Thursday, June 21, 2007

Rubillar Departs for First OPBF Title Defense

Juanito Rubillar, the current OPBF light flyweight champion leaves for Osaka, Japan today to make the first defense of his title. He will defend it on June 24 against Japanese Ken Nakajima.
To prepare for his title defense, Rubillar had trained for almost three months and is looking forward to an impressive win and a possible crack at the world title.

Rubillar won the OPBF title by a seventh round TKO over tough Indonesian Irfan Ogah last October 13 in Trece Martires City, Cavite. He is coming off a sixth round technical decision over Larry Mede in Baguio City last February 25. He has a record of 41-10-7 with 18 knockouts to his name while Nakajima who lost a ten round decision to countryman Takashi Kunishige on November 7, 2006 has a record of 16-4 with 10 knockouts.

He is currently rated No. 4 by the WBC and often laments the fact that despite being the No.1 contender on two occasions he was denied a crack at Brian Viloria. He battled the Mexican warrior Jorge Arce for the WBC title
twice. however, he lost on both occasions by a unanimous twelve round decision.

He is just one pound over the light flyweight limit and should have no problem making the weight after sparring 108 rounds against WBO Asia Pacific flyweight champion Drian Francisco and minimum weight champion Ryan Bito.

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