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
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