Latest Stories

The year in Philippine boxing


It was a year of tragedy and triumph, controversy and catastrophe. Boxing as a brand continued to generate public interest with a subsequent rise in television ratings. Manny Pacquiao remained the biggest newsmaker for actions in and out of the ring. But other boxers started to emerge from his long shadow.

February 4 – Nonito Donaire defeated Wilfredo Vasquez Jr to annex the vacant WBO super bantamweight title in San Antonio, Texas for the ‘Filipino Flash’ fourth title in four weight classes.

February 10 – Ring riot in Argentina. Johnriel Casimero’s 10th round TKO win over Luis Alberto Lazarte for the IBF interim lt.flyweight title in Mar de Plata, Argentina triggered a post-fight riot. News of the incident reached the halls of the Philippine Senate and the Dept. of Foreign Affairs.

March 2 – What an upset! Sonny Boy Jaro captured the WBC world flyweight and Ring magazine linear title with a stunning upset 6th round TKO over Pongsaklek Wonjongkam in Chonburi, Thailand. Pongsaklek was then ranked No. 8 among the top ten best pound for pound boxers in the world.

March 2 – It was a wrong Genaro Garcia. Mexican boxing agent scams ALA Promotions by sending a hopelessly unskilled boxer with the same name as the scheduled opponent of Rey ‘BoomBoom’ Bautista and ruined a big fight card in Bohol.

March 16 – Ana Julaton loses WBO female super bantamweight title to Yessica Patricia Marcos by unanimous decision in Mendoza, Argentina.

May 13 – Lucky 13 for Viloria. Viloria retained his WBO flyweight belt with a 9th round TKO over Omar Niño Romero at the Ynares Sports Center in Pasig City.

May 20 – Gabuco strikes gold. Josie Gabuco beat by points Xu Shiqi of China to win the Philippines’ first ever gold medal in the World Women’s Amateur Boxing Championship.

June 2 – Ahas shines. Donnie Nietes retained his WBO light flyweight title by unanimous decision against Felipe Saliguero.

June 9 – Bradley won. Really? Timothy Bradley beat Manny Pacquiao by split decision to win the WBO world welterweight title with a highly controversial scoreline.

History will remember the second half of the year for Nonito Donaire’s rise and Manny Pacquiao’s fall. Johnriel Casimero got his recognition as a regular world champion and Brian Viloria engaged Hernan Marquez in a ‘Fight of the Year’ candidate.

July 7 – Nonito Donaire scored a 12-round unanimous win over Jeffrey Mathebula to unify the WBO and IBF world super bantamweight titles in Carson, California.

July 16 – Sonny Boy Jaro loses the WBC flyweight title in Japan by split decision to Toshiyuki Igarashi in Saitama.

July 19 – IBF recognizes Johnriel Casimero as a regular world junior flyweight champion

Aug. 5 – Johnriel Casimero retains his IBF jr.flyweight crown with a split decision win over Pedro Guevara in Mazatlan, Mexico.

Sept. 22 – Rodel Mayol loses to IBF super flyweight champion Juan Carlos Sanchez by 9th round KO in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico.

Oct. 13 – Nonito Donaire beat Toshiaki Nishioka via 9th round TKO to retain his WBO super bantam title, win the vacant Ring magazine linear title and the WBC Diamond belt.

Oct. 20 – AJ Banal loses to Pungluang Sor Singyu of Thailand by 9th round TKO for the vacant WBO bantamweight world title at the Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City.

Nov. 10 – Edrin Dapudong failed to annex the vacant IBO superflyweight title after losing via split decision to Gideon Buthelezi in South Africa.

Nov. 17 – Brian Viloria unified the WBO and WBA flyweight titles with a 10th round TKO of Hernan ‘Tyson’ Marquez in Los Angeles.

Dec. 6 – Mexican vendetta. Juan Manuel Marquez knocked Manny Pacquiao out cold in the 6th round in Las Vegas, Nevada. After three close and controversial contests, Marquez finally scored an emphatic win that sent shockwaves throughout the boxing world.

Dec. 15 – Pinoy resbak. Nonito Donaire knocked out Mexican star Jorge Arce in the third round to retain his WBO superbantamweight title in Houston, Texas.

Dec. 26 – WBC plays Grinch. No. 1 ranked strawweight contender Denver Cuello and Promoter Aljoe Jaro seek legal action against the World Boxing Council for stalling Cuello’s title challenge against the WBC 105 lb division champion Xiong Zhao Zhong of China.

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Other Stories:

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
  1. 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  2. Save the queen? Aide takes fall for Enrile, Gigi Reyes
  3. Palace prepared to charge its allies
  4. Senator’s kickback from pork bigger than those of Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – Lacson
  5. Napoles turnaround alarms whistle-blowers
  6. What Went Before: Malacañang allies alleged involvement in pork scam
  7. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  8. Timeline: Napoles tell-all
  9. HK apology: Why Estrada and not Aquino?
  10. Cedric Lee’s cohort flies out of PH despite look-out order – De Lima
  1. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  2. 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  3. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  4. Estrada: Gigi Reyes won’t testify vs JPE
  5. Bernice Lee arrested by NBI team
  6. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  7. Cedric Lee’s cohort flies out of PH despite look-out order – De Lima
  8. Suspect in Vhong Navarro’s mauling wants to turn state witness – De Lima
  9. Reckless driver endangered lives of Aquino, entourage–report
  10. Lawyer: Napoles ‘will tell all’
  1. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  2. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  3. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  4. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  8. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  9. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  10. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano


  • Smooth Edsa ride up in 2 years, but…
  • Obama: US will defend Japan vs China
  • Santiago accuses Lacson of fronting for Enrile, Gigi Reyes
  • Name names, Lacson told
  • Ukraine FM: We are ready to fight Russia
  • Sports

  • Sharapova advances to Stuttgart quarterfinals
  • Galedo caps ride of redemption
  • Beermen, Express dispute second semis slot today
  • Lady Agilas upset Lady Bulldogs in four sets
  • NLEX roars to 7th D-League win
  • Lifestyle

  • Marinduque: Visiting the ‘palm of the ocean’
  • First at Vatican in 60 years
  • How Jing Monis Salon gave Krissy the pixie
  • Want to be a supermodel? Work on your inner beauty, says Joey Espino
  • Denims that keep you cool–literally
  • Entertainment

  • Kristoffer Martin: from thug to gay teen
  • Has Ai Ai fallen deeply with ‘sireno?’
  • California court won’t review Jackson doctor case
  • Cris Villonco on play adapted from different medium
  • OMB exec’s assurance: We work 24/7
  • Business

  • How author of best-seller exposed ‘one percent’ economic elite
  • Bangko Sentral readies new bank lending rules
  • Gaming stocks gain, PSEi eases on profit-taking
  • Cebu Pacific flew 3.74M passengers as of March
  • Corporate bonds sweeteners
  • Technology

  • Vatican announces hashtag for April 27 canonizations
  • Enrile in Masters of the Universe, Lord of the Rings?
  • Top Traits of Digital Marketers
  • No truth to viral no-visa ‘chronicles’
  • ‘Unlimited’ Internet promos not really limitless; lawmakers call for probe
  • Opinion

  • Editorial Cartoon, April 25, 2014
  • No deal, Janet
  • Like making Al Capone a witness vs his gang
  • MERS-CoV and mothers
  • A graduation story
  • Global Nation

  • HK victims to get P115M; traders raised money
  • Afghan hospital guard kills 3 American doctors
  • Career diplomat is new PH consul general in Los Angeles
  • US4GG: Aquino should ask Obama for TPS approval, drone technology
  • Complex health care system for California’s elderly and poor explained
  • Marketplace