CEBU City, Philippines – After dwelling in the flyweight division for two years Junriel Jimenez is looking to barge into top 15 of the world in the heavier 118-lbs class as he trades punches with the battle-tested Carlo Demecillo for the vacant WBO Asia Pacific Youth Bantamweight title in the main event of the Big Yellow Promotion’s Fight Night II at the Robinson’s Galleria Cebu Atrium this evening (June 5, 2019).
Jimenez who will climb to the ring carrying an 8-1-1, 5Kos record, is fighting for the first time in the 118lbs division and coming out from a year-long hiatus will surely have his hands full against the busy punching Demecillo who had a 12-5-1, 6Kos win-loss slate.
Jimenez who will be fighting under the La Fortuna Boxing Stable had his last fight was in April of last year which ended to a draw against Elias Joaquino for the vacant Philippine Boxing Federation’s Super flyweight belt.
While Demecillo just came from a fourth-round KO win over Jeffrey Stella last February and a majority draw decision against a more experienced Arthur Villanueva in November of last year.
Both fighters found no problem with their respective weights as Jimenez tipped the scales at exactly 118lbs while Demecillo weighed one pound under the limit during the Leon Panoncillo Jr. supervised official weigh-in session held at the Games and Amusement Board office Tuesday morning.
Panoncillo assured the winner will make the top 15 of the world and is eligible to challenge the world title which is currently held by South African champion Zolani Tete.
Fighting in the undercard was John Virgel Vitor against Jeffrey Stella for eight rounds, Clyde Azarcon against Ernesto Alera also for eight rounds, Rhonvex Capuloy against Toushin Battulga for six rounds and Elmer Naason takes on Matthew Fundales in the curtain raiser four rounder match./RCM