Rene Barrientos: The Filipino boxing ‘Champ’ who would not go down

Sports For All PH podcast (Sept. 11) with Mayor Oscar Moreno and Rene "Champ" Barrientos
September 14, 2021

I met one last Saturday and his name is Rene Barrientos. Around Cagayan de Oro City, he is known as Champ. Champ was one of my guests on my program, Sports For All, together with Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar “Oca” Moreno, former professional boxing promoter Carlo Almirante, one of Cagayan de Oro’s finest sports journalists, Mike Banos and, Rappler and Mindanao Gold Star Daily sportswriter, Lynde Salgados. We discussed Cagayan de Oro as a rising power in Philippine boxing, but that’s for another conversation.


Wami Biratu

running [Photo by Nicolas Hoizey on Unsplash]
August 17, 2021

Biratu is the grandfather of Ethiopian long-distance running, you can make the argument as well that Biratu may also be the grandfather of East African and possibly even, world long-distance running.



August 8, 2021

The “2020 Tokyo Olympics” or “Tokyo 2020 Olympics” in 2021 has reached its end, but for us on the outside looking in, we continue to look for ways to stay active and healthy, especially in these uncertain times.


It’s all mental

Dan Abrahams and Vincent Juico
July 5, 2021

The last two years have been the most challenging for athletes, be it student athletes, amateur athletes, or professional athletes. Sports grinded to a halt when the pandemic began, leaving athletes with no choice but to keep training not knowing when sports will resume.



Frank Grillo [Wikimedia Commons | Gage Skidmore]
July 3, 2021

The documentary features fighting already imbedded into the fabric of the cultures of the featured countries, Mexico, Thailand, Myanmar, Senegal, and Israel. Fighting isn’t just a sport to them, it’s a tradition and it’s also cultural.


Knowing Michael and Kobe

TOP (L-R) Roland Lazenby, Vincent Juico and Brian Yalung
June 14, 2021

Two peas in a pod. Brothers from different mothers. Cut from the same cloth, and same pages from different books (Michael Jordan: The Life and Showboat: The Life of Kobe Bryant), both bestsellers authored and written by Roland Lazenby.


Jump Manila

photo from Jump Manila Facebook page
June 1, 2021

I used to weigh 220lbs then I got into boxing for six months doing six five-minute rounds with only 30 seconds to rest in between. After boxing, I ran on the treadmill for about an hour then did circuit training which involves jump rope.


Do Bronx Does It

Charles Oliveira
May 20, 2021

It’s been 11 years and 28 fights since Charles Oliveira joined the UFC, but all that changed on Saturday. He made the most of his title opportunity, his first and only one so far since entering the UFC in 2010 as a skinny 20 year old.