TV5 president Chot Reyes: Brave Combat Federation partnership will help promote Filipino warriors

Lloyd Manaloto, Mohammed Shahid, Chot Reyes
Lloyd Manaloto, Mohammed Shahid, Chot Reyes

A little less than a month before the official start to its 2019 fight calendar, Brave Combat Federation has announced a deal with TV5. The partnership will start with the broadcast of Brave 22: Storm of Warriors, which Filipino fans will now be able to watch it live in the biggest sports channel in the country. Both parties are excited about this deal’s potential as they announced details and talked about it in a press conference held this week in Manila.

Vincent “Chot” Reyes, TV5 president who has a long association with sports having coached the Filipino basketball national team to historic results, was appreciative of the opportunity that Brave provides to local athletes and agreed that people in the Philippines deserve to get to know more of its Brave stars, such as Stephen Loman, Jeremy Pacatiw, Harold Banario, among others.

“As you all know, ESPN5 is the biggest sports channel in the Philippines. And that’s not just down to trying to beat everyone else, but it is also to look and promote hidden gems of Filipino sports. This partnership with Brave is meant to promote our warriors, and on March 15th, everyone here will have the chance to watch live the likes of Stephen Loman. We’re very proud to be partnering with Brave and proud in our role in developing sports all over the world and with Filipino athletes”.

Meanwhile, Mohammed Shahid, Brave president, talked about the opportunity that this deal provides for Brave local fighters to be recognized in their own country, and praised the Filipino warriors for their willingness to defend their flag around the world as they have done in the past.

“A lot of promotions use their local stars only when they go to their backyard. We don’t. We make sure to make this a global event, and these Filipino warriors have defended their flag all over the world. Stephen Loman has faced and beaten tough fighters from Brazil, Ireland, and India. Jeremy Pacatiw has beaten a Brazilian prospect in Brazil. People ask me why they’re not known here, but they will be now. They are known all over the world and will now have the chance to be known here”.

Brave 22 is set to take place at the iconic Mall of Asia Arena, on March 15th. In the main event of the evening, Filipino hero Stephen Loman defends his Bantamweight crown against Elias Boudegzdame, while American standout Jose Torres makes his promotional debut against undefeated Amir Albazi.

Chot Reyes blames Daniel Kickert for Gilas-Boomers brawl at 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian qualifier

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Both the Australian Boomers and Gilas Pilipinas are expecting penalty from the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). On July 2, 2018, a brawl between Australia and the Philippines’ respective national basketball teams transpired at the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian qualifier at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan, Philippines.

Speaking to the media after the incident, Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes vehemently defended his team. He explained his players’ behavior and put the blame on Daniel Kickert of the Boomers.

“It’s up to FIBA in the end, but we have to face those consequences because it is what it is,” ESPN quoted Reyes as saying. “But one thing that they have to know about this team is that we’re not going to back down. This team remains solid, we have each other’s back and we have each other.”

According to Reyes, the feud started when Kickert started pushing some Gilas Pilipinas players during warm-ups. The coach enumerated Carl Bryan Cruz, Matthew Wright, Roger Pogoy and Calvin Abueva as the Australian baller’s victims.

The brawl at the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian qualifier started when Pogoy committed a hard offensive foul on Chris Goulding of the Boomers. In response, Kickert decked the Gilas Pilipinas player from behind.

“The foul of Pogoy on Goulding was an offensive foul, and it was a basketball play,” Reyes explained. However, it was Kickert who came in and decked Pogoy for the fifth time, the Gilas Pilipinas coach pointed out.

Whatever Kicket’s motives is, there is no excuse for him doing what he did to the Gilas Pilipinas players during the warm-up, Reyes said. Still, the coach acknowledged that what transpired between the Philippine and Australian basketball national teams was wrong.

“Well, it’s unfortunate,” Reyes said. “We didn’t want it to happen. It’s absolutely unacceptable.”

The 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian qualifier marked the sixth time Kickert played for the Boomers. He also played for the team when it won its first tile at the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup.

A graduate of Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California, Kickert went undrafted in the 2006 NBA draft. In the NBL, he played for Melbourne United for the 2014-2015 season and for the Brisbane Bullets for the next two seasons.

On April 27, 2018, Kickert signe with the Sydney Kings. He has a two-year deal with a team option for the second year.

In 2017, Kickert was featured in “In Their Own Words” on NBL TV. Here is a clip: