Tepora out to reclaim lost glory

Glendale G. Rosal 09/02/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The former World Boxing Association (WBA) interim world featherweight champion Jhack “El Kapitan” Tepora is out to prove that one defeat will never end his promising boxing career. The 26-year old hard-hitting Cebuano…

Magsayo hits on boxers’ critics in FB post

Dale Rosal 08/25/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines—Newly crowned World Boxing Organization (WBO) international featherweight champion Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo took to social media his thoughts on how people easily criticize boxers who didn’t live up to their expectations.  In a Facebook post,…

Unbeaten Abne gears up for toughest battle of young career

Glendale G. Rosal 08/25/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — ARQ Boxing Gym’s rising star April Jay “Astroboy” Abne will face an uphill climb in his upcoming fight on October 16 in Cebu. The 22-year old boxer from Manticao, Misamis Oriental, will fight…

Boxing judges, trainers, coaches pick Pacquiao to beat Ugas

Glendale G. Rosal 08/21/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebuano boxing experts unanimously picked boxing’s only eight-division world champion, Senator Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao to win his World Boxing Association (WBA) world welterweight title showdown against Yordenis Ugas of Cuba. The mega-fight is…

Mexican slugger vows to send Magsayo to sleep

Glendale G. Rosal 08/20/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Hard-hitting Mexican Julio “Pollito” Ceja is confident that he will knockout Boholano boxing sensation Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo in their much-awaited world title eliminator showdown in the undercard of Pacquiao-Ugas world title bout on…

Azarcon’s world title fight moved again

Glendale G. Rosal 08/09/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines– Clyde Azarcon, Big Yellow Boxing Gym’s top prospect will have to wait a little longer before he can realize his dream of fighting for a world title, after his World Boxing Foundation (WBF) world…

Carlo Paalam settles for silver that will take his family out of poverty for good

Francis T.J. Ochoa 08/08/2021

Out of a patched-up shanty near a landfill, out of makeshift walls made out of flattened tin cans, Carlo Paalam emerged to hold a shiny medal whose polished silver he formed an instant affinity with. “It symbolizes…

Carlo Paalam gets Olympic boxing silver in PH’s best campaign yet

MARK GIONGCO 08/07/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Carlo Paalam used to pick up garbage with his father in Cagayan de Oro to make ends meet. A decade later, Paalam, now one of the best flyweight boxers in the world, collected his…

A former scavenger, Carlo Paalam steps into biggest fight of his life

Francis T.J. Ochoa 08/07/2021

As Carlo Paalam jokingly described how he turned groggy after a punch to the back of his head, boxing coach Don Abnett, his brow furrowed, stared intently at the silent television monitor behind a pack of journalists…

From Coke as prize to aiming for Olympic gold: Carlo Paalam’s boxing journey

Bong Lozada 08/03/2021

MANILA, Philippines—It started with a bottle of Coke. Carlo Paalam was just a thin nine-year-old when he chanced upon a neighbor setting up boxing exercises. After hearing mass in Cagayan de Oro, Paalam was enticed to try…

Carlo Paalam ousts champ Zoirov, secures Olympic medal

MARK GIONGCO 08/03/2021

MANILA, Philippines–Carlo Paalam pulled off a mighty upset after knocking Olympic champion Shakhobidin Zoirov off his perch to become the Philippines’ latest medalist at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday. Paalam punched his way through the men’s flyweight…

Tokyo Olympics: Eumir Marcial KOs foe, enters boxing semis

MARK GIONGCO 08/01/2021

MANILA, Philippines–The expectations were high for Eumir Marcial heading into his first Olympics. So far, the gold medal bet has lived up to the hype. The hard-hitting Zamboanga native powered through the men’s middleweight semifinals, assuring himself…

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