Kenny Demecillo, Rimar Metuda triumph in the Philippines

Up-and-coming Filipino boxers Kenny Demecillo and Rimar Metuda captured World Boxing Federation (WBF) Asia Pacific titles on Saturday, September 26, at the Gaisano Mall Atrium in General Santos City, Philippines on a show promoted by Sanman Promotions.

In a highly anticipated rematch, Demecillo suffered a knock-down in round two but came back strong to take home the vacant Bantamweight title with a technical knockout in round eight over compatriot Daryl Basadre.

23-year-old Demecillo, now 10-3-1 (7), stopped Basadre, 14-3-1 (10), in two rounds last June, and proved this time that the first win was no fluke.

In the co-featured bout, undefeated Rimar Metuda won the Asia Pacific Featherweight crown by stopping fellow Southpaw Jason Tinampay in round five.

Metuda, still only twenty years old but a pro for two years, won his first title and improved his professional mark to 8-0 (4), while Tinampay (21) falls to 6-2 (5).

On the undercard former WBF International Super Bantamweight Champion John Vincent Moralde remained undefeated, 14-0 (7), with a ten-round unanimous decision over Jerry Castroverde.