Sabillo defeated Colombia's Luis de la Rosa via 8-round technical knockout to win the interim WBO Minimumweight world title on March 9, 2013 in Colombia.
He was later announced as the full champion after original champion Moises Fuentes relinquised the title to move up to a higher weight in the Light Flyweight.
He successfully made his first title defense against Jorle Estrada on July 13, 2013 in Manila via 9th round stoppage.
In his second title defense, he survived a draw against a rugged opponent in Nicaraguan Carlos Buitrago, who was undefeated at that time, on November 11,2013 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
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