Toboso native Merlito “Tige”Sabillo and Edward “El Heneral” Heno of Baguio City will face each other today for the Oriental Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) – Asian Boxing Federation (ABF) junior flyweight unification fight, 4 p.m. at Gaisano City Mall in Bacolod City.
Dubbed as “Civil War” Champion vs. Champion, the boxing extravaganza will pit ABF reigning champion Sabillo and OPBF titlist Heno in the 12-round championship battle.
The 34-year-old Sabillo goes into the fight with a 27-4-1 win-loss-draw record while 25-year-old Heno is undefeated after 16 fights, five of them ended in draw.
At yesterday's official weigh-in, Sabillo tipped the scale at 106 pounds while Heno registered 103 pounds.
Sabillo told the media yesterday that he had a good preparation and has been training hard for the fight against Heno.
Considered as one of the toughest street fighters in Bacolod City before polishing his skills and going pro, Sabillo said a win against Heno today will give him another chance for a world title.
He caught the interest of boxing pundits almost five years ago after knocking out Jorle Estrada of Colombia for the WBO minimumweight title during the fight at Solaire Resort Hotel and Casino in Pasay City. Four months later, he lost the title to Nicaraguan Luis Buitrago in a split decision.
“I trained hard and will pray harder for this fight. I just hope that both of us [Heno] will finish the fight safe,” Sabillo said.
Aware of Sabillo's impressive record and fighting in the former world champion's territory, Heno said he has a game plan on how to win today's fight for the OPBF-ABF belt.
“I didn't watch his fights. Not one. I just focused on my training and my game plan,” Heno said.
Promoting the fight is the Highland International Boxing Promotion of Brico Santig with the backing of former Games and Amusement Board chairman Juan Ramon Guanzon.*NAB
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