Monday, May 20, 2019

Demecillo eyes WBO bantam belt

ALTHOUGH Hong Kong’s very own Rex Tso will hog all the limelight this Saturday night at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, expect Filipino fighters Kenny Demecillo and Mark Anthony Geraldo to steal the show.

Demecillo takes on Geraldo in an all-Filipino fight for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Oriental bantamweight belt as the main supporting bout of the Tso vs. Hirofumi Mukai bout.

“This is going to be a very good fight. It will be a brawl,” Demecillo’s trainer Christopher “Ping-Ping” Tepora told SunStar Cebu.

Demecillo has this very exciting brawling style that makes his fights appealing even to casual boxing. He also has this never quit attitude that earned him his moniker “Big Heart.”

Geraldo is a very talented veteran who was once rated highly in the world and has faced some of the elite fighters of his weight division. He has fought the likes of Kohei Kono, McJoe Arroyo and Oleydong Sithsamerchai.

The 25-year-old Geraldo has had a solid training camp and was sparring with Tso and current WBO bantamweight champion Marlon Tapales in Hong Kong.

Geraldo is coming off a fifth round technical decision defeat to Jeson Umbal in July. The fight was stopped after Geraldo suffered a huge cut above his right eye.

The 24-year-old Demecillo had a fruitful 2016 campaign, winning both his fights with Eugene Lagos and Jestoni Autida by decision.

Demecillo of the Omega Boxing Gym is 12-3-2 with seven knockouts, while Geraldo is 33-7-3 with 15 knockouts.
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