35-year-old Hask­ins takes his show on the road

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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.


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