After two failed attempts, Filipino Milan “El Metodico” Melindo finally won a world title by posting a unanimous decision win over Thailand’s Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. on Saturday night to capture the International Boxing Federation (IBF) interim light flyweight belt at the Cebu Coliseum in Cebu City.
Melindo, who improved to 35-2 win-loss record with 12 knockouts, got a favorable score of 115-113, 115-113 and 117-111 from the judges after hitting his hard-fighting Thai opponent with crisp punches and counter attacks.
“He (Melindo) unleashed perfectly his jab and we executed well our strategy,” Melindo’s trainer Edito Villamor told The Manila Times during phone interview.
“Sakkreerin was also durable that’s why Milan just hit him accurately.”
Sakkreerin fell to 31-5-1 record.
“We are going to take a rest and enjoy this moment,” said Villamor.
The 23-year-old Thai opponent fought well through his defensive jabs but Melindo’s speed was able to penetrate his foe throughout the fight. Melindo’s first world title attempt was a unanimous decision loss to Juan Francisco Estrada (34-2 record with 24 knockouts) in April 2013.
Estrada held the World Boxing Organization and World Boxing Association belts. In June 2015, Melindo lost his second world title shot against Mexican Javier Mendoza via technical decision for the IBF light flyweight belt.
In other fight results, Prince Albert Pagara (27-1 record with 18 knockouts) beats Raymond Commey of Ghana via unanimous decision, while his older brother Jason Pagara (40-2 record with 25 knockouts) knocked out Nicaraguan Jose “Quiebra Jicara” Alfaro in the first round.