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Is Vargas bound to become a punching bag?

Multi-awarded trainer Buboy Fernandez feels Jessie Vargas will assume the role of a human punching bag when he meets Manny Pacquiao on Nov. 5 in Las Vegas. Using his right hand as props, Fernandez made the traditional No. 1 sign by flashing his pointer to describe Vargas. Fernandez simply suggested with his hand signal that Vargas was easy to hit and Pacquiao won’t find it hard to rain punches on the 27-year-old reigning World Boxing Organization welterweight king at the Thomas and Mack Center. “He’s just like this,” said Fernandez, lifting his pointer to emphasize Vargas’ tight stance and posture. Asked if Vargas has the flexibility to dance away from trouble, Fernandez stared at the scribe long enough to let him know that Vargas wasn’t capable. “He is straight as an arrow,” said Fernandez as …

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Nietes fights Sosa today

Eagle Rock, California – Two-division world champion Donnie ‘Ahas’ Nietes will start a path which his upcoming opponent Edgar Sosa took six years ago but vowed to have a more successful journey. The 34-year-old Nietes (38-1, 4 knockouts) will make his flyweight debut when he takes on Sosa in a 12-round bout for the vacant WBO international 112lb belt today at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. In yesterday’s weigh in held at the Eagle Rock Plaza Mall here, Nietes tallied an exact 112lbs while Sosa seemed as ready as his Filipino counterpart when the Mexican came in at 111.5. After losing his WBC world lightflyweight belt when he was knocked out by Filipino Rodel Mayol last November 2009 in Mexico, Sosa moved up in weight where in 18 fights saw him vie …

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Pacquiao still very fast, says sparring partner

Lightweight Leonardo Doronio described the punches that he took and dodged Thursday night as being fast and furious. You can’t fault Doronio for going a bit overboard as the guy throwing leather was no other than eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao, who is preparing to challenge Jessie Vargas for the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown on Nov. 5 at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. “Hindi ko makita ang mga suntok,” said Doronio, 27, who assumed the role of a human punching bag during a four-round sparring session at the Elorde Five-Ecom in Pasay City. As Pacquiao eagerly awaits the arrival of Freddie Roach, who is bringing along chief sparmate Jose Ramirez, the 37-year-old Pacquiao began the next phase of his reparation by having Doronio serve as a substitute. Roach and Ramirez are …

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Nietes is one of great champions – Sosa

Carson, California — It could be a case of calm before the storm as protagonists Donnie “Ahas” Nietes and his Mexican foe Edgar Sosa were civil to each other two days before their 12-round fight at the Stubhub Center in Carson. The two fighters met during a press conference Thursday morning at the Carson Civic Center where they opted to exchange civilities rather than prop up their respective chances in what could result to a title shot for the victor of this event dubbed “Pinoy Pride 38: Philippines vs. Mexico”. “Every champion has his own qualities and I see Nietes as one of those great champions with his skills. He’s got speed and I look forward to a great fight,” said Sosa. The 37-year-old Sosa however gave Nietes a stern look as they …

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Nietes ready vs Mexican

Los Angeles — There are those who consider 16-year veteran Edgar Sosa of Mexico as has been at this point of his career. But US-based boxing trainer Nonito Donaire Sr. does not totally agree with that perception that 37-year-old flyweight campaigner who once reigned as World Boxing Council (WBC) lightflyweight champion which he claimed by outpointing Hawaiian Punch Brian Viloria last April 2007 in Texas. The Sosa (52-9, 30 knockouts) fight will serve as a litmus test for two-division world titleholder Donnie “Ahas” Nietes who will make his 112-lb debut this weekend in Carson, California. “Lahat ng boxer na lalaban sa ganitong level, hindi ka pwde pa-easy easy kahit na natalo siya sa mga latest fights niya,” said Donaire “Palagay ko good choice itong si Sosa para kay Nietes kasi kahit na sinasabing …

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Vargas not in same league as Pacquiao – Fortune

Conditioning coach Justin Fortune has been dispatched by Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach to check on Sen. Manny Pacquiao and the Los Angeles-based Australian wasn’t surprised with what he had seen the last two days. “Manny’s always comes to training camp in great shape and that’s what I saw,” Fortune told the Bulletin yesterday afternoon before presiding over another workout with the Filipino legend getting ready to face Jessie Vargas on Nov. 5 in Las Vegas. Fortune feels that Vargas is someone not to be taken for granted being the reigning World Boxing Organization welter king. But Pacquiao and Vargas are still not worthy of being mentioned on the same breath, said Fortune. “There is Manny Pacquiao and there is Jessie Vargas. Pacquiao is a Triple AAA fighter, while Jessie is just an …

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Casimero needs P20 M for title defense

Unless somebody puts up the money, Johnriel Casimero will have no choice but to make the second defense of his International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight crown on enemy territory again. Casimero’s chief handler, long-time boxing man Sammy Gello-ani said yesterday that putting up a world title fight on home soil would require at least P20 million since it would cover mainly the purse of the two fighters, airfare of the visiting boxer and his team. “If there is someone who can bankroll everything, we are willing to fight here,” said Gello-ani, who was joined during the PSA Forum by chief trainer Jhun Agrabio and cutman Aldrin Santamaria. Also to be shouldered are the hotel expenses, per diem and the officials’ fees aside from venue rental and the purse of those seeing action in …

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Alvarez knocks out Smith in 9th

Los Angeles— Saul “Canelo” Alvarez knocked out previously unbeaten Liam “Beefy'' Smith in the ninth round Saturday to regain a share of the super welterweight world title before more than 51,000 at AT&T Stadium in Texas. With most of the crowd behind him at the cavernous home of the Dallas Cowboys NFL team, Alvarez was in control from round one against the gritty Smith. Britain's World Boxing Organization champion couldn't match the speed or power of the Mexican star, a former World Boxing Council super welterweight champ who was returning to the 154-pound division after claiming the WBC middleweight crown last November with a unanimous decision over Miguel Cotto. “I told you I was going to give you a great fight and bring you the championship and here it is,” said Alvaro, who …

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Golovkin hovers over Canelo vs Smith clash

Arlington, Texas — Liam Smith kept things respectful in the traditional stare down with Canelo Alvarez, ending it with a handshake in less than 10 seconds. How long their fight will last Saturday night is another question altogether. Smith (23-0-1) is defending his WBO junior middleweight title against the hard-hitting Alvarez, who is moving back to the 154-pound class where he has plenty of experience and never lost. But a third fighter’s shadow hangs over this bout: Gennady Golovkin, the middleweight champion that some contend Alvarez is avoiding. Last May, the popular Mexican champion vacated his WBC middleweight title rather than be pressured into fighting Golovkin, who now has the full WBC belt along with his IBF and WBA belts. Many had expected the blockbuster title unification fight to be staged Saturday at …

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Nietes impresses Roach after padwork at Wild Card

Freddie Roach finally got his hands on two-division world champion Donnie Nietes during a mitts session at the Wild Card Boxing Club and was left utterly impressed. The Hall of Fame trainer of Manny Pacquiao told Nietes tactician Edito Villamor that the 34-year-old Filipino “is smart and knows the angles” too well. Nietes is in the final stage of his buildup for his flyweight debut against ex-world titleholder Edgar Sosa of Mexico on Sept. 24 at the Stubhub Center in Carson, California. “Ready to rumble,” said Nietes, who has spent over a month getting ready for his much-awaited campaign in the 112-lb ranks after his storied reign at minimumweight (105 lbs) and light-fly (108 lbs). Nietes and the two other stablemates at ALA Boxing, super-fly King Arthur Villanueva and undefeated feather prospect Mark ‘Magnifico’ …

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