qualification event in 2008 but failed to qualify for Athens.
  5. Sobirdzhon Nazarov of Tajikistan – Another nation from Central Asia has gained a spot in the Olympic boxing competition for the 2012 London Games as Tajikistan’s Nazarov defeated Taipei’s Yang.
  6. Abbos Atoev of Uzbekistan – Atoev will have a chance to redeem his early exit in Athens 2008. The 2010 Asian Games Silver medallist and 2009 World boxing championship gold medal winner is out to prove that he still have it despite a disappointing result in the 2011 AIBA World Championships.
  7. Vijender Singh of India – Vijender is also back in the Olympics. He got a bronze medal for India in Athens after losing to Emilio Correa Bayeux of Cuba in the semifinals.
  8. Nursaat Pazziyev of Turkmenistan – The 2011 Asian Confederation Boxing Championships Bronze medallist will be representing Turkmenistan in London 2012.

The 8 new qualifiers are composed mostly of boxers from Central Asia and former Russian States. The former Soviet states have slowly dominated the heavier weight categories in the Asian region.  These boxers are expected to represent their countries and Asia well in the Olympics a few months from now.

AIBA Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament Day 3: Ladon loses

8 04 2012

Astana, Kazakhstan – Filipino bantamweight hopeful Joegin Ladon lost to 2010 Asian Games Silver Medallist Zhang Jiawei, 13-8, to be eliminated in the 2012 AIBA Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament in men’s boxing. Ladon’s exit follows the elimination of Rey Saludar and Wilfredo Lopez. Here are the other results of the bouts in Day 3:


 FAISAL Ajmal        8
 PAK Jong Chol    20

 BRIA Julio                      21
 AL-SUDANI Murtadha    9

 YUSUFI Safoviddin    13
 CHANG Yong              17

 USENALIEV Azat        16
 SULEIMENOV Ilyas    19
 SUSA Katsuaki                     22
 PATTIARACHCHI Dilanka    10

 ALMATBOULI Adel    25
 LIN Yu-Che                 21

 WASEEM Muhammad    15
 JUMAYEV Zarip                9

 MAYENGBAM Suranjoy    10
 NYAMBAYAR Tugstsogt    30



 KIM Myong Il    17
 LATT Kyaw       7

 SHIMIZU Satoshi    26

 KAO Chih-Yuan      14

 THAPA Shiva              15

 PETCHKOON Worapoj    15
 NAIMATULLAH                  6
 LEE Dojae                 11
 AMJADIAN Armin    17

 SALAMANA Wessam    19
 MEREDOV Yakub           7

 HASAN Ammar                  15
 MALABEKOV Omurbek    14

 ZHANG Jiawei    13 
 LADON Joegin    8


AIBA Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament: Suarez, Ladon win but 2 PHL pugs are eliminated

6 04 2012

Astana, KazakhstanAIBA Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament for Men’s Boxing is under way.   The tournament will determine the final set of participants for Asia in the 2012 London Olympics later this year. There are 4 slots to be filled in the flyweight, light welterweight, and middleweight divisions. The top 3 finishers in the bantamweight, welterweight, and light heavyweight categories will also get an Olympic slot.  Only the first placer for light flyweight, lightweight, heavyweight, and super heavyweight will be going to London.

The only Filipino qualifier so far is light flyweight Mark Anthony Barriga who got his slot from last year’s world championship. Here are the results so far:

Flyweight (4 slots):

 JUMAYEV Zarip    18
 TAYEBI Iman         16

 MAYENGBAM Suranjoy    16
 SHIN Dongmyung             14

 NYAMBAYAR Tugstsogt    RSC


Bantamweight (3 slots):

 NGUYEN Van Hai    5
 HASAN Ammar       15

 MALABEKOV Omurbek    22
 WATTHE Damith                 9

 DORJNYAMBUU Otgondalai    12
 ZHANG Jiawei                           13

 QRAISH Seif        7
 LADON Joegin    17

Welterweight (3 slots):

 KIM Joungwon        14
 SAENSIT Apichet    11

 MAMADJANOV Ahmad    17
 MASHARIPOV Bahtiyar    6

 GHASEMI Amin    19
 AHMED Ahmed    12

 ASSI Mohammad    14
 BIN AZMI Khir           9

 LOPEZ Wilfredo               10

 JAFOEV Navruz                   13
 BOIMURODOV Asadullo    +13  

Lightweight (1 slot):

 SUAREZ Charly              14
 NAGZIBEKOV Madadi    11

Light welterweight (4 slots):

 MASUK Wuttichai    17
 CHANG Wei-Jen       9

 HOSSAIN Arif            1

 SAKENOV Ermek    17

Middleweight (4 slots):
 YANG Yu-Ting         19
 ALHINDAWI Odai    12 NAZAROV Sobirdzhon    16
 SUKKHUM Kriangkai       11
 HARON Muhamad    15
 TATONTOS Alex        6 ATOEV Abbos    21
 WOO Sungjae    6
Light Heavyweight (3 slots):
 SANGWAN Sumit    14
 LUONG Van Toan     2 ASAAD Manaf       13
 KIM Hyeongkyu    16
 SADQ Davar                 9
 YULDASHEV Rasul    29

 MAHARJAN Deepak    
Heavyweight (1 slot):
 TULYEK Yerbolat
 SINGH Manpreet     RSC

 TULAGANOV Rustam    11
 BORBASHEV Chingis    13
PHL Results:
Asian Games Gold medallist Rey Saludar was outclassed by 2009 AIBA World Championship silver medallist Tugstsogt Nyambayar of Mongolia in a referee-stopped bout. Joegin Ladon got a 17-7 win over Jordanian bantamweight Seif Qraish. Welterweight bet Wilfredo Lopez was booted out by Chinese Qiong Maimaititue via a 10-20 score. WSB fighter Charly Suarez beat Madadi Nagzibekov of Tajikistan, 14-11.

Cong. Pacquiao sued by BIR for failing to submit documents

7 03 2012

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Region 12 is filing a case against pound for pound king and Sarangani Congressman Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao for failing to comply with the BIR’s request for him to submit documents relating to his business interests and income sources.

The BIR charged Paquiao of violating Section 266 or” failure to obey summons” of the National Internal Revenue Code. According to Regional Director Atty. Rozil Lozares, the BIR sent a subpoena to Pacquiao last January 24 for him to appear at the BIR office and submit documents and tax records. The BIR was forced to file a case when Pacquiao, the richest sportsman in the country, did not appear in the BIR office or submitted any of the requested documents.

SGG Next Prospects XIII Results

5 03 2012

Date: March 4, 2012

Venue: New Cebu Coliseum, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines

Promoters: Sampson Lewkowicz (Sampson Boxing LLC) / Samson G. Gello-ani (SGG Sports Promotions)

It was TKO galore in the March 4, 2012 fight card in the New Cebu Coliseum. Here are the fight results:

Rey Labao (22-4-0 14 KOs) scored a first round TKO win over Jay Solmiano (11-2-1 7KOs) to grab the Philippine Games and Amusement Board (GAB) Lightweight title.

The vacant WBO Asia Pacific super featherweight belt was won by Jose Ocampo (15-5-1 10KOs) via a 4th round technical knockout over Weng Haya (15-5-0 8KOs)

Ciso Morales (16-2-1 9KOs) had a controversial TKO victory over Joash Apericio (8-7-0 6KOs). Apericio was not able to continue after being hit by a low blow.

Vergilio Silvano (9-2-1 4KOs) TKOed Roque Lauro (5-10-1 1KO) in the 3rd round.

Super flyweight Rennel Flechero (6-1-1 3KOs)won via majority decision over Marlo Pasigna (1-2-0 1KO).

Undefeated Jessie Cris Rosales (7-0-1 2KOs) scored a stunning first round knockout against veteran Elmer Colve (5-18-2 2KOs).

Jasper Buhat (1-0-0) started his pro career with a majority decision over Joven Munoz (0-2-0)

Tepora is now a pro

Amateur standout Jack Tepora (1-0-0 1KO) scored a TKO win in his pro debut versus John Edu Torbiso (0-3-1). Torbiso retired before the start of the second round in their 4-round bout.

The fight card was a Thanksgiving promotion by SGG promotions for the win and safe return to the Philippines Johnriel Casimero and company.

World Series Boxing: Suarez scores in Mumbai’s upset of Baku

4 03 2012

Daulet Sports Complex, Mumbai, India – Multi-titled Filipino amateur boxer Charly Suarez beat World No. 4 Semen Gribachev of Azerbaijan in their lightweight match-up to contribute in Venky’s Mumbai Fighters’ upset win over the erstwhile undefeated Baku Fires, 3-2, in the first leg of the quarterfinal round of the World Series Boxing (WSB). Suarez hit the seeded opponent searing combinations to the delight of the home town crowd who ended up chanting his name.

Other winners from the Mumbai team were heavyweight Uaine Fa, who outwitted Haji Murtu Zalieyev and Light Heavyweight Sergii Melnyk who won a virtual brawl against Vatan Huseynli. Baku socred on the victories of WSB No. 1 Bantamweight Gairbek Germakhanov and Middleweight Nikolai Vesilou over Jitender Kumar and Thomas Jablonski, respectively.

The second leg will be held next week with Baku hoping to find its winning form at home. Suarez will also try to grab an olympic berth for the Philippines in the Asian Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Astana, Kazakhstan to be held April 4-13.

Charly Suarez, one of the most exciting boxers of Venky’s Mumbai Fighters