MILAN “El Metodico” Melindo assured Filipino boxing fans that he will rise again after losing to defending World Boxing Organization and World Boxing Association flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada of Mexico on Saturday.
“That time he was the better boxer than me but I will be back,” Melindo, 25, told The Manila Times in a phone interview. “I will be back and I will train harder. A world title fight is much harder than any fight, so I really need to train harder than the champion.”
Melindo, who fell to 29-1 win-loss slate with 12 knockouts, rule the first five rounds of the fight but couldn’t sustain his blitz on Estrada (25-2 win-loss card with 18 knockouts). The Mexican, seeing the onset of fatigue on the Filipino shifted to offensive mode knocking out Melindo in the 11th round though the latter pulled through the mandatory 10 count.
Estrada dethroned Melindo’s compatriot flyweight champion Brian Viloria in April 2012, also at the Venetian Hotel in Macau, China.
A number of boxing analysts noted that Melindo’s lack of stamina cost him the title fight although he is considered to be more skilful and powerful than Estrada.