Pacquiao still has it

first_imgArgentina’s Lucas Matthysse reacts after he was knocked down by Philippines’ Manny Pacquiao during their world welterweight boxing championship bout at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur on July 15, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mohd RASFANKUALA Lumpur—Young again, Manny Pacquiao was in ebullient form Sunday after he leapt back into the global boxing spotlight with a seventh round knockout of World Boxing Association welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse.Pacquiao will be 40 in December but was beaming as he told reporters afterwards: “Do I look 39?ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Ginebra whips ROS in Final 4 opener Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs “At 39 years old, I’m still OK, I’m still fine. When you see me in training, you can tell I’m like 28, 27 years old,” Pacquiao said.“You cannot say I’m 39 years old! You can say I’m 28, 27 years old.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Pacquiao certainly seemed to have been drinking from the fountain of youth as his speed, agility, lightning quick movements and punching power magically returned from the first bell to overwhelm the 35-year-old Argentine.It was a stark contrast to the flat, lackluster Pacquiao who had lost his title on points in an ugly brawl with Australian journeyman Jeff Horn a year ago.center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team LATEST STORIES Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West “This is true,” said Pacquiao. “This training is very special. Because basically my team told me to stop training (too much).”Knocked downPacquiao knocked down the Argentine as early as the third round with a stunning left uppercut that thudded around Axiata Arena here.Matthysse, who came in with a reputation as a big puncher, had no answer to Pacquiao’s blistering speed and he dropped to his knee at the end of the fifth round for a count after being visibly shaken by a barrage, including a left to the temple.And referee Kenny Bayless stopped the fight giving Pacquiao victory by TKO (technical knockout) after two minutes and 43 seconds of the seventh when Matthysse sank to his knees following a fierce right-left combination.It was Pacquiao’s 39th KO win of a fabled 23-year career, but his first since he beat Miguel Cotto in November 2009, almost nine years ago.“He’s a great fighter,” said Matthysse, whose win-loss record fell to 39-5 (36 KOs). “He’s a great champion. You win some, and you lose some.“I lost to a great fighter and a great legend. I lost, but I walk away with my head raised.”   —AFP Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Much of the credit for the 60th victory of his legendary career can be laid at the door of conditioning coach Justin Fortune, who told AFP before the fight that “the old Pacquiao” was back thanks to a new training program.‘A great legend’“We changed things up this time,” said Fortune. “We did a whole bunch of different work. We were shocking his system back into working.“It’s a different style of training—shorter, faster and more intense. So his body reacts differently. So that’s why he looks like the old Pacquiao.”Pacquiao, who Fortune said had been initially stubborn to change his ways, acknowledged that the new training regime had paid off.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Anna Regina Secondary scores top spot at CSEC

first_imgBy Rupa SeenarineRiana Toney of the Anna Regina Secondary School is this year’s highest achiever at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination, after securing a whopping 19 Grade Ones.Samuel Haynes(18 Grade ones)Charrandat Naraine(18 Grade ones, 1 Grade two)Alex Abraham(18 Grade ones 2 Grade twos)Riana Toney (19 Grade ones)Donlee Castello (17 Grade ones, 3 Grade twos)The 16-year-old student, who hails from Queenstown Village on the Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supernaam), told Guyana Times that she was speechless after learning of her achievement.Aspiring to become a microbiologist, she insisted that it was done through months of dedication and numerous sacrifices.In an elated tone, the top performer expressed, “I’m excited, overjoyed and shocked. It wasn’t something that I expected. I know that I completed all my SBAs (School Based Assessments), worked past papers, studied very hard in the night and went to all my lessons. Presently, I would like to be a microbiologist because I’m interested in Biology.”While Toney has not yet defined where she will be pursuing her studies, she indicated that it will definitely materialise in the near future. Gratification was given to her parents and many teachers since they “were instrumental in every way possible”.In the second position was Alex Abraham of St Roses High School, who swept 18 Grade Ones and two Grade Twos. He was followed by Charrandat Naraine of the Anna Regina Secondary School, who secured 18 Grade Ones with one Grade Two.Meanwhile, Queen’s College managed to produce two students within the top five performers.Samuel Haynes gained fourth place with 18 ones and was overly proud of his accomplishment. Living all the way in Buxton on the East Coast of Demerara meant travelling a long commute to school every day but he persevered and even took extra lessons to boost his capabilities.“I grew up all my life in Buxton and indeed, I always knew I had the potential to do great things with the help of God but this is truly a surprise and sigh of relief. I’m very ecstatic about being a top performer,” Haynes told this publication in an interview.Praises were also bestowed upon his family and teachers for their continuous support. The 16-year-old was genuinely vocal about his journey towards this success as he recalled, “It called for a lot of organisation and discipline. Work-related things were done at nights and then studies or anything related to retaining was done in the mornings when I could focus. Of course, these routines shifted according to certain circumstances.”His colleague, Donlee Castello, followed in the fifth position and indicated his aspiration to create a dent in the political arena. Having secured 17 Grade Ones and three Grade Twos, his career choice is a lawyer.Castello voiced his support for young leadership and while a Grade Three is considered a passing grade, he was sceptical about only receiving Grades Ones and Twos, which he successfully did.“I am a bit speechless at the moment. I must give all the glory to God because I mean, I wanted to do great but he came through and answered my prayers. Thankfully, I didn’t get any Grade Threes. I’m still speechless here…” Castello excitedly exclaimed.He added, “I want to be a lawyer and then eventually drift into politics because I have a passion for change”.Castello lived some distance away, in the community of Tuschen, West Coast Demerara, and this posed a challenge. He would use the journey to Queen’s College as an opportunity to make up for whatever sleep lost after studying all night.“I had to sacrifice a lot of things, like television shows, games and so on. I would pull an all-nighter and because I lived a very far distance, I would sleep on my way to school. The problem I had was finding this balance between doing my SBAs and studying at the same time,” the 17-year-old relayed.Other students in the top ten roster included Chetram Harrinarine of the Saraswati Vidya Niketan (SVN), who secured 17 Grade Ones and two Grade Twos; and Manoj Lachhman, also of SVN, who gained 17 Grade Ones and one Grade Two. They were followed by Vijay Sharma of Queen’s College with 16 Grade Ones and two Grade Twos; Keisha Jaisingh of SVN with 16 Grade Ones and two Grade Threes and; Jhashodra Ramnarain of JC Chandisingh Secondary, who secured 16 Grade Ones and one Grade Two.Some 11,467 students were registered to sit the examinations this year with 67,000 subject entries.last_img read more

Amid Malibu devastation, lucky ones open arms to those in need

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe Churchills were among thousands who evacuated the firestorm that hit Malibu at 3:30a.m. Saturday. More than 14,000 residents fled as nearly 5,000acres burned. The blaze – called one of the worst in the past 15 years – was about 70 percent contained Sunday night, with full containment expected today, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said. In all, the fire destroyed more than 50 structures and damaged nearly that amount, officials said. All of this just as the community was recovering from a massive wildfire last month that charred more than 1,200acres and destroyed nine structures, including the landmark Malibu Presbyterian Church. Arson investigators said Sunday the fire might have been started by human activity in a nearby campground. They were still investigating. But on Lockwood Road, where some evacuees returned to homes still standing, there was sorrow for those whose houses didn’t survive. MALIBU – Deep within Malibu’s canyons, heaps of charred lumber, free-standing chimneys, and various chipped and broken bric-a-brac were all that remained Sunday of dozens of multimillion-dollar homes, destroyed in the firestorm that hopscotched through exclusive neighborhoods the day before. But the fast-moving blaze, fueled by returning Santa Ana winds and parched brush, managed to skip Frank and Jerri Churchill’s Mediterranean-style home on Lockwood Road. The couple and their four young boys returned on Sunday to see that the walls of their house remained impossibly bright and white against the mounds of soot and ash all around them. “My wife talked to all the neighbors and told them about their houses,” Frank Churchill said as he piled water and sodas into an ice chest to offer to firefighters and members of the media who needed a cool drink. “We were considerably lucky.” “It hasn’t sunken in yet,” said a somber John Shafai, who had moved to the area two years ago. “We have friends who have lost everything. I don’t know what I will say to them.” The quick and unexpected evacuation was evident in the Churchills’ bedroom, where indentations of their heads were still visible on the pillows where they had been asleep moments before being awakened and forced to flee their home. A child’s version of a Thanksgiving turkey centerpiece, made of pipe cleaners and paper, still sat on their dining room table. Dressed in a Halloween firefighter outfit, Frankie Churchill, 7, and his brother, Griffin, 6, explored their surroundings and pointed out smoking hot spots in distant canyons. Standing on her balcony that overlooked destroyed homes, Jerri Churchill reminded a visitor that despite the recent spate of bad luck, Malibu residents remain resilient, even defiant, at what it is that makes them stay. “There are deer in the meadows, hawks that fly overhead,” she said. She pointed toward Catalina Island across the Pacific, shrouded by a sepia line of hazy smoke. “After the fires, we prayed and thanked God we were still together, but we all agreed we didn’t want to leave,” she said. “Even if I lived in that little toughshed over there, we’d still be living in the best place.” Most of the homes that were destroyed and damaged were in narrow Corral and Latigo canyons. Nearby Pepperdine University was not directly threatened. Arson investigators traced the origin of the blaze to Mesa Peak Motorway, near a scenic overlook called Malibu Bowl. Locals know it as a party scene, where young people have gathered over campfires for decades. Two weeks ago, Malibu residents piled into the City Council chambers to express their concern with the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy’s proposal to open another campground in the area. No decision was reached, so the issue remains, which is upsetting to Patricia and Warren Allen, who live on the corner of Lockwood and Corral Canyon roads. Their home also was spared. “They should have a gate or impose regulations after sundown,” Warren Allen said. “To just leave it up to people’s judgment … I think (Los Angeles County) has to take control of the area.” Despite the fear, the anxiety, the smell of smoke that stings their noses in the middle of the night and the sudden evacuations – and the ability to rattle off each year they have survived a brush fire with almanac precision – Malibu residents such as the Allens and countless others say they could never leave Malibu. The Pacific Ocean, with its shimmering blue waters that can be spotted from almost every home in the canyon, has a way of swallowing the bad memories. “We’re ocean people,” Warren Allen said. “We surf. We’re always near the water. Leave? “Nah. Not a chance.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

THE HOOPS REPORT: STOKES RETURN HAUNTS HIBS AS CELTS WIN 3-0

first_imgIRISH international Anthony Stokes bagged two goals on his return to former club at Easter Road today in a 3-0 win over Hibernian after a Gary Hooper opener.However manager Neil Lennon revealed afterwards that he is still looking for another striker.“We’ve got a few options and hopefully we may have someone, maybe not this week but the week after,” Lennon told BBC Scotland after the 3-0 win. “But getting Gary back is a huge boost for us, but we do want to add to the striking roster.”Lennon admitted that strikers Hooper and Stokes had worked well together.But he said: “You would not have known that in the first 25 minutes. They were second to the ball, but after that they worked very well together.“It was good to get more than two goals today and that will give them a real shot in the arm. “You can see what Gary brings to the team. He will probably be disappointed that he did not score the one when Beram Kayal put him through early on.“He did not let it affect him and took his goal brilliantly.“Stokesy getting his goals will have done him the world of good.”Hooper opened the scoring and Stokes added the two others, but Lennon picked out Kayal as the man who sparked Celtic into life at Easter Road.THE HOOPS REPORT: STOKES RETURN HAUNTS HIBS AS CELTS WIN 3-0 was last modified: January 15th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Everton interested in signing Premier League ace this summer

first_img The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Richarlison enjoyed a great start to the season before fading in the second half 2 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? TOP WORK The Hornets reported Everton to the Premier League for making an illegal approach for the Portuguese when he was still in charge of Watford, with Silva eventually sacked after a pronounced downturn in form.Silva has since been hired by Everton, and the two clubs are engaged in a dispute over compensation that has to be paid to Watford. Silva is reported to have spoken to Richarlison to convince him to turn down Ajax to instead join Watford, and now the Watford Observer report that Silva wants to reunite with the Brazil youngster at Goodison Park.Marcel Brands, Everton’s sporting director, is said to back the move for Richarlison, though Watford are not likely to considering opening talks with the Toffees for their forward considering the fallout over Silva’s move to Merseyside. targets Watford are unlikely to entertain talks from Everton due to Silva’s appointment as manager Everton are interested in signing Watford star Richarlison this summer, according to reports.Richarlison, the forward, enjoyed a prosperous debut season in English football after he arrived at Vicarage Road form his homeland of Brazil. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer REVEALED Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland LATEST Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti LIVING THE DREAM Latest transfer news Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade His most productive spell in Hertfordshire came when Marco Silva, the new Everton manager, was in charge of Watford. Richarlison scored five goals and created a further four by the middle of November, and was earning admiring glances from Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea, but in the second half of the campaign the 21-year-old failed to record another single goal action. RANKED moving on IN DEMAND 2 three-way race Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January last_img read more

Keaton likes love better when it’s scripted

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Keaton plays a mother in the upcoming “The Family Stone,” about a Manhattan career woman (Sarah Jessica Parker) who gets a cold reception from her fiance’s family. She’s not surprised by the lack of sexy roles for women over 50 despite the success of “Something’s Gotta Give,” for which she was nominated for an Oscar. “It requires somebody who’s a good writer who wants to write about that subject,” she says. “Who is gonna do that? George Lucas? I don’t think so. I’d have to be an alien, a sexy, older alien.” – Associated Press 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Diane Keaton dated many of her leading men off screen, but she says she prefers to fall in love on screen. “You know where it’s going, and you can just enjoy it for what it is,” Keaton tells Time magazine. “Real life is complicated. Onscreen you know what the lines are. Everybody’s doing what they’re supposed to do. He’s not gonna surprise you.” The 59-year-old actress credits her listening skills in making relationships with Woody Allen, Al Pacino and Warren Beatty work. “I was a good listener. But then that wears off. They get bored,” she says. last_img read more

Kurtenbach: Why the Raiders were right to fine Antonio Brown

first_imgAntonio Brown didn’t show up for work quite often this preseason.Between his frostbitten feet and helmet saga, he had a lot going on.And while some of those absences were excused — some begrudgingly, I imagine — others were not, as Raiders’ general manager Mike Mayock made clear with his “all-in or all-out” comments on Aug. 18.After that charged missive, Brown started showing up for work. His feet have healed (no pun intended), and he has a new helmet — one that he’s reportedly being paid to …last_img read more

Spain worthy World Cup winners

first_img12 July 2010The curtain came down on the 2010 Fifa World Cup in spectacular fashion at Johannesburg’s Soccer City Stadium on Sunday, with a stunning closing ceremony and an eye-catching display of fireworks after the completion of the final, a tense affair which went into extra-time before Spain were crowned football champions of the world.It was a tense affair, a contest more for the purists than the casual football fan. Neither Spain nor the Netherlands was prepared to give their opponents time on the ball and referee Howard Webb had his hands full as the tackles flew in and he dispensed cards.Both teams are known for their ability to play beautiful, flowing football but, opposing one another, they made it awfully difficult to achieve that. So, while the final lacked somewhat in terms of aesthetic appeal, it certainly did not lack suspense.Nasty edgeThere was a nasty edge to some of the tackling and the clash threatened to boil over at times. Referee Webb, in hindsight, did well to keep matters under control. Still, it took 14 yellow cards and the dismissal of Dutch defender Johnny Heitinga in extra time to keep matters under control.Netherlands’ midfielder Nigel de Jong could easily have been dismissed earlier in the game when he caught Xabi Alonso flush in the chest with his studs, nowhere near the ball. It was a horrible tackle.The truth be told, it was the Spanish trying to play the game more than the Dutch and it showed as the Netherlands picked up the majority of the cards.All the pressure finally told in extra time when Andres Iniesta, the man of the match, finally settled the contest four minutes from the final whistle, beating Maarten Stekelenburg in the Dutch goal after being played in by substitute Cesc Fabregas.‘It’s simply incredible’“I can’t quite believe it yet,” said Iniesta. “I had the chance to score such an important goal for my team. It’s simply incredible.”What the game showed is that Spain is able to impose its game on any opponent. They dominated possession in every match they played and even though they struggled to score throughout the tournament, they were clearly the side that dictated play. They also conceded only two goals, equalling the record for the fewest given up by a World Cup winner.That was the thing when facing Spain: the opposition might get, at most, three goal-scoring opportunities in a match and if they didn’t take any of those, well, Spain would have more goal-scoring opportunities and find the back of the net.In fact, quite remarkably, they won all four of their matches in the knockout stages of the World Cup by a margin of 1-0: over Portugal, Paraguay, Germany, and the Netherlands.Golden GloveThose four straight clean sheets helped Spanish captain Iker Casillas win the Golden Glove, awarded to the tournament’s top goalkeeper. Along the way, he needed a penalty save against the Paraguayans to keep his record perfect in the playoffs.With Xavi and Andres Iniesta pulling the strings, and the advantage of more than half the starting eleven playing for Barcelona, Spain were superb in midfield.Their ability to hold onto the ball never came close to being matched. It was best displayed in the semi-finals against Germany who had delighted with their free-flowing football and thrice scored four goals in a game on their way to the semi-finals. Against the Euro 2008 winners, their attacking edge was blunted.After receiving the World Cup from South African President Jacob Zuma and Fifa President Sepp Blatter, an astonishing fireworks display accompanied Spain as they made their way onto the field to celebrate. Despite the eye-catching display going on above their heads, they had eyes only for the precious World Cup which Spain had finally won for a first time.‘Delighted, ecstatic’Spain’s coach Vicente del Bosque commented later: “The dressing room is delighted, ecstatic. But Spain, the country, deserves this triumph, this World Cup.“This goes beyond sport. We have to celebrate. All the people have been behind us in Spain, and we’re delighted to reward them with this victory.”By winning the World Cup, Spain joined Germany’s 1974 World Cup winners (then known as West Germany) as the only reigning European champion to also win the World Cup.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South Africa’s ‘green accord’ for jobs

first_img18 November 2011 The South African government, business and labour have signed a new accord – one of the most comprehensive social partnerships on “green” economy development in the world – geared to create 300 000 jobs within the next 10 years. The groundbreaking Green Economy Accord, signed by various ministers in both Cape Town and Pretoria on Thursday, has the backing of South Africa’s three labour federations, whose membership together accounts for more than two-million workers. These are the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu), the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa), and the National Council of Trade Unions (Nactu). Ten ministers actively involved in the development of the agreement include the Ministers of Environmental Affairs, Transport, Trade and Industry and Labour. The agreement comes ahead of the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, starting in Durban on 28 November.‘South Africans are drawing together’ Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel, who led the proceedings during the signing ceremony, said the accord showed that government’s social partners were ready for COP 17. The parties to the accord had agreed to work with the government during and after the conference. “The green economy can create a large number of jobs, provide a spur for industrialisation and help to create a sustainable future for this and the next generations,” Patel said. “This accord is one in a series of agreements in which social partners commit to work to achieve the goals of the New Growth Path. South Africans are drawing together to achieve common national objectives.”Key commitments Key points in the accord include the government’s commitment to install one-million solar water heaters by 2014/15, as well as to procure 3 725 MW of renewable energy – more than the energy usage of Cape Town – for use in the national grid by 2016. The Industrial Development Corporation will provide funding of up to R25-billion for investments in the green economy over the next five years. The agreement also commits business to develop benchmarks in support of the National Energy Efficiency Strategy. It commits state electricity company Eskom to consider new technologies that could improve the energy efficiency of its coal-fired power plants. Energy Minister Dipuo Peters said South Africa generated 90 percent of its energy from coal, and the government was promoting a move to “clean coal” through carbon capture and storage, among other means.‘The train is turning in the right direction’ Cosatu secretary-general Zwelinzima Vavi said they were excited about the accord, which would see South Africa relying less on its capital-intensive mining sector and more on manufacturing in order to create jobs. “The train is turning slowly [in] the right direction … we like the direction the train is facing,” Vavi said after the signing ceremony in Cape Town. He said that while the 300 000 jobs target might seem small, this was going to be a platform for more job creation in future. In support of the agreement, he said, Cosatu would establish work-based committees to educate workers on saving energy, as well as “green” retirement investments.‘Opportunities in bio-fuels’ Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson said the new accord promised to create investment and job opportunities in South Africa’s bio-fuels sector. She said that development of this sector would not compromise the country’s food security. For example, she said, sorghum, sugar-beet and jatropha could be used to make bio-fuels. Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele said the government would be invest billions of rands in improving the passenger rail system to ensure that South Africans moved away from travelling by cars to using trains. The Transport Department would also be improving the country’s freight rail system to ensure that fewer goods went by road. Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande said his department was pulling SA’s universities and its Sector Education and Training Authorities (Setas) together to ensure that their projects supported the green economy by, among other things, growing the number of artisans in the country. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

2 PH boxing silvers in the bag

first_imgA southpaw, Dela Peña, who idolizes World Boxing Organization super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko, will tangle with another Kazakhstan pug, Akilbek Mukhtarov, for the gold in Monday’s finals.Mukhtarov routed Uzbekistan’s Mukhammadmuso Abdurakhmonov, 5-0.Pangga, also a left-hander from Cagayan de Oro City, will battle Thailand’s Sarawut Sukthet, a 5-0 winner over Kyrgystan’s Murtarbek Ibraimov.The twin victories provided a warm welcome for Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines president Ricky Vargas.“These boys are talented and determined to make the country proud,” said Vargas.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Puerto Princesa—Rising star Kenneth dela Peña and accomplished amateur John Vincent Pangga posted contrasting semifinals victories Sunday, assuring the Philippines of at least two silver medals in the ASBC Asian Juniors Boxing Championships at Puerto Princesa City Coliseum.Just one year into the sport, Dela Peña flaunted speed and skill in trouncing Chinese Taipei’s Yu Chen-Ching, 5-0, in their pinweight (44-46kg) tussle.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ The Philippines fielded only four bets in the 18-nation event confined to 15 and 16 years old and supported by Palawan Gov. Jose Ch. Alvarez, Philippine Sports Commission, MVP Sports Foundation, Smart, Maynilad, PLDT, Wesing, Meralco, Philippine Airlines and San Miguel Corporation.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Dela Rosa sweeps GT200 opener MOST READ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games An eight-year ring veteran, Pangga had to weather Kazakhstan’s Talgat Syrymbetov’s last-round assault to tally a 3-2 victory in the flyweight (50kg) category.The 16-year-old Dela Peña, a Grade 10 student from General Santos City, landed unanswered punches on the Taiwanese’ face for a standing eight-count near the end of the third and final round that highlighted his vast improvement since bagging the silver medal in last year’s Batang Pinoy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsOnly 15 but already a four-time Batang Pinoy and 2016 Palarong Pambansa champion, Pangga connected with a left-right combination on Syrymbetov in the first round to force a standing eight-count.It turned out to be the deciding factor as the Kazakh national junior champion turned aggressor and had the fading Pangga on the retreat in the third round.last_img read more