Thursday, September 27, 2007

Donnie "Ahas" Nietes' Chance for Glory

This Sunday, ALA Boy, Donnie "Ahas" Nietes will attempt to join Gerry Penalosa, Florante Condes and Nonito Donaire as world titlists. This Pinoy boxing prospect will face the equally impressive Pornsawan Kratingdaenggym of Thailand for the the vacant WBO world Minimumweight Title.

This is a video of Donnie Nietes (21-1-3 with 13 KO's) in action against Saengpetch Sor Sakulphan also of Thailand. The video shows why this Philippine boxing rising star is nicknamed "Ahas" or snake. He knocked out his opponent with an uppercut that resembled a snake strike (well at least from my view).

Nietes won't find it easy to win the title for Filipino boxing as the talented Pornsawan Porpramook Kratingdaenggym of Thailand is standing in his way. Kratingdaenggym has an impressive record of of 20 wins without any losses or draws with 15 knock outs.

A quick look of their records shows that Kratingdaenggym has faced better opposition. The Thailander has faced Heri Amol (21-5-3), Benjie Sorolla (21-11-3), and Sonny Boy Jaro (22-4-3). On the other hand, Nietes has only faced two opponents with decent records namely, Heri Amol (21-4-3) and Abrin Matta 18-3-2.

Pornsawan is also condfident of winning as he expressed in his opening statement to the media: "I'm very excited in my first trip to the Philippines. But I'm also very confident of beating Nietes. I've prepared long and hard for this fight,"

Well' the only way to determine who will come out on top is by letting these fine athletes perform in the ring. I hope that with the crowd behind him, Nietes can pull out a victory.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Nike Immortalizes Manny Pacquaio's Crest!

A Nike endorsement for Manny Pacquiao has added more glamor to The Pinoy boxing icon's superstar status. Pacquiao will be wearing a red-and-white robe with his personalized crest emblazoned at the back on Oct. 6 when he enters the ring to face Marco Antonio Barrera for the second time.

Mike Friolo designed the crest or coat-of-arms at the Nike Asia-Pacific headquarters in Beaverton,Oregon. The crest was then approved by Pacquiao. The conceptualization and execution process of the design took eight months. Nike also developed an identity mark or logo for the Philippine boxing superstar. The identity mark and crest are featured in Pacquiao dri-fit T-shirts.

Manny Pacquiao's crest is similar to Nike’s execution of the Michael Jordan anniversary shoe because it is full of graphic detail. The Filipino boxing star's 44 wins are depicted in the tattoo-style waves at the top of the crest. Pacquiao's national following is symbolized by six bare fists in arms and the left-handed gloved fist at the center that rises above the rest expresses his punching power. The Filipino flag is represented by the rising sun. The rest of the crest's symbols, as well as downloads,pics and more can be found at:

Friday, September 21, 2007

2006 KO of the Year Candidate!

This is a KO video of a knockout of the year candidate for this year. This KO was delivered by The "Ding-A-Ling Man", Darnell Wilson while the unfortunate victim was Emmanuel Chukwu Nwodo. The bout happened on The 29 of June of this year at the St. George Theater, Staten Island, New York. Coming into this fight, Darnell Wilson had a record of 21-5-3 with !8 KO's while Nwodo had a record of 21-3-0 with 16 knockouts.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

2006 KO of the Year!

This is a video of another KO of the year. This time the KO is from in the heavy weight division and was awarded as the best knock out of 2006. The knockout happened on Feb. 25, 2006 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Calvin "The Boxing Banker" Brock connected with a left hook to Zuri Lawrence's jaw.

Calvin Brock had a record of 27-0-0 with 21 KO's coming into this fight. The notable opponents he had defeated before facing Lawrence include Terry Smith, David Bostice, Jameel McCline and Clifford Etienne. After his devastating victory over Lawrence, Brock defeated Timor Ibragimov. He then challenged Wladimir Klitschko for the heavyweight title but was stopped in the 7th round. He has won two fights since his KO loss to Klitschko and is waiting for another shot at the title.

On the other, Zuri Lawrence had a decent 20-10-4 record when he faced Brock. Although he lacked punching power (none of his wins are by knock out), he had beaten heavy weight contenders Jameel McCline and Darrol Wilson. He has also faced contenders like Sultan Ibragimov, Tony Thompson, Ray Austin, and David Bostice. After his loss to Brock, Lawrence suffered a second run knock out loss to heavyweight contender, Dominick Guinn. He has fought twice and won against low-level competition after his loss to Guinn.

Monday, September 17, 2007

2005 KO of the Year!

This is the video of the Ring magazines' "Knock Out of the Year" for 2005. This brutal KO is more popularly called the "18 second knockout." It happened at the Buffalo Run Casino, in Miami, Oklahoma, during the bout between super middleweight contenders, Alan "Sweetness" Green and Jaidon "The Don" Codrington.

Coming into the fight, Green had a record of 17 wins no losses and draws with 11 knockouts while Codrington had a perfect record of 9 wins no losses or draws with all of his wins coming by way of knockout. Every one expected this bout to be exciting but no one expected it to end so brutally quick.

Fortunately, there seems to be no permanent damage to Codrington after his experience with the explosive fists of Alan Green. He has since recovered from the brutal knock out and has won 8 straight fights to improve his record to 17-1-0 1 with 13 knock outs.

On the other hand, Green's career experienced a few bumps after he victimized Codrington. For instance, he came in overconfident and careless against his former sparring mate, Donny McCrary. McCrary knocked down Green in the third round but Green managed to survived and went back and knocked McCrary out in the sixth round.

Green scored a big win by knocking out Olympian and fellow top contender Jerson Ravelo in the 8th round. However, he performed badly against Edison Miranda and lost by unanimous decision in ten rounds. Miranda was knocked down in the eight round but he dominated reen and knocked him down twice in the tenth round. Green has started his comeback with a first round knockout of journeyman Darrell Woods.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Manny Pacquiao's First Fight on Foreign Soil

As I mentioned in my previous post, I have been experimenting with posting videos in this Pinoy boxing blog. And so I decided to post another impressive Manny Pacquiao KO win. This video is a bit long because of the introductions but the fight itself was only one round. Pacquaio knocked his opponent with a left uppercut just as the bell sounded to end the first round.

This fight was Philippine boxing superstar Manny Pacquaio's first fight outside the Philippines. This fight was held at Korakuen Hall,in Tokyo, Japan. Pacquiao's record coming into this fight was 23-1 with 13 knockouts. He was the reigning OPBF flyweight champion having defeated Chokchai Chockvivat of Thailand for the title.

After this fight, Pacquiao traveled to Phuttamonthon, Thailand to challenge Chatchai Sasakul for the WBC world flyweight championship. He knocked out the highly skilled Sasakul in eight rounds and won thus winning his first world title.

His opponent was Shin Terao of Japan who held a record of 10-2-1 coming in to his nightmarish meeting with Pacquiao. After his loss to the Filipino boxing star, he went on to lose two more fights before ending his career with a record of 10-5-1 with a KOs. I observed that all of his losses were by knock outs so a boxing career was probably not meant for him.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Impressive Pacquiao KO Video

I've just began experimenting with posting videos on this Philippine boxing blog. I thought it would be more exciting as boxing is best exemplified by action on the ring. And so I decided to post more videos of Pinoy boxing stars and prospects as well as other exciting boxing bouts that do not involve Filipino boxers. I know that boxing fans love watching KO's so I will also post videos of the best KO's in boxing on my my future post.

I think that it's fitting to begin with a Manny Pacquiao KO...

This is one of Pacquiao's most impressive KO. He knocked out Fahsan 3K Battery with a thunderous left uppercut which lifted the poor Thai's feet off the canvas.

As impressive as this knock out was Pacquiao was actually criticized for his performance. 3K Battery was meant to be a sacrificial lamb as Pacquiao wanted to perform in front of his country men. Perhaps it was because of this situation that he did not train seriously for this fight. Boxing analyst observed that Pacquiao was huffing and puffing by the third round indicating poor conditioning. Fortunately, The Filipino boxing icon was able to connect with power punches in the fourth round culminating with the perfect left uppercut that left 3K battery unconscious.

After his KO loss to Pacquiao, 3K battery has won fourteen straight bouts and has improved his record to 58-8-1 with 35 knockouts. His winning streak has allowed him to get a crack at the current IBF super bantamweight champion Steve "The Canadian Kid" Molitor in October. This will be a tough fight for Fahsan as Molitor is undefeated in 24 fights with 10 knockouts and is about six years younger.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Boxing Legends to Visit the Philippines!

Games and Amusement Board (GAB) chairman Eric Buhain announced a few days ago that some boxing greats are scheduled to visit the Philippines to attend the World Boxing Council (WBC) Convention slated from November 11 to 17. Among those scheduled to come is former world heavyweight king, Mike Tyson.

Boxing icons Oscar “Golden Boy” de la Hoya, boxing great Muhammad Ali, Marco Antonio Barrera, Julio Cesar Chavez, Larry Holmes and Evander Holyfield are also participating in the country’s hosting of the convention.

Needless to say, the presence of these boxing superstars will make Pinoy boxing fans happy. They may not see some of their boxing heores in action but meeting them alone or seeing them in person will make any Philippine boxing fan's day.

OF course, the convention is not just all about the boxing stars, as the GAB hopes that some of it's proposal will be approved during this event. The proposal on the imposition of a drastic change in a boxer’s contract involving multiple managers is one of the important proposals that the GAB will make.

Pinoy boxing fans will also be treated to 60 rounds of exhibition matches lined up under de la Hoya productions and in coordination with GAB and “WBC Cares.” This matches are meant to drumbeat the event and raise funds for the various projects and community services of the WBC.

Let us hope that this event will be able to help Filipino boxing, benefit our boxers and provide happiness to the legion s of Philippine boxing fans.

Friday, September 7, 2007

More Filipino Boxing Updates

Manny Pacquiao Training Camp

After reaching the halfway point of his training for his rematch against the great Marco Antonio Barrera, Pinoy boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao is on schedule with his preparations. Despite the minor distractions from his Philippine boxing fans and a bout of flu, Pacquiao's weight is now at 136 pounds. This means that he will be able to make the 130 lb. limit for the rematch with Barrera. Manny Pacquiao's current weight also places him way below the maximum 143 pounds or 64.864 kilos set by the WBC for a fighter to weigh 30 days before a fight under the super featherweight division.

According to WBC Rule 4.6, fighters should undergo compulsory "safety weigh-ins" 30 days and seven days prior to their fights. This rule was instituted in 1997 and was ratified during the 2nd WBC World Boxing Medical Congress last April 30 in Quintana Roo, Mexico. It addresses the safety concerns involved in a boxer losing too much weight during intense training.

Denoy Scheduled to Defend Title in Thailand

Reigning WBO Asia Pacific light flyweight Along Denoy will defend his title in a rematch with Kaichon Sor Vorapin that will be held in Bangkok on October 3. Denoy took the tile away from Kaichon last July 13 with a spectacular fifth round TKO win.

This will be the third meeting between Philippine boxing prospect, Denoy and Kaichon. Denoy lost by a sixth round technical decision in their first encounter on July 8, 2005. Denoy currently has a record of 15-6-1 with 8 knockouts while Kaichon who has a record of 25-10 with 9 knockouts.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Suico VS. Samejima Video

This video shows Pinoy boxing prospect, Randy Suico retaining his OPBF lightweight title by impressively knocking out tough mandatory challenger Koji Samejima of Japan in the eighth round. The OPBF lightweight championship bout was the main attraction of the “Battle for Supremacy” promoted by Rex “Wakee” Salud in cooperation with MP Promotions of Filipino boxing idol Manny Pacquiao.

Many Philippine boxing analysts say that the pressure is on Suico to perform well after being stopped in his first world title challenge. Well he was able to finish off Samejima impressively and he has power but he has still to improve in terms of speed and movement. The current world lightweight champions are above the level of Samejima so he has to improve if he wants to capture a world crown at the lightweight division. This victory will boost his morale and inspire him to improve so he still has a chance at bringing back a world title to the Philippines.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Early September Filipino Boxing Updates

Pacquiao Training Camp

Philippine boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao's training has hit another bump when he suffered flu like symptoms. As a result Pacquiao was unable to train for two days in order to recover from the flu and resume his training.

Fortunately for Pinoy boxing fans, Pacquiao seems to have recovered well enough from the flu and was even able to play a game of basketball with some members of the media. Once again, this brought new criticism on Pacquiao for risking injury by playing basketball when he should be recovering from the effects of the flu.

However, the flu did not seems to cause any serious damage as the Philippine boxing icon felt good enough on Monday and was able to do some sparring. He sparred a total of six rounds with Mexican Raymund Beltran and Filipino Arnel Tinampay at the RWS Gym. Pacquiao was also able run the flatland of the IT Park in front of the Waterfront Hotel in Lahug before his sparring session.

Gejon Fails to Dethrone Niida

Pinoy boxing prospect Eriberto Gejon failed in his bid to win a fourth title for the Philippines when he lost by unanimous decision to reigning World Boxing Association (WBA) minimum-weight champion, Yutaka Niida of Japan.

This bout was the second meeting between the two pugilist as tthey met for the first time on September 2005. Niida defeated Gejon by split decision in this first meeting when the fight was stopped in the tenth round due to a cut in Gejon's head.

Niida improved greatly from the first meeting and was able to repeatedly connected with strong left hooks and overhand rights throughout the contest which gave him the win. He improved his record to 22-1-3, including eight knockouts while Gejon dropped to 23-2-1, with 14 KOs.

All is not lost for Gejon, as he is till one of the top Philippine boxing prospects. He is also a tall fighter so moving upon in weight to the flyweight division is a good option. He will still retian his height and reach advantage in that division.

Nietes to Fight for World Title

Donnie Nietes, another Filipino boxing rising star, will try to win the vacant WBO world Minimumweight Title on September 30. He will battle undefeated Pornsawan Kratingdaenggym of Thailand at the Waterfront Hotel in Lahug, Cebu City.

The 25-year-old Nieties hails from Bacolod City and holds a record of (19-1-311 KO's ) He is the No. 1 WBO minimumweight contender and this will be his first title shot. His opponent, Kratingdaenggym has an impressive record of of 20 wins and is the WBO No. 3 contender.

This promotion is loaded with Pinoy boxing talent as it includes AJ “Bazooka” Banal who will take on Mexico's Jovanny “Bambino” Soto for the WBO Youth super flyweight championship. Robert Allanic will clash with In-Suk Song of South Korea in a WBO Asia Pacific bantamweight title fight. Also insluded is Philippine flyweight champion Rocky Fuentes defends his title against former Olympian Danilo Lerio.