An interesting mix of cockfight celebrities, first-time participants and foreign cockers will shoot for the coveted title as the 2019 World Slasher Cup 2 Invitational 9 -Cock Derby stages its final round today at the historic Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Aficionados are eagerly awaiting the grudge rematch between seven-time champion Patrick Antonio and three-time titlist Frank Berin after figuring in a classic draw last Tuesday with an “all –in” center bet.
Antonio and son – Tony Antonio – have three entries in today’s 4 -cock grand 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, Cris Sioson, Doc Ayong Lorenzo and Pitgames Media Inc. CEO Manny Berbano (RC Warrior JD, 5 points and EDL Agiar Excellence, 4 points).
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 Nino Yee tallied four points each.
Other grand finalists, with 4 points are Caloy Datu/Lawrence Villanueva, Nerio Frani, Ricky Magtuto/JMW group, Antonio Aleria/Boy de Roca, Nene Araneta, Felix and RC Gatchalian, Jervy Maglunob and Noel Cosico, 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 will receive a finely crafted silver cup from reigning Bb. Pilipinas titlists in an awarding ceremony to be announced later.
Paying patrons can get their tickets at the TicketNet outlet (Yellow Gate of Araneta Coliseum).