The lights at StubHub Center in Carson, California have shut down on the historic “Philippines vs Mexico” presented by ABS-CBN Sports + Action, ALA International and TFC, but the journey to world boxing prominence by the three Filipino partner companies continues to unravel. Here is a photo revisiting of the latest victorious stride made by the boxing troika in blazing color.
“King” Arthur Villanueva celebrates after a spectacular 2nd round knockout win over Mexican Juan Jimenez via a bone-cracking right cross that reverberated in StubHub Center during their WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight Championship fight last week. This was a rematch granted by ALA International President & CEO Michael P. Aldeguer after the Jimenez camp pleaded for one following the “controversial” 4th round KO win of Villanueva against Jimenez last May in Bacolod City where an alleged accidental head collision seemed to have occurred between the two boxers.
But this rematch proved Villanueva’s superiority over Jimenez. (Photo by Rick Gavino)
At the press con at the Carson Community Center are, from left, ABS-CBN Sports + Action Channel Head Vince Rodriguez, “King” Arthur Villanueva, Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo, City of Carson Councilman Elito Santarina, Donnie “Ahas” Nietes, ALA International President & CEO Michael P. Aldeguer, ABS-CBN North America Head of Sales & Distribution Ray Olano and ABS-CBN Sports Consultant and The Voice of ABS-CBN Peter Musngi. (Photo by Bobby Crisostomo)
Friendly smiles, killer boxing styles: “Philippines vs Mexico” headliners face off at the press con. From left: WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight champion “King” Arthur Villanueva and challenger Juan Jimenez; former WBO Minimumweight and Light Flyweight champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes and former WBC World Flyweight Champion Edgar Sosa vied for the WBO Inter-continental Flyweight Championship; WBO International Featherweight champion Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo and challenger Ramiro Robles. (Photos by Bobby Crisostomo)
Fans and media kept their eyes peeled at the official weigh-in of the boxers at the Eagle Rock Plaza in Los Angeles. No less than boxing legend, ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr. hosted the event. (Photo by Nerissa Fernandez)
In a very fast-paced and action-packed match, “King” Arthur Villanueva delivered vicious blows that stunned his opponent Juan “El Penita” Jimenez. (Photo by Rick Gavino)
NO CONTROVERSIES HERE: Villanueva settled the score and turned the lights out on Jimenez in the 2nd round.
Villanueva’s record improved to 30-1 with 16 KOs. (Photo by Rick Gavino)
Magsayo was supposed to face Ruben Garcia but the latter pulled out due to injury. Young Ramiro Robles proved to be a game and tough replacement, taking Magsayo to the distance of 12 rounds. But the undefeated Magsayo still overwhelmed the Mexican with speed and power. (Photo by Rick Gavino)
Robles earned the respect of the crowd but suffered sustained beating from Magsayo who knocked him down on the 2nd and 7th rounds on his road to victory by a unanimous decision. Magsayo improved his record to 15-0 with 11 KOs. (Photo by Rick Gavino)
World Boxing Hall of Fame inductee and legendary ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr. introduced the boxers for the main fight as ALA International President & CEO Michael P. Aldeguer, TFC Head of Global Events Ricky Resurreccion, ABS-CBN Sports Consultant Peter Musngi and ABS-CBN Sports + Action Channel Head Vince Rodriguez look on. The four executives also received certificates of recognition from the City of Carson represented by Chairperson Alex Cainglet of the Parks and Recreation Committee and Public Information Officer Margie Revilla-Garcia. (Photo by Nerissa Fernandez)
Nietes, who revealed that he is fully comfortable with his entry into the flyweight class, badly outclassed Sosa with an outstanding display of boxing speed, strategy and pinpoint accuracy. Staggering the ex-champ from Mexico several times in the fight, Nietes won the vacant WBO Inter-Continental Flyweight crown
easily via unanimous decision. (Photo by Rick Gavino)
Nietes celebrates his win and victorious entry into the flyweight class and is now the number one ranked contender in the WBO flyweight division.
He improved his record to 39-1-4 with 22 knockouts. Shown also in photo are ABS-CBN’s Dyan Castillejo, ALA International Matchmaker Edito Villamor and Dr. Ed De La Vega. It was a triumphant night for ALA International Coach Edmund Villamor and the team. (Photo by Rick Gavino)
TWO GREAT CHAMPS: WBO Junior Featherweight champion Nonito Donaire Jr. congratulates and chats with Nietes as they head for the dugout after the main event of “Philippines vs Mexico”. Come November 5, Donaire will box on the same card with the legendary Manny Pacquiao at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. Donaire will defend his title against number one contender, Mexican American Jessie Magdaleno. (Photo by Jeremiah Ysip)
After the fight, ALA International, ABS-CBN Sports + Action and TFC teams celebrated on the ring. (Photo c/o Nino Nucum)
The ABS-CBN Sports + Action, TFC and Ala International teams also celebrated at the dugout with The Luna Co., an event management company. “Philippines vs Mexico” also promoted local fighters: Abraham Calderon Ruiz beat Ezra Hernandez via decision in their middleweight bout; Latorie Woodbury edged Ben Garcia in their junior welterweight contest; Cesar Hernandez knocked out Martin Murillo in the 2nd round in their junior middleweight match; and Isaac Freeman sored a 4th round knockout over FilAm Joel Siapno in their junior middleweight match. (Photo by Celia Abuel)