2019 Monthly Memorable Sports Moments (Part 2)

ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 30, 2019 05:42 PM
2019 Monthly Memorable Sports Moments (Part 2)
Here’s the second part of our look back at the sports news that made the headlines and made the end of the decade a memorable one.

The year 2019 was a rollercoaster ride for Filipino athletes and Pinoy sports fans.

We saw the highs and the lows, basked in the glory of triumph and felt the agony of defeat. We witnessed history unfold and experienced the best and the worst of Philippine sports.

Here’s a look back at the sports news that made the headlines that made the end of the decade a memorable one.



Eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao defeated Keith Thurman via decision to claim the WBA (Super) Welterweight World Championship belt.

Abraham ‘Bambol’ Tolentino won as Philippine Olympic Committee president in a special election after the resignation of Ricky Vargas.



John Riel Casimero knocked out Mexican Cesar Ramirez in the tenth round to retain the Interim WBO Bantamweight World Championship belt.

San Miguel Beer captured the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup championship.

F2 Logistics won the 2019 PSL All-Filipino Conference title.



Pole vaulter Ernest John Obiena earned a ticket to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after clearing 5.81 meters in the Salto Con L'asta meet in Piazza Chiari, Italy.

Gilas ended the horror trip to China with a 0-5 record in the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

Japanese-Filipino sumo wrestler Hisashi Mitakeumi captured his second top-division title after defeating Takakeisho in a playoff to win the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.

Pedro Taduran needed only four rounds to dispatch Samuel Salva to become the new IBF Minimumweight World Champion.

Kiefer Ravena saw action in the PBA after an 18-month ban.



Caloy Yulo won a historic gold medal in the 49th FIG Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Stuttgart, Germany and also earned a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Nesthy Petecio won the gold medal in women’s featherweight of the 2019 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championship in Ulan-Ude, Russia.

Brandon Vera fell short against Aung La N Sang in their ONE light heavyweight bout in Tokyo while Kevin Belingon was submitted by Bibiano Fernandes in their bantamweight title clash.

Adamson University won the PVL Collegiate Conference title.

F2 Logistics ruled the PSL Invitational Conference.



Ateneo de Manila University won its third straight title in UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball via tournament sweep while National University completed a six-peat with its 96th straight win in women's basketball.

Letran dethroned San Beda University in the NCAA Season 95 men’s basketball tournament.

Creamline retained its PVL Season 3 Open Conference crown.

Reigning IBF Super Flyweight World Champion Jerwin "Pretty Boy" Ancajas' scheduled world title defense against Mexico's Jonathan Javier Rodriguez was cancelled because the challenger’s visa issues. 

Nonito Donaire Jr. lost to Japanese KO artist Naoya Inoue via unanimous decision in the finals of the World Boxing Super Series Bantamweight Tournament.

Joshua Pacio retained the ONE Strawweight World Championship with a masterful submission win over fellow Filipino Rene Catalan.

The Philippines began its fourth hosting of the Southeast Asian Games.

Businessman, sports patron and University of the East head coach Bong Tan passed away after collapsing during a basketball game. He was 53.



Pinoy boxer Johnriel Casimero knocked South African Zolani Tete out in the third round to capture the WBO Bantamweight World Championship.

Reigning IBF Super Flyweight World Champion Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas retained his belt after needing just six rounds to dispose of Chilean challenger Miguel Gonzales.

Team Philippines won the overall championship in the SEA Games after copping 149 gold medals.

Barangay Ginebra and Meralco forged a Finals encounter in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup.



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