2019 Asia Rugby Division 1 Women’s Championships: Philippine Lady Volcanoes vs India in Calamba, Laguna

Philippine Lady Volcanoes (© Asia Rugby, Singapore Rugby)
Philippine Lady Volcanoes (© Asia Rugby, Singapore Rugby)

The 2019 Asia Rugby Division 1 Women’s Championships will be in Calamba, Laguna, Philippines on June 19-22, 2019. This gives the home crowd advantage to the Philippine women’s national rugby sevens team, known as the Lady Volcanoes, which will go against its Indian counterpart.

Recently, Philippine Rugby agreed to host the championships to ensure the competition had sufficient support. It was originally scheduled to be played outside the country.

“We hosted the Asia Rugby Men’s Championships last year,” Philippine Rugby general manager Jake Letts said. “When the request came to look to host the Women’s Championships, we decided we wanted to be able to give the same opportunities for our women’s to play on home soil.”

In 2018, the Lady Volcanoes finished second in Division 1. This year, the Philippines will be aiming to go one better and do so in front of a home ground.

“We play India in our first game,” Lady Volcanoes halfback Acee San Juan shared. “Hopefully, we can get a win and progress to the final. Last year, we were successful over India. We are looking to achieve the same result next Wednesday.”

The Volcanoes will be seeded second behind Singapore and ahead of both India and China. The competition between all nations looks to be fairly contested.

“Women’s Rugby in Asia is consistently growing and attracting more women and girls to play,” Letts said. “It’s an exciting era for our sport. It’s also positive to see each nation evenly contested in this competition. It’s going to be close between all matches and exciting to watch.”

Among the experienced players of the Lady Volcanoes are Rassiel Sales, Sylvia Tudoc and Aiumi Ono. The National Women’s program has consistently been preparing under Head Coach Andy Brown and Performance Coach Chris Everingham over the last two months and has been sufficiently supported by the MVP Sports Foundation, First Pacific and Philippine Sports Commission.

The first match will be on June 19, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. against India at Southern Plains Sports Field in Calamba. The winner will play either Singapore or China on June 22, 2019.

Pakistan vs India: Amir Khan, Neeraj Goyat fight at Super Boxing League’s ‘The Shining Jewel’ in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Pakistan and India will be represented at “The Shining Jewel,” an event of Indian boxing league Super Boxing League. It will take place at at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on July 12, 2019.

The main event of “The Shining Jewel” is an exhibition boxing bout. It will be between Amir “King” Khan, 32, of Pakistan and Neeraj “Gangster” Goyat, 27, of India.

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Born in Begampur, Haryana, India on November 11, 1991, Goyat currently resides in Chandigarh. He made his debut as an actor in the Bollywood film “Mukkabaaz” in 2017.

As a boxer, Goyat has been competing professionally since 2011. He is the first Indian professional boxer to fight a 12-round bout and win it.

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Born and raised in Bolton, Greater Manchester, England, Khan is of Punjabi Rajput descent. His family is from Matore, Kahuta Tehsil, Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan.

As a boxer, Khan has been competing professionally since 2005. In 2017, he competed in the British survival reality television show “I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here” Season 17 and finished fifth.

Fight Result

[RESULT TO BE ADDED HERE]

Khan: 33 wins, 5 losses

Goyat: 11 wins, 3 losses, 2 draws

USA vs Sweden: Sidney Wheeler, Khamzat Chimaev fight at ‘Brave 20: Hyderabad’

Sidney Wheeler, Khamzat Chimaev
Sidney Wheeler, Khamzat Chimaev

The United States and Sweden were among the 11 countries represented at “Brave 20: Hyderabad” at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad, India on December 22, 2018. It was the second event of Bahrain-based mixed martial arts promotion Brave Combat Federation to take place in India.

“Brave 20: Hyderabad” featured 10 MMA matches. In the main event, Khamzat “Borz” Chimaev of Sweden faced Sidney “The All-American Kid” Wheeler, 22, of Dalton, Georgia.

Wheeler was originally set to face Leon Aliu, 29, of Reggio nell’Emilia, Italy in the main event of “Brave 20: Hyderabad.” The Italian was injured prior to the fight night and had to be pulled out of the card and was replaced by Chimaev.

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Chimaev is training out of Allstars Training Center in Stockholm, Sweden. He entered the cage at “Brave 20: Hyderabad” as an undefeated fighter.

“Brave 20: Hyderabad” marked Chimaev’s second Brave CF bout. When he made his promotional debut at “Brave 18: Bahrain” on November 16, 2018, he knocked out Marko Kisič of Vienna, Austria.

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Wheeler is training out of Blalock’s International Martial Arts and Boxing Academy MMA in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. He is under the tutelage of Chet Blalock, the first American martial artist in Tennessee to earn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt.

“Brave 20: Hyderabad” marked Wheeler’s third Brave CF bout. After defeating Pawel Kielek, 22, of Olsztyn, Poland at “Brave 10: The Kingdom Rises” on March 2, 2018, Wheeler lost to Abdoul “Sinistro” Abdouraguimov, 23, of Russia and France at “Brave 14: Morocco” on August 18, 2018.

Fight Result

Wheeler and Chimaev competed in the middleweight division at “Brave 20: Hyderabad.” Referee Marc Goddard put a stop to the contest in the first round.

Chimaev was able to maintain his undefeated professional MMA record. He knocked out his American opponent via strikes.

As an amateur fighter, Chimaev had 3 wins and 0 loss. As a professional fighter, the Allstars Training Center athlete now has 4 wins and 0 loss.

“Brave 20: India” Co-Main Event

In the co-main event of the evening, John Brewin, 24, of Auckland, New Zealand faced Anas Siraj “The Moroccan Sensation” Mounir, 32, of Morocco in the lightweight division. After three five-minute rounds, the Moroccan fighter won via unanimous decision.

Afghanistan, Brazil, Indian, Indonesia, Italy, Jordan, Morocco and New Zealand were also represented at “Brave 20: Hyderabad.” Check the complete fight card on Conan Daily.

Morocco vs New Zealand: Anas Siraj Mounir, John Brewin fight at ‘Brave 20: Hyderabad’

Anas Siraj Mounir, John Brewin
Anas Siraj Mounir, John Brewin

Morocco and New Zealand were among the 11 countries represented at “Brave 20: Hyderabad” at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad, India on December 22, 2018. It was the second event of Bahrain-based mixed martial arts promotion Brave Combat Federation to take place in India.

“Brave 20: Hyderabad” featured 10 MMA matches. In the co-main event of the evening, John Brewin, 24, of Auckland, New Zealand faced Anas Siraj “The Moroccan Sensation” Mounir, 32, of Morocco.

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Mounir was born in Morocco on March 1, 1986. He is training out of Team Nogueira Dubai in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The Moroccan MMA fighter has been competing professionally since 2013. “Brave 20: Hyderabad” marked his Brave CF debut.

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Brewin entered the cage at “Brave 20: Hyderabad” as an undefeated fighter. It marked his third bout in Brave CF.

The New Zealander won his first two Brave CF bouts via technical knockout via punches. He defeated Hardeep Rai of England and Ahmed “The Butcher” Amir, 26, of Egypt at “Brave 12: KHK Legacy” on May 11, 2018 and at “Brave 17: Pakistan” on October 27, 2018, respectively.

Fight Result

Mounir and Brewin competed in the lightweight division at “Brave 20: Hyderabad.” After three five-minute rounds, the bout was left in the hands of the judges.

In the end, the referee raised the hand of Mounir, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision. The victory improved his professional MMA record to 7 wins and 1 loss.

The Moroccan fighter is now riding a four-bout winning streak. He is the first fighter to defeat Brewin, who now has 4 wins and 1 loss.

“Brave 20: India” Main Event

In the main event, Khamzat “Borz” Chimaev of Sweden and Sidney “The All-American Kid” Wheeler, 22, of Dalton, Georgia competed in the middleweight division. The Swedish fighter knocked out his American opponent in the first round.

Afghanistan, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Italy, Jordan, Sweden and the United States were also represented at “Brave 20: Hyderabad.” Check the complete fight card on Conan Daily.