Demetillo vs Dapudong in WBF Asia-Pacific superflyweight title bout

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 December) — World Boxing Federation Asia Pacific bantamweight champion Kenny Demecillo will defend his title Saturday against former world champion Edrin “The Sting” Dapudong in the “Boxing Revolution 4: The Road to the WBF Championship” at the Davao City Recreation Center.

The fight is scheduled for 10 rounds.

During Friday’s weigh-in at the Abreeza Ayala Mall, Demecillo, a 23-year old fighter from Cebu said he is unfazed by his veteran opponent from M’lang, North Cotabato.

Dapudong, 29, is a former IBO world superflyweight champion.

Demecillo holds a record of 10 wins, and three losses, and one draw. It will be his first time to defend his title.

“I don’t feel nervous because I have gotten used to it,” Demicillo, who trained for two months under coach Christopher “Tingting” Tipura said.

He said he is not eyeing a knockout but said his ability to last the distance will win him the battle.

“Naka-champion na pud ko… buhaton nako tanan kung pwede maka-knockout (I also became a champion… I will do my best to knock him out),” he said.

Dapudong, meanwhile, said he sees a great duel with Demicillo who displayed the character of being a good fighter in his previous fights.

“It’s going to be a good fight because Demecillo will push hard. It’s going to be a fun match… He is also a good fighter,” he said.

He said he is not also eyeing a knockout but will try to finish the fight in earlier rounds.

Dapudong, who holds a 31-6 win-loss record, trained under Rex Peñalosa for two months.

The Boxing Revolution 4 is organized by Sonshine Sports Management, Inc. (Antonio L. Colina IV/MindaNews)