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18th September 2014


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Turning Stone Classic Begins Today!

Today will be day one of the four day Turning Stone Classic, held in Verona New York at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino.This is a semi-annual event for the which kicks off and ends the Joss Northeast 9 ball tour, the tournament has become very popular with players that compete on the regular tour as well as for North American and International pros from around the world.

For me this is one of the nicest tournament venues I have ever played in, there are sixteen Diamond tables lined up end to end so there is very limited interference from other tables. Stadium seating is also available for fans, if you have never been it is definitely something to put on your pool bucket list. This year I called 4 months in advance to enter and the tournament was full!

The usual suspects of Thorsten Hohmann, Mika Immonen, defending champion Earl Strickland, Mike Dechaine, Dennis Hatch and 6 time past champion Johnny Archer will all be present. There have been tournaments in the past that have had brutally strong fields. However this year the line up is a little softer because of a conflict for some players at the World Cup of pool and many Filipino players were home for the Pacman Cup.

Representing the Canadian side will be John Morra from Toronto and 7 players from Quebec including Dany Hewitt and Martin Daigle. The format for this event is winner breaks, rack for your opponent, race to 9 and double knockout, the finals is one race to 13.


One of the best nicest features of the Turning Stone Classic is the free live stream courtesy of Upstate Al at All matches from the morning to evening sessions will be streamed for free and considering how many paid streams there are out there now, it is nice treat to be able to watch some great pool free of charge. We will be following all the results over the next 4 days, stay tuned for all the latest.

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18th September 2014


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ESPN3 set for Stateside coverage

18th September – MATCHROOM SPORT can today announced that the 2014 BETWAY WORLD CUP OF POOL will be delivered in its entirety in the US on ESPN3, ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network. Running from Tuesday to Sunday 23rd to 28th September, the World Cup of Pool is played out in the vibrant maritime city of Portsmouth on England’s south coast.espn3

Now in its ninth year, the World Cup of Pool features 32 two-player teams from around the world battling it out for a $250,000 prize fund. The defending champions are the Philippines who will be among the favourites to claim a record-breaking fourth World Cup.

The competition is packed with some of the best players in the world, and there will be plenty of teams in with a great chance to lift the coveted title, including two sides from the host nation.

Mosconi Cup stars such as Darren Appleton and Karl Boyes will be representing England, while pool legend Earl ‘the Pearl’ Strickland – subject of a recent Sky Sports documentary – will be making a fiery return to the UK as he represents the USA in the company of three-time US Open champion Shane Van Boening.

Commencing on Tuesday 23rd and culminating in the final on the evening of Sunday 28th, the event will be played to a single elimination format over six days with two sessions a day.

Matchroom Sport Chairman Barry Hearn said, “We’re delighted that sports fans across the United States will have the opportunity of seeing one of the biggest pool tournaments in the world.

“This year’s World Cup will be a battle royal with some wonderful players competing for national pride and for pool fans across the world it will be unmissable! I’ve a feeling that come the end of the week, the American team will give their fans something to cheer about,” he added.

Betway to sponsor World Cup of Pool Betway to sponsor World Cup of Pool

Teams from as far afield as Australia, Qatar, Russia, China, Indonesia, Canada and Chile, as well as from across Europe, will be making the trip to Portsmouth in quest of glory.

ESPN3 is ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of exclusive sports events annually. It is accessible online at, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

The network is currently available to 95 million homes at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider.

Luke Riches, Matchroom Sport:

Notes: Matchroom Sport are one of the world’s leading producers of televised sport and are responsible for over 1,000 hours of original programming across a range of sports. Based in the UK and chaired by charismatic founder Barry Hearn, the World Cup of Pool is one of a stable of pool events that include the World Pool Masters and the Mosconi Cup – Ryder Cup of pool.

Diamond Billiards are the Official Table of the 2014 World Cup of Pool; the Official Cloth is supplied by Iwan Simonis and the Official Balls are Super Aramith. Predator is the Official Cue of the event.

17th September 2014


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Betway to sponsor World Cup of Pool

Betway to sponsor World Cup of Pool Betway to sponsor World Cup of Pool

BETWAY AND MATCHROOM SPORT can announce that Betway has become the title sponsor of the forthcoming World Cup of Pool – the prestigious international team event which determines the world pairs champions.

The Betway World Cup of Pool takes place from Tuesday 23rd to Sunday 28th September at the Mountbatten Centre in the vibrant maritime city of Portsmouth.

The six day event is broadcast live throughout by Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland, as well as on CCTV in China, Fox Sports in Australia, ESPN3 in the USA, OSN in the Middle East as well as a host of other nations who will be taking 31 x 1 hour highlights packages.

In addition to world-wide TV coverage, Matchroom Sport’s internet partners, Perform Group, will be carrying the event live in its entirety across their platforms.

The Betway World Cup of Pool is now entering its ninth year and features 32 two-player teams competing in a straight knock-out scotch doubles tournament. The prize-fund of $250,000 is one of the biggest in the sport with the winning pair splitting $60,000.

The biggest names in the game will be competing on the south coast including World No.1 Darren Appleton (England) and reigning US Open champion, America’s Shane Van Boening who will be partnered by the legendary Earl Strickland. Defending champions Lee Vann Corteza and Dennis Orcollo (Philippines) will be back as they attempt to become the first team ever to retain their crown.

Barry Hearn, Chairman of Matchroom Sport, said: “We are very excited to have Betway on board as title sponsor. The World Cup of Pool is one of the sport’s major brands and the event has a huge reach across the world to millions of fans through broadcast and digital platforms.

“Globally, pool is one of the most popular participation sports and the Betway World Cup of Pool provides the game’s biggest stages for the game’s biggest stars. We’re looking forward now to an exciting event and we’re delighted that Betway will be involved in it!”

Betway was launched in early 2006 with the aim of providing its customers with world-class entertainment across the spectrum of sports betting, casino, slots and poker. As a leader in the online gaming industry, Betway will have all the action covered with a wide selection of unique betting markets available on the event.

Defending champions Philippines are 100/30 favourites to hang onto their title, but will be hard pushed by the likes of England A (6/1), the USA (15/2) and last year’s runners-up Holland (8/1). Full prices to be found at

Betway’s Executive Director, Bob Dutnall said, “We’re delighted to sponsor the Betway World Cup of Pool. With the world’s best talent taking to the table, it’ll be a case of which teams can catch the lucky breaks.

“The Philippines enter the tournament as favourites but England A will have the support of the home crowd in Portsmouth. With full markets available on our customers have a shot at pocketing a big win, too.”

England A hotshot Karl Boyes, of Blackpool, said: “As a pool player, I’m delighted that Betway are backing one of the big events in our sport. I’m sure they will enjoy the excitement of the Betway World Cup of Pool.

“Hopefully Betway will be there to present the trophy to myself and Darren on the evening of Sunday September 28th!”

For further information:
Contact: Luke Riches07785 395688

Notes to editors:

About Matchroom Sport
Matchroom Sport is one of the world’s leading producers of televised sport and is responsible for over 1,000 hours of original programming across a range of sports. Based in the UK and chaired by charismatic founder Barry Hearn, Matchroom Sport was founded in 1982.

About Betway
Established in 2006, Betway is a leading regulated online gambling brand, based in Malta and Guernsey. Betway has successfully been awarded licences in Malta and the regulated markets of Denmark, Spain, Italy and Schleswig-Holstein, and is taking part in the new licensing system currently being introduced in the UK.

Through its accreditation by eCOGRA, the internationally renowned testing agency, Betway applies best practices in fair and responsible gambling, player protection, professional conduct and superior operating standards.

Betway employs state-of-the-art technology, supplied by Microgaming, a global leader in online gambling software solutions and games, ensuring a first-rate sports betting, casino, slots, bingo and poker experience.

Betway is committed to providing competitive and superior customer service – support being offered in 17 languages and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via online chat, email and phone.


16th September 2014


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The Power of Channeling Emotional Energy

A couple of week ago I was competing in the Spokane Open in Spokane Washington. I lost my second match to Rafael Martinez. I fought back strongly and won many matches on Sunday, and Monday to make the final 4 players in the tournament. My last match was against my good friend Brady Gollan from Kelowna, BC. I was up 5-3 but failed to make a ball on my next break. Brady won that game to trail 5-4. We were playing “winner breaks” and “rack for yourself” and after Brady racked the balls I leaned over to see where he was racking the one ball, just in case it was a different spot then I had racked it. He made a ball on his break and won that game to tie me 5-5. After he racked the balls and went to grab his break cue I once again leaned over to see where he racked the one ball. Now Brady seemed upset and asked me if I was looking to see if I wanted him to re-rack the balls, when really I was just looking because I wanted information for my next break. Brady took total control of the match from that point on and beat me 9-5. As soon as the match was over Brady apologized to me for getting upset. He knew me very well and had to know that I would never check the rack to see if he was doing anything wrong. In fact we had a conversation about just that situation the day before, so he surprised me when he got upset. I didn’t make a ball on the break on my last 2 attempts yet I broke the balls exactly like I wanted to. The only reason that I leaned over to check his rack (while he was getting his break cue, thereby not disturbing him) was to see if he racked the one ball a little higher or lower than I had. Needless to say I stopped checking his rack after 5-5.

So, Brady got upset, but he turned that negative energy to get more focused and determined. He started really connecting with the table, the cloth, the balls, the lighting, the pockets and his cue. He quickly got 100% focused on the task at hand by channeling all the emotional energy into a higher level of confidence, desire, determination, and inner strength. During the last few games of that match I could see him entering that perfect zone that we all strive to find and I knew that I was in trouble. So, I had unintentionally created a monster that trampled me to death. Oops, I guess I should have stayed in my seat!! I understand how this happens, as I have also found that perfect zone of 100% focus and determination many times over my career, and I have taught many of my students how to get there as well. Up until the point where Brady got a little upset he and I were both playing very well but not quite in that perfect zone of total connection and 100% focus. He continued that perfect focus and went on to win his next match 9-1 to meet with Rafael Martinez in the finals. His focus still the same he did the unthinkable and double dipped the great Rafael Martinez to win the 2014 Spokane Open.

Many years ago (1990) while playing in the Manitoba 8 Ball Championship I was already in the B side and my opponent was playing excruciatingly slow. I was getting very upset and took a break to cool down. This was the first time that I was ever able to channel that negative energy into pure focus. I eventually won that match and tore through the B side like a hot knife cutting through butter to win the tournament. Since then I have experimented with channeling my emotions for many years and have been successful the majority of times. So, I definitely recognized it in Brady that day. I hope you have found this article useful, if not at least interesting and maybe entertaining.

Paul Potier Enjoy the Process!
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15th September 2014


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Allison Fisher joins the OB Pro Team of Players

Plano, Texas – Hall of Fame player Allison Fisher and cutting edge Texas based billiard manufacturer OB Cues proudly announce the signing of Allison to the OB Pro Team of Players.
“As a fan of pool, I have always admired Allison’s game but how she conducts herself away from the table is equally as impressive” said Royce Bunnell, President of OB.
“I am proud to have accomplished what I have so far in both snooker and pool but I am not done yet! I love my OB equipment and truly believe that the consistency and accuracy of my equipment will play a big part in my future success on the table” said Allison Fisher.

“Allison is quite simply a living legend in the world of pool. Her tournament success is unequaled and she has a fan base that is unmatched. Having Allison join our team and trust her game to OB products is a great honor” said Shane Sinnott, Director of Sales and Marketing for OB.

Shane Sinnott and Allison Fisher Shane Sinnott and Allison Fisher

Allison can be seen competing on ESPN and on International television networks on a regular basis. She also has been known to stop by the OB booth to sign autographs, take pictures and play challenge games with fans and will continue to do so whenever possible.

OB is headquartered in Plano, Texas and is a leading manufacturer of high performance pool cues and pool cue shafts made 100% in the USA since 2005. For more information on OB Cues or OB shafts or to become an authorized dealer, please visit and for all the latest OB news you can like OB on Facebook at

Allison Fisher was inducted into the BCA Hall of Fame in 2009. She has won over 80 national titles and 11 world titles in Snooker and in Pool she has an unequaled record, winning 50 WPBA titles, which includes 4 World 9-Ball championships. Despite her busy schedule, Allison still manages to offer private lessons, group lessons, public appearances, keynote & public speaking. For more information on Allison visit her website at and don’t forget to like Allison on Facebook at

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13th September 2014


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De Luna-Ignacio Pair Rules Manny Pacquiao Cup


GENERAL SANTOS CITY — The pair of Filipino rising billiard stars Jeffrey de “The Bull” Luna and Jeffrey “The Street Fighter” Ignacio defeated the early-favorite duo of 3-time world champion Thorsten Hohmann of Germany and John Morra of Canada, 11-6 to bag the doubles title in the MP Cup Gensan Tuna Festival International Open 10 Ball tournament last Friday night at the SM Gensan in General Santos City.hohmorra

The young Filipinos started with a 3-0 lead in their race-to-11 championship match witnessed by a huge crowd. But their foreign rivals answered with back-to-back wins in the next two racks, 3-2. But De Luna, 29 and Ignacio, 22, formerly ranked no. 24 and 19, respectively by the World Pool-Billiard Association (WPBA) regained their momentum to earn a comfortable 9-5 lead. Hohmann and Morra then made a clean-up in the next rack to cut their deficit, 9-6. But that was already their final score as the Filipinos once again displayed their tremendous combination of superb defensive and relentless offensive attacks.

“We just stick to our game plan. He (Ignacio) was assigned to make the break and me for the next turn,” said de Luna, who made several hard jump shots and trick shots.

De Luna and Ignacio shared a whooping US$40,000 cash prize with trophies awarded by Saranggani Province Congressman and main sponsor Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and GenSan City Mayor Ronel Rivera. It was the biggest purse for both Filipinos, who had to oust legendary stars Efren “Bata” Reyes and Francisco “Django” Bustamante, 11-8 in the semi-finals to face the early qualified team of Hohmann and Morra.

“It was sweeter because I had avenged my early loss to him (Hohmanm) in the 2013 World 9-ball quarterfinals in Doha, Qatar” said De Luna. It was the first tandem of De Luna and Ignacio in a tournament.
“He (De Luna) has been bringing me already in singles tournament including outside the country to play,” said Ignacio, who thanked De Luna for sponsoring him.


De Luna, on the other hand, said that he saw the potential and skills in Ignacio to become a world champion.
“I saw the potential and talent on him aside from being a good person. That’s why I’m helping and giving him a break,” de Luna said.

Hohmann and Morra, on the other hand, earlier defeated the brothers Ko Pin Yi and Ko Pin Chung, 11-9 of Chinese Taipei in the other semifinal match. De Luna and Ignacio also earlier survived against the veteran tandem of former Asian Games champions Ramil Gallego and Antonio Lining, 11-10 in the quarterfinals.

Hohmann and Morra shared the US$18,000 prize while the Ko brothers and the popular duo of Reyes and Bustamante both went home with US$7,000. Gallego and Lining shared the 5th to 7th places with the pairs of Lauro Bongay-Napoleon Labrador and Robert Gomez-Warren Kiamco and both earned US$3,000.

The 8th to 16th placers, who each got US$2,000 were Roel Esquillo-Romeo Silvano, Fu Chu Wei-Chang Ju Lu, Ronnie Alcano-Manny Pacquiao, Sukari Yun-Chung Lon, Dondon Razalan-Warren Menguito,Chezka Centeno-Jeffrey Roda, Horace Angor-Emilio Martinez and Ga Young Kim-Kwon.

Pacquiao thanked all the players and supporters for making the 12-day event a huge success. He plans to hold the next international billiard event in December. – LITO DELOS REYES

12th September 2014


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Bayaua Means Business

Ernesto Bayaua & Andy Jethwa Ernesto Bayaua & Andy Jethwa

Former U.S. Amateur National Champion Ernesto Bayaua decimated the 55 player field at the Poison by Predator 8-Ball Tour Event (PxP Tour) held this past Saturday, September 6th, 2014, at the brand new Bogies Billiards West located in northwest Houston. Players hailed from Austin, Victoria, and San Antonio to compete in the 8-ball event that wrapped up in one day and paid out a generous $3,410. The PxP Tour is title sponsored by Poison by Predator Cues, and players enjoy using the Delta-13 rack,, official rack of the PxP Tour.

It was all business for Bayaua, taking down former Lone Star Tour Champion Andy Jethwa in the final, 4-1. It seemed like a difficult road for the veteran PxP player, but he handled it in stride. Bayaua bested Lupe Sanchez, 4-3, Blaine Barcus, 4-2, and Mike Alonzo, 4-1 while Ferrer went through Wendell Moser, 4-0, and newcomers Floyd Amador and Benny Nava, 4-3, 4-1, respectively.

Frank Ferrer Jr Frank Ferrer Jr

Alex Cardenas made his way to the final four winners’ side with wins over David Taylor, Danny Lee, 4-2, and Mike Singleton, 4-1. Jethwa took out Sonny Bosshamer, 4-1, David Chow, 4-0, and Manny Chau, 4-2. The next winners’ side round saw Bayaua beat Ferrer, 4-1, and Jethwa overcome Cardenas, 4-1. As the hot seat shaped up, the one loss side was well underway. Sylver Ochoa, who suffered a first round upset at the hands of Mike Singleton, 4-3, went on to win four consecutive matches until he was stopped by Joey Torres, 4-2. Torres, who suffered an early 4-2 loss to Chau, pressed on to the final four, but suffered a final blow by Lee, 4-2. Barcus and Chau faced off with Chau advancing, 4-2. Cardenas eliminated Lee while Chau made quick work of Ferrer. Back on the east side, Bayau took down Jethwa and secured the hot seat, 4-0, while Cardenas fell victim to Chau by the same. Jethwa tore through Chau, 4-1, for another stab at Bayaua. Jethwa, no stranger to the pressures of tournament play, brought his usual intensity and focus to the final table. After an unforced error by Bayaua, a struggling Jethwas secured his first game, bringing the score to 2-1. Despite his best efforts, the powerhouse Bayaua was simply too tought to overcome. Bayaua secure the next two, consecutive games, securing his first PxP Tour victory of the season, 4-1.

Congratulations to Houston’s own Michelle Yim who took home $50 for “Top Lady” finisher and Frank Ferrer, Jr. who won the Poison VX cue raffle!

Michelle Yim Michelle Yim

Many thanks to Bogies Billiards West owner David Richardson, GM Stephanie Verron and staff, for hosting another first rate event. To find out more about Houston’s newest pool room, visit

The final PxP Tour Event will be held November 1st, 2014, at Bogies Billiards & Sports Bar located at 3040 FM 1960 E., Houston. For more information, visit



1st Ernesto Bayaua $560/$620
2nd Andy Jethwa $365/$460
3rd Manny Chau $270/$300
4th Alex Cardenas $180/$155
5th-6th Frank Ferrer, Jr., Danny Lee $90 ea.
7th-8th Blaine Barcus, Joey Torres $65 ea.
9th-12th Benny Nava, Mike Alonzo, Mike Singleton, David Taylor $35 ea.

Tagged: Alex CardenasAndy JethwaBenny NavaBlaine BarcusDavid TaylorErnesto BayauaJoey TorresManny ChauMike AlonzoMike Singleton

12th September 2014


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$50,000 Snooker Canada Season Begins

Snooker Canada is pleased to announce the beginning of a new snooker season that is sure to get players excited about playing more snooker in this country.

Over $50,000 will be paid out during this season with several different events taking place in different parts of the country.50k

Some of the major events coming through this season include an inaugural Snooker Canada Junior Championships in Ontario, another edition of the Canadian University Championships, whose location is currently in the works, a new memorial tournament for Ted Wormworth out in British Columbia, a new Championship in Manitoba, and of course the second annual Richler Cup, which promises to be even bigger than the first one.

Along with these exciting tournaments will be another edition of the Montreal International Snooker Festival, and the continuation of the production of a documentary film on the history of snooker in Canada.

Finally, Snooker Canada is happy to launch its first Snooker Sweepstakes to be giving away a $5000 trip to England to see the pros live. It is free to enter at participating locations and all contest details can be found on our home page.

As usual, if anyone has anything they would like to contribute to our game in this country, in any way, shape or form, please do not hesitate to contact us at

11th September 2014


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Pacquiao-Alcano duo ousted in World 10-Ball Pool

GENERAL SANTOS CITY — The pair of 8-time world boxing champion and sponsor Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and former world pool king Ronnie Alcano was finally booted out in the on-going MP Cup Gensan Tuna Festival International Open 10 Ball Tournament Sept. 11 (Thursday night) at the SM Mall of GenSan here.

Pacquiao and Alcano lost from a come-from-behind victory by the dynamic duo of former Asian Games champions Antonio Lining and Ramil Gallego, 6-9. After trailing, 1-2, the congressman from Sarangani Province and his partner waxed hot by taking a commanding lead, 6-2. But Alcano finally suffered a miscue that allowed their rivals to explode in the next racks and to spoil the crowd-favorite’s entry into the next round.

Lito delos Reyes (right) with former world 9-ball champion Ga Young Kim of Korea Lito delos Reyes (right) with former world 9-ball champion Ga Young Kim of Korea

As of press time, Gallego, currently ranked no. 49 by the World Pool-Billiard Association (WPBA) and Lining were playing against dangerous Jeffrey Ignacio and Jeffrey de Luna, rated no. 20 and no. 90, respectively. Ignacio and de Luna previously defeated no. 21 ranked Elmer Haya and Demosthenes Pulpul, 9-4.

Former world champion Thorsten Hohmann of Germany, who earlier pocketed the US$12,000 singles event, combined with John Morra of Canada in whipping the all-Filipino pair of former Palarong Pambansa champions Chezka Centeno and Jeffrey Roda, 9-2 in the winner’s bracket.

Also still undefeated in the same bracket are the pairs of Filipinos Romeo Silvano and Roel Esquillo, Robert Gomez and Warren Kiamco, Chinese-Taipei’s Ko Pin Yi and Chien-Te chung and Chang Yu Lang and Fuchewei.

Former world champions Efren “Bata” Reyes and Francisco “Django” Bustamante, now ranked by the World Pool-Billiard Association as 47th and 71st, respectively, also remained in contention by crushing Warren Menquito and Dondon Punzalan, 9-3 in the loser’s bracket.

The two Filipino legendary cuemasters will next face Lauro Bongay and Napoleon Labrador, who managed to escape with a 9-8 win over the Chinese-Taipei’s Wu Yu Lun and Long. The 12-day, which is sanctioned by the WPBA and held in celebration of the Tuna Festival has a total cash prize of US$130,000, making it the biggest international pool event in Asia.

“We want to make Gensan as the Pool Capital in the country and maybe in the world,” said tournament official Oliver Pauya. – LITO DELOS REYES

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11th September 2014


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"Pacman" 10-Ball Doubles Event: Final 8 Left Playing For 40k

The week of billiard festivities at the Long Tuna festival in General Santos Philippines is into full swing now with the pick your own partner down to the final eight teams. The week kicked off with a 90 player singles tournament which featured virtually every notable Filipino player. Thorsten Hohmann (Germany) made an epic comeback in the singles event winning no less than 11 matches straight and overcoming a 12-7 deficit in the final to defeat Roberto Gomez (Philippines) 13-12.

Both events are being promoted by multiple time World Champion boxer Manny Pacquiao. I have been in contact with Canada’s John Morra while he is in the Philippines and he has informed me that there have been official announcements that Pacquiao will be promoting another set of tournaments in December with a similar format.

Here are some of the notable pairings of the 60 team event:

Francisco Bustamante and Efren Reyes

Ko pin Yi and Ko Pin Chung (Taiwan)

John Morra and Thorsten Hohmann

Ramil Gallego and Warren Kiamco

Manny Pacquiao and Ronnie Alcano

Alex Pagulayan and Gandy Valle

Carlo Biado and Dennis Orcollo

No draw was easy in this event and the pairing of John Morra and Thorsten Hohmann were thrown into the fire from the get go against Elvis Calasang and Michael Feliciano both highly regarded Filipino players. They were up to the challenge and came away with a 9-6 victory. Their second match would be no easier as they would be up against Alex Pagulayan and Gandy Valle (Philippines).

The Venue "Pacman" Sports Stadium The Venue “Pacman” Sports Stadium

Morra informed me that they got off to a flawless start in the single knockout race to 9 format taking a 6-0 lead, they closed out the match with a 9 4 win to advance to the final 16 on the winners side. Morra and Hohmann were expecting to play one of the tournament favourites in the next round but two junior players from the Phillipines, Centeno and Roda, defeated the pairing of Orcollo and Biado 9-7. This is a major accomplishment for the young players from the Philippines!! Morra and Hohmann who have been in fine form however ended the dream run of the junior pair this morning defeating them 9-2.

In Other notable matches Manny Pacquiao and his partner Ronnie Alcano were victorious in their first match. International legends Francisco Bustamante and Efren Reyes have advanced to the final 8. Young guns Jeffery De Luna and Jeffrey Ignacio remain undefeated and experienced veteran Ramil Gallego and Antonio Lining are still in the hunt.

Final 8 matchups:

Gomez and Kiamco vs Pin Chung and Pin Yi

Hohmann and Morra vs Esquillo and Silvano

Gallego and Lining vs De Luna and Ignacio

Labrador and Bongay vs Bustamante and Reyes

We have also received word that the semi-finals and finals will be streamed at Time of the final match is unavailable but we will put up a link on our Facebook page. Good luck to all the remaining players.


Tagged: Alex PagulayanCarlo BiadoDennis OrcolloEfren ReyesElvis CalasangFrancisco BustamanteGandy ValleJeffrey IgnacioJohn MorraKo Pin ChungKo pin YiManny PacquiaoMichael FelicianoRamil GallegoRonnie AlcanoThorsten HohmannWarren Kiamco