World Slasher Cup 2020: A tribute to legendary breeder Ray Alexander
The world’s most prestigious cockfighting derby and known to many as the Olympics of Sabong, the World Slasher Cup, unfolds in January 2020 as a tribute to legendary American breeder, Ray Alexander.
The much-awaited 9-cock invitational international derby kicks off on January 20, 2020 at the historic Smart Araneta Coliseum at the newly rebranded Araneta City in QC. The invitational derby, which will have its Grand Finals on January 26, 2020, promises to showcase exciting legitimate match-ups of only the best fowl fighters and cockers to ever grace the WSC rueda.
Expecting to draw hundreds of entries from here and around the world, the WSC 2020 will be a chance for sabong enthusiasts to pit their birds against WSC 2 2019 champions Thunderbid 1 (Nene Araneta, Frank Berin) and RC Warriors JD (Rey Cañedo and Jun Durano), who are expected to return to defend their titles.
Fans and fighters are also hoping WSC 1 2019 solo champs Cris Copas of Kentucky, USA and partner Claude Bautista of CPB Group of Mindanao would return to give others a shot at earning their title.
Other WSC veterans and former champs are also expected to join the frey for the pot money, imported trophy, and the championship title like seven-time WSC champ Patrick “Idol” Antonio, the Escolin brothers, media man Rey Briones, Magno Lim and Gerry Tesorero, and so many more.
The WSC 2020 pays tribute to legendary gamefowl breeder Rey Alexander, who passed away in July 2019 at the age of 82. Alexander was one of the people at the forefront of setting up the World Slasher Cup in the early ‘70s, and had convinced American fighters and breeders to come to the Philippines and join the competition.
An icon in the sport, Alexander earned the respect of cockfighting enthusiasts all over the world, in the US, Mexico, Hawaii, and especially in his beloved Philippines, which he had been visiting for nearly 50 years. He has won Cocker of the Year back-to-back at Sunset, Indiana and many other competitions in the US with his breed of birds. Many top Filipino breeders had gone on to win many sabong titles because of his birds, and he had nothing but good words for Filipino fighters whom he described as “the best cockfighters right now… because they do it every day.”
Alexander was known not just a great breeder who could spot the “gameness” in a bird, but as a man of integrity when it comes to his broodcocks, selling only chickens he bred himself. Sabong enthusiast Boy Diaz even describes him as “the protégé of the greatest roostermen in the United States like Elmer Griffin, William McRae and Blony Rollan.” As someone who really helped put the World Slasher Cup, and the Philippines in the map when it came to cockfighting, it is only fitting that next year’s WSC would be held as a tribute to Alexander.
Known to its numerous followers as the Olympics of Sabong, the World Slasher Cup is a smackdown of only the best breeds and bloodlines of winged warriors meticulously cared for in fowl farms here and abroad.
Those who are interested to join WSC 2020 from January 20-26, 2020 may now register their entries via the www.worldslashercup.ph. They may also call the WSC Derby Office at (8)588-8227 or (8)911-2928.
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