Pinoy boxer Michael Dasmariñas gears up for IBO title fight

MANILA – Filipino boxer Michael “Hot & Spicy” Dasmariñas, gears up for the biggest fight of his life, as he goes for an IBO world championship title on April 20, 2018, at Ringstar Boxing’s ‘Roar of Singapore IV – The Night of Champions’, to be held at the 10,000-seater Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Dasmariñas currently ranked 12th best boxer in the world by WBC, will go up against French boxer Karim Guerfi, who is currently ranked 4th by WBC.  The fight is also touted by the Singapore promoter as the main event of the evening and will draw much international attention to the Camarines Sur-native.

Dasmariñas had an impressive win and KO’d his Thai opponent Phupha Por Nobnom, during the 2nd round of his match, at Ringstar’s ‘Roar of Singapore III – The Chosen Wan’, last October 20, 2017, at the Suntec Convention Center, a win which gave way for this world title match.

Michael Dasmariñas says,

“Nakakagalak po at nabigyan tayo ng Ringstar ng ganitong pagkakataong mapakita ang ating galing bilang Pilipino.  Ngayon po ay puspusan ang aking paghahanda.  Tuloy-tuloy po ang ating ensayo dahil nais ko po makamit ang IBO world title na ito.  Samahan niyo po ako magdasal na makuha natin ang panalong ito.  Ang panalo ko po ay pagkapanalo rin ng Pilipinas. (I am happy that I am being given this opportunity by Ringstar to show my talent as a Filipino boxer.  I am now training continuously, so that I can win this IBO world title bout.  Please join me in praying, so that we can win.  My win, will also be a win for the Philippines.)”

Ringstar Boxing Founder & CEO Scott Farrel on the other hand says,

“This is potentially one of the fight of the year nominees for 2018.  Michael Dasmariñas WBC ranked 12 vs. Karim Guerif WBC ranked 4, will be a real war which both the Philippine and French boxing fans would love to see.  Ringstar is all about a neutral fight platform, giving a genuine unbiased opportunity for both these great fighters to lift the IBO world title.”

Farrel continues,

“If Dasmariñas is successful in this fight, he will be catapulted into the top 10, and in line to face the current great champions of the bantamweight division.  He has the chance now to move forward and aim for greatness, like what his country’s very own hero Manny Pacquiao has achieved.  I wish both fighters the best of luck, and I look forward to promoting this fight.  This fight is a must-watch for all boxing fans, we have a Filipino boxer vs. a French boxer headlining a Singapore event, going head-to-head for the biggest fight night of their lives, with the IBO world title at stake.”

For 2018, Ringstar is set to bring its live events across Asia – China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Philippines included.  While for 2019, Ringstar plans to do a minimum of ten shows per year and have a combined viewing audience of over 1 billion viewers, making it Asia’s top fight media property.


Lomachenko forces Rigondeaux to quit

WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko dismantled Guillermo Rigondeaux, before the Cuban threw in the towel.

In the first professional bout ever between a pair of two-time Olympic gold medalists, it was Lomachenko who emerged victorious to inflict a first pro defeat on Rigondeaux.

The bout was brought to a halt when Rigondeaux quit at the end of the sixth round, in front of a sell-out crowd at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

Defending champion Lomachenko dominated from the opening bell, with his quick hands and footwork simply too much for Rigondeaux.

The Ukraine fighter was able to land uppercuts and combinations, with Rigondeaux never connecting with more than three punches in any of the three rounds.

Rigondeaux hurt his hand during the second and spent much of the fight holding – an offence which saw him docked a point in the sixth.

Eventually, the 37-year-old had had enough of the onslaught and quit on his stool, as Lomachenko cemented his reputation as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

“I lost but it was because of my hand, in the second round I injured the top of it and I could not continue,” said Rigondeaux.

“He is very technical, very explosive. I will come back and fight anybody, there are no excuses.

“It wasn’t about the weight, it was just about the hand injury. I give Vasyl credit though, he is an excellent boxer.”

Ancajas stops Conlan in six to retain title

Jerwin Ancajas retained his IBF World super-flyweight title with a straightforward win over Jamie Conlan at Belfast’s SSE Arena on Saturday night.

The Filipino southpaw stopped Conlan in the sixth-round after a dominant performance that saw the challenger go down several times.

Ancajas constantly targeted the body of the Ulsterman and hurt Conlan badly before the referee finally stopped the fight to hand the champion his third consecutive defence.

Ancajas started the stronger and Conlan went down on one knee in the first round, although it was unclear whether it was caused a punch or some kind of leg injury.

He continued, but suffered a nasty cut to his left eye in the second round after a clash of heads.

Conlan went down again in the both the third and fourth rounds after some big body shots from Ancajas, who was clearly far superior in every aspect.

The champ was docked a point in the fifth round for a low blow, but it didn’t affect his workrate as he rained big punches down on Conlan before the referee brought the contest to an end after the challenger went down for a fourth time in the sixth round.

On the undercard, Zolani Tete pulled off one of the fastest KOs in boxing history after he felled Siboniso Gonya with his first punch to retain the WBO bantamweight title.

South African Tete connected with a vicious right hook just six seconds into the fight that left the challenger and his compatriot out cold, leaving the referee no option but to wave it off just 11 seconds into the fight.

Pacquiao confirms McGregor talks

Manny Pacquiao has revealed that he has held preliminary talks with Conor McGregor about meeting in the ring next April.

Pacquiao is looking to fight in the Spring when the Philippines senate goes into recess, and the likes of Terence Crawford, Jeff Horn and Keith Thurman have been mentioned as possible opponents for the 39-year-old.

But when asked about a possible fight against McGregor, Pacquiao confirmed that there had been discussions between the two camps after appearing to challenge the Irishman on social media last month.

Pacquiao said: “Initially [held talks] but we have not yet had any follow-up conversations.”

Former world champion Pacquiao last fought in July when he controversially lost his WBO welterweight championship to Horn.

Despite that defeat, he has shown no inclination to retire, with McGregor maintaining his interest in another boxing bout after his big-money summer showdown against Floyd Mayweather.

McGregor revealed this week that he wanted potential opponents to campaign to face him in 2018, as he continues negotiations with the UFC over a new contract.

“My focus is getting back into the right ring or octagon – 2017 was historic. I have transcended both the sport of MMA and boxing,” he told Betsafe.

Pinoy boxer Michael Dasmariñas wins debut fight in SG under Ringstar

Filipino boxer Michael “Hot & Spicy” Dasmarinas, lived up to his monicker and spiced up the evening at Ringstar Boxing’s ‘The Roar of Singapore III’, held at Suntec Convention & Exhibition in Singapore last weekend.

Michael knocked out his Thai opponent, Phupha Por Nobnom, in the second round of the supposed 6-round IBO undercard bantamweight division fight.

Dasmarinas says, “I am thankful to all those who helped me win this fight.  To my friends, manager, my family, thank you to all of you.  This is for all of you.”

Michael’s story of hardships as a young child were shared previously in Philippine media and got him a lot of attention, with CNN Philippines Anchor Mico Halili, even suggesting that his next monicker as he becomes a bigger fighter should be “Gloves on Fire”, since he had a story that his gloves were burned when he was 9-years old by a family member, who did not want him to get into the sport which is ironically, his bread and butter now.

With this with, Michael’s next bout will be a world title fight in 2018.

Favored Singaporean boxer Muhamad “The Chosen Wan” Ridhwan on the other hand, whose fight against Namibian Nataniel Sebastian, became truly the most exciting fight of the night, with 12 rounds of aggressive back and forth of both fighters.  Both of whom before entering the ring were undefeated, Ridhwan with a 8-0 record and Sebastian with a previous 9-0 record before the night ended.

Trash talking also took place at the press conference two days before the fight, with Ridhwan, the more confident of the two, even slamming Sebastian’s fight record.

Ridhwan received a unanimous decision from the three judges, with a score of 115-113, 115-113 and 115-114.

Asked if he was suprised with Sebastian’s ability to sustain the 12 rounds, Ridhwan says, “I neutralized that, he couldn’t fight in the middle, that’s why I took control of the punches.  He pushed the limits though, he brought it to 12 rounds, but I’ve been there before.  I’ve been there in training.  It was a good test.  We learn from this, we are just going to grow stronger and better.”

Ringstar’s Founder and CEO Scott Farrell also announced at the end of the evening, that Ringstar will be back in February 2018 in Dalian, China, then April again in Singapore.

Pinoy boxer Michael Dasmarinas set for fight debut in Singapore

Up-and-coming Filipino boxer Michael “Hot & Spicy” Dasmarinas, is all set for his boxing debut for Singapore-based sports management and boxing promotions outfit, RingStar Boxing.  His fight is set to take place on October 20 at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, for the much anticipated ‘The Roar of Singapore III – The Chosen Wan’. 

The IBO undercard bantamweight division fight, will see Dasmarinas go up against a newly announced Thai opponent, Phupha Por Nobnom.

The 25-year old Dasmarinas, who has a record of 25-2, who was also the former WBC World Youth Super Flyweight champion, recounted how he had to fight for his passion for boxing while growing up.

When he was 9-years old, a family member burned his boxing gloves, just so he would give up the sport.  He was also bullied and was told that he would never make it as a boxer, because he was thin and frail-looking.

But he persevered and was guided by a cousin who was an amateur boxer that time, and proved that this was his calling.  He was also inspired by world-renowned Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao.

In fact, it was because of this sport that he was able to obtain a high school scholarship, and thus, was able to graduate.

This Camarines Sur native who is the 9th of 11 siblings, also shared how trying his growing up years were financially.  He in fact recounted, how happy he was with the first income he made from boxing, which was a mere P200.00.  Dasmarinas says, “Masaya na ako noon sa halaga na iyon, maski papaano kumita ako ng pera.  Naging inspirasyon ko ito para ipagpatuloy ang boxing.  (I was happy I made that amount of money.  It became my inspiration to carry on and pursue the sport of boxing).

And when he started winning more fights, he realized that this was what he was called to do, so he kept on.

Dasmarinas is excited that this will be his debut fight for RingStar, which gave him a 3-year contract.  Apart from his fight purse, he will also receive a percentage of endorsements and sponsorship from RingStar’s sponsor – Cellmaxx, a sponsorship deal which the promotions outfit recently concluded.

Dasmarinas says, “Handa na po ako para sa laban ko sa Singapore.  Sana po suportahan po ito ng mga kababayan nating Pilipino, lalo na yun mga nasa Singapore.”  (I am ready for my fight in Singapore.  I hope my fellow Filipinos can support me, specially those who are based in Singapore.)

Sanctioned by the International Boxing Organization (IBO), The Roar of
Singapore III will take place on Friday, 20th October, 2017 at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre.

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Ringstar Boxing signs Pinoy fighter Michael Dasmarinas

Singapore-based fight promotion company RingStar Boxing, has just signed Filipino boxer Michael “Hot & Spicy” Dasmarinas.

The 25-year old Dasmarinas is a native of Camarinas Sur, and has a current record of 25-2, with 16 of the 27 wins won via KO.

He is touted as the next Filipino fighter to watch out for in RingStar’s upcoming fight on October 20, at the Suntec City Convention Centre, ‘The Roar of Singapore III – The Chosen Wan’.

RingStar Boxing CEO Scott Farrell says,

“We are very excited about signing Dasmarinas. RingStar has a plan to bring him to the top and turn him into a world champion, and make him an inspiration to his fellow countrymen in the Philippines. His career so far on paper makes him look like a good opponent for someone to beat for a major title; we at RingStar now want to guide him and his career, and take him to the top, as I see Dasmarinas as a world-class and a future division dominator.” 

Dasmarinas will go up against a Thai contender with a record of 12-1, and after this bout, he is set for his first world title fight in China, in early 2018.’

UPDATE: Michael Dasmarinas will now face Nirondon Thata of Thailand instead of Ical Tobida as initially advertised.

Sanctioned by the International Boxing Organization (IBO), The Roar of Singapore III will take place on Friday, 20th October, 2017 at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre. 

Golovkin, Alvarez fight ends in split decision

The middleweight title fight between Gennady Golovkin and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez ended in a split decision at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

Despite Golovkin being ahead on most pundits’ scorecards, the judges scored the fight 115-113 Golovkin, 118-110 Canelo, and 114-114 in a somewhat controversial decision.

The result means Golovkin retains his IBF, IBO, WBC and WBO titles.

The Kazakh moved forward from the off, making Alvarez move while using his jab, while the Mexican looked to land body shots.

Golovkin persevered with his jab in the next round while trying to land a big shot, but it was Alvarez who found the target with some hard body shots.

The Kazakh picked things up in third as he came out firing, with Alvarez hitting back with counter shots to the head and body. Golovkin was clearly trying to cut the distance to stop Alvarez going for the body.

Golovkin then landed a superb combination as he enjoyed a strong fourth round, before asserting himself further in the fifth, backing Alvarez against the ropes. The duo then traded big shots as the crowd got to their feet.

The champion picked up where he left off in the sixth, landing some hard shots before Alvarez tried to work his way back into the fight, but at this stage Golovkin was well on top.

The seventh started slower, enabling Alvarez to get control before he was pushed back late on in in what was an extremely close round, while the eighth saw Golovkin regain the upper hand as he landed some fine punches, despite a huge uppercut from Alvarez.

There was some furious action at close range at the start of the ninth, with Alvarez landing the better punches, but it was still very close.

Alvarez began to open up in the tenth, hurting Golovkin before the Kazakh composed himself and reapplied the pressure.

The Mexican did some good work in the eleventh as Golovkin starting throwing some wild bombs as he went for the knockout, but Alvarez’s defence held strong before both fighters went for it in the final round, Golovkin taking some big hits early on before Golovkin came back firing to end an epic 12-round bout.

Both fighters were almost out on their feet as they waited for the decision.

And it was decision that irked many pundits.

John Marvin overwhelms Malaysian foe to win PHL’s 2nd boxing gold in SEAG

KUALA LUMPUR—John Marvin captured the Philippines’ second gold medal in boxing after pounding hometown bet Adli Hafidz Bin Mohd Pauzi in the finals of their light heavyweight division on Thursday in the 29th Southeast Asian Games boxing competition

Coming out aggressive from the opening bell, the Fil-British boxer quickly peppered his Malaysian foe with a barrage of punches, prompting the the ring official to halt the fight with just 21 seconds gone by in the first round.

Marvin, whose father is British and mother a Filipina, reached the finals after clobbering Thai Anavat Thongkrathok in the semis.

Marvin became the second Filipino boxer to win a gold, following Eumir Felix Marcial, who hammered and pummeled Thai opponent Pathomsak Kuttiya in their middleweight division.

READ: Eumir Felix Marcial snares PHL’s 1st gold for boxing in KL SEA Games

The gold was Marcial’s second straight after winning one in the welterweight category during the 2015 edition in Singapore.

The 21-year-old Marcial reached the gold medal round after hammering hometown bet Indran A/L Rama Krishnan in the opening round of their semifinal collision last Tuesday.

In the meantime, Mario Fernandez wasn’t that fortunate after bowing to Chatchai Butdee to settle for the silver in their bantamweight division.

Eumir Felix Marcial snares PHL’s 1st gold for boxing in KL SEA Games

KUALA LUMPUR—Filipino Eumir Felix Marcial pummeled his Thai opponent Pathomsak Kuttiya as he delivered the Philippines’ first gold medal with his conquest of the middleweight division in the Southeast Asian Games boxing on Thursday.

The gold was Marcial’s second straight after winning one in the welterweight category during the 2015 edition in Singapore.

The 21-year-old Marcial reached the gold medal round after hammering hometown bet Indran A/L Rama Krishnan in the opening round of their semifinal collision last Tuesday.