35-year-old Haskins takes his show on the road
AT 35 and having previously held the IBF bantamweight title, Bristol switch-hitter Lee Haskins is not yet finished. On Monday (October 29), he has his first fight for 10 months when he travels to the Philippines to take on Kenny Demecillo, live on ESPN+. Venue is the Midas Hotel and Casino in Pasay City – and the promoter is none other than Manny Pacquiao.
The 12-round IBF eliminator is presumably intended to launch Demecillo into the world ratings at 118lbs. The man from Cebu City is an unspectacular 14-4-2 (8), but after losing three of his first 12 he has lost only one of his last eight – and last time out in March he travelled to Russia to knock out (five rounds) unbeaten Vyacheslav Mirzaev. Haskins, 35-4 (14), is hugely experienced but looks booked for a points defeat against his younger, more ambitious opponent.
Official main event is a contest for the vacant IBF light-flyweight title between Filipino southpaw Randy Petalcorin, 29-2-1 (22), and Nicaragua’s EX-WBA title challenger Felix Alvarado, 33-2 (29). Alvarado can nick it on points.