Merlito Sabillo (22-0, 6 KOs) of the Philippines stopped Luis De La Rosa (21-2-1, 12 KOs) of Colombia by TKO at 2:58 in round eight to win the interim WBO minimumweight title on Saturday night at the Coliseo Mario De Leon Cerete, Cordoba, Colombia. The bout was all action with each fighter teeing off on each other from round one. De La Rosa was cut in the very first round but it only fueled him to unleash a fury of power punches rocking Sabillo often. Sabillo was resilent and gave as good as he took. The tide changed in the eighth round when the southpaw Sabillo dropped De La Rosa with a right hand. De La Rosa beat the count but physically looked in serious trouble. Sabillo pounced right on him when the action resumed and dropped him again with a straight left. De La Rosa beat the count again but clearly looked disoriented. The referee issued a count but then waved the bout off seeing that De La Rosa was in no condition to continue. Time was 2:58. The large Colombia crowd gave Sabillo and De La Rosa a standing ovation and the local mayor invited Sabillo to come back to fight in the summer against another world ranked Colombian. The event was promoted by All Star Boxing, Inc., “The New Generation” & Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr. in association with Promociones Deportivas Cuadrilatero and Alcaldia de Cerete.
In a battle of Colombian countryman and southpaws former world title challenger William Urina (23-2, 20 KOs) unanimously decisoned Jesus Martinez (9-1, 5 KOs). The officials judges scorecards were 98-92 twice and 97-93. Urina won the WBO Latino bantamweight title with the victory.
World ranked Darley Perez (28-0, 19 KOs) of Colombia got a huge scare on his way to decisioning Julio Camano (8-9-1, 3 KOs of Panama) over 8 exciting rounds. Camano sent Perez crashing hard to the canvas in round four with a right uppercut followed by a left hook. Perez beat the count but was very dazed as he jumped up and down between the referee’s count to get his wits about him. Both fighters had to battle a very slippery middle of the ring canvas most of the fight. Perez dropped Camano in round 7 with an overhand right but it partially appeared that Camano slipped on the wet canvas. Camano beat the count easily and appeared suprised he was being given a count by the referee. All three judges favored Perez by the scores of 78-73,76-72, 77-73.