By Rene Bonsubre,Jr.
January 29 - The WBA removes Manny Pacquiao’s super champion status and names him champion in recess. Pacquiao was unable to defend since winning the title in July 2019.
February 20- Vic Saludar WSD12 Robert Paradero,wins vacant WBA regular world minimumweight title, Biñan City, Laguna, Philippines.
February 27 - Rene Mark Cuarto WUD12 Pedro Taduran ,wins IBF minimumweight world title, Bula Gym, Gen. Santos City,Philippines.
March 19- Nesthy Petecio (Women's featherweight) and Carlo Paalam (Men's flyweight) qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games by virtue of their high standings in their respective weight categories in the Olympic qualifying rankings. They joined Eumir Marcial (Men's middleweight) and Irish Magno (Women's flyweight) who qualified via the 2020 Asia-Oceania Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
April 3 – Former four division world champion Donnie Nietes returns after being away for two years and three months and beats Pablo Carrillo (Colombia) by unanimous decision in Dubai,UAE for the vacant WBO International junior bantamweight title.
April 10 – Jerwin Ancajas WUD12 Jonathan Javier Rodriguez (Mexico), retains IBF junior bantamweight world title, Mohegan Sun Casino,Uncasville, Connecticut,USA
April 25 - Former Philippine amateur boxing team member Genebert Basadre died age 37. He won the lightweight gold in the 2005 SEA Games and bronze in the 2006 Asian Games.
April 26 - Television boxing commentator Mike Ochosa died from a heart attack at 55.
May 22- Manny Pacquiao announced on social media that he will be fighting WBC/IBF world welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. on August 21 in Las Vegas.
May 28 - Middleweight Eumir Marcial, light flyweight Mark Lester Durens, bantamweight Junmilardo Ogayre and female light flyweight Josie Gabuco falter in the semi-finals ; Team Philippines wraps up its campaign with four bronze medals in the ASBC Asian Elite boxing championships in Dubai,UAE.
May 29 - Nonito Donaire KO4 Nordine Oubaali (France),wins WBC bantamweight world title,Dignity Health Sports Park , Carson,California,USA. The 38 year old Donaire made history as the oldest bantamweight world titleholder.
June 26 - Paradigm Sports Management's Audie Attar files a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Manny Pacquiao in Orange County civil court, claiming breach of contract when he agreed to fight Errol Spence instead of Mikey Garcia. The lawsuit sought for an injunction against the Spence fight.
June 26 –The all-Filipino superfight between WBC bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire and WBO champion John Riel Casimero gets cancelled.
August 6 - Judge Walter P. Schwarm of the California Superior Court for Orange County issues a preliminary ruling denying the motion for the injunction against the Pacquiao-Spence fight.
August 7 – Philippine amateur boxing team wraps up Tokyo Olympics campaign with two silvers from Nesthy Petecio (women’s featherweight) and Carlo Paalam (men’s flyweight) and one bronze from Eumir Marcial (men’s middleweight).
August 10 - Errol Spence, Jr. withdraws from his fight against Manny Pacquiao due to a retinal tear in his left eye and WBA welterweight champion Yordenis Ugas of Cuba was named as replacement.
August 14 - John Riel Casimero WSD12 Guillermo Rigondeaux (Cuba), retains WBO bantamweight world title,Dignity Health Sports Park , Carson,California,USA.
August 21 - Manny Pacquiao L UD12 Yordenis Ugas (Cuba), WBA welterweight (super) world title, T-Mobile Arena,Las Vegas,Nevada,USA.
September 1 - Leopoldo Serantes, light flyweight bronze medalist in the 1988 Seoul Olympics, passed away at 59 due to complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
September 19 – Senator Manny Pacquiao accepts his party's nomination for him to be the standard bearer in the 2022 Presidential elections.
September 21 - The WBC orders an all-Filipino title fight between its bantamweight champion, Nonito Donaire, and its interim titleholder, Reymart Gaballo.
September 29 – Manny Pacquiao retires from boxing.
October 1 - Manny Pacquiao joins the Magnus Carlsen Celebrity Charity Challenge and plays against the 10 year old version of the Norwegian world chess champion on the Play Magnus app.
October 20- Trainer Juanito Ablaca passed away. Ablaca handled former world champions Gerry Penalosa,Joma Gamboa and Marlon Tapales at certain points of their careers.
December 10 - John Riel Casimero pulled out of his mandatory WBO bantamweight title defense in Dubai against Paul Butler (UK) in Dubai due to a reported bout with gastroenteritis.
December 10 - The World Boxing Organization (WBO) orders John Riel Casimero to show cause within the next 10 days to submit a medical certification by the American Hospital in Dubai where he was admitted for medical treatment as well as medical records pertaining to such admittance.
December 11 - Sunny Edwards (UK) WUD12 Jayson Mama,IBF flyweight world title, Coca-Cola Arena, Dubai,UAE
December 11 – Nonito Donaire WKO4 Reymart Gaballo, retains WBC bantamweight world title. Marlon Tapales WTKO2 Hiroaki Teshigawara (Japan) in an eliminator for IBF junior featherweight title,Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
December 14 -Thammanoon Niyomtrong (Thailand) WKO5 Robert Paradero, WBA (super) minimumweight world title, Phuket,Thailand.
December 21- Vic Saludar LSD12 Erick Pacheco Rosa(Dominican Republic), loses WBA (regular) minimumweight world title,Hotel Catalonia Malecon Center, Sto.Domingo in the Dominican Republic.
December 23- The World Boxing Organization (WBO) allows John Riel Casimero to remain as WBO world bantamweight champion with conditions upon review of his medical records.
Special shout out to contenders Jonas Sultan,Marlon Tapales,Mike Plania and Joe Noynay for winning on the road in 2021.
Photo-Top row – left to right – Vic Saludar,Jerwin Ancajas,John Riel Casimero,Manny Pacquiao. Bottom-Left to right – Nonito Donaire, Rene Mark Cuarto, Olympic medalists Nesthy Petecio, Carlo Paalam, Eumir Marcial
By Rene Bonsubre,Jr.
January 1 – Manny Pacquiao starts the year becoming the only boxer to hold world titles in four different decades.
January 18 - The Philippine Supreme Court orders the heirs of the late boxing promoter Rod Nazario to pay $130,349 (P6.6 million) with interest due to former WBC world featherweight champion Luisito Espinosa for the unpaid purse of his world-title fight in Koronadal city, South Cotabato in December 1997.
February 1 – Pedro Taduran retains his IBF world minimumweight title with a four round technical draw against Daniel Valladares (Mexico), Jardin Cerveza Expo, Guadalupe, Mexico.
February 8 – Yokasta Valle (Costa Rica) WTKO6 Carleans Rivas, IBF female world minimumweight title, Ciudad Deportiva Heiner Ugalde, San Jose, Costa Rica
February 15 – Gretel de Paz LUD8 Susie Ramadan (Australia) , vacant Women’s IBA world super flyweight title,Grand Star Reception and Convention Center,Altona North, Victoria, Australia
February 22 –Emanuel Navarrete (Mexico) WTKO11 Jeo Santisima, WBO world junior featherweight title, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada,USA
March 9 – ArAr Andales WKO5 Rey Caitom, vacant World Boxing Foundation (WBF) world minimumweight title, Robinson’s Galeria, Cebu City.
March 9 – Middleweight Eumir Felix Marcial qualifies for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after reaching the semis in the Asia and Oceania Olympic Qualifying tournament in Amman,Jordan.
March 11- Eumir Felix Marcial wins the middleweight gold medal in the 2020 Asia-Oceania Olympic Qualifying Tournament by beating Abilkhan Amankul of Kazakhstan by split decision. Irish Magno becomes the first female boxer from the Philippines to qualify for the Olympics after beating Tajikistan's Sumaiya Qosimova via unanimous decision in their women's flyweight box-off in Amman,Jordan.
March 16 - President Rodrigo Duterte declares an enhanced community quarantine for the island of Luzon to contain the continuing and increasing spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) . Major cities and provinces in the Philippines would follow and lead to the cancellation of boxing promotions and all sports activities throughout the country.
May 3 – Laura Sarreal Elorde, the widow of Filipino boxing legend Gabriel "Flash" Elorde, passed away at the age of 92.
May 8 – Senator Manny Pacquiao files Senate Bill 1461, the Contagion Mitigation Act,that seeks to mitigate the spread of contagious diseases in the community such as COVID-19.
July 16- Olympic-bound Eumir Felix Marcial turns pro and signs with Manny Pacquiao (MP) Promotions.
August 18 – After 35 years, Cebu-based ALA Boxing announces closure of operations.
September 26 – John Riel Casimero W TKO3 Duke Micah (Ghana), retains WBO world bantamweight title, Mohegan Sun Casino, Connecticut, USA.
October 7 – After months of quarantine due to the Covid-19 pandemic, boxing made a successful return in the Philippines with a closed door fight card held in Mandaue City,Cebu.
November 6 – Junto Nakatani (Japan) WKO8 Giemel Magramo, vacant WBO world flyweight title, Korakuen Hall,Tokyo,Japan.
December 9 – Nonito Donaire tests positive for Covid-19, forcing him out of the December 19 WBC title fight against Emmanuel Rodriguez of Puerto Rico.
December 11 – Nonito Donaire undergoes a confirmatory Covid test which yielded a negative result and pursues resumption of WBC title fight.
December 16-IBF flyweight championship fight between holder Moruti Mthalane (South Africa) and challenger Jayson Mama gets cancelled.
December 16- Olympic bound Eumir Felix Marcial wins first fight as a professional,WUD4 Andrew Whitfield (USA), Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles, California,USA.
December 19- Substitute Reymart Gaballo WSD12 Emmanuel Rodriguez (Puerto Rico), wins WBC Interim bantamweight world title, Mohegan Sun Casino,Connecticut, USA.
Photo-Top left to right-Manny Pacquiao,Pedro Taduran,Johnriel Casimero, Bottom-left to right – Eumir Marcial,Reymart Gaballo,Irish Magno
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