World Boxing Federation (WBF) Asia Pacific Bantamweight ruler Kenny Demecillo,10-3-1 (7), will make his first title-defense on Saturday December 12 in Davao City, Philippines when he faces the most experienced and accomplished foe of his career in former world champion Edrin Dapudong, 31-6 (19).
Demecillo came off the canvas to win the WBF title with an eight round stoppage of Daryl Basadre in September, and the hard-punching 23-year-old is now looking to build on his momentum with another impressive victory over Dapudong.
After winning a slew of regional belts and coming up short in a WBA world title-challenge to Hernan Marquez in 2011, Edrin Dapudong (29) was on the wrong end of a split decision against IBO world Super Flyweight Champion Gideon Buthelezi in South Africa the following year.
In June 2013 he didn’t leave things up to the judges, as he won the rematch, and the IBO crown, by stunning first round knockout. Unfortunately his reign was short, as he traveled back to South Africa in July 2014 and lost the title by another split decision, to Lwandile Sityatha.
Nicknamed “The Sting”, Dapudong since moved up to Bantamweight and is coming off two convincing inside-the-distance victories. Beating Demecillo on December 12 will take him a long way towards another crack at world honors next year.
On the same day, in Gien, France, hometown hero and WBF Intercontinental Middleweight Champion Michel Mothmora, 27-24 (10), will headline in a defense of his title against rugged Hungarian veteran Laszlo “Bulldog” Fazekas, 28-22-1 (18).
Mothmora won the title last March by stopping Germany´s Baker Barakat in round six, but can expect more resistance from former Hungarian champion Fazekas, who has only been stopped twice and gone the full distance with notable names such as Damian Jonak (33-0-1), John O´Donnell (28-2) and former world champion Paul Malignaggi (33-7).
Also in France on December 12, the vacant WBF Womens World Featherweight title will be on the line when Stephanie Ducastel takes on former Super Bantamweight World titlist Caroline Schroeder from Germany in Strasbourg.
Despite a modest 5-3-1 (0) ledger, Ducastel is quite accomplished in the pro ranks, winning the French national title in 2012 and the European title last February. Now she is looking to climb the ladder even further against Schroeder, in what will be her first world title bout.
Caroline Schroeder, 8-2 (7), captured two Super Bantamweight world titles in December 2014, beating Austrian Elke Beinwachs in two rounds. She lost the titles this past October, when Switzerland-based Japanese Aniya Seki edged her by close decision.
Being the much harder puncher, Schroeder will fancy her chances of becoming a two-weight world champion in France, but fighting in her hometown in the biggest fight of her life, Ducastel must be considered a slight favorite in this intriguing match-up.