Melindo in unanimous-decision loss to Mexican

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Milan “El Metodico” Melindo lost his first title fight against flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada of Mexico via a unanimous decision, but two other Filipinos won on Saturday night in “Fist of Gold 2” at the Venetian Hotel in Macau, China.

Melindo, 25, took the first five rounds but came up short in the remaining rounds to absorb a unanimous defeat that blemished his unbeaten record.

The judges scored it 118-109, 117-109 and 118-109 all for Estrada.

“Congratulations to him (Estrada). He is the better boxer last night,” posted Melindo who has 29 win and 1 loss with 12 knockouts, in his personal social networking site Sunday. “I will come back strong. I’m not over yet. This is only my first loss.”

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The Filipino traded punches with Estrada (25-2 with 18 knockouts) all throughout the fight. Estrada floored Melindo in the 11th round but he beat the count.

Filipino Genesis “Azukal” Servania remained undefeated in 22 fights with eight knockouts after beating a tough Japanese Konosuke Tomiyama via a ninth round split technical decision.

The two fighters exchanged knockout punches and were both down the floor many times. But referee Danrex Tapdasan stopped the bout as Servania’s eyebrow continued to bleed. Judge Sawaeng Thaweekoon scored 85-84 for Tomiyama but judges Salven Lagumbay and Takeshi Shimakawa scored 86-83 and 87-82 for Servania.

Both judges considered that it was a head butt that opened Servania’s cut.

JOSEF T. RAMOS

 

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