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42 years later, professional boxing is officially back in Kuala Lumpur

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WBC Malaysia (World Boxing Council) will be bringing professional boxing back to the city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the first time in 42 years this coming 9th July 2017 at the Health, Beauty and Fitness Expo that is happening in Mid Valley Exhibition Centre (MVEC).

Boxranx’s “Boxingfest” is KL’s first WBC Professional Boxing event since Muhammad Ali’s WBC & WBA Heavyweight Championship bout against Joe Bugner on June 30th, 1975, thus making this the first WBC Professional Boxing event in Kuala Lumpur in 42 years.

The Championship Battle for the WBC-OPBF Featherweight Silver Title

The event will witness 10 matches of boxing match with professional boxers from Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, USA and India. The main event will see a Championship Bout between Pinoy boxer Carlo Magali (21 Wins, 9 Losses, 10 Wins via KO) and Indian national Sandeep Balhara (4 Wins, 0 Losses, 3 KO) battle for the vacant WBC-OBPF Featherweight Silver Title. Balhara’s win streak and last 3 fights ending via KO & TKO propelled him to the position of a title contender against a much more experienced Magali.

National Pride of Malaysia

Malaysian pro boxer Hui Keng Fai (2 Wins, 0 Losses, 2 KOs) who is a current boxing champion in Singapore as well as an amateur MMA champion in MIMMA, will be fighting Professional Boxing for the first time in his home of Kuala Lumpur and in WBC. He will be facing professional MMA veteran and Pro Boxing debutant Sam Chan. The land of Borneo has two very proud and promising boxers in Malaysian Golden Gloves Champion, Stephen Onn Anak Jenggieng of Sarawak (2 Wins, 1 Loss, 1 KO) as well as Sabahan Eddey “The Clown” Kalai, who is a SEA Games & SUKMA Gold Medalist making his professional boxing debut, are some of the other highlights in the Fight Card.

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Theena Thayalan, one of the youngest debutant on the card is one to watch. At only 19, he has recorded over 95 amateur fights and was also SUKMA Gold Medalist in 2016 making him one of the youngest SUKMA Boxing Gold Medalist in history. This July 9th, he will be putting his amateur career behind and making the step up into the world of professional boxing.

A former UFC Fighter from the USA will also be on the card. Dubbed “The most hardworking fighter in Asia”, Will Chope has fought more often than most MMA fighters in the region and will be having his 2nd professional boxing bout in BoxRanx “Boxingfest”.

The WBC Malaysia’s BoxRanx first event will be held at Mid Valley Exhibition Centre (MVEC) on the 9th July 2017. There will also be a semi-pro event on the 8th July 2017 featuring 10-bouts of up and coming boxers to discover more talents in Malaysian boxing.

Tickets for the event are available from www.ticketpro.com.my starting from RM98 for entry to both days. For more information and to contact WBC Malaysia, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/WBCMalaysia/

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Gatti v Ward – probably the greatest round of all time

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On 18th of May 2002, Arturo Gatti and Mickey Ward met in Connecticut, and their fight was meant to go down in history.

The Round 9 of the fight contained so much unforgettable action and drama.

The two boxers put everything into that fight, their heart and soul, and displayed so much courage and that even reduced fans tears.

 

 

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VIDEO: Incredible clips of Anthony Joshua’s opponents before and after knockout

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Pre-fight taunts have always been a huge part of the game. And it also applies to Anthony Joshua, whose light and easy persona seems to always make him an underdog ahead of fights.

His opponents – Dillian Whyte, Charles Martin and Dominic Breazeale – have all been menacing with their pre-fight comments but as Joshua always does, he lets his action inside the right speak for himself.

Against all three men, Joshua came out on top seamlessly, which evidenly left all of them in complete awe. We’ve attached a brilliant clip that showcases the difference in these individuals’ demeanour before and after they got knocked out by Anthony Joshua. Check it out below!

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Malaysia’s Muhammad Ali bags gold at the World Muay Thai tournament

Malaysia’s national muay thai fighter Muhammad Ali Yaakub shook the grounds and emerged champion at the World Muay Thai Council championship that happened on 6th of February.

Muhammad Ali took on Khalilov Tagir from Russia in the Super 4 Finals in the 57 kg category. After a gruelling 40-minute fight, Muhammad Ali managed to overthrow his Russian opponent to emerge champion of the Super 4- 57 kg category.

The tournament took place in Bangkok, in conjunction with Muay Thai day celebrations. February 6th marks an auspicious day in the Muay Thai calendar where practitioners from all over the world gather to pay homage to King Somdej Phra Sanpher the 8th, who is also known as the Tiger King.

The Tiger King was renowned for his martial arts prowess.

Photo: Man Olimpik
Photo: Man Olimpik

More to come… 

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Pacquiao claims welterweight title as Mayweather watches him from ringside

The Pacman decided to make a return to the ring and he immediately bagged the WBO welterweight title before a wild crowd.

Manny Pacquiao took on America’s Jessie Vargas and victoriously claimed the title after a  114-113, 118-109 and 118-109 score from the judges.

What made the event more interesting was that his arch-nemesis, Floyd Mayweather Jr. was spotted at the ringside seat together with his daughter. After the match, Mayweather was also seen giving a thumbs up to Pacquaio.

Mayweather defeated Pacquaio in one of the most iconic matches back in 2015. It was also known as the ‘fight of the century’.

Photo: Getty Images
Photo: Getty Images

“I invited him to be here tonight,” Pacquiao confessed. When asked if the two could meet again, he replied: “We’ll see.”

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Photo: Getty Images
Photo: Christian Petersen for Getty Images
Photo: Christian Petersen for Getty Images

27-year old Vargas described the match with Pacquiao as a ‘very fast game of chess’, adding that he had to be alert at all times, as there were a lot of punches coming in.

“He has tremendous speed. Fighting Pacquiao only elevated my game, and it makes me better.” he added.

Pacquaio, also serving as the current Senator of the Philippines announced his retirement from boxing back in April. But it looks like he can’t spend too much time away from the love of his life!

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WBC champion Farkhan receives RM3.8 million sponsorship from TMJ

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It is a double dose of good news for Malaysia’s first boxer to win the World Boxing Council (WBC) Asia Silver cruiserweight title, Muhammad Farkhan Haron as he receives the Crown Prince of Johor, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim’s sponsorship to train in the United States for two years.

TMJ made the approach to assist the 28-year-old boxer, which will cost him an estimated amount of $470,000 (RM1.9 million) a year.

In light of the positive development in Farkhan’s career, he has made preparations to move to Las Vegas, Nevada to train at the Mayweather Boxing Club.

“I’m grateful that His Highness is willing to sponsor my two-year training cost in the United States. This chance will be extremely valuable for me to boost my career.

“Aspiring boxers know it is a must to train at US in order to be world-class. It is my dream to elevate the nation and Johor’s name at the international stage,” he said, as quoted by Kosmo!

Photo credit: Harian Metro
Photo credit: Harian Metro

According to Farkhan, he is currently processing his visa to move abroad with his mother and wife.

“I’m excited to train at a club owned by Floyd Mayweather Jr. I can only last till 32 if I stay in Malaysia, but I might go beyond 36 if I’m trained at US,” he added.

The 2009 SEA Games gold medallist made history on Saturday when he defeated Indonesia’s Elly Pangaribuan via a TKO to win his maiden WBC Silver Asia title.

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VIDEO: 10 Knock Out terbaik Muhammad ‘peninju terhebat’ Ali

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Dunia dikejutkan dengan berita pemergian peninju terhebat dunia Muhammad Ali pada usia 74 tahun.

Ikon tinju itu telah sekian lama menderita penyakit yang berkaitan pernafasan, dimana ia turut diterukkan lagi dengan penyakit Parkinson yang dihidapi beliau. Beliau dimasukkan ke hospital pada hari Khamis, namun satu kenyataan dari keluarga beliau mengesahkan pemergian Ali awal hari ini.

Peminat dari seluruh dunia membanjiri laman sosial seperti twitter dan Facebook untuk berkongsi rasa sedih mengenai pemergian beliau dan menunjukkan penghargaan mereka kepada seorang insan yang sangat berjasa dalam arena sukan tinju selepas menerima berita pemergian beliau beberapa jam yang lalu.

Peminat yang membesar dengan aksi hebat Ali pastinya akan berduka cita hujung minggu ini. Pelbagai video, kisah dan gambar lama mengenai peninju hebat ini boleh dilihat untuk kita mengingati karier dan personaliti peninju hebat ini.

Oleh sebab itu, di sini kami sertakan untuk anda, satu video menakjubkan – koleksi 10 knockout terbaik Muhammad Ali di gelanggang tinju. Seorang insan yang hebat, tetapi Muhammad Ali pastinya lebih diingati melalui aksi beliau yang lincah dan tumbukan padunya di gelanggang tinju. Mari kita bersama-sama menyelusuri memori ini dan simpan kenangan mengenai seorang insan dan peninju hebat bernama Muhammad Ali! #AliBomaye

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“I shook the world” – Boxing great Muhammad Ali dies aged 74

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The sporting world lost yet another icon today as boxing legend Muhammad Ali passed away aged 74.

The former world heavyweight boxing champion was suffering from two conditions – a respiratory illness as well as as Parkinson’s disease.

He was admitted into a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona on Thursday, though he unfortunately died earlier today, as confirmed by a family spokesman. The spokesman went on to confirm that the funeral will take place in Louisville, Kentucky on a date that will be confirmed soon.

More to come…

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Nike terminates Manny Pacquiao’s contract over homophobic slurs

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Manny Pacquiao’s endorsement contract with Nike has been terminated after the boxer made some horrific comments about gay people.

“We find Manny Pacquiao’s comments abhorrent,” Nike made a statement last night, as reported by Berita Harian.

“Nike strongly opposes discrimination of any kind and has a long history of supporting and standing up for the rights of the LGBT community.

“We have ended our relationship with Manny Pacquiao,” they added.

Manny Pacquiao, a member of the House of Representatives in the Philippines, said that gay people are “worse than animals.”

“It’s just common sense. Have you seen animals of the same-sex mate with each other?

“Animals are better because they can differentiate between male and female. If you have male-to-male or female-to-female relationships, then people are worse than animals,” Berita Harian also stated.

However, a few hours after his interview, Manny Pacquiao apologized on Facebook, saying: “I’m sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals. Please forgive me for those I’ve hurt. I still stand on my belief that I’m against same-sex marriage because of what the Bible says, but I’m not condemning LGBT. I love you all with the love of the Lord. God Bless you all and I’m praying for you.”

Despite his apology, Nike, Wonderful Pistachios and Nestle have opted to terminate his contract.