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.





2011 PSA Awardees

28 02 2012

The Philippine Sportswriters Association feted the best in Philippines sports in its Annual Awards night. Here are the awardees for 2011:

Athletes of the Year: Dennis Orcollo, Nonito Donaire Jr.

PSA Presidential Achievement Award: Juvic Pagunsan
Executive of the Year: Ricky Vargas
Major Awardees: Brian Viloria (pro boxing), Ana Julaton (pro boxing),Donnie Nietes (pro boxing), Mark Anthony Barriga (amateur boxing), Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes (billiards), Rubilen Amit (billiards), Jessie Aligaga (wushu),Dembert Arcita (wushu), Dragon Boat team, Jimmy Alapag (pro basketball), Calvin Abueva (amateur basketball), Bobby Parks Jr.(amateur basketball), Jhonnel Ababa (pro golf), Dottie Ardina (amateur golf), Rupert Zaragosa (amateur golf), Magna Carta (Horse of the Year), Jesse Guce (Jockey of the Year), Kenneth San Andres (motocross), Malvinne Ann Alcala (badminton)
National Sports Associations of the Year: Billiards Sports Confederation of the Philippines (BSCP), Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines (ABAP)
Tony Siddayao Award: Eumir Marcial, Markie Alcala, Raymond Debuque, Jeron Teng, Rustom Lim
Top Achievers: Marestella Torres (athletics), Darwin Dela Calzada (baseball), Oliver Barbosa (chess), Rachel Daquis (volleyball), Monica Torres (triathlon), Nikko Huelgas (triathlon), John Paul Lizardo (taekwondo)
Mr. Football: Phil Younghusband, Chieffy Caligdong
Special Citation: 26th Southeast Asian gold medalists, Ateneo Blue Eagles, San Beda Red Lions, Lea Coline Langit, Julio Catalino Sadorra, Josephine Medina, Ernie Gawilan
Posthumous: Rudy Salud, Josie Bauzon, Maico Buncio, Big Boy Reynoso, Mirabeau Maga, Dave Regullano, Epoy Alcantara, Willie Abalos, Arsenio Tado, Ruben Esguerra, Belma Ignacio, Benjie Sagalongos

Congratulations to the awardees and may 2012 be another great year for Philippine sports. 😉





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

13 02 2012
English: Nonito Donaire pic by McBride61

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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:





3 Days to go before the latest Pacquiao fight

11 11 2010
Manny Pacquiao

Congressman Manny Pacquiao will take on Antonio Margarito for the WBO World Super Welterweight Championship this coming Saturday (Sunday Manila Time). 3 more sleeps and it will be another blockbuster Sunday in the Philippines. Another day without crimes, another day being glued on the television just to watch the country’s hero battle another Mexican.

This will be a very tough fight for Manny because he is conquering another weight class (his 8th actually).  Margarito has been fighting in this weight and he is taller and bigger than Pacquiao. There is also a lot of speculation in Manny’s camp that the Pride of the Philippines is having its worst training camp ever.  Would this be a factor in the coming fight? Manny Pacquiao seems to be distracted ever since he gained more responsibilities by becoming Congressman of Sarangani. Freddie Roach was quiet relieved when the training camp moved to Los Angeles.

For Margarito, his biggest advantage would be his size and he has proven to be durable in his past fights. I do not expect to see a one-punch KO win by Pacquiao should he ever win by knockout. Antonio Margarito is also trained by one of the best in the name of Robert Garcia.  He also trains Nonito Donaire and a host top contenders.  Robert Garcia has beaten Roach-trained fighters before so his ability cannot be discounted.

Manny Pacquiao’s strength is his speed.  He is so fast in the higher weight category that it will be so hard to pin him.  His hand speed is also one of the best in the business.  If his speed will be dominant again, I do not expect this fight to last for long.

What to expect: In the early rounds, Margarito will try to pin Pacquiao with his size. He will try to impose his size and strength advantage. Manny will try to circle around his opponent and use an in and out tactic.  Once Margarito is frustrated, he will try to be dirty and try to get into to the head of Manny.  Manny will counter with attacks in odd angles to the delight of the crowd. It will be competitive and entertaining but Manny will be too much for Antonio who will succumb in the middle rounds because of the sheer volume of punches taken from the Filipino Champ. 😉

And peace will reign in the Philippines for one day….