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October 10, 2015, Saturday
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  • LTFRB suspends the franchises for 30 units of Dagupan Bus. 6 hours ago |
  • Number of fatalities in fire that hit Leyte Prison and Penal Farm rises to 10. 6 hours ago |
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  • Director General Joel Villanueva resigns from TESDA in view of his plan to join the senatorial race. 6 hours ago |
  • Binay’s camp says the Ombudsman’s dismissal order vs. Mayor Binay was done in haste. 6 hours ago |
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  • Ombudsman’s order includes Mayor Binay’s dismissal from service & perpetual disqualification from public office. 6 hours ago |
  • Ombudsman’s dismissal order for Mayor Binay is in connection with his plunder case over the alleged overpriced Makati City parking building. 6 hours ago |
  • Rep. Abby Binay says Mayor Binay is planning to file his COC next week & run for a third term. 6 hours ago |
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  • Ombudsman cites grave misconduct & serious dishonesty as reasons for Makati Mayor Junjun Binay’s dismissal. 7 hours ago |
  • Ombudsman orders the dismissal of suspended Makati Mayor Junjun Binay. 7 hours ago |
  • The 5-day period for filing of the Certificates of Candidacy (COC) begins on Monday Oct. 12. 10 hours ago |
  • Comelec conducts a demonstration on how to properly file the Certificates of Candidacy (COC). 10 hours ago |
  • Fmr. SAF Chief Getulio Napenas laments no one is being charged for the death of 9 SAF commandos who attacked Marwan’s hut. 10 hours ago |
  • Ayala Bridge in Manila to be closed to motorists at 10 pm Friday. 10 hours ago |
  • Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista eyes a third term. 10 hours ago |
  • Jueteng whistleblower Sandra Cam wants to run for a senate seat. 10 hours ago |
  • OFW Party-list Rep. Seneres says he has a vice-presidential bet & a complete senatorial line-up. 10 hours ago |
  • OFW Party-list Rep. Roy Seneres hopes he won’t be seen as a nuisance candidate after he announced his pres’l bid. 10 hours ago |
  • 3 inmates bolt prison in Tabaco, Albay. 10 hours ago |
  • 9 inmates die in fire that broke out in Abuyog, Southern Leyte prison. 10 hours ago |
  • About 60 members from PH & U.S. Marine Corps take part in an amphibious landing exercise in Ternate, Cavite. 11 hours ago |
  • Sen. Honasan absent in Cebu City event where Binay announced the senator’s bid for the vice presidency. 11 hours ago |
  • Binay announced the ‘Binay-Honasan’ tandem at UNA’s political event in Cebu City. 11 hours ago |
  • Binay announces Sen. Gringo Honasan is his running mate in the 2016 elections. 11 hours ago |
  • Fire out declared at UST’s Quadricentennial Pavilion at 10:30 am on Friday. 12 hours ago |
  • Fire hits University of Santo Tomas’ new multi-purpose gymnasium ‘Quadricentennial Pavilion’ on Friday morning. 12 hours ago |
  • Body of man involved in Thursday’s hostage-taking in Manila has yet to be identified and claimed. 12 hours ago |
  • De Lima took her oath as LP member at Balay headquarters in Cubao, Quezon City. 12 hours ago |
  • Justice Sec. Leila de Lima takes oath as Liberal Party member. 12 hours ago |
  • 5 towns in Maguindanao declared as areas of concern for this coming election period. 13 hours ago |
  • 5 suspected carnappers killed in an encounter with police in Payatas Road, Quezon City. 13 hours ago |

A commitment to boxing fans

By Ronnie Nathanielsz | Mar. 16, 2013 at 12:01am
In A country, where boxing is extremely popular and millions are fascinated with the sport that has produced such all-time greats as Pancho Villa, Gabriel “Flash” Elorde and in more recent years such ring icons as Manny Pacquiao, Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire and Brian Viloria, it is difficult to imagine that no television network will carry the title defense of International Boxing Federation light flyweight champion Johnreil Casimero against mandatory challenger Luis Alberto Rios and the World Boxing Association bantamweight title rematch of John Mark Apolinario against Roberto Vasquez on Sunday (Manila time).

We gathered some weeks ago from promoter Sammy Gello-ani, who is in partnership with internationally known matchmaker/promoter Sampson Lewkowicz, that the promoters were offering the TV coverage with no rights’ fee but required the Philippine network that takes the fights to bear the cost of the satellite transmission.

Sadly, there were apparently no takers, which must be a major disappointment not just to Filipino fight fans but more so to the boxers, Casimero and Apolinario, who are fighting in what may well be considered hostile territory even though, by all accounts, the Panamanians have been gracious hosts.

Fighters like Casimero, who won the title from Argentina’s Luis Lazarte in a fight that  was marred by a riot by Lazarte supporters, which even took its toll on Casimero, Gello-ani and their corner-men, aren’t scared of fighting abroad because they are courageous Filipinos.

Apolinario, who earned a rematch for the WBA title after he was reportedly robbed of a victory when his first fight with Vasquez ended in a majority draw, is also not afraid to face the hard-hitting Mexican one  more time.

What is terribly disappointing is the failure if not fear of our local networks to bear what is regarded as a minimal cost to telecast the two world title fights.

We guess that ABS-CBN which was erroneously mentioned as the network that would telecast the fights in a story on was unable to accept the offer, because of its contractual realities with ALA Promotions and Bob Arum’s Top Rank.

Besides, ABS-CBN will be investing a substantial amount of money and manpower and technical resources in covering world title showdowns on a back-to-back basis on April 6 from Macau and April 13 from New York City.

World Boxing Organization/WBA flyweight champion Brian Viloria will defend his title against tough Juan Francisco Estrada of Mexico on April 6, along with mandatory challenger Milan Melindo figuring in a tune-up fight on a card that will also feature the promising, undefeated Penalosa brothers, Dodie Boy Jr. and Dave.

The April 13 card at the Radio City Music Hall will feature “Fighter of the Year” and pound-for-pound ranked Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire against the talkative, undefeated former Cuban Olympic gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux.

That either GMA 7, ABC 5 which has a major commitment to sports on television and even Solar Sports declined the offer to telecast the championship double-header raises questions of priorities and whether these networks are really committed to providing Filipino fighters the same kind of exposure that  Mexican fighters receive from their networks and major sponsors.
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