De­me­cillo starts train­ing

Sun.Star Cebu - - PRIME SPORTS -

Kenny De­me­cillo kicks off his train­ing to­day for the big­gest fight of his ca­reer.

“I just ar­rived here in Cebu. I’ll be start­ing my train­ing on Mon­day,” said De­me­cillo.

The 26-year-old De­me­cillo just re­turned to Cebu City on Satur­day, Jan. 12, and will im­me­di­ately be hon­ing his craft at the Omega Box­ing Gym for a huge fight that will be his key to a world ti­tle shot.

“I’ll be start­ing light train­ing be­cause this is my first com­ing off from a va­ca­tion. Next week, I’ll be start­ing the heavy train­ing,” he said.

De­me­cillo is up against In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Or­ga­ni­za­tion (IBO) ban­tamweight king Michael Das­mari­nas in an all-Filipino In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Fed­er­a­tion (IBF) ban­tamweight ti­tle elim­i­na­tor on March 29 in Sin­ga­pore.

The win­ner gets the No. 1 spot and a manda­tory shot at the IBF ban­tamweight belt, which is cur­rently held by Em­manuel Ro­driguez.

De­me­cillo will start spar­ring next month and will be look­ing for a south­paw spar­ring part­ner at the RWS Gym in La­ban­gon.

The 26-year-old Das­mari­nas is a heavy-handed south­paw. He knocked out three of his last four op­po­nents in the last two years. He dropped ex­pe­ri­enced Filipino Ma­teo Handig in the 10th round, stopped Wo­rawatchai Boon­jan in two rounds and knocked out for­mer world ti­tle chal­lenger Karim Guerfi in just four rounds.

De­me­cillo has seen his fair share of wars. His fights have al­ways been noth­ing but ex­cite­ment for box­ing fans. The high­lights of his ca­reer are both his knock­out wins over for­mer am­a­teur stand­out Daryl Basadre and his re­cent upset knock­out win over pre­vi­ously un­de­feated Vy aches l av Mirza ev.

De­me­cillo is 14-4-2 with eight knock­outs, while Das­mari­nas is 28-2-1 with 19 knock­outs.

Also see­ing ac­tion in the un­der­card is Sin­ga­pore-based coach Rey Caitom.

Caitom (7-0-1, 2 KOs), a na­tive of Man­daue City, takes on In­dian prospect Hans Raj Thakur (3-1, 1 KO). /

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