American Cris Copas of Kentucky and partner Claude Bautista of the CPB group will have their hands full when the 2019 World Slasher Cup 2 will be held starting on May 27 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Copas and Bautista triumphed in the first edition last February and the two are once again tipped to top the annual tournament touted as the Olympics of cockfighting.
With nearly 200 entries, contenders can expect to go up against only the revered names in the sport, including 7-time World Slasher Cup champion Patrick “Idol” Antonio, who was the sole winner in the first edition of WSC 2018.
Other multiple title holders Frank Berin (2017 WSC 1 & 2 winner) and Rey Briones (2018 WSC 2 winner) are also raring to see action.
Also fancied to sizzle are the aces of Nene Araneta, Peping Ricafort, Joey Sy, Dicky Lim, Biboy Enriquez, Ito Ynares, Anthony Lim, Vergil Intino, Lawrence Wacnang, Art de Castro, Magno Lim, Ed Apari, Rikki Reyes, Ed Ochoa, Jun Mendoza, Mel Lim, James Uy, Roel Gatchalian, Tony Marfori, Cleso Evangelista, Faustino Datu Jr., Lawrence Villanueva, John Yap,
James Yap, Marc Cruz, Rhemy Medrano, Arman Santos, Peping Ricafort, Rey Morla,Virgilio Lacson, Jun Villanueva, Alwynn Sy, Gerry Espina, Jun Marasigan, Efren Canlas, Marvin Rocafort, Celso Salazar, Jet Fernando, Carlos, Tumpalan, Boy De Roca, Honey Yu, Nelson Uy, Louie Madlambayan, Gerry Escalona, Willard Ty, Ricky Magtuto, Marvin Perez, Eugene Perez, Kenneth Liao, and Tady Palma.
Also worth watching are the entries of Ramil Capistrano, Julio Vinluan, Rene Adao, Boody Buenaventura, Boy Montano, Jimmy Junsay, Nestor Vendivil, Noel Jarin, Jesry Palmares, Jojo Gatlabyan, Edgar Santos, Rey Directo, Nick Crisostomo, Jun Sevilla, Eddie Araneta, Boy Gamilla, Jowar Baustista, Pros Antonio, Wilvin Sy, Jeffrey Sy, Jess Moradas, Bernie Tacoy, Jun Bacolod, Tonton Uy, Atty. Astorga, Dante Hinlo, Vic Lacsao, Boboy delos Santos, and Hector Magpantay.
The World Slasher Cup has been supported by Thunderbird, and media partners PitGames Media, Inc., the Journal Group, Pilipino Mirror, Saksi Ngayon and Diaryo Bomba; ABS-CBN Action + Sports’ “Sagupaan,” “Sabong Nation,” and “Sabong Pilipinas”; and TV5’s “All New Tukaan” and “Bakbakan Na TV.”