ALA Promotions and ABS-CBN Sports’ Pinoy Pride XI Features Merlito “Tiger” Sabillo
ALA Promotions and ABS-CBN Sports’ Pinoy Pride XI will be featuring the undefeated OPBF Minimumweight Champion Merlito “Tiger” Sabillo who is set to face off against Indonesia Boxing Commission Minimumweight Champion Sofyan Effendi in the event that will feature Milan “El Metodico” Melindo.
The Sabillo-Effendi match is an 8-round ring battle set for January 28, 2012 at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino.
Sabillo started his professional boxing career in 2008 and earned the Philippines GAB Minimumweight Championship upon bagging his twelfth straight victory. He defeated Jetly Purisima.
Sabillo held on to the title for a year until he dominated the well-experienced Tejares Singwancha for the title of being the OPBF Minimumweight champion. This happened on the ninth installment of the Pinoy Pride boxing mega-series, which had, for the main event, Donnie “Ahas” Nietes challenging then-champion Ramon “Principe” Garcia for his WBO World Junior Flyweight Championship.
After this most recent achievement, the Bacolod-based boxer is officially a part of ALA Promotions’ roster of fighters along with recently-crowned OPBF Light Welterweight Champion Romeo “Jako” Jakosalem and Philippines GAB Flyweight Champion Arthur “El Matador” Villanueva to mention a few.
Sabillo will be a fighter to watch out for, as he will be more active in 2012, as part of ALA Promotions’ thrust to feature top Filipino fighters in the world stage.