Sunday, August 20, 2017

Dela Torre-Rodriguez Fight Off

Press Release: August 20, 2017 By Sanman Promotions - In a stunning development, the fight between unbeaten fighters Harmonito “Hammer” Dela Torre and Saul ‘Kid Dinamita” Rodriguez is off. Jim Claude Manangquil, chief executive officer of Sanman Promotions, announced that Rodriqguez pulled out of the fight. “We had our contract signed and just a couple of days before the fight, Saul pulled out. It’s frustrating but things like this do happen in Boxing,” said Manangquil.
    Dela Torre and Rodriguez were supposed to fight on August 22 at the Sams Town Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. It was supposed to be an eighth-round, non-title fight under the Super Featherweight division. Dela Torre was saddened by the cancellation. “It’s really frustrating to be in this situation. I have prepared well and just like that, the fight got canceled,” said deal Torre, who has been training in Miami, Florida for the past three months along with Sanman Boxing Gym stablemates Reymart Gaballo, John Vincent Moralde and Mike Plania.

    The fight could have been a blockbuster with both fighters sporting impressive records. Dela Torre is yet to lose in 19 fights and owns 12 knockout victories, while Rodriguez has 21 wins, 15 by knockouts and one draw. Rodriguez has collected 15 straight wins since settling for a draw against Cesar Garcia last October 13, 2012 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.

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Brief Update

We would like to let our readers know that material discussing the August 19th Jr. Welterweight unification clash between Terence Crawford and Julius Indongo is in the works and will be released on Monday, August 21st. Stay tuned. “And That’s The Boxing Truth.”

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Crawford-Indongo Weights

The official weigh-in for tonight’s Undisputed Jr. Welterweight world championship clash between undefeated world champions Terence Crawford and Julius Indongo took place on Friday in Lincoln, NE. The official weights for the entire card are as follows.

Main Event: WBC/WBO/IBF/WBA Jr. Welterweight world championship – 12Rds.

Terence Crawford (WBO/WBC champion) 140lbs. vs. Julius Indongo (IBF/WBA champion) 139lbs.

NABF Light-Heavyweight championship – 10Rds.

Oleksandr Gvozdyk (Champion) 174 1/4lbs, vs, Craig Baker174 1/2lbs,

Jr. Welterweight – 10Rds.

Robert Frankel 139lbs. vs. Mike Reed 141lbs.

Heavyweight – 8Rds.

Bryant Jennings 230 3/4lbs. vs. Daniel Martz 255 1/4lbs.

Featherweight – 6Rds.

Shakur Stevenson 126 1/4lbs. vs. David Paz 125 1/2lbs.

Heavyweight – 8Rds.

Dillian Whyte 260lbs. vs. Malcolm Tann 238 1/4lbs.

Welterweight – 10Rds.

Mike Alvarado 148lbs. vs. Sidney Siqueira 145 1/4lbs.

Light-Heavyweight – 6Rds.

Steven Nelson 175lbs. vs. Cesar Ruiz 175lbs.

Lightweight – 6Rds.

Kevin Ventura 132 1/4lbs. vs. Baltazar Ramirez 133lbs.

Crawford vs. Indongo takes place Tonight (Saturday, August 19th) at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, NE. The card can be seen in the United States on ESPN beginning at 10PM ET/7PM PT and will be also be available on ESPN Deportes and the Watch ESPN and ESPN apps. A porton of undercard bouts will be available on the Watch ESPN and ESPN apps beginning at 6:30 PM ET/3:30PM PT. for more information and channel listings in your area please visit:

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Tabugon, Sonsona Arrive In Australia For “Punches At The Park 5”

L/R Lolito Sonsona, Jim Claude Manangquil CEO Sanman Promotions, and Raymond Tabugon Photo Credit: Sanman Promotions
Press Release August 15, 2017 (Originally released August 14, 2017) By Sanman Promotions - Raymond Tabugon and Lolito Sonsona arrived in Melbourne, Australia Tuesday morning for their respective assignments in the "Punches at the Park 5" on August 19 at the Melbourne Park Function Centre. Accompanied by Sanman Promotions chief executive officer Jim Claude Manangquil, the two fighters arrived in the country known as “The Land Down Under” via Philippine Airlines.
    Tabugon (20W-7L-1D, 10KOs) is gunning for a huge upset when he and Andrew Moloney battle for the WBA Oceania Super- Flyweight and OPBF Silver Super-Flyweight belts. Moloney is yet to lose in 13 fights and has eight knockout victories. Sonsona (21W-1L-4D, 9KOs) for his part will be fighting Andrew’s twin brother Jason for the WBA Oceania and OPBF Silver Super-Bantamweight titles. Just like his brother, Jason is also unscathed as he has piled up 13 successive victories.


    Manangquil said arriving early in Australia will give  Tabugon and Sonsona enough time to acclimatize to the weather in the place. “We have four days to relax in Melbourne. It is enough time because there is not much of a time difference between Melbourne and the Philippines. Both of them are ready and there weights are good,” said Mananquil.     Also with the team is trainer Boy Sonsona

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Punches At The Park 5 takes place Saturday, August 19th at the Melbourne Park Function Centre in Melbourne, Australia. The card can be seen on a pay-per-view basis worldwide on the Fite TV app for $14.99 beginning at 5AM (United States EST) The Fite TV app is available on the Google Play Store as well as the Apple App Store. For more information about Fite TV and how to cast content to your TV please visit:

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Tension Builds As Mananquil And Waminal Guarantee Wins

Ben Mananquil Photo Credit: Sanman Promotions
Press Release August 15, 2017 (Originally released August 13, 2017) By Sanman Promotions- The fight is still several weeks away but things have started heating up between the protagonists in the main supporting bout of the September 9 “Road to Stardom” fight card at the Polomolok Gym in Polomolok, South Cotabato. The camp of Rhey Waminal of the famed ALA Boxing Gym in Cebu City fired the first shots when his trainer Michael Domingo described Ben Mananquil of the General Santos City-based Sanman Boxing Gym as an “easy target.” 
    “We have seen his style. He’s an easy target. Wami has power and I have seen a lot of improvement from him in training,” said Domingo in a report by a local daily in Cebu City.  Asked what Waminal intends to do against Mananquil in their duel for the Oriental Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) Silver Bantamweight title, Domingo replied: “Win by KO.”

    For his part, Mananquil shrugged off Domingo’s statements, expressing confidence of emerging victorious. “I don’t care what he and his trainers say. He said he will knock me out but during fight night, I’ll make sure I am not going to lose the fight,” said Mananquil.
    Currently enjoying a five-fight winning streak, Waminal has 11 wins with six knockouts and with only one defeat. Mananquil said he knows Waminal is a talented fighter but there is no doubt in his mind who is the better boxer.
    “I respect him. He is a great boxer but I will make him look ordinary in our fight,” Mananaquil said. “Every fight is important for me. But this is more important since it is for an OPBF title. He is a good boxer but I’ll make sure I will go home victorious,” added the 25-year-old Mananquil, who sports a 14W-1L-2D, 3KOs record.

    Waminal coming from a very respectable gym is something that doesn’t bother Mananquil a bit. “Why would that intimidate me? I am from a top gym as well. I will not push for a knockout but if there’s an opportunity, I will definitely go for it” added Mananquil.    

       To ensure a victory, Mananquil has been putting the needed work in the gym. He sparred for eight rounds last Friday and has been doing rounds of jogging in the mountains with his stablemates. The Mananquil-Waminal duel will be the co-feature in the main event showdown between Jade Bornea (8W-0L-5KOs) and Thailander Jakkrawut Majoogoen (19W-1L, 11 KOs).     At stake in the Bornea-Majoogoen fight is the International Boxing Federation (IBF) Youth Super-Flyweight title.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Schedule Update

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

LA Fight Club 8/10/2017 Weights

The official weigh-in for the latest installment of Golden Boy Promotions’ popular LA Fight Club series took place on Wednesday in Los Angeles, CA. The official weights for the entire card, which will be headlined by an eight round Jr. Lightweight bout between Charles Huerta and Miguel Angel Gonzalez are as follows.

Main Event: Jr. Lightweight – 8Rds.

Charles Huerta 130lbs. vs. Miguel Angel Gonzalez 129 3/4lbs.

Lightweight – 8Rds.

Christian Gonzalez 134 3/4lbs. vs. Daniel Perales 135lbs.

Jr. Featherweight – 6Rds.

Rafael Gramajo 121 3/4lbs. vs. Felipe Rivas 120 1/2lbs.

Featherweight – 6Rds.

Francisco Esparza 125 3/4lbs. vs. Fernando Fuentes 123 1/2lbs.

LA Fight Club: Huerta vs. Gonzalez takes place Tonight (Thursday, August 10th) at The Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, CA. The card can be seen in the United States  on Estrella TV beginning at 10PM ET/7PM PT. The card will also be available on www.ringtv,com and the Fite TV app beginning at 9PM ET/6PM PT and will be available worldwide.  The Fite TV app is available on the Google Play Store as well as the Apple App Store. For more information about Fite TV and how to cast content to your TV please visit:

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Bornea Bracing For War Against Thai Foe

Jade Bornea Photo Credit: Sanman Promotions
Press Release: August 9, 2017 By Sanman Promotions- One doesn’t have to remind Jade Bornea how high the stakes are in his upcoming fight against a Thailander opponent. In fact, the 22-year-old boxer from General Santos City is feeling some pressure to deliver but don’t expect him to just cave in as he vowed to put on a spectacular show against Jakkrawut Majoogoen in the main event of “Road to Stardom” fight card slated September 9 in Polomolok, South Cotabato.

       “There’s a little pressure as it will be my first defense of my IBF Youth title, but I’ll use that pressure to my advantage since I perform better when under pressure especially against good opponents,” said Bornea. Bornea of Sanman-Amoy Gym has had a stellar amateur career, beating the likes of Murodjon Akhmadaliev, a 2016 Olympic Bronze medalist, Kosei Tanaka, the current WBO Light-Flyweight champion and KJ Cataraja, the unbeaten prospect of the ALA Boxing Gym.

       “As a professional boxer, I think Majoogoen is my toughest opponent to date,” said Bornea, who is still unbeaten in eight fights with five knockout victories. Majoogoen is definitely no easy prey. He is a former WBC World youth champion who has 19 wins with only one loss. The Thailander is also known to putting opponents to sleep as 11 of his victories came by way of knockouts.

    But Bornea is unfazed of the quality of the opponent he is facing and vowed to do everything in his bid to bolster his stock. “He has a good record and a former WBC world youth champion but I will try to knock him out if the opportunity comes,” warned Bornea. Against Majoogoen, Bornea stressed that it is not just about getting a win. He warned that he will be out to prove he has what it takes to face some of the biggest names in his division.

    “I want to make a statement in the Super-Flyweight division. I want to face the best in my division after this fight,” Bornea said. Bornea’s preparations for the much-anticipated fight started last Monday where he sparred for four rounds at the Sanman Boxing Gym in General Santos. “The training is going well. The heavy training will start next week. I’m excited as it will be my first time to fight a foreign opponent as a pro and the fight will be held in my country.”

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Duno Set to Fight In U.S. On September 23

Romero Duno Photo Credit: Sanman Promotions
Press Release: August 7, 2017 (Originally released August 6, 2017)  By Sanman Promotions- The hard-punching Romero “Ruthless” Duno will be showcasing his immense talent in foreign soil once more as he will see action at  THE "Fabulous" FORUM in Los Angeles, California, USA on September 23 against a yet to be announced opponent.     The card that will be put up by The Golden Boy Promotions of boxing great Oscar deal Hoya will be headlined by Jorge Linares, who will be defending his WBA/WBC/RING World lightweight titles against Luke Campbell. 

It will be the second time that Duno (14W-1L-0D-13KOs) will be fighting in the US following his sensational second-round knockout win over Christian Gonzalez last March 10 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles.        “This is a massive opportunity for Romero Duno to showcase his talents and show to everybody that his win over Chimpa Gonzalez was no fluke. We thank Robert Diaz and Golden Boy Promotions for the opportunity,” said Jim Claude “JC” Manangquil of Sanman Promotions.

    Duno is thankful for the opportunity and vowed to make the most out of it.
    “I am blessed to be fighting in a huge card in the US. I thank the Golden Boy Promotions and Sanman boxing for the opportunity. I will continue to work hard and bring glory to the Philippines,” said Duno. Dexter Tan, chief finance officer of Sanman Promotions, expressed confidence that Duno will be well-prepared for the task at hand. “Duno has been in the US since the second week of June. He will be 100 percent ready on September 23,” Tan said.     Duno last saw action on June 10 in the main event of Brawl at the Mall: The Homecoming that saw him knocking out Jason Tinampay in the second round at the Robinsons Mall Atrium in General Santos City.

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Observations On Recent Events In Boxing July 2017

The month of July in the sport of Boxing was highlighted by several fights that shined the light on the sport’s international scene. Of course, much of the discussion over the last few weeks centered on what some see as a controversy when future Hall of Famer Manny Pacquiao lost his WBO Welterweight world championship to undefeated number one contender Jeff Horn in Brisbane, Australia on July 1st. There were however, other bouts that took place throughout the course of the month that should be discussed. 

The first of these bouts also took place on July 1st as longtime Heavyweight contender Alexander Povetkin returned to the ring to face Andriy Rudenko in Moscow, Russia. This was Povetkin’s first fight since knocking out former world title challenger Johann Duhaupas in December of last year. A fight where Duhaupas entered the bout on short notice after Povetkin’s original opponent Bermane Stiverne withdrew from the fight following Povetkin testing positive for the banned substance Osterine.   Povetkin was subsequently suspended by the World Boxing Council (WBC) and prohibited from participating in WBC sanctioned fights indefinitely after previously testing positive for the banned substance Meldonium earlier in 2016 prior to Povetkin’s scheduled fight against undefeated WBC Heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder.

Despite the WBC suspension, the ruling does not have the ability to prevent Povetkin from continuing on with his career. This was a fight that seemed as though it would end before it really could begin as Rudenko suffered an injury shortly after the beginning of the bout as midway through the first round following a brief clinch Rudenko appeared to crack his neck and sustained an injury in the process. Even though it appeared the fight would be stopped due to the neck injury after several minutes of a delay, Rudenko was able to continue the combat.

Although Rudenko was quite “Game” and deserves all the credit he receives for being able to fight on, Povetkin’s quicker hands and combination punching was the story of this fight as he boxed his way to a convincing twelve round unanimous decision.  With the win Povetkin, who has previously held interim/regular champion status in the WBA’s Heavyweight ratings earned the WBA Continental and WBO International Heavyweight titles, which in simple terms means it will elevate Povetkin’s positioning in both the World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) respective Heavyweight ratings.

Although Povetkin will likely have to contend with some stigma from the two infractions that have been ruled against him with regard to the use of banned substances, Povetkin is still a contender in the Heavyweight division. It will be what he does going forward that will determine not only if he can get back in the hunt for an opportunity at a world championship, but more importantly if the two infractions will ultimately put a question mark on his career.

One of the more interesting highlights of July came on July 15th as IBO Super-Middleweight world champion Chris Eubank Jr. made the first defense of his crown against former two-division world champion Arthur Abraham at the SSE Arena Wembley in London, England. Readers might recall in previewing this bout, this observer stated that the champion Eubank had all the theoretical advantages in his favor. Youth, hand speed, an unorthodox style, punching power, and was capable of ending a fight with either hand.

The primary question going into this fight was how the challenger Abraham would combat Eubank given the champion’s advantages and having good lateral movement, a component that along with hand speed has caused Abraham problems throughout his career.  Despite having an experience edge over the champion, Abraham was unable to land anything significant and spent most of the fight on the defensive as Eubank dominated the championship bout and scored a twelve round unanimous decision to retain his IBO world championship.

Eubank simply did what he had to do against an experienced former champion. What was significant beyond Eubank being able to successfully defend his crown for the first time was with the victory Eubank earned a spot in the upcoming World Boxing Super Series Super-Middleweight tournament. A single elimination tournament, which will also include WBA world champion George Groves and will also determine a new World Boxing Council (WBC) Super-Middleweight world champion. A championship that is currently vacant.

Eubank will defend his IBO world championship in the first round against top Super-Middleweight contender Avni Yildirim at a date yet to be determined. Although this observer looks forward to providing more insight as the first World Boxing Super Series, which will also include a single-elimination Cruiserweight tournament, draws closer, the winner of the Super-Middleweight tournament will become the central figure in the 168lb. Super-Middleweight division. It is an intriguing tournament concept that could provide fireworks and I hope it is something that will prove to be beneficial for the sport in the long-term.

The third significant bout that took place in the month of July took place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. An intriguing battle between multi-division world champions Mikey Garcia and Adrien Broner fought at the Jr. Welterweight limit of 140lbs. Going into this fight, I expected to see a tactical battle given that both Garcia and Broner are boxer/punchers, who are both highly skilled counter punchers.

What was immediately noticeable to this observer was Broner elected to use more lateral movement in this encounter than had been the case in previous fights. Rather than standing in the pocket and looking to deflect punches with a style that uses a shoulder roll defense, similar to future Hall of Famer Floyd Mayweather’s Boxing style, and looking to counter punch, Broner appeared as though he was trying to change his approach early on. Whether or not this change in tactics was due to facing a naturally aggressive fighter with quick hands in Garcia is a question that only Adrien Broner can answer, but it became clear as the fight progressed that the change was not working in the former four-division world champion’s favor.

This was due to Garcia applying consistent pressure, positioning himself in ways where it was difficult for Broner to counter effectively, and his ability to be tactical in how he placed his punches. Although he was not always aggressive in every minute of every round, Garcia’s performance in this fight is something that could be used as an illustration of the difference between what is mere aggression and what is effective aggression.

Despite being able to be effective in spots as the fight progressed, almost anything Broner was able to land Garcia had an answer for as I scored this fight ten rounds to two or 118-110 in points in Garcia’s favor. What is an interesting question coming out of this fight is what might be the potential options for the undefeated three-division world champion Garcia. Although Garcia was impressive in what was his debut as a 140lb. Jr. Welterweight, he still holds the WBC world championship in the 135lb. Lightweight division and one might think that the question of where he fights next in terms of weight class might come down to what is the most lucrative option available for him rather than a question of whether he could make the 135lb. Lightweight limit.

In this observer’s eyes, I believe a viable option for Garcia could be to possibly face the winner of the upcoming unification bout that will for the first time determine an undisputed world champion in the Jr. Welterweight division as WBO/WBC world champion Terence Crawford will meet IBO/IBF/WBA world champion Julius Indongo on August 19th in Lincoln, NE. If one were to assume that Garcia will not be looking to go back down in weight to the Lightweight division, an encounter with the winner of this fight is one that would make sense for both the newly crowned undisputed Jr. Welterweight world champion as well as Garcia given his star status in the sport. 

Of course, whenever there is the possibility of a unification bout or in this case full unification of a world championship, there is always the question of what the mandatory championship defense obligations for the undisputed champion will be among the respective sanctioning organizations that comprise a unified or “Undisputed” world championship. It remains to be seen where Garcia off of his victory over Adrien Broner will be ranked if he opts to remain in the Jr. Welterweight division, but along with the question regarding mandatory championship defenses that surround a unified or undisputed world champion in the aftermath of a unification bout, the inevitable question among Boxing fans is usually who in their estimation is the next legitimate challenger for the champion.  Although there is certainly no shortage of top challengers in the traditionally talent deep Jr. Welterweight division, some may believe Garcia is that challenger after his impressive performance against Broner.

As the month of August has begun, the question will be what will follow. With the full unification of the 140lb. Jr. Welterweight division and World Boxing Super Series looming as well as some interesting possibilities that exist in the Heavyweight division, there will be no shortage of stories in Boxing in the remainder of 2017.

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