By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
CEBU CITY,PHILIPPINES – Carlo Demecillo and Junrel Jimenez left everything inside the ring and left the fans yelling for more after ten rounds in their battle for the vacant WBO Asia Pacific Youth bantamweight title.
It started as a chess match, with jabs, feints, and well placed counters. It was obvious early on that Demecillo had the edge in power but Jimenez’ skills honed by his stints in many national amateur tournaments kept him in the fight.
Demecillo began to land with increasing frequency in the fifth. Jimenez looked bewildered than hurt when the round ended.
In the sixth, Jimenez fired back with head and body shots. In the seventh and eighth rounds, a back and forth struggle ensued and they matched each other punch for punch. Demecillo did enough to outwork Jimenez in most of the rounds.
With both boxers tiring, the endgame became a question as to who wanted it more.The fans taking turns screaming their names as they fought toe to toe. The action slowed in the final round but Demecillo got the edge in punches landed. The scores – Edward Ligas 97-93 and Edgar Olalo 99-91 had it for Demecillo while Tony Pesons had it 95-95.
Demecillo won the first major belt for the Big Yellow Gym. He goes up to 13-5-1,6KO’s while Jimenez drops to 8-2-1,5KO’s.
The referee was Atty Danrex Tapdasan and supervising for the bout was WBO VP for Asia Pacific Leon Panoncillo.
For the undercards - Virgel Vitor stopped Jeffrey Stella in two rounds with a series of body shots. Clyde Azarcon won a unanimous decision over Ernesto Alera. All three judges had it 78-74.
The most dramatic undercard bout of the night belonged to Rhonvex Capuloy, who fought through blood to hand Japanese Toushin Battulga his first career loss.
A clash of heads in round two inflicted a deep cut on the outer corner of Capuloy’s right eye. The fight was allowed to continue and with blood spraying all over the ring, Capuloy decked the Japanese with a sneaky right. Battulga got up but Capuloy attacked with a series of brutal body shots. Battulga was not punching back when he was pinned prompting referee Teddy Alivio to stop the fight.
The card was opened by Elmer Naason who beat Matthew Fondales by TKO in round four.
This free to the public card was promoted by Big Yellow Boxing Promotions.
Photo – Carlo Demecillo awarded the WBO Asia Pacific Youth belt by WBO VP Leon Panoncillo and Referee Atty. Danrex Tapdasan
By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
Former two-division world champ turned promoter Gerry Peñalosa is in the final stages of preparation for his nationwide grassroots boxing talent search in the Philippines. Last March, Peñalosa, who heads Gerrypens Promotions, held tryouts for his professional boxing tournament that will feature boxers in the flyweight and bantamweight division.
The trials were held in Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao. Peñalosa said that ESPN 5 will be showing the fights here in the Philippines. He also stated that boxing icon Manny Pacquiao was involved in the screening of the boxers, who were taped during the tryouts.
The ULTIMATE BOXING SERIES “Kamaong Pinoy” tournament is a welcome development here in the Philippines where boxing maintains its popularity among fans buts lags behind in terms of sponsorships and television exposure.
The match-ups for the first bouts will be drawn by lots and has yet to be finalized. But, a couple of days ago, Gerrypens Promotions released the list of boxers who made the cut for the tournament. The flyweights are Abril Jay Abne, Christoval Furog, Ruben Dadivas, Ronel dela Cruz, Denmark Quibido, Ronel Sumalpong, Welben Montere, Joseph Bayubay, Ian Refuela, and Rey Tagulaylay. The bantamweights are Rimon Rama, Lenjun Retuerto, Dave Barlas, Lienard Sarcon, Aljum Pelesio, Ken Jordan, John Mark Tihuk, Gary Tamayo, Luis Evander Borje and Kevin Aseniero. The fights are set for six rounds with the finals penned for eight rounds.
When he was an active fighter, Peñalosa dethroned WBC super flyweight champion Hiroshi Kawashima of Japan by split decision in Tokyo in 1997. He lost his title after three defenses. Then at 36 years old, against all odds in 2007, Peñalosa won his second world title, the WBO bantamweight crown, by knocking out Mexican Jhonny Gonzalez with a body punch in 2007 in Sacramento.
Peñalosa retired in 2010 with a record of 55-8-2,37KO’s. Boxrec lists twenty four events to his name as a promoter.
Photo – Gerry Peñalosa (left) with the boxers who attended the tryouts in Cebu last March.
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