WBC 108

By Rey Danseco


WBC 108

TOP ranked contender Juanito Rubillar left Manila, Philippines for Hollywood, California late Thursday night to prepare for the mandatory fight in a rematch against World Boxing Council (WBC) light flyweight champ Jorge "Travieso" Arce on September 4.

Rubillar, a southpaw, flew around 10:13 p.m aboard a Philippine Airlines flight with manager Gabriel "Bebot" Elorde Jr. and veteran trainer Ding Cabanela.

The 27-year old father of three will stay for 48 hours in Hollywood and share room with his manager’s sons Lawrence and Ivan until the team leaves for Tijuana, Mexico on Saturday (Sunday in Manila).

The Rubillar-Arce rematch takes place at El Toreo de Tijuana in Tijuana, Mexico under Promociones Zanfer (Zanfer Promotion).

Rubillar, a former WBC International light flyweight titlist, aims to avenge his unanimous decision loss to Arce in October 2001 in Tijuana’s Municipal Auditorium and make himself the only belted world boxing titlist to date.

Including five title defenses, Arce's career record is 36 wins, three losses and one draw, with 27 knockouts. He is a perfect 16-0 since the loss to many-time world light-fly champ and Seoul Olympics silver medallist Michael Carbajal of the USA for the vacant WBO light flyweight crown in July 1999.

Rubillar is also unbeaten in 10 fights, including two technical draws, with six knockout wins since losing to Arce. He has 33-8-7, 15 KOs.


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