Local and international sabong champions gather at the historic Smart Araneta Coliseum for the grand opening of the 2018 World Slasher Cup Invitational 9-Cock Derby today, Monday, Jan. 29.
A tough cast of more than 300 participants will vie for the most prestigious derby title internationally.
The complete schedule: Jan. 29, 30, 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 my many supporters, including Filipino-owned company Excellence Poultry & Livestock Specialist, along with Manny Berbano’s PitGames Media, Inc. as media partner.
The powerhouse foreign contingent will be bannered by Ray Alexander of Alabama, a consistent World Slasher Cup 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; Mark Salazar of Malaysia among others.
Local fighters include cockfighting 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 World Slasher Cup-2 triple champions 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.