By Rene Bonsubre,Jr
CEBU, PHILIPPINES- Carlo Demecillo and Jonathan Francisco battled at a blistering pace but in the end, it was Demecillo’s edge in power that was the deciding factor.
They immediately had heated exchanges after the opening bell. Francisco tried to match Demecillo’s punch output. But in the third Demecillo drove in a right to the body that froze Francisco for a second.
He was able to suck it in and regain his bearings but in the fourth a hail of head and body shots sent Francisco down on the canvas. He was still on his knees doubling in pain when Referee Tony Pesons reached the count of ten.
Demecillo is the reigning WBO Oriental Youth bantamweight titleholder. He moves up to 14-5-1,7KO’s while Francisco drops to 10-13-1,4KO’s. This was a non-title bout while Demecillo’s handlers are looking forward to a possible title defense in his next bout.
In the main supporting bout, Clyde Azarcon (16-3-1,6KO’s) returned to the won column with a third round knockout win over an overweight Gary Rojo (9-14-1,5KO’s). Azarcon dug in to Rojo’s ribs sending him down with Referee Nic Banal reaching the count of ten at the 53 second mark of the fourth.
This fight was a rematch of their draw last February in Cebu City. Azarcon also rebounded from his first round knockout loss to Japanese Ginjiro Shigeoka in a WBO Asia Pacific title bout in Tokyo.
Rhonvex Capuloy fought through a painful left arm to beat Jeffrey Stella by unanimous decision. Capuloy complained of pain from his shoulder in the second and had difficulty throwing his left. But he insisted on continuing the fight. He was able to use the arm again in the fourth and piled up enough points to convince the judges. Scores – William Manus – 58-57, Noel Flores – 59-55,Arnel Pasion – 58-56.
Elmer Naason beat Mark Anthony Rotilles, who decided not to answer the bell for the fourth round when he suffered leg cramps and Kevin Smith Nemenzo sent Marvin Campo down twice in the second round to prevail by TKO.
This card billed as FIGHT NIGHT III was presented by Big Yellow Promotions. It was held Saturday at the covered court of Sabang, Danao City,Cebu.
Photo – Carlo Demecillo with trainer Christopher ‘Pingping’ Tepora celebrating their win in Danao City
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