By Robert Coster
IBF #13 junior welterweight Victor Manuel Cayo (28-3, 20 KOs) is putting his future on the line this Saturday in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Cayo will go up against his unheralded but hard-punching countryman Julio De Jesus (15-0, 14 KOs). Cayo fully realizes that a loss would eliminate him from any form of title contention, especially since he suffered last March a surprise devastating KO defeat at the hands of former world champion Nate Campbell. The setback against Campbell saw Cayo tumble from serious contender status to the must-win situation he is facing today.
The lanky, 27 year-old Cayo is drawing inspiration from the very recent gold medal of his countryman, track star Felix Sanchez, at the London Olympics. “Felix had been written off and he showed the world what he’s made of. I made mistakes against Campbell. I was winning the fight easily but got overconfident. I got caught by a big punch that turned the fight around. Against De Jesus, I’m going to use my skills and take him to school,” says the personable Victor.
For his part, rugged mystery man De Jesus who has never gone past eight rounds is fully aware that fighting Cayo is a big leap in his career but he is brashly confident. “I respect Cayo. I know he has fought for a world title and has much more experience. But my power is the big equalizer. He’s just not going to be able to handle my power.”
The card, held at the landmark Carlos (Teo) Cruz Coliseum, promoted by Manguita Boxing and Sampson Boxing Promotions, will also feature a female world title fight as local girl Kathy Wilson Castillo defends her IBF super bantamweight title against American Cristal Hoy.