Australia vs Norway: Alma Juniku, Anne Line Hogstad fight at ‘ONE: Masters of Fate’ in the Philippines

ONE Championship has just announced its return to Manila, the bustling capital of the Philippines. This 8 November at the Mall of Asia Arena, ONE: MASTERS OF FATE will see the world’s best martial arts talent take the ONE Championship ring to showcase their skills.

WBC and IPCC Muay Thai World Champion Alma Juniku of Australia is back in ONE Super Series action when she takes on Anne Line Hogstad of Norway in a Muay Thai atomweight contest in 4-ounce gloves. Juniku made her ONE Championship debut against none other than two-sport World Champion Stamp Fairtex last June. She is now tasked to welcome ISKA Muay Thai World Champion and promotional newcomer Hogstad to the world’s largest martial arts organization.

In the main event, reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua “The Passion” Pacio of the Philippines will defend his title against countryman Rene “The Challenger” Catalan.

Former two-time ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang of the Philippines is on the comeback trail. He is scheduled to face MGL-1 FC Lightweight Champion Amarsanaa “Spear” Tsogookhuu of Mongolia in the evening’s co-main event. The veteran member of Team Lakay will have to deal with Tsogookhuu’s uncharted power, as the Mongolian boasts of a solid knockout ratio featuring three stoppages out of five victories.

Check the complete “ONE: Masters of Fate” fight card on Conan Daily.

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Philippines vs Japan: San Miguel Beermen dethrones Ryukyu Golden Kings at EASL’s ‘Terrific 12’ in Macau

Takumi Ishizaki, Terrence Romeo
Takumi Ishizaki, Terrence Romeo

San Miguel Beermen dethroned defending champion Ryukyu Golden Kings of Japan, 101-92, on the evening of September 19, 2019 in the East Asia Super League tournament “Terrific 12” at the Tap Seac-Multi-Sport Pavilion in Macau, China. This gave the Philippine Basketball Association team the semis spot in Group B.

Denz Wells exploded for 42 points while Terrence Romeo and Lester Prosper added 18 and 15 markers, respectively, for San Miguel Beermen. They are now set to meet Group D semifinalist Liaoning Flying Leopards on September 21, 2019.

“From the start, we knew this would be a difficult game for us,” San Miguel Beermen head coach Leo Austria. “After the loss of the defending champions, they will come out fighting hard. They’re the defending champions and we know they have a good game plan against us but we’re ready for any eventuality.”

Leading 14-2 early, the Ryukyu Golden Kings had a fine start. But Wells and Romeo joined forces to close the period with a 29-10 run to control the tempo of the game, 31-24.

But the B.League team, behind import De’Mon Brooks, stayed within striking distance as his two free throws cut the San Miguel Beermen’s lead to 70-74 with 9:51 left in the game. Wells again anchored another San Miguel Beermen surge and his one-hand slam gave them a 90-77 lead with 5:03 remaining in the game.

The Ryukyu Golden Kings sliced the lead to single digit on Hayato Kantake’s triple, 86-94. But Wells hit a jumper in the next play to start a crucial 7-3 exchange to put the game out of reach, 101-89, 68 seconds left in the game.

Brooks led the Ryukyu Golden Kings with 34 points and 11 rebounds. Ryuichi Kishimoto chipped in 12 markers.

In Group A, SK Knights grabbed the semis spot after beating the Chiba Jets, 86-76. KJ McDaniels exploded for 47 points to lift TNT KaTropa to a 99-90 win over Niigata Albirex of Japan as TNT KaTropa ended their campaign here on a high note.

McDaniels also hauled down 17 rebounds and got solid support from Roger Pogoy and Almond Vosotros. TNT KaTropa finished their Group D campaign with a 1-1 record.

Both teams were already eliminated after losing their matches to Group D semifinalist Liaoning Flying Leopards but still gave out their best to end their respective campaign on a positive note. Nick Perkins led Niigata with 34 points and 12 rebounds while Shinsuke Kashiwagi and Yuichi Ikeda contributed 17 and 16 markers, respectively.

Philippines vs Japan: TNT KaTropa, Niigata Albirex play at EASL’s ‘Terrific 12’ in São Lázaro, Macau, China

KJ McDaniels
KJ McDaniels

Kevin “K.J.” McDaniels Jr., 26, exploded for 47 points to lift TNT KaTropa of the Philippines to a 99-90 win over Niigata Albirex of Japan in the East Asia Super League’s invitation tournament “The Terrific 12.” The game took palce at the Tap Seac-Multi-Sport Pavilion in São Lázaro, Macau, China on September 18, 2019.

McDaniels also hauled down 17 rebounds and got solid support from Roger Pogoy, 27, and Almond Vosotros, 29, as KaTropa finished their Group D campaign with a 1-1 record. TNT mentor Mark Dickel, 42, said, “We’re lucky to have KJ in the team.”

“He makes the game much, much easier,” Dickel said of McDaniels. “He filled in for Terrence Jones last conference and we’re very fortunate of having a very good player helping us a lot and going into our first game next week, it’s always good to take a win. We didn’t want to come away from here having lost our first two games.”

TNT KaTropa and Niigata Albirex were already eliminated after losing their matches to Group D semifinalist Liaoning Flying Leopards of China. But the teams from the Philippines and Japan still gave out their best to end their respective campaign on a positive note.

Pogoy gave KaTropa an 82-77 lead but Niigata import Nick Perkins, 22, responded with a personal 5-0 run to tie the count at 82-all with 5:31 remaining. McDaniels then ignited a 9-4 exchange to give TNT a 91-85 lead with 2:41 left in the game.

A three-pointer by Yuki Ueta, 32, put the Japanese club back in the game, 88-91, but Vosotros, a late addition to the team here along with Samboy de Leon, 27, answered with his own triple to push the lead back to 94-88, 1:32 left. After Niigata team captain Kei Igarashi, 39, converted two free throws, 90-94, McDaniels finished the game with five straight points to give TNT KaTropa a morale-boosting victory.

The KaTropa played without their second import McKenzie Moore due to strained calf injury and Dickel opted to rest Jayson Castro, 33, and Troy Rosario, 27, as they prepare for the PBA’s Governors’ Cup. Perkins led Niigata with 34 points and 12 rebounds while Shinsuke Kashiwagi, 37, and Yuichi Ikeda, 37, contributed 17 and 16 markers, respectively.

Undefeated Filipino boxer Mark Magsayo is new WBC Asia Featherweight Champion, beats Thailand’s Panya Uthok at ‘Pride of Bohol’

Mark Magsayo
Mark Magsayo

Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo, 24, of Tagbilaran, Bohol, Philippines is still undefeated. The Filipino boxer won the vacant World Boxing Council Asian Boxing Council Featherweight Championship title at “Pride of Bohol” in his hometown.

Vladimir Boxing Promotions held “Pride of Bohol,” with seven professional boxing matches, at the Bohol Wisdom School Gymnasium in Tagbilaran. In the main event of the evening, Magsayo competed for the WBC Asia Featherweight Championship belt against Panya Uthok, 29, of Bangkok, Thailand.

Jerrold Tomeldan served as the referee while Damrong Simakajornboon was the supervisor. Oliver Garcia, Nowel Haduca and Arnie Najera were the judges.

After 12 three-minute rounds, the title bout was left in the hands of the judges. Both Garcia and Najera scored it 120-108 while Haduca scored it 118-110 all in favor of the hometown hero.

In the end, Tomeldan raised the hand of Magsayo, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision. Winning at “Pride of Bohol” improved the professional boxing record of the undefeated Filipino boxer to 20 wins and 0 loss.

On the other hand, Uthok now has 53 wins and 7 losses. The Thai boxer has been competing professionally since 2004 and it was his second time to compete in the Philippines.

Magsayo was born in Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines on June 22, 1995. He is now based in Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

On May 25, 2013, Magsayo made his professional boxing debut in Lahug, Cebu City, Philippines. He knocked out his countryman Melton Sandal.

Among the three victories of Magsayo, three took place outside the Philippines. On October 17, 2019, he successfully defended his International Boxing Federation Young Featherweight Championship title against Yardley Suarez, 25, of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, United States.

On September 24, 2016, Magsayo returned to the StubHub Center where he defeated Ramiro “Zurdo” Robles, 26, of Queretaro, Queretaro, Mexico for the World Boxing Organization International Featherweight Championship title. On April 12, 2019, the undefeated Filipino boxer knocked out Ery “Erick Deztroyer” Subiyasno, 33, of Surabaya, Indonesia at The Ring Boxing Communit in Singapore.

Meanwhile, here is Magsayo in a “Pride of Bohol” press conference at Howzat Sports Bar in Makati City, Metro Manila weeks before fight night: