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Freeman Cebu Sports

Demecillo to defend WBF title vs ‘Rambo’

Emmanuel B. Villaruel - The Freeman

CEBU, Philippines - Omega Gym mainstay Kenny Demecillo (10-3-2, 7KOs) will defend his World Boxing Federation Asia Pacific bantamweight title against Mindanao brawler Eugene "Rambo" Lagos (8-1-2, 5KOs) in the second edition of "Who's Next?" pro boxing series on July 10 at the Robinsons Galleria Cebu atrium.

The Iligan City-native Demecillo is raring to make up for his so-so performance during his previous match where he barely kept his WBF belt after fighting to a split draw with Edrin Dapudong on December 12 last year at the Almendras Gym in Davao City.

Demecillo, who is also the WBA Oceania 118-pound champ, snared the WBF regional crown with a fifth round knockout of Daryl Basadre on September 26, 2015 at the Gaisano Mall Atrium of General Santos City.

Lagos, on the hand, is itching to bounce back after suffering his first career defeat by decision at the hands of Thai Petch Sor Chitpattana in their interim WBC Youth World bantamweight championship bout last May 27 at the Ayuthaya Night Bazzar in Ayutthaya, Thailand.

The keenly-awaited sequel of "Who's Next" fisticuffs bankrolled by Omega Pro Sports International (OPSI) and International Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (IPI) will be headlined by the undefeated super bantamweight contender Jack "The Golden Boy" Tepora (17-0, 12KOs), who will make the first defense of his WBO Asia-Pacific Youth title against a soon to be announced opponent.

The 23-year-old Tepora claimed the WBO AsPac strap after scoring a spectacular fifth round KO of Arnel Tinampay during the inaugural 'Who's Next?' slugfest last March 6 at Robinsons Galleria.

Also featured in the slambang show is the unbeaten knockout artist Christian Araneta (11-0, 9KOs) against Charlie Cabilla.

The rest of the card pits Jimboy Haya vs Fabio Marfa; Filjun Taneo vs Lenmar Prescillas; Tomjune Mangubat vs Arnel Acebuque; Mark Vicelles vs Jess Corabal; and pro debutants Chuck Pencineves vs Andrei Navarro. (FREEMAN)

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