Sabillo, Raquinel Decision Rivals in Fist of Glory

Asian Boxing Federation champion Merlito “Tiger” Sabillo (27, 13KOs-4-1) defended his light flyweight title via unanimous decision over Crimson Omayao (22, 7KOs-15-4) of Valencia, Bukidnon at Barangay Granada gym in Bacolod City on Friday.

THE CHAMPIONS. (from left) Newly-crowned Interim OPBF flyweight champion Jayr Raquinel, promoter Naris Singwacha of Thailand, ABF lightweight titlist Merlito Sabillo, and international referee Dan Nietes.* (contributed photo)

The three judges scored the bout 117-108, 113-112, and 118-108 in favor of the Negrense champion Sabillo.

Despite knocking down Omayao in the 10th round, Sabillo was not convinced of his performance against the elusive challenger. “He just ran around the ring and tried to escape a knockout,” he further said. “Ahead of my next fight, I need to train hard to improve my speed.”

In the supporting main bout, Cauayan-native Jayr Raquinel (8, 5KOs-0-1) of Negros Occidental captured the Interim Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation flyweight title when he upset Richard Rosales of Bohol via majority decision.

All two judges favored Raquinel 96-94, 98-92; while the other judge scored the bout even 95-95.

Other result in the undercard saw UD wins of John Micheal Zulueta of Highland Boxing Stable and Paolo Sy of Bacolod over Murcia boxers Ernesto Alira and Elmer Libo-on, respectively. But Thomas Rebusit of Murcia finished Mark Mahilum of San Carlos City by technical knockout.

This boxing event is dubbed as The Fist of Glory: Double Championship - Road to Glory and sanctioned by the Games and Amusement Board headed by Chairman Abraham Khalil Mitra.* (JGToga)