Local and international sabong champions gather at the historic Smart Araneta Coliseum for the 2018 World Slasher Cup Invitational 9-Cock Derby that had its grand opening yesterday.
A tough cast of more than 300 participants are vying for the most prestigious derby title known internationally.
The complete schedule: Jan. 29, 30 and 31 (2-cock Elims with more than 100 fights each per day); Feb. 1, 2 and 3 (3-cock Semis); Feb. 4, 5 and 6 (4-cock Finals for participants with scores of 2, 2.5, 3 and 3.5 points); and Feb. 7 (4-cock Grand Finals for participants with scores of 4, 4.5 and 5 points).
The 2018 World Slasher Cup is backed by many supporters, including the Filipino-owned company Excellence Poultry & Livestock Specialists, along with Manny Berbano’s PitGames Media Inc. of CEO as media partner.
The powerhouse foreign contingent will be bannered by Ray Alexander of Alabama, a consistent WSC participant; Lonnie Harper of Mississippi, who is famous for his Mule Train greys; and Mike Formosa of California.
They will be joined by Roger Roberts and Larry Whitehead of Georgia; Wilber Le Blanc and Richard Harris of Louisiana; Jorge Goitia, Zaldy Sandoval, and Rene Medina of California; Kini Kalawaii and Butch Cambra of Hawaii; Nathan Jumper and Looney Parks of Mississippi; Randy Hall of Texas; Owen Medina and Peter Elm of Guam; Ferdinand Macaraeg of Indonesia; Rene Penalosa of Australia;
Patrick Aisbeth and Bel Almojera of Florida; Johnny Moore of Tennessee; Matthew Dunne of Alabama; James and Charles Wolf, Soan Sogianto of Indonesia; Joey Melendres and Greg Berin of Australia; and Mark Salazar of Malaysia among others.
Local fighters include cockfight idol Rep. Patrick Antonio, Boy Marzo, Doc Ayong Lorenzo, Biboy Enriquez, Dicky Lim, James Uy, Paolo Malvar, Eddie Aparri, Art de Castro, Vice Mayor Jubee Navarro, Denny Salazar, and Joey Sy.
2017 WSC 2 triple champs Anthony Lim, Frank Berin, and the Escolin Brothers, who are all signed up and geared up for repeat wins, can all expect an all-out battle for this year’s title.
Follow the WSC official website http://worldslashercup.ph/ or the official Facabook page World Slasher Cup Official for more info, videos, photos, and other updates.
Photo caption: The ceremonial pitting of the roosters held at the press conference last Saturday at the Novotel Manila-Araneta Center between local bet and 2017 champ Frank Berin, and veteran Lonnie Harper from Tennessee, USA, witnessed by the 2017 Binibining Pilipinas Queens.