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Filipino "Tiger" Merlito Sabillo (23-0, 12) made the first defense of his WBO Minimumweight title as he disposed of the tricky but negative Colombian challenger Jorle Estrada (17-7, 6).
Sabillo, who had claimed his title in Colombia in March was facing a second successive Colombian fighter. Unfortunately for the Filipino fans Estrada was nothing like Sabillo's previous Colombian opponent Luis De La Rosa.
The Sabillo v De La Rosa fight was a memorable action bout with both men trying to claim the world title. This however was one man trying to defend his belt against a man merely trying to survive as opposed to win.
Estrada was negative from the opening round and appeared out of his depth after just a minute. Sabillo had seen enough in the first 60 seconds to know that he had nothing to fear from Estrada and instead of working his own jab he started to fire off lead left straights, several of which connected and made Estrada even more set on avoiding a fight.
With Estrada using his legs more than his hands Sabillo went to work on the challenger's midsection and appeared to hurt him there through many of the early rounds. Unfortunately every time Sabillo managed to hurt him, Estrada managed to just do enough to recover until the bell came and offered him some security.
You could tell through the middle rounds that Sabillo was getting frustrated at the negativity of his opponent but he kept applying intelligent pressure and targeting the body when he was in range. Unfortunately due to Estrada's movement the action was kept mostly to singles but Sabillo was making sure they counted every time they landed.
After a very poor round 7 in which neither man did much, despite Estrada promising a knockout in the round, Sabillo started to go back on the front foot and appeared to hurt Estrada once again.
With Estrada's body being the clear target and with Sabillo knowing he could hurt him there the champion set his feet and landed a monster shot to the gut early in round 9. The shot, which was thrown with more bad intentions than any other in the bout, crumpled Estrada to the canvas where he spat out his gum shield and took the 10 count.
We are expecting Sabillo to defend his title again early next year though the opponent seems to be down to ALA. Incidentally the WBO "interim" Minimumweight title is being fought for in a week as the unbeaten pair of Julian Yedras and Carlos Buitrago face off, maybe one of those would make an ideal dance partner for Sabillo (they would certainly make a more suitable one than Estrada).
With out trying to sound too harsh about Estrada, we hope we never have to see him again after this negative performance.
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