Manny Pacquiao partners with Ringstar Asia in first co-promoted event to take place in Manila on March 23, 2019 in Resorts World Manila

Scott Farrell, Manny Pacquiao
Scott Farrell, Manny Pacquiao

Eight-division world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao is set to step up his game as a promoter with his first co-promoted venture with Singapore-based boxing promotion Ringstar Asia. The first co-promoted fight of his MP Promotions is set to take place at Resorts World Manila in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on March 23, 2019.

“I love your vision with Ringstar Asia,” Pacquiao told Ringstar Asia founder and CEO Scott Farrell. “We are looking forward to working with you to build the next world champions in boxing.”

The fight card will be headlined by International Boxing Organization Bantamweight Champion Michael “Gloves on Fire” Dasmarinas, who is under Ringstar’s banner. He is set to face Kenny Demecillo in an International Boxing Federation world title eliminator.

Initially, Dasmarinas’s fight was set in Singapore. It was reset and launched as the headliner in the initial salvo of Pacquiao and Farrell.

“I saw this as a great opportunity to launch the partnership between Ringstar and Manny Pacquiao Promotions,” Farrell stated. “Who wouldn’t take the chance to launch a partnership with the one and only eight-division world champion and Senator Manny Pacquiao? I would have moved my event to an even earlier date or to Mars if I had to.  The man is a fighting legend and highly respected all over the world and across all sports.”

The fight also features top Singaporean boxer Muhamad “The Chosen Wan” Ridhwan, who currently holds a professional boxing record of 11 wins and 1 loss. He will face Cris Leon.

Here are the other matches on the fight card:

  • Junior flyweight: Ronnie Balnonado vs Elias Joaquino
  • Junior welterweight: Lei Wang vs Adam Diu Abdulhamid
  • Junior bantamweight: Aries Buenavidez vs Lony Cadayday
  • Flyweight: Juston Darap vs Enrique Magsalin
  • Minimumweight: Jayson Brillo vs Joel Cago
  • Flyweight: Raymark Jay Ibones vs Henry Lumanan
  • Junior bantamweight: Luis Borje vs Bernie Aday

Meanwhile, here is Ridhwan in a workout in the Philippines in 2018:

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Scott Farrell: Ringstar’s Michael Dasmarinas has much power, good chin

Michael Dasmarinas, Kenny Demecillo, Reymond Yanong, Rey Caitom, Lorenz Michael Romarante

One of the young Filipino boxers continuing the legacy of boxing legend Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao, 40, of General Santos City, Philippines is Michael “Gloves on Fire” Dasmarinas, 26, of Pili, Camarines Sur, Philippines. The latter is currently signed with Ringstar Boxing, a Singapore-based sports management and boxing promotions outfit founded by Scott Farrell.

“The world is starting to know that Michael ‘Gloves on Fire’ Dasmarinas does have a lot of power and a good chin,” Farrell stated. “As a fighter, Michael has shown that he is vulnerable against a busy fighter but that’s the only real hard criticism I have about him.”

“In the past, he hasn’t been recognized or celebrated as much as the other world champions from the Philippines, and often overlooked,” Farrell continued. “But now, that he is with Ringstar, this is changing rapidly, and Michael and his fights are receiving global interest.”

“I truly believe Michael has the talent to go all the way,” the Ringstar Boxing CEO added. “But he needs to focus more on his craft and improve another 1000 percent if he is truly going to be a world-renowned great fighter.”

Holding a professional boxing record of 28 wins, 2 losses and 1 draw, Dasmarinas will co-headline “Ridhwan Ambunda II-The Rematch” on March 29, 2019 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore. He and Kenny “Big Heart” Demecillo, 26, of Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines, who has 14 wins, 4 losses and 2 draws, will compete for an International Boxing Federation world title eliminator fight.

Speaking about the upcoming bout between Dasmarinas and Demecillo in Singapore, Farrell said the first word that springs to mind is tough. The Ringstar Boxing CEO said, “This fight for the IBF number one spot and a chance to face the IBF world champion is going to be one very tough fight for both Michael and Kenny.”

“Michael will need to hurt Kenny early in my opinion or it could be a very painful night for the ‘Gloves on Fire’ power puncher,” Farrell shared. “However, Michael is in this position for a reason. He needs to prove to everyone that he belongs in the top world rankings and that he deserves a shot at the title.”

“As for Kenny, from what I have researched, he is absolutely brave, relentless, and can take plenty of hard shots,” Farrell said of Dasmarinas’s opponent. “He has some great combinations, and if he sticks to his game plan and doesn’t get caught, he could end up winning the fight.”

Three more Filipino boxers are on the “Ridhwan Ambunda II-The Rematch” card namely Reymond Yanong, 25, Rey “The Future” Caitom, 32, and Lorenz Michael “Magic Mike” Romarante, 26. Tickets, which range from $38-$118 and go on sale February 1, 2019 on Sports Hub.

Meanwhile, watch one of Dasmarinas’s previous Ringstar Boxing bouts here:

Michael Dasmarinas vs Manyo Plange bout at ‘Roar of Singapore V’ ends in draw

Michael Dasmarinas, Kevin Pyne, Manyo Plange (photo by David Ash)
Michael Dasmarinas, Kevin Pyne, Manyo Plange (photo by David Ash)

30 SEPTEMBER 2018 – SINGAPORE: Ringstar Boxing, Asia’s fastest growing sports media property, just staged its biggest boxing match to date, with ‘Roar of Singapore V: The Kings of Lion City’, which took place at Marina Bay Sands last Saturday, September 29, 2018, and was seen all over the world via its broadcast partners.

Filipino IBO world champion Michael “Gloves on Fire” Dasmarinas’ non-title bout vs. Ghana’s Manyo “Black Flash” Plange, ended in a draw,   with the scorecards showing these numbers – 93-97, 95-95, and 96-94.

Boxing analyst Mike Ochosa shared his thoughts on the match, and says, “Plange was really ready for Michael Dasmarinas.  Whatever scouting reports we saw about him, is true. Makamay, masipag,…he punched a lot, so perhaps from the judges’ point of view, it looked like he was more aggressive, and he was the busier fighter.  However, if you look at the tapes, Michael was connecting the power shots, but not throwing a lot.  While Plange was not connecting, but throwing a lot.”

Sponsors and Partners of ‘Roar of Singapore V – The Kings of Lion City’ include NTUC FairPrice, Marina Bay Sands, Nutrifirst, Cobra Energy Drink, and Roomaif.

Ringstar Boxing, Asia’s fastest growing sports media property has now reached an overwhelming broadcast footprint of over a potential billion viewers across the globe, plus broadcast partners that include FIGHT SPORTS, ESPN TV5 Philippines, MediaCorp Okto, Astro Malaysia, and FTA channel for delayed broadcast.

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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:

Tickets are available at https://entertainment.marinabaysands.com/events/roar0918.  

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