On Saturday December 12, World Boxing Federation (WBF) championship fights took place in Davao City, Philippines, Strasbourg, France and Gien, France. Two champions retained their titles, while one new champion was crowned.
At the Davao City Sports & Recreation Center, WBF Asia Pacific Bantamweight Champion Kenny Demecillo was in with his biggest test to date in former World Super Flyweight Champion Edrin Dapudong, and only just managed to hold on to his title after a hard fight.
Both boxers had their fair share of success, and while Demecillo appeared to be the fresher of the two, Dapudong, six years older at twenty-nine, had a clear advantage in experience and used all of his ring-knowledge to try to unsettle the younger man.
But after ten rounds, the judges could not separate them and the fight was declared a draw as judge Alberto Brembot Dualas scored it 96-94 for Demecillo, judge Sabas Ponpon Jr. scored it 97-93 for Dapudong and judge Romy Fordaliza had it all even at 95-95.
With his championship belt still around his waist after what was his first title-defense, Demecillo now spots a professional record of 10-3-2 (7), and Dapudong goes to 31-6-1 (19). Promoter was Sonshine Sports Management Inc.
In Strasbourg, France there was almost no fight when co-challenger Caroline Schroeder from Germany pulled out of her encounter for the vacant WBF Womens World Featherweight title with former French and European champion Stephanie Ducastel moments before the weigh-in, claiming illness.
Schroeder explained that she woke up that morning feeling sick, but strangely didn’t think it was appropriate to inform the promoter until the following afternoon. With time running out, and crucial hours already lost, hard work was put in to save the main event, and miraculously Romanian Gabriella Mezei agreed to jump on a plane that same night.
With little sleep, and obviously no time to prepare properly for a world title fight, Mezei actually put on a great performance and didn’t look like the last-notice substitute she was. Boxing very nicely, the visitor had nothing to lose, never appeared in awe of the moment, and did all she could to make the most of the opportunity.
The somewhat unexpected tough challenge in front of her forced Ducastel to make things rough and use her size advantage, but Mezei was fully in the fight when a swelling of her right eye ended matters immediately after the bell to start round seven.
The result was a technical knockout victory for Ducastel, but at the time of stoppage judge Tonio Tiberi only favored the Frenchwoman by one point, 58-57, while judges Vincent Dupas and Jean-Marcel Nartz had it slightly wider at 58-56.
The new WBF Womens World Featherweight Champion improved her pro statistics to 6-3-1 (1), while the other heroin of the night, Gabriella Mezei, falls to a very misleading 4-4-2 (2) and deserves all the credit in the world for how she saved the evening for all involved, and how well she did in the ring.
With 800 loud fans packing the Salle Cuiry in Gien, France, WBF Intercontinental Middleweight Champion Michel Mothmora retained his title with a hard-fought but deserved unanimous decision over durable and game challenger Laszlo Fazekas from Hungary.
Mothmora used his jab well from the start, and landed well-placed combinations to both body and head, as Fazekas was looking for a knockout with hard hooks. The Hungarian went down in round two, but didn’t appear to be hurt and referee Uwe Lorch ruled it a slip.
It was more of the same from round three, as Mothmora worked hard and well with combinations and the shorter Fazekas had some success getting on the inside and landing with his hooks. In round five he went down again, this time it was called a knockdown, but he took the count and recovered quickly.
Judges Jacky Vaillant and Mohamed Hireche scored the twelve-rounder 116-111 for Mothmora, who improved to 28-24 (10), and judge Zbigniew Lagosz saw it slightly closer at 116-112. Living up to his “Bulldog” ring-moniker, Fazekas goes back to Budapest at 28-23-1 (18).