Courtesy of boxrec.com
Unbeaten Filipino Merlito Sabillo (22-0, 11) planted his name on the boxing world back in March when he traveled to Colombia and defeated Luis De La Rosa for the "interim" WBO Minimumweight title. The fight was a memorable one with Sabillo scoring his 22nd straight victory and extending to a 4 fight T/KO run.
Although not a name known by the casuals Sabillo is now the the WBO Minimumweight champion (due to Moises Fuentes moving up through the weights) and is preparing for the first defense of his title.
Just like in the bout that saw Sabillo claiming his title his first defense will also come against a Colombian as he takes on the completely unknown Jorle Estrada (17-6, 6) at the Solaire Resort Hotel and Casino in Pasay City.
Whilst not too much is known by the wider boxing community about Sabillo he's a fighter who has been on the Filipino scene for some 5 years and done things "the traditional way" claiming a Filipino title and an OPBF title before moving into the world level.
As a fighter Sabillo is a highly talented southpaw with speed, skills and very under-rated power. Sure he's not a power puncher but his clean shots hurt and in recent bouts he's been sitting on his punches more as his confidence has built up. It was that very confidence that help him go over to Colombia and claim the title in the first place.
Whilst we know plenty about Sabillo we have to admit that we don't really know too much about Estrada with footage being limited and general information being relative sparse.
Estrada is the WBO #6 ranked Minimumweight. Aged 24 he's been a professional since late 2008 and started his career with a 10 fight winning streak. Since then however Estrada has gone 7-6, though admittedly he's been facing a higher quality of opponent to those he faced at the beginning.
Amongst those to have beaten Estrada are former title challengers Walter Tello, Pedro Guevara and Carlos Velarde (best known for his recent loss to Ryo Miyazaki) as well as the promising Carlos Buitrago. He has been stopped in 3 of his 6 losses however he comes in to this bout on a run of 4 victories and having claimed the South American Minimumweight title.
From the footage available of Estrada he looks really poor. His punches are often pushed and lack any real force behind them, he seems to rely on his feet and movement more than anything else defensively and he can be caught to both the head and body with ease.
What doesn't help Estrada is that away from Colombia he is 0-3. His fights so far have all been in Latin America and with this bout being in the Philippines he'll really feel away from home.
With how good Sabillo is it's hard to imagine him really struggling with someone as limited as Estrada. The skill, speed and power as well as the home advantage should all see Sabillo through to victory, probably inside the distance.
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