Originally Mexican puncher David Sanchez (23-2-2, 18) was set to face Venezuelan fighter Breilor Teran (12-9-1, 5) in what looked, on paper, like a mismatch. With less than a week to the fight however, Teran was replaced by well regarded Filipino puncher Marco Demecillo (19-1-1, 14) in what looks to have actually improved the bout.
Although Teran, like many Venezuelan fighters, has a misleading record he's not a world beater. He is world ranked, and will, perhaps, be recognisable to Asian fans for having beaten Yuta Nakagawa in 2012, though other than a victory over Cesar Canchila last year there is little quality on his record.
Demecillo, currently unranked by the world bodies, will know that he's been dragged over to Mexico to lose. Despite that he'll feel confident of springing the big upset and will also feel more prepared than some, including Sanchez team, may have expected. Demecillo may not have had a fight lined up but he has been busy in a gym in Japan sparring decent opponents and staying sharp. That will have left him around his fighting weight and ready for such an opportunity as this, and with the vacant WBA International Super Flyweight title on the line this is certainly a major opportunity.
Going in to this bout Sanchez is ranked by 3 of the 4 major bodies, he is the WBA #3, WBO #5 and WBC #13 and will be expected to beat Demecillo. Saying that however Demecillo does have the power to take fighters out and he'll be looking to land with that power on Sanchez who genuinely struggled the last time he faced a Filipino, taking a much debated majority decision over Marlon Tapales.
This is a fantastic match up on paper and we hope it lives up to the expectation!