Pinoy Boxing’s Good, Bad, and the Ugly (February 2012)

13 02 2012
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It has been a while since this blog wrote about anything. Caloysport’s will start its new blogging year writing about one of the country’s favorite sport. Boxing has been a source of pride and heartache for Filipino sports fan and this article summarizes the important events relating to boxing in the last couple of weeks.

The Good

1. Nonito Donaire beat Wilfredo Vasquez Jr. to claim the WBO interim superbantamweight crown. He totally dominated the match even sending Vasquez down to the canvass in the 9th round of the 12 round championship bout. He is now setting his sites to fight the exciting Mexican Jorge Arce.

2. The Philippines has new world champion in Johnriel Casimero, who travelled to Argentina to knock out Luis Alberto Lazarte. He will be honored with a victory motorcade in Cebu tomorrow.

The Bad

1. Prospect Karlo Maquinto died after an exciting fight in Caloocan City. The young fighter left lasting impression after surviving 2 knockdowns in the opening round before rallying to salvage a draw and keeping an undefeated record. His efforts went for naught though as he collapsed after the fight and went to a coma. His death has once again exposed the public about the dangers of the sport. Rest in Peace, Karlo Maquinto.

2. No Pacquiao vs. Mayweather for 2012. Well, Mayweather has chosen to give Miguel Cotto a rematch before heading to jail in June. Pacquiao will be facing Timothy Bradley instead. We  are certain that Floyd will not be in the ringside in Pacquiao’s match but he could watch it in television set with some fellow inmates.

The Ugly

1. Ruben Garcia’s scorecard in the Donaire win. Donaire practically dominated the whole bout and he got the surprise of his life when judge Ruben Garcia scored the bout 115-112 in favor of his opponent. The other 2 judges had it 117-110 for Donaire.  Hopefully, Garcia will not be so obvious the next time because poor scoring is ruining the sport.

2. Casimero’s victory in Argentina caused a riot. The party of Johnriel Casimero almost never got back to the Philippines as the rowdy Argentinean boxing fans started to throw things towards them after he knocked out his opponent. Check out this video:

Farewell, Smokin’ Joe!

9 11 2011
Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, Philadelphia, PA...

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The boxing world has lost another great fighter in Joe Frazier. The former heavyweight champion succumbed to liver cancer at the age of 67.

His passing has made every boxing writer write a piece about the man known as Smokin’ Joe in the ring. Frazier’s legacy will be tied to Muhammad Ali. The 2 great heavyweights fought an epic trilogy from 1971 to 1975.  They first met in the Madison Square Garden in a card called  “Fight of the Century” in 1971. Both of them were undefeated then and Joe Frazier was defending his heavyweight belt against the ex-champion Ali who just came off a 3 year suspension for refusing to be inducted in the US Army in 1967. The 2 undefeated boxers were paid $2.5 million for that fight (a record then). For 15 rounds, Smokin’ Joe and Ali fought hard and gave the people a great fight (a stark contrast on the state of heavyweight boxing nowadays). Frazier won via decision giving Ali the first defeat of illustrious career. It was a devastating loss for Ali as he blew a chance to regain his world title. It took Muhammad Ali 3 more years before he wins another world title. Ali was able to avenge his loss to Frazier in January 1974 via a close decision with no title at stake.

The third and final Frazier-Ali fight was held at the Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Philippines. The “Thrilla in Manila” had fourteen rounds of sheer brutality and ended when Frazier’s trainer Eddie Futch did not allow his ward to fight another round after fighting blind for several rounds. Up to now, there was no fight as big held in the Philippines.

The trilogy with Ali, immortalized Smokin’ Joe in the annals of boxing history. He will be remembered for his left hooks and aggressive fighting style. A great champion has bid farewell but he will always be remembered.

Pan American Games 2011 Boxing: Cuba is king of the ring!

30 10 2011
Official logo of the 2011 Pan American Games

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The 2011 Pan American Games boxing tilt is in its late stages and Cuba once again asserted its domination in the ring. The mighty Cubans grabbed 9 medal, 8 golds and 1 silver. The boxer’s superiority helped Cuba leapfrog over Brazil in the overall medal standings. Cuba had an easier as the United States did not send a boxing contingent. This year’s Pan American Games also marked the introduction of Women’s boxing in the competition. Here is the updated medal tally for boxing:

 Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Cuba (CUB) 8 1 0 9
2  Mexico (MEX) 1 2 4 7
3  Canada (CAN) 1 0 3 4
4  Dominican Republic (DOM) 0 2 1 3
4  Ecuador (ECU) 0 2 1 3
6  Brazil (BRA) 0 2 5 7
7  Bahamas (BAH) 0 1 0 1
8  Venezuela (VEN) 0 0 4 4
9  Argentina (ARG) 0 0 3 3
10  Puerto Rico (PUR) 0 0 3 3
11  Barbados (BAR) 0 0 1 1
11  Colombia (COL) 0 0 1 1
Total 10 10 26 46


Here are the medallists in the men’s competition, so far:

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Light flyweight Mexico Joselito Velazquez
Mexico (MEX)
Cuba Yosbany Veitia
Cuba (CUB)
Puerto Rico Jantony Ortiz
Puerto Rico (PUR)
Dominican Republic Juan Hererad
Dominican Republic (DOM)
Flyweight Cuba Robeisy Ramirez
Cuba (CUB)
Dominican Republic Dagoberto Aguero
Dominican Republic (DOM)
Mexico Braulio Avila
Mexico (MEX)
Brazil Juliao Henriques
Brazil (BRA)
Bantamweight Cuba Lazaro Alvarez
Cuba (CUB)
Mexico Oscar Valdez
Mexico (MEX)
Venezuela Angel Rodriguez
Venezuela (VEN)
Brazil Robenilson De Jesus
Brazil (BRA)
Lightweight Cuba Yasnier Toledo
Cuba (CUB)
Brazil Robson Da Conceicao
Brazil (BRA)
Puerto Rico Angel Suarez
Puerto Rico (PUR)
Mexico Angel Gutierrez
Mexico (MEX)
Light welterweight Cuba Roniel Iglesias
Cuba (CUB)
The Bahamas Valentino Knowles
Bahamas (BAH)
Venezuela Joelvis Hernandes
Venezuela (VEN)
Brazil Éverton Lopes
Brazil (BRA)
Welterweight Cuba Carlos Banteux
Cuba (CUB)
Mexico Oscar Molina
Mexico (MEX)
Canada Mian Hussain
Canada (CAN)
Brazil Myke Carvalho
Brazil (BRA)
Middleweight Cuba Emilio Correa
Cuba (CUB)
Ecuador Jaime Cortez
Ecuador (ECU)
Venezuela Juan Carlos Rodriguez
Venezuela (VEN)
Canada Brody Blair
Canada (CAN)
Light heavyweight Ecuador Carlos Gongora
Ecuador (ECU)
Mexico Armando Pina
Mexico (MEX)
Heavyweight Cuba Lenier Pero
Cuba (CUB)
Ecuador Jaime Cortez
Ecuador (ECU)
Argentina Yamil Peralta
Argentina (ARG)
Barbados Anderson Emmanuel
Barbados (BAR)
Super heavyweight Colombia Isaia Mena
Colombia (COL)
Puerto Rico Gerado Bisbal
Puerto Rico (PUR)



Philippine Boxing Results (1st Week of August)

7 08 2011

Boxing Results in the Philippines this weekend (via

Island Cove, Cavite

Froilan Saludar TKOs Gabriel Pumar to win WBO Asia Pacific Flyweight Belt

Bantamweight Jerwin Ancajas (11-0-0 5KOs) TKO 8 vs. Jason Egera

Rey Labao wins via technical decision over Jose Ocampo

Adonis Cabalquinto (8-0-0 6KOs) forces Alejjandro Anas to retire

Weng Haya knocks out Richard Laano in the first round

Edison Beruela won via majority decision over Robert Udtuhan (16-1-1 12 Kos); Udtuhan suffers first defeat in his career

Carlos Suello (6-0-0 4Kos) got a split decision victory over Christian Avila

Ryan Tampus TKOs erstwhile undefeated Eduard Penerio (13-1-0 8KOs) in the 6th Round.


Mandaue City: Laban ng Lahi:Dugong Kampeon

Dodie Boy Penalosa Jr. (6-0-0 6 KOs) TKOs Thai Kong Kiatpratcha Gym in the 3rd round to remain undefeated.

Jimrex Jaca (34-6-3, 19 KO’s) TKOs Philip Jun Demecillo (6-15-1, 2 KO’s)

Eden Sonsona (27-6-0 7 KO’s) won via unanimous decision over Eman Labanza (7-8-0)

Ruiz Lorenz Tesorio (4-0-2)  draws Jaime Bermiso (2-6-4 1Ko)

Anthony Sabalde (5-2-0 2KO) KOs Christian Saga (3-3-0 2Kos) in the 1st round

Marvin Tampus (27-12-2 18KOs) decisions Jestoni Pepito (7-6-1 2Kos)

Randy ‘Razor’ Petalcorin (14W-1L, 12 KO’s) won over Michael Rodriguez (12W-30L, 3 KO’s) via disqualification to capture the interim PABA light flyweight belt.

Rodel “Batang Mandaue” Mayol (29-5-2 21Ko’s) decisions  Jayson Rotoni (12W-10L-1D, 7 KO’s)








Amir Khan KOs Zab Judah

24 07 2011
Amir Khan

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Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las VegasAmir Khan of Great Britain snatched IBF junior welterweight crown from 33 year old American Zab Judah by knocking out the Ameican in the 5th round of their title bout. Khan raises his record to 26-1 with 18 KOs. He now holds 2 belts. The IBF belt is added to his WBA super lightweight championship belt. The native of Manchester, England lead at all scorecards when the bout was ended.

Khan came into the fight just months after a disappointing win with the rugged Marcos Maidana.  He dominated the first four rounds with his speed while keeping the American on the defensive with his punches. He eventually brought down Judah in the 5th round with a body shot that Judah thought was a low blow. Referee Vic Drakulich ended the lopsided bout at 2:47 in the 5th round.

Women lead ABAP’s President’s Cup Campaign

9 07 2011

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Jakarta, Indonesia – As the 21st President’s Cup boxing tournament‘s curtains fall, the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines (ABAP) celebrates a very successful campaign.  The Filipino pugs finished with 2 golds 2 silvers and 2 bronzes.

The gold medals were from our women’s team.  light flyweight Josie Gabuco rallied to beat Gui Jing Shan of China 14-11 in their gold medal match. In the 51 kg division Nesthy Petecio dominated Le Thi Bang of Vietnam 19-12 to win the country’s 2nd gold of the tournament.

Our men finalists were not as lucky. 16 year old boxing standout Ian Clark “Yan Yan” Bautista was overwhelmed by his opponent in the finals 23-10.  Although he lost, Yan Yan has caught the eye of the leadership of ABAP. He is deemed to be one of the future stars of the Philippine Amateur Boxing Team. He surpassed expectations by earning a silver medal in a tough international tournament.  Team Captain and veteran Charly Suarez lost to China’s Cen Yu in the lightweight finals 17-19.

The bronze medals were from Nathaniel Montealto and Analisa Cruz.

This tournament is part of ABAP’s preparation for the SEA games and the Olympic Qualifiers.  The results are promising and with the help of PLDT, the team’s major sponsor the team is expected to improve and start performing in the world’s major boxing tournaments.

Saludar wins Gold; Albania settles for Silver

25 11 2010
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Boxing has always been a source of pride of the Philippines in the past Asian Games.  This year the country is fielding by a well-funded team that is manned by the best amateur fighters in the land including a woman. In the 2010 Asian Games, the boxers finished with a 1-1-1 medal tally.  Rey Saludar stunned Chan Yong of the host country to bag the gold in the 52kg or below division. Annie Albania, the lone female Filipino bet lost to a taller Cancan Ren of China to settle for a well-deserved silver. The Philippines raised its games medal totals to 3-3-9.

Other News:

Smart Gilas routed North Korea in the consolation game in Basketball.  They lost their chance to earn a medal when they lost South Korea 66-74 in yesterday’s matches.

Philippine Chess Team will battle China in the gold medal game in Team Chess.