By Carlos Costa
Former WBO Minimumweight World Champion “The Tiger” Merlito Sabillo (27-5-1, 13 KO’s) of Bacolod, Philippines weighed-in at 107.4 lbs while his opponent Chinese Jing Xiang (14-4-2, 3 KO’s) made 107.8 pounds for their rumble for the vacant WBC Silver Jr. Flyweight Strap Saturday (Sep 15) at Qinzhou Sports Center in Qinzhou City in Southern China.
In the co-main feature,heavyweights Kotatsu Takehara (15-11, 3 8 KO’s) of Nagoya, Japan, and the tough Zhiyu Wu (8-2-1, 2 KO’s) of China will rumble for the vacant WBC Asian Heavyweight belt.
In a supporting bout, veteran Filipino gladiator Richard Garcia (27-28-1, 8 KO’s) born in Sarangani Province squares off 20 year-old Chinese rookie Shichao Gao (1-0-1, 0 KO’s) in a non-title 8-rounder clash in the super featherweight division.
Plus, super bantamweight Yutthichai Wannawong (8-6, 7 KO’s) of Nakhon Sawan in the Kingdom of Thailand will engage Chinese combatant Jian Wang (6-1, 1 KO). Both 22 year-old orthodox boxers will trade blows in a scheduled 6-rounder non-title clash.
Fight supervisor is WBC Vice-president Robert Yalen of New York, USA. Promoter is China International Sports Industry, matchmaker Zhang Aku. Ring physician is Dr. Rene Bonsubre of the Philippines.
The author Carlos Costa is Panama-born Fight Reporter living in Cebu, Philippines. Carlos can be reached by email: Carlos512@hotmail.com and Whatsapp: +639184538152.