An interesting mix of cockfight celebrities, first-time participants and foreign cockers will shoot for the championship of the 2019 World Slasher Cup 2 Invitational 9 -Cock Derby tomorrow, Sunday at the historic Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Aficionados eagerly await the return to the rueda of seven-time WSC champion Patrick Antonio, and three -time WSC king Frank Berin, both of whom figured in a classic draw against each other last Tuesday with the biggest center bet ever recorded. It was a rare match-up that thrilled the thousands of witnesses at the Big Dome.
Antonio and son Tony Antonio have three entries in today’s 4 -cock finals (Sagupaan Winning Line with 4.5 points and two others with 4 points).
Team Excellence is also in the thick of fight, headed by 2019 Pitmasters 220 K Big Event champion Rey Canedo of Davao (RC Warrior JD, 5 points) and partners Doc Ayong Lorenzo and Pitgames Media Inc. CEO Manny Berbano with four points (EDL Agiar Excellence).
First timers Henry Tubban of Ilocos (Tabuk Legal Eagles Anonas ) and Reynaldo Villanuva of Laguna (RNK) reached the finals unscathed so far with five wins each while Dr. Bel Almojera of Florida, USA and Soan Sogianto/HJ Sabri of Indonesia with suppport of Marikina’s Aurelio Yee tallied four points each.
Other grand finalists, with 4 points: Caloy Datu/Lawrence Villanueva, Nerio Frani, Ricky Magtuto/JMW group, Antonio Aleria/Boy de Roca, Nene Araneta, Felix and RC Gatchalian, Jervy Maglunob, Mauro Prieto/Rey Briones, Emil Tiu, Anthony Lim, Frank Berin, Louie Tulang, Randy Rabadon, Eslabon and Escolin Brothers and Honey Yu.
Major sponsors are Thunderbird and Emperador with media partners PitGames Media Inc., TV5’s “All New Tukaan”, ABS-CBN Action + Sports, “Sagupaan,” “Sabong Nation”, “Sabong Pilipinas”, “Bakbakan Na TV”, The Sabong Chronicles, Journal Group, Pilipino Mirror, Saksi Ngayon and Diaryo Bomba.
The champions of this six-day cockfight spectacle being hosted by the Pintakasi of Champions will receive a finely crafted silver cup from the WSC Derby Office heads and the reigning Binibining Pilipinas titlists in an exclusive awarding ceremony at the Novotel Manila Araneta Center.
Paying patrons can get their tickets at the TicketNet outlet (Yellow Gate of the Smart Araneta Coliseum).