Rubillar sets sights on 5th world title for RP
World Boxing Council light flyweight challenger Juanito Rubillar hopes to win against Mexican champion Edgar Sosa in their hugely anticipated showdown on Saturday (Sunday, Manila time), at the Arena Mexico in Mexico City.
The 31-year-old veteran southpaw believes that with Filipino journalist Rey Danseco appointment as one of the fight's judges, the decision will be a balanced and fair one should it go the distance.
WBC president Don Jose Sulaiman picked Mexican Humberto Olivares as the second judge and American Stephen Blea as the third. The referee will be 68-year-old Harold Laurens of the Carribean island of Curacao .
Rubillar’s handler, Gabriel “Bebot” Elorde Jr., had also insisted on Danseco being one of the judges in the WBC title eliminator when Rubillar beat former world champion Omar Nino Romero by a split decision. Danseco had the Filipino winner by two points while American judge Steve Morrow had Rubillar by one.
However, Mexican judge Herminio Cuevas Collazo turned in a patently partisan scorecard of 118-111 in favor of Romero. Sulaiman commended Danseco for scoring the bout fairly and said it was a good decision and he agreed with it.
Rubillar, who has trained for three months, knowing that this is unquestionably his fifth and last chance to win a world title, said he is in “high spirits and feels strong” as he prepares to face Sosa.
The Mexican is his prime and has successfully defended his title seven times in 18 months.
Jacques Deschamps, Sosa's handler, told James Blears of Boxing Scene that, “Edgar is a fighting champion. We know this will be a tough fight for him, but we’re very optimistic. He’s on a streak and there’s a French saying …never two without three. Rubillar is a good fighter but Edgar is a thinking boxer and he’s very sharp. Edgar’s technique will prove to be the decisive difference.”