WEIGHTS FROM CEBU: VICELLES – 107.7 LBS., ESPINAS – 105.8 LBS.
By Dong Secuya
05 Jul 2019
CEBU CITY – Mark “Makmak” Vicelles and Jesse “Little Giant” Espinas successfully made weight during the official weight today, Friday at the Mangahan Restaurant in Lahug, this city, for their WBA Asia South Light Flyweight Championship slated tomorrow at the Frasco Memorial Gymnasium in Liloan, Cebu.
The undefeated Vicelles (10-0-1, 5KOs) of the Omega Gym who is the Philippine Visayas Professional Boxing Association light flyweight champion, came in at 107.7 lbs and is gunning for his first regional belt and a possible world ranking. Espinas (19-3-0, 11KOs) of the SGG Boxing Stable, previously highly ranked in the world by the world boxing bodies, will try to recover lost ground after his last defeat against Edward Heno on Aug. 11, 2018 for the OPBF light flyweight title. He weighed in at 105.8 lbs.
Mark Vicelles (front, left) and Jesse Espinas (front, right) pose during Friday's weighin.
Vicelles said he "will study Espinas's style in the first few rounds before going for the kill" while his trainer Julius Erving Jungco said Vicelles “will use his reach and height advantage to control the fight.” Vicelles, standing at 5'5” is three inches taller than Espinas who is 5'2”.
Espinas, in turn, said, “Good luck to to my opponent Vicelles because I prepared hard for this fight. In my last fight against Heno, I did not really prepare very well.”
Vicelles vs Espinas is scheduled for ten rounds or less.
OPSI president Paulo Castillo (with mic) speaks during Friday's presscon at the Mangahan Restaurant in Lahug. To his right is Mark Vicelles and to his left are GAB's Rolando Mendoza, Jesse Espinas and Espinas's trainer Kit Batolino.
For the four other supporting bouts, below are the weights:
Formentera (L) and Laurio (R).
10 rounds Super Flyweight
Manuel “JoyJoy” Formentera (10-3-0, 6KOs) of San Francisco, Camotes – 114.5 lbs.
Vs Andro Bello Laurio (10-2-1, 7KOs) of Baleno, Masbate – 115.8 lbs.
Tomjone Mangubat (L) and Joffrey Garcia.
8 rounds Featherweight
Tomjone “Wardog” Mangubat (10-1-1, 9KOs) of Bukidnon – 127.1 lbs.
Vs Joffrey Garcia (6-10-4, 5KOs) of Oas, Albay – 126.2 lbs.
Penitente Apolinar (L) and Renan Ramos (R).
8 rounds Featherweight
Penitente Apolinar (9-1-0, 6KOs) of San Pablo, Laguna – 126.7 lbs.
Vs Rena Ramos (8-11-2, 3KOs) of Cainta, Rizal – 123.7 lbs.
Bacaro (L) and Rotilles (R).
6 rounds Lightweight
Carlo Bacaro (3-0-0, 3KOs) of Negros Oriental – 136.6 lbs.
Mark Anthony Rotilles (2-4-0, 1KOs) of Mandaue City – 139 lbs.
Saturday's boxing event dubbed as “#Kumbati sa Liloan 3” is organized and promoted by Omega Pro-Sports International (OPSI) headed by its president Paulo Castillo who welcomed the local media for Friday's weighin and presscon. Jerome Calatrava, OPSI Vice-President and a former disc-jockey, acted as the event's emcee.
First bout starts at 5:00 p.m.
Group photo of participants of Saturday's #Kumbati 3 Sa Liloan.
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