BIG Yellow Boxing Gym head coach Christopher “Ping-Ping” Tepora is confident that his ward, former World Boxing Organization (WBO) Asia-Pacific Youth bantamweight champion Carlo Demecillo, will come out victorious against unbeaten up-and-comer BJ Wild in their upcoming fight in ARQ Sports’ “Engkwentro VII” on Oct. 15, 2022, at the Consolacion Sports Complex.
“That will be a very good fight against a rookie and a veteran,” Tepora told SunStar Cebu. “I think Carlo has a huge chance. I’m not impressed by Wild. We’ll beat him either by knockout or a convincing decision.”
The 26-year-old Demecillo is eager to bounce back after losing his last fight. He was stopped in the eighth round by former world title challenger Sho Ishida last April 24 in Japan. Before that loss, Demecillo was riding a four-fight winning streak that included a win over former amateur standout Junrel Jimenez.
The 21-year-old Wild has been one of the most promising prospects from ARQ. He’ll be truly tested against Demecillo, a level of fighter that he hasn’t fought before.
Wild has already fought three times this year. He stopped Marjon Piencenaves in a single round, walked away with a split decision against Jason Dogelio and beat Mateo Handig by unanimous decision.
Demecillo is 15-6-1 with eight knockouts, while Wild is 9-0 with six knockouts.
Demecillo’s stablemates at the Big Yellow Boxing Gym, Rhonvex Capuloy and Anthony Gilbuena, are also seeing action in the same card.
Capuloy (8-2, 5 KOs) takes on Brix Piala (5-0, 2 KOs), while Gilbuena (5-1-1, 1 KO) slugs it out with Yeroge Gura (4-0, 2 KOs).
The main event features an interesting bout between unbeaten prospect Berland Robles (5-0, 2 KOs) and Jerven Mama (12-1-1, 7 KOs).
Robles faces his stiffest test in Mama, the brother of one-time world title challenger Jayson Mama.
Robles is coming off a unanimous decision win over Ramel Antaran last month.
Mama, in the meantime, is coming off a one-year hiatus and wants to bounce back from a 10th-round knockout loss to highly-rated Mark Vicelles last year.
In the undercard, April Jay Abne (10-1, 5 KOs) faces off with Antaran (5-18-2), John Paul Gabunilas (8-1, 6 KOs) trades leathers with Ronald Alapormina (5-4-3, 2 KOs), John Vincent Pangga (6-0, 4 KOs) is up against Vergilio Silvano (21-9-1, 12 KOs), Ramil Macado (3-0, 2 KOs) slugs it out with journeyman Renoel Pael (23-12-1, 12 KOs), Rodel Wenceslao (17-19-2, 7 KOs) squares off with Edison Berwela (18-45-8, 6 KOs) and Ian Abne (6-0-1, 4 KOs) exchanges blows with Charlie Malupangue (9-5-4, 6 KOs).
(Photo from Christopher "Ping-Ping" Tepora)
September 24, 2022
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