Boxing

 

Games and Amusements Board Chairman Baham Mitra, Commissioners Mar Masanguid and Ed Trinidad and GAB employees gave newly crowned World Boxing Organization bantamweight champion John Riel ‘Quadro Alas’ Casimero a rousing hero’s welcome recently at the GAB main office in Makati

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Undefeated WBC Middleweight World Champion Jermall Charlo (30-0, 22 KOs) successfully defended his title for the second time, stopping highly-ranked Irish contender Dennis Hogan (28-3-1, 7 KOs) with a showstopping one-punch knockout in the seventh round Saturday night live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™, in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

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Joshua Feels He And Ruiz Will Box A Trilogy: We’ll Definitely See Each Other The Third Time

Speaking at yesterday’s open workout, 30 year old Joshua spoke of how Ruiz has been on his mind, almost constantly, since that disastrous evening in New York a little over six months ago. And Joshua said he and Ruiz will “see a lot more of each other.”

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As fans may recall, shortly after his stunning upset defeat to Andy Ruiz in June, Anthony Joshua was accused of having been badly hurt, knocked down, perhaps even knocked out, in sparring just prior to the bout in New York (Joey Dawejko being the guy pointed at for doing the damage). It was this, along with a few other things, even a panic attack suffered on the way to the ring (denied by AJ) that was instrumental in Joshua being beaten.

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Well, that was quite a bang. Last night in Birmingham, UK, Filipino warrior John Riel Casimero totally upset defending WBO bantamweight champ Zolani Tete, and the veteran of 12 years in the ring also totally upset Tete’s plans of facing WBA/IBF bantamweight ruler Naoya Inoue in a big unification clash. Riel, who sent Tete tumbling three times to get the stunning stoppage win in the third-round, is now in the position Tete was in prior to last night.

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As fight fans have read by now, Dillian Whyte will return to the ring on December 7, facing the towering Mariusz Wach on the huge Ruiz-Joshua II card in Saudi Arabia. Attempting to put the frustrations of his time spent out of the ring, and the well-documented fall-out that followed his July win over Oscar Rivas (Whyte failing a UK Anti-Doping, or UKAD test in the build-up to the July fight), the Londoner says he is looking to “crack another skull and get closer to fighting for a world title.”

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It’s the biggest rematch the heavyweight division has to offer, bigger (in the opinion of some, this writer included) than the Andy Ruiz-Anthony Joshua return. It’s Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury II and it’s done for February 22. This is according to both Bob Arum and Shelly Finkel, who spoke with ESPN.com. The only thing that remains to be sorted out is the venue for the fight.

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“Somebody asked me about the current choice we’re being given in the presidential election. I said, Well, it’s like two of the scariest movies I can imagine.”
–Dean Koontz

By Alex P. Vidal

 

NEW YORK CITY –– Don’t be scared.
The hoi polloi in the Philippines failed to send action star Fernando “Da King” Poe Jr. to Malacanang in 2004 partly because of the “Hello Garci” scandal.
Come 2022 presidential election, will they try again and succeed when boxing icon Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao becomes a candidate?

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