Torres vows to do best for Philippines in ONE championship debut

first_imgLATEST STORIES “I look at Rika and I know I can take her on,” said Torres in Filipino as if she flicked a switch to turn her confidence on. “I don’t know if I’ll knock her out or submit her but I know I can take her on and I’ll do my best to represent the Philippines.”Jomary Torres of the Philippines ready to make her debut. Photo by Bong LozadaTorres looked like a wallflower in the elevated panel during the press conference but seemed at home when talking to Filipino reporters once she got out of the stage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe 21-year-old gamely answered in her local tongue and expressed her eagerness to step into the ONE cage come Saturday at Cotai Arena.“Even if this is my first time fighting at ONE, I’ll do my best to win,” said Torres. “I’m excited, I will fight Rika Ishige so I’m pretty excited for this opportunity.” Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Torres vows to do best for Philippines in ONE championship debut1.6K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant MOST READ View comments Possible La Salle reunion as Cardona tries out for Pumaren, GlobalPortcenter_img FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MACAU—She may have stuttered in the press conference at The Venetian in Macau, but Filipino atomweight fighter Jomary Torres has the silent confidence ahead of her debut fight in ONE Championship.Torres is set to fight Thai contender Rika Ishige in her first fight in the Asian promotion on Saturday in ONE: Kings & Conquerors here.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress “I’m quite nervous but I will do my best for the Philippines.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetlast_img read more

McGregor has boxing skill, but enough to beat Mayweather?

first_imgConor McGregor speaks during news conference Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in Las Vegas. McGregor is scheduled to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing match Saturday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS, Nevada—Before Conor McGregor had even heard of mixed martial arts, he wanted to be a boxer. He first stepped into Crumlin Boxing Club nearly 20 years ago in muddy football boots and started punching a heavy bag.McGregor returned constantly for the next seven years, determined to become tough enough to dissuade bullies in his Dublin neighborhood. He competed in amateur boxing matches against opponents of all sizes and shapes over the years, developing tenacity and power.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters “No fighter can train for what I bring into the ring or into the octagon,” McGregor said. “I am too skilled. I am too diverse. My movement is too much for them. All of these men will fall.”But for McGregor to make Mayweather fall, he’ll either need to land an astonishing home-run punch, or he’ll have to show more creativity and sustained boxing skill than MMA usually demands.While McGregor’s versatility and smarts have made him the UFC’s biggest star, he can use only one discipline against Mayweather — and no serious people outside McGregor’s camp doubt Mayweather has more boxing skill. Still, McGregor has devoted himself to boxing in recent weeks, bringing in former champ Paulie Malignaggi among his many sparring partners and recruiting Joe Cortez, the veteran boxing referee, to instruct him on the finer points of etiquette.“Fighting in Vegas, I just don’t see how Conor outpoints him (for a decision),” UFC President Dana White said. “Conor is going to get in there to rough him up and try to knock him out.”White and McGregor’s other fervent backers believe in his one-punch knockout power, which he showed most memorably in dethroning longtime UFC champion Jose Aldo. But one-punch knockouts are rare in 8-ounce boxing gloves, which diffuse the impact of a blow more than tiny UFC gloves.ADVERTISEMENT McGregor’s ability to pull off perhaps the most improbable upset in sports history likely rests on his chances to land not just one punch, but repeated combinations of blows on Mayweather, who has shown a decent chin on the few occasions he has been hit in the past decade.If McGregor can’t consistently hit Mayweather — and nobody has consistently connected against Money May in over a decade — he can at least avoid embarrassment by not getting knocked out — and there is no doubt McGregor can take a punch. His sparring partners have spoken of his tough chin, and it was evident last year in his two UFC brawls with Nate Diaz. Their second bout in August 2016 devolved into a brutal standup fight that left both men bloodied and bruised.McGregor’s disregard for defense in that bout — or his inability to defend himself from repeated head blows — could be decisive when facing Mayweather, who might be the most precise puncher in the sport. McGregor claims he has worked on defense during his training camp, but his predictions for the fight invariably return to his belief in his own power.No matter what happens to McGregor at T-Mobile Arena, he will rely on the skills he first learned at the Crumlin Boxing Club, where his mother Mags still works out. The club will be full of his fans when it screens the fight at about 5 a.m. Sunday morning.“You will see the culmination of everything I’ve learned and studied,” McGregor said. “A great many people helped to get me to what you will see this weekend.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ Jones facing discipline, questions after failed drug test View comments “There were no weight rules, no limitations on who you could fight,” McGregor recalled Wednesday. “We would just have an opponent assigned to us. That was always the joke: Everybody at the Crumlin Boxing Club had to fight heavyweights, no matter what size you are. But it was a good lesson. You must be prepared for any eventuality. You must be ready to fight. That’s how I was brought into this game.”McGregor is on top of the fight game this week before his Saturday showdown with Floyd Mayweather (49-0), the most accomplished boxer of his generation. McGregor, a former plumber who has never had a professional boxing match, will make roughly $100 million for stepping into the ring for the first time in the spectacle of the summer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAnd though McGregor moved into MMA training in his teens and eventually rose to win two UFC belts, he is no boxing neophyte. While he has other strengths, McGregor’s MMA career has been built in large part on his boxing-bred punching power, which is considered exceptional by his sport’s standards.Oh, and he also doesn’t lack confidence, which is no small thing when facing odds as daunting as McGregor’s chances against Mayweather. 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Kawhi Leonard sits with bruised hip as Raptors rout Warriors

first_imgEarlier in the day, Leonard was deemed questionable while getting treatment on his hip. Toronto coach Nick Nurse spoke to reporters 90 minutes before tip-off and said he was uncertain about Leonard’s status.The Raptors improved their NBA-best record to 23-7. They beat the Los Angeles Clippers 123-99 without Leonard on Tuesday night and then completed a season sweep of the two-time defending champion Warriors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefToronto beat Golden State 131-128 in overtime on Nov. 29. The Warriors played that game without All-Stars Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, both of whom were back in the lineup for the rematch Wednesday. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Phoenix pounces on chance to get more experience, trades away no. 4 PBA draft pick Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, file photo, Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard huddles with teammates before an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Memphis, Tenn. Leonard sat out Toronto’s showdown against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday, Dec. 12, because of a bruised right hip. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill, File)OAKLAND, California — Kawhi Leonard sat out Toronto’s showdown against the Golden State Warriors because of a bruised right hip.The star forward was inactive for the second straight game Wednesday night, but the Raptors cruised to a 113-93 win at Golden State.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Thunder plan to keep Billy Donovan despite playoff struggles

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss APOKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City Thunder plan to keep coach Billy Donovan for a fifth year.Thunder general manager Sam Presti said Monday that he doesn’t expect change despite Oklahoma City’s third consecutive first-round playoff exit.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The Thunder have reached the playoffs each of Donovan’s four years with the team, but they haven’t won a playoff series since Kevin Durant left for Golden State in free agency after the 2015-16 season. Donovan has a 199-129 regular-season record, but he is 15-19 in the playoffs. Portland rolled past the Thunder 4-1 in their playoff series this season.Presti said he plans to sit down with Donovan and discuss why the team went through a 6-13 stretch from late February to the end of March after a promising first two-thirds of the season. He called the last part of the season “disappointing” after a start that created whispers that the Thunder might challenge Golden State at the top of the Western Conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gregg Popovich negotiating new deal with San Antonio Spurslast_img read more