Latest Stories

AJ Banal stakes title vs Canadian Tyson Cave Saturday night


LAPU-LAPU CITY—They touched foreheads as Filipino knockout artist AJ “Bazooka” Banal and Canadian loudmouth Tyson “The Prince of Hali” Cave glared at each other Friday during their weigh-in at the Grand Gaisano here.

No one blinked as if to show their intent to win in today’s headliner of the Pinoy Pride 7: Battle at Mactan at the newly built Hoops Dome here.

The 22-year-old Banal, serious and quiet, will be staking his World Boxing Organization Asia Pacific bantamweight championship against Cave, a jovial braggart whose incessant taunts and antics have provided good copy for the top 12-round bout of the 66-round card.

Cave, the reigning World Boxing Council Continental Americas super bantamweight titlist, was true to form during the official weigh-in, even doing situps in front of Banal.

The Cebuano pride was unamused but Cave, who matched Banal’s weight of 117.75 pounds, succeeded in eliciting some applause from the big crowd at the activity center.

Tonight, however, it will be serious business for Banal, winner of 24 bouts with 19 knockouts, one loss and one draw, and Cave (15-1, with 5 KOs) when they tangle at the 8,000-seat, air-conditioned facility.

In earlier reports, Cave boasted that he’d make Banal cry in frustration of not being able to hit him. And if ever Banal does connect, Cave said he’d land even more punches.

Banal, stalwart of the ALA gym, had retorted that he’s going to nail the pride of Halifax sooner or later and silence him.

Other featured bouts in the card put up by ALA Promotions in cooperation with ABS-CBN Sports pit veteran Michael Domingo (40-15-5 with 18KOs), also of ALA Gym, against Indonesian Richard Samosir (18-3-3 with 7KOs) at 121 pounds and WBO Oriental featherweight champion Lorenzo Villanueva (20-0 19KOs) against Indonesian Eddy Camaro (24-10-4 with 9KOs) at 127 pounds.

Bukidnon City’s Eusebio Baluarte (17-3 with 10KOs) will stake his Philippine light welterweight belt against Tagbilaran City’s Romeo Jakosalem (11-4-1 with 5KOs) in another 12-rounder while Maasin City’s Albert Pagara and Bukidnon City’s Jaime Alin Jr. tangle in a 6-rounder at 115 lbs.

Completing the event being supported by the Lapu-Lapu City Government are the 8-rounder between Tagbilaran City’s Jomar Cordinillio and Bukidnon City’s Jonathan Refugio at 105 lbs; and the 4-rounders between Negros Oriental’s Jojo Intor and Bukidnon City’s Cris Leon at 122 lbs and Mandaue City’s Ryan Maano and Japanese Yoshinubo Arai at 130 lbs.

ALA Promotions bigwigs Michael and Antonio Aldeguer said they brought the fight card here to give fight-loving Cebuanos from Mactan Island a treat.

According to ALA executive Dennis Canete, tickets are enjoying brisk sales and they are expecting a full house.

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: AJ “Bazooka” Banal , Boxing , Philippines , Pinoy Pride 7: Battle at Mactan , Sports , Tyson “The Prince of Hali” Cave

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94


  • Romblon mining site collapses; 3 killed
  • South Korea says 295 missing in ferry disaster
  • OFW who returned home from UAE tests positive for MERS-CoV – DOH chief
  • QC cops bear crosses as penance for demerits
  • Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  • Sports

  • China, Taiwan rout foes for 3rd, 5th places in Asian Club volleyball
  • Ginebra’s new import Freeman arrives, makes PBA return vs ROS
  • Fielder ends HR drought, Rangers beat Mariners 5-0
  • Power Pinoys salvage 7th place in Asian men’s volley club championship
  • Knicks prevent Nets from clinching fifth seed
  • Lifestyle

  • Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week break?
  • Celebrate Easter Sunday at Buddha-Bar Manila
  • Moriones feast: A slow, steady transformation
  • Weaving ‘palaspas’ a tradition kept alive in Tayabas City
  • Finalists announced for best translated books
  • Entertainment

  • Mommy Dionisia Pacquiao’s greatest hits
  • Deniece Cornejo posts bail—report
  • Miley Cyrus hospitalized, cancels US concert
  • Otaku Summer Jam 2014: Summer’s hottest J-rock/Cosplay event
  • 2NE1 returns to Manila with “All Or Nothing” Tour
  • Business

  • I-Remit teams up with Lakhoo for remittances from Oman
  • Megawide nets P1.4 B in 2013
  • Longer TRO sought on rate hike
  • Make a stylish statement with the all-new Yaris
  • Hearing set in Olarte case
  • Technology

  • Smart phone apps and sites perfect for the Holy Week
  • Tech company: Change passwords or suffer ‘Heartbleed’
  • Filling the digital talent gap
  • SSS to shut down website for Holy Week
  • Another reason to quit social media this Holy Week: your safety
  • Opinion

  • We may never know
  • Couple of things
  • Mommy D’s magic
  • Stop bizarre and bloody Good Friday rituals
  • Holy Week taboos
  • Global Nation

  • Visa-free travel to Japan could boost tourism
  • 2 PCG men ordered arrested over Balintang Channel shooting
  • US Embassy closed on Holy Thursday, Good Friday
  • Relief worker draws inspiration from helping Yolanda victims
  • Philippines says peace pact should hold despite clashes
  • Marketplace