Donnie Nietes stops Carlos Velarde after seven, keeps 108-pound title

15
Nov

Donnie Nietes stops Carlos Velarde after seven, keeps 108-pound title

Junior flyweight champ Donnie Nietes stopped Carlos Velarde after Round 7 to retain his RING/WBO titles on Saturday in Cebu City, Philippines. Former 105-pound beltholder Merlito Sabillo and 122-pound prospect Albert Pagara scored wins on the undercard.

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01
Apr

Ring Ratings Update: Quiet two-week stretch

The last two weeks have been relatively quiet in terms of action involving RING-rated fighters. However, some of the magazine’s top-10 contenders were in action, such as heavyweight Odlanier Solis, who lost to Tony Thompson and was dropped from the rankings.

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23
Mar

Francisco Rodriguez stops Merlito Sabillo in 10, wins strawweight belt

Unheralded Francisco Rodriguez Jr. mauled and dominated previously unbeaten Merlito Sabillo, wresting the WBO strawweight title with a 10th-round technical knockout at the Monterrey Arena in Monterrey, Mexico on Saturday.

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21
Oct

Nietes, Sabillo defend titles on Nov. 30 in Manila

WBO junior flyweight titleholder Donnie Nietes and WBO 105-pound titleholder Merlito Sabillo will make their next title defenses at home on Nov. 30, when they face separate opponents at the Araneta Coliseum in Manila, Philippines.

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13
Jul

Sabillo stops Estrada in 9

Fighting in front of a crowd of 1,500 that included many of his nation’s top celebrities, Merlito Sabillo asserted his dominance, beating an overmatched Jorle Estrada around the ring before knocking him out at 1:09 of the ninth round with a thudding left hand to the body.

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10
Jul

From street fighter to world title holder

Just a few years ago, strawweight world title holder Merlito Sabillo was making ends meet by fighting on the streets of Bacolod City, Philippines, and betting on himself to win.

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29
May

Sabillo-Estrada title bout may usher in casino era for Philippines boxing

The July 6 WBO strawweight title bout between Filipino beltholder Merlito Sabillo and Colombia’s Jorle Estrada on July 6 at the newly-constructed Solaire Resort and Casino in Manila may usher in a casino boxing era in the Philippines.

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