Sabong elite to battle it out at WSC 2

2018 WSC2 solo champ Rey Briones (Greengold Uno)

An American (Cris Copas of Kentucky) and his partner from Mindanao (Claude Bautista of the CPB group) may have snagged the solo championship at the World Slasher Cup first edition last February, but those focusing on winning the coveted silver-plated WSC cup will have a second chance this year.

On May 27, the 2019 World Slasher Cup 2 rolls out at the historic Smart Araneta Coliseum and will last until June 2. Winning the title will not be a walk in the park, though, as tough challenges are ahead for the best breeders and bloodlines in what is touted as the one and only Olympics of Cockfighting.

With nearly 200 entries, contenders can expect to go up against only the revered names in the sport, including 7-time World Slasher Cup champion Patrick “Idol” Antonio, who was the sole winner in the first edition of WSC 2018. Other multiple title holders Frank Berin (2017 WSC 1 & 2 winner) and Rey Briones (2018 WSC 2 winner) are also raring to add another trophy to their collection.

WSC former champs and veterans are also expected to keep the competition heated up: Nene Araneta, Peping Ricafort, Joey Sy, Dicky Lim, Biboy Enriquez, Ito Ynares, Anthony Lim, Vergil Intino, Lawrence Wacnang, Art de Castro, Magno Lim, Ed Apari, Rikki Reyes, and Vice Mayor Jubee P. Navarro, to name a few.

The foreign contingent is made up of: Ray Alexander, and Engr. Matthew Dunne (Alabama); Mike Formosa, Jorge Goitia, and Rene Medina (California); Roger Roberts (Georgia); Wilber Le Blanc and Richard Harris (Louisiana); Del Almojera (Florida); Butch Cambra (Hawaii); and Owen Medina and Peter Elm (Guam). Also from the US are Larry Whitehead, Ed Ladores, and James and Charles Wolf. Greg Berin (Australia), and Soan Sogianto (Indonesia) are also expected to join the fray.

Also expected to bring their best birds to the fights are the following loyal WSC combatants: Ed Ochoa, Jun Mendoza, Mel Lim, James Uy, Roel Gatchalian, Tony Marfori, Cleso Evangelista, Faustino Datu Jr., Lawrence Villanueva, John Yap, James Yap, Marc Cruz, Rhemy Medrano, Arman Santos, Rey Morla,Virgilio Lacson, Jun Villanueva, Alwynn Sy, Gerry Espina, Jun Marasigan, Efren Canlas, Marvin Rocafort, Celso Salazar, Jet Fernando, Carlos, Tumpalan, Boy De Roca, Honey Yu, Nelson Uy, Louie Madlambayan, Gerry Escalona, Willard Ty, Ricky Magtuto, Marvin Perez, Eugene Perez, Kenneth Liao, and Tady Palma;

Ramil Capistrano, Julio Vinluan, Rene Adao, Boody Buenaventura, Boy Montano, Jimmy Junsay, Nestor Vendivil, Noel Jarin, Jesry Palmares, Jojo Gatlabyan, Edgar Santos, Rey Directo, Nick Crisostomo, Jun Sevilla, Eddie Araneta, Boy Gamilla, Jowar Baustista, Pros Antonio, Wilvin Sy, Jeffrey Sy, Jess Moradas, Bernie Tacoy, Jun Bacolod, Tonton Uy, Atty. Astorga, Dante Hinlo, Vic Lacsao, Boboy delos Santos, Hector Magpantay, Amante Capuchino, Boyet Joson, Gemmy Coronel, Anthony Garcia, Nino Alando, Noe Palmares, Marvin Rillo, Jun Topacio, Mike Romulo, Charlie Chan, Elan Nagano, Remegio Llarenas, James Bagay, Erik Abella, Moises Villanueva, Toto Sevilla, Ed Ladores, Paolo Malvar, Jessie Viceo, Jubee Navarro, Emil Tiu, Mikee Menez, Lito Orillaza, Boy Tuazon, Glen Eduarte, and Ms. Osang dela Cruz.

Other participants can still register their entries as early as now via the World Slasher Cup official website; or through the Derby Office via 588-4000 local 8227, or 911-2928. Hennies are not allowed in WSC.

A Loyalty Promo for audiences gives a huge discount to bulk ticket buyers to all fight dates from May 27 to June 2 (with break on June 1). Patron tickets for all fight dates are at a discounted cost of only P9,000 (from P10,800); and Upper Box tickets are only P6,000 (from P7,200).

The World Slasher Cup has been supported by Thunderbird, and  media partners PitGames Media, Inc., the Journal Group, Pilipino Mirror, Saksi Ngayon and Diaryo Bomba; ABS-CBN Action + Sports’ “Sagupaan,” “Sabong Nation,” and “Sabong Pilipinas”; and TV5’s “All New Tukaan” and “Bakbakan Na TV.”