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Filipino Boxing Journal is one year old. A few days over that mark even. It is a huge milestone for me, who started out as a boxing blogger with ambitions of making it to the pages of dailies (as a sportswriter though.). A lot has transpired during the first 365 days since FBJ went online.

Prior to starting FBJ, I briefly wrote for Fight Hype and 8 Count News. My affiliation with the latter is, I believe, the turning point of my pseudo sportswriting career. With 8CN, I had my interviews with welterweight prospect Rashad Holloway and P4P resident Nonito Donaire as well as my first live fight coverage, not to mention meeting the legendary Ronnie Nathanielsz. My stint with 8CN opened the doors for me and I entered and FBJ was born.

For the last 365 days, I covered a total of 12 boxing events, met other boxing personalities (too many to mention), and received three boxing-related books (all AUTOGRAPHED!) from two.

It wasn’t rainbows and butterflies as FBJ suffered some downtime, going offline twice. Good thing a couple of friends lent their helping hands and put FBJ back on track, but not without losing all prior content, pictures, articles, and all. Smooth sailing for the site since then.

But perhaps the best highlight for FBJ that has been posted in the last year would be winning the Best Sports Blog honors in 2010 Philippine Blog Awards, where FBJ bested Go Archers, a popular blog centered on De La Salle University’s Green Archers athletic teams.

Credit should be given where credit is due, that I believe. And with that, I would like to credit the readers who made the site it is today. Special thanks to Oliver Suarez, Ryan Songalia and Dennis Guillermo, whose support when I was still starting out. I thank Brad Cooney of 8CN for giving me the chance to be a part of his esteemed team of writers – Lorne “Preacher Man” Scoggins, Maureen Shea, and Roy Jones Jr. Boxing scribes Chris Robinson and Granville Ampong for the advice they have given so I can improve my craft. The people behind Philboxing.com – Salven Lagumbay, Doc Rene Bonsubre, and Dong Secuya, thank you so much. To Gary Andrew Poole and Bobby Mayne, thank you for the support.

To my parents, brothers, and sisters, I thank you for pushing me towards success, despite my shortcomings.

To my daughter, Beatrice Adelaine, everything I do is for you. We will have our time soon.

For those that I have forgot to mention, my sincerest thanks to you.

Happy birthday, FBJ!

Meesages from friends

Here’s a BIG congratulations to my man Kenneth Ragpala on the first anniversary of the Filipino Boxing Journal. Great work, my friend!

John “Iceman” Scully, former middleweight intercontinental champion

Congratulations on the 1st year anniversary of Filipino Boxing Journal. Keep up the good work!

Brad Cooney, owner of 8 Count News

The Filipino Boxing Journal has provided 365 days of excellent boxing coverage.  Congratulations.  I know boxing fans appreciate your diligence in covering Manny Pacquiao, Nonito Donaire and other Filipino boxers.  Keep up the good work and good luck in the years to come.

Gary Andrew Poole, contributor to TIME, and author of PacMan: Behind the Scenes With Manny Pacquiao

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Kenneth P. Ragpala is an award-winning sports blogger who has been covering the sport of boxing since 2008. His works have appeared in local newspapers in his home city in Cagayan de Oro and in several online publications abroad. Ragpala has written for several boxing websites, namely Fight Hype, 8 Count News, and Bleacher Report.