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Sabillo loses WBO title to Mexican Rodriguez

By: - Reporter / @MarkGiongcoINQ
/ 01:13 PM March 23, 2014

Merlito “TIGER” Sabillo. CDN FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Filipino boxer Merlito Sabillo suffered a stunning loss, a 10th round stoppage, at the hands of Mexican challenger Francisco Rodriguez Jr. Sunday (Manila time) at the Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico.

According to a report posted on www.boxingscene.com, Rodriguez took control of the fight after decking Sabillo twice in the second round.

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Rodriguez (14-2, 10 KOs), who now owns the WBO minimumweight title, pressed the fight right at the opening bell and never pulled back on his punches while Sabillo (23-1-1, 12 KOs) on the other hand, offered little response.

Seeing blood in the water, Rodriguez went for the finish in the 10th round – pummelling the erstwhile unbeaten Sabillo – before referee Eddie Claudio stopped the bout at the 1:50 mark.

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The win is said to be the biggest yet in Rodriguez’s career. Rodriguez was coming off a knockout defeat at the hands of former champion Roman Gonzalez last October.

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