FORMER world champion Merlito “Tiger” Sabillo (25-4-1 win-loss-draw) makes his return on Sunday for another title fight at the 888 Chinatown Square Mall in Bacolod City.
The 33-year-old Toboso-born fighter will face Indonesian Jack Amisa for the vacant Asian Boxing Federation (ABF) light flyweight championship belt.
This will be a rematch between the two fighters as Sabillo has beaten Amisa via unanimous decision in November 2015 at the La Trinidad municipal gym in La Trinidad, Benguet.
Both fighters are also looking forward to end their losing streaks with Sabillo having two consecutive defeats last year while Amisa had five straight upsets.
Sabillo failed to secure any regional crown after losing all his title fights to Japanese opponents in 2016.
In May 2016, Sabillo bowed to Riku Kano via split decision for the interim Oriental Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) minimum weight title fight in Bunka Center in Hyogo, Japan.
Six months later, he yielded to Ryuya Yamanaka via unanimous decision for the OPBF minimum weight title at the Central Gym in Hyogo, Japan.
Amisa also suffered a unanimous defeat last year to then newly-turned pro Vikash Dahiya of India before he was knocked out by Thailand’s Prasitsak Phaprom in July.
This title fight is promoted by former Games and Amusements Board chairman Juan Ramon Guanzon alongside ABF president Naris Singwancha of Thailand and United Boxing Promotions’ Ryota Kato of Japan.
Featured in the undercard are Alexander Almacen vs Ernesto Alera in a six-rounder (105 lbs.); Elmer Liboon vs. Jay-R Raquenel (112 lbs.) in a six-round clash at 112 lbs., and a four-round fight at 112 lbs. Paolo Sy vs. Tomas Rebuset.
This fight is supervised by the Games and Amusement Board. (HGD)