Philippines vs Ghana: Michael Dasmarinas, Manyo Plange to clash at ‘Roar of Singapore V-The Kings of Lion City’

Michael Dasmarinas, Manyo Plange

Michael “Gloves on Fire” Dasmarinas, 26, of the Philippines and Manyo “Black Flash” Plange, 30, of Ghana will compete at the Ringstar Boxing event at “Roar of Singapore V-The Kings of Lion City” at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore on September 29, 2018. The Filipino contender is the International Boxing Organization World Bantamweight Champion while his Ghanian opponent is an undefeated boxer.

Dasmarinas had an impressive win against his previous opponent French boxer Karim Guerfi, last April 20, 2018, also in Singapore, when he won the IBO World Bantamweight title, winning via KO, 40 seconds into the 4th round, of what was supposed to be a 12-round fight.

Hailing from Camarines Sur, Philippines, Dasmarinas just completed his three-week camp in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, Japan in preparation for “Roar of Singapore V-The Kings of Lion City.” He is ranked number 1 by the IBO, number 5 by World Boxing Council and number 6 by the International Boxing Federation and currently holds a professional boxing record of 26 wins and 2 losses while Plange has 17 wins and 0 loss.

“Roar of Singapore V-The Kings of Lion City” will feature nine bouts. It marks the first co-promotion between Marina Bay Sands and Ringstar Boxing, which is Asia’s fastest growing sports media property.

“Michael just keeps getting better and possesses that one punch knockout power all his future opponents now fear,” Ringstar founder Scott Farrell stated. “The name Gloves on Fire has more than one meaning, and he will surely set the Bantamweight division on fire with his power and determination to be world number one.”

“As I said from my very first show, Marina Bay Sands is where Ringstar Boxing will be,” the Ringstar founder added. “Now we are here, going live across the world from the Marina Bay Sands on the 29th of September. This is a gigantic leap for ‘The Roar of Singapore’ and I am very thankful to Marina Bay Sands for co-promoting this upcoming event with us.”

Headlining “Roar of Singapore V-The Kings of Lion City” are Muhamad “The Chosen Wan” Ridhwan, 30, of Singapore and Paulus “The Rock” Ambunda, 38, of Namibia, who will compete for the IBO World Super Bantamweight title. Reigning as the IBO Intercontinental Featherweight champion, the former is the only undefeated boxer of Singapore while his Namibian opponent is a former World Boxing Organization World Champion and a former two-time IBO World champion.

Also competing at “Roar of Singapore V-The Kings of Lion City” are Malaysian boxers IBO Oceania Welterweight champion Keng “The Mean Machine” Fai, 23, and WBC Asia Continental Light Heavyweight Champion Mirage “Miracle” Khan, 28. Their respective opponents are Abdelelah Karroum, 25, of France and former IBO Oceania Super Middleweight champion Jonathan Taylor, 30, of New Zealand.

Ringside seats are priced at SGD 192 while VVIP seats with personalized waiter service, canapes and beverage are at SGD 2,504. VIP tables, which are prized at SGD 4,032, are good for eight persons and come with a three-course dinner and free flow beverage.

Doors open at 5 p.m. and event starts at 5:30 p.m. Meanwhile, here is a clip featuring Dasmarinas:

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Manny Pacquiao vs Vasyl Lomachenko, Terence Crawford or Amir Khan in December 2018?

Buboy Fernandez, Michael Koncz, Manny Pacquiao, Eric Gomez, Lucas Matthysse, Mario Arano
Buboy Fernandez, Michael Koncz, Manny Pacquiao, Eric Gomez, Lucas Matthysse, Mario Arano

Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao, 39, of the Philippines is looking forward to defend his World Boxing Association (Regular) Welterweight title on December 2, 2018. Among his possible challengers are Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko, 30, of Ukraine, Terence “Bud” Crawford, 30, of the United States and Amir “King” Khan, 31, of Great Britain.

The last time Pacquiao lost in the ring was on July 2, 2017. He lost via unanimous decision to Jeff Horn, 30, of Australia at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

On July 15, 2018, Pacquiao returned to the ring and dethroned then reigning WBA (Regular) Welterweight Championship Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse, 35, of Argentina. It was the Filipino boxer’s first WBA title.

Pacquiao’s team is still looking for his next opponent, the reigning WBA (Regular) Welterweight Champion told the Philippine Star. Some boxing fans want him to fight Khan at the Wembley Stadium in Wembley, London, England but there is just one problem, according to the Filipino boxer’s adviser Mike Koncz.

“The problem with London because I’ve been there is that their tax rate is worse than America,” Koncz told the publication. He said the tax is 39 percent in the U.S. and 40 percent in the United Kingdom.

Lomachenko, Crawford and Khan are all coming out of the victory. The three boxers also have upcoming bouts before 2019.

Khan holds a professional boxing record of 32 wins and 4 losses. He will competed against Samuel Vargas, 29, of Colombia on September 8, 2018 at the Arena Birmingham in Birmingham, England.

On October 13, Crawford will put his undefeated professional boxing record on the line. With 24 wins and 0 loss, he will defend his World Boxing Organization Welterweight title from his fellow American boxer Jose Benavidez, 26, at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

On December 1, 2018, Lomachenko will face Jose “Goldo” Pedraza of Puerto Rico in Los Angeles, California. The Ukrainian boxer will defend his WBA (Super) and The Ring lightweight titles.

Meanwhile, a rematch between Pacquiao and Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr., 41, of the U.S., is apparently not happening soon. Instead of fighting the Filipino boxer again, the latter wants to work with him in his future fights.

Mayweather previously told Fight Hype that he wanted to “get on the phone with Pacquiao” and see see if he can “put him in position.” The undefeated American fighter added that there is many good competitions out there that the Filipino boxer could fight.

Here is an interview with Pacquiao’s business partner Arnold Vegafria:

Team Lakay’s Jon Chris Corton joins Brave Combat Federation

Jon Chris Corton (Facebook/Jon Chris Corton)
Jon Chris Corton (Facebook/Jon Chris Corton)

Fighting out of La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippines, Jon Chris “Happy Feet” Corton, 26, is the latest mixed martial artist from the topnotch MMA team, Team Lakay, to join Brave Combat Federation. The Filipino fighter will make his debut in the Bahrain-based MMA promotion at “Brave 16.”

Taking place at the Mubadala Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on September 21, 2018, “Brave 16” will feature 11 bouts. In the first bout of the evening, Corton will compete in the flyweight division against Hussein “Iron” Ayyad, 24, of Bahrain.

Corton currently holds a professional MMA record of 5 wins and 3 losses. He is riding a two-bout winning streak.

The last time Corton lost in the cage was on April 8, 2016. He was defeated via unanimous decision at “PXC 53” by Rilley “The Perfect Storm” Dutro, 30, of Wailuku, Hawaii, United States.

After the loss to Dutro, Corton had two consecutive wins in Team Lakay Championship. On October 14, 2017, he knocked out his compatriot Jhunior Dapolit at “Team Lakay Championship 14.”

On April 5, 2018, Corton knocked out Jesstoni Lim at “Team Lakay Championship 15.” It was the most recent bout of the former.

The most recent opponent of Ayyad is Corton’s fellow Team Lakay fighter Jomar Pa-ac, 21. On May 11, 2018, the Bahraini fighter made his Brave CF debut at “Brave 12: KHK Legacy” in Jakarta, Indonesia where he knocked out Pa-ac.

This makes Corton the second Team Lakay fighter to face Ayyad. The Bahraini fighter currently holds a professional MMA record of 1 win and 3 losses.

Headed by Mark Sangiao, Team Lakay is highly regarded in Brave CF. The promotion’s youngest reigning champion is from the team, eigning Brave CF Bantamweight Champion Stephen “The Sniper” Loman, 23.

The other Team Lakay fighters currently signed with Brave CF are Crisanto “Slugger” Pitpitunge, 31, and Jeremy “The Juggernaut” Pacatiw, 22. The former is also scheduled to compete at “Brave 16.”

Pitpitunge will compete against Hamza Kooheji, 25, of Bahrain in the bantamweight division at “Brave 16.” Another Filipino on the fight card is Vaughn “The Spawn” Donayre, 38, who will compete in a catchweight bout against Flavio Serafim of Brazil.

Watch a “Brave 16” promo here:

Sonora’s Iran Diaz: Mexican boxers are the best

Iran Diaz
Iran Diaz

Hailing out of Sonora, Mexico, Iran “MagnifiKO” Diaz, 28, believes that the best boxers in the world are from his country. He is set to challenge reigning The Ring and World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Flyweight World Champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, 31, of Thailand at “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes.”

On August 28, 2018, Diaz and Sor Rungvisai had their face-off during the official “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” open workout at Nakornloung Promotion Gym in Bangkok, Thailand. The fight night will take place at the Impact Arena in Bangkok on October 6, 2018.

“Mexican boxers are the best in the sport,” Diaz declared. “It’s in our blood and I am proud to represent my country here on the global stage. This is without a doubt the biggest fight in my time as a professional.”

Diaz is one of the fastest rising talents in Mexican boxing. Born and raised in a country known for its passionate love for pugilism, he holds a professional boxing record of 14 wins, 2 losses and 3 draws with 6 knockouts to his name.

The Sonora native’s most notable victories have come over dangerous former World Champions Hernan “Tyson” Marquez and Luis Concepcion. In the main event of “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes,” Diaz will make an attempt to capture the WBC Super Flyweight World Title from Sor Rungvisai.

“This opportunity is a big one for me in my career,” Diaz stated. “I am facing one of the toughest boxers in the world now, pound-for-pound. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai is aggressive and strong, but so am I.

Two accomplished Mexican boxers are currently in Diaz’s training camp. Juan “Dinamita” Manuel Marquez, 44, and former World Boxing Association (WBA) Unified and World Boxing Organization (WBO) Flyweight Champion Juan “El Gallo” Francisco Estrada, 28, are helping Diaz prepare for “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes.”

“I have a great team behind me helping me prepare for this,” Diaz said. “I am coming into the ring in the best shape of my life and I can’t wait to score this huge victory.”

For Diaz, he has enough experience and technical knowledge to deal with Sor Rungvisai’s particular style. The Mexican boxer noted that he has faced very strong opponents in the past and he knows how to deal with adversity. ”

“I am no stranger being the underdog but every time I fight, I win over new fans and I prove that I can hang with the best,” Diaz said. “Srisaket Sor Rungvisai is one of the biggest stars in boxing today, and if I can beat him, it will be great for my career.”

“Right now, I’ll return home to continue sharpening my skills for the big fight,” the Mexican boxer added. “I’m working very hard with my team to score this huge upset. I am ready to shock the world on October 6.”

Also in attendance at the “ONE: Kingdom of Heroes” open workout were ONE Championship athletes Rika “Tiny Doll” Ishige, Sagetdao “Deadly Star” Petpayathai and Petchmorrakot Wor. Sangprapai. Here is a teaser of the upcoming event in Bangkok:

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