Sabillo Should Not Underestimate Estrada Despite Record
By Ronnie Nathanielsz –
Jorlie Estrada who challenges WBO minimumweight champion Merlito Sabillo in a breakthrough title fight at the plush Solaire Resort Hotel and Casino in the Entertainment City along Manila Bay on July 13, cannot be underestimated.
Although he has a record of 17 wins, 6 by knockouts with 6 losses, Colombian media has warned that it would be a mistake to underestimate Estrada as an opponent pointing out that he has won his last four fights including back-to-back victories over Jorge Ballesteros including a 1st round TKO in their first encounter on March 17, 2012.
The 24 year old Colombian’s last loss was to talented Mexican Pedro Guevara who won by a 7th round TKO in a North American Boxing Federation light flyweight title fight on October 22, 2011 when he moved up in weight to face Guevara who gave IBF light flyweight champion Johnreil Casimero a tough battle before losing by a split decision in Mexico last August 4.
In his last fight on June 8 in Colombia, Estrada won by a 3rd round TKO over Gustavo Cortes, a veteran of 39 fights.
Sabillo made a name for himself in Colombia when he scored a rousing 8th round TKO over highly fancied Luis “Chino” De La Rosa, also of Colombia who had an impressive record of 21-1 with 12 knockouts.
Colombian media reported “that day the Filipino, almost unknown, showed his great condition and surprised everyone by his speed.
Sabillo, a hard-hitting southpaw is undefeated in 22 fights with 11 wins by knockout.
His trainer, Edito “Ala” Villamor told the Manila Standard that Sabillo has trained hard and is in great shape and is determined to put on an exciting performance as the highly-rated “Pinoy Pride” series of ALA Promotions and ABS-CBN makes its initial venture into the resort hotel and casino complex in the country’s growing entertainment city which aims to give Macau and Singapore a run for their money.