|Kenny Demecillo, left, and Michael Dasmariñas face off after the official weigh-in of their bout scheduled for Saturday night at Resorts World Manila. Ivan Saldajeno|
By Ivan Saldajeno
PASAY—The International Boxing Federation bantamweight title eliminator between Kenny Demecillo and Michael Dasmariñas is a go after both boxers made weight during the official weigh-in at Resorts World Manila on Friday.
Dasmariñas, the former International Boxing Organization champion, exactly made the 118-pound limit.
Demecillo, on the other hand, came in slightly lighter at 117.5.
The winner of the said bout, the headliner of Rising Stars, a collaboration between MP Promotions and Ringstar Asia, on Saturday night at the said venue, according to matchmaker Sean Gibbons in the press conference that ensued after the weigh-in, will become the mandatory challenger for the IBF belt, currently held by Emmanuel Rodriguez.
The Puerto Rican pug is set to face Japan's Naoya Inoue in the semifinals of the World Boxing Super Series, which also serves as a unification bout for the IBF and the World Boxing Association Regular bantamweight belt on May 18.
The co-main event, the IBF minimumweight title eliminator between Samuel Salva and Rene Mark Cuarto also got the green light as both fighters hit the 105-pound limit.
However, a slight change in the fight card became imminent as Bernie Aday was replaced by a still unnamed boxer.
His supposed opponent, Luiz Borje, easily made the minimumweight limit as he came in at 102 pounds.
Aday was not around during the weigh-in.
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