Milan “El Metodico” Melindo got a morale boosts for his upcoming world title bid against Javier “Cobra” Mendoza on May 30 from the second round technical knockout victory of his compatriot Eden Sonsona in Mexico recently.
Melindo’s trainer Edmund Villamor said that ALA Promotion boxer Melindo would fight Mendoza (23-2-1 win-loss-draw record with 19 knockouts) in the Mexican’s hometown of Campo Nuevo Ensenada Baja.
“So far, he’s doing great in the sparring session. His condition looks real good,” Villamor told The Manila Times in a phone interview on Saturday. “Milan and the team are currently in US for training and sparring. They arrived there last month and I’ve been monitoring them everyday.”
“Milan was also inspired after watching his fellow Filipino Eden Sonsona’s victory in Mexico. It is a morale-boosting win and he really likes to do the same thing which I think is possible and bound to happen,” he added.
The 26-year-old Sonsona (34-6-2 record with 12 knockouts) won via second round technical knockout on May 16 against Mexican Adrian Estrella in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.
Mendoza, 24, who is the reigning International Boxing Federation (IBF) light flyweight champion, is known for his accurate punches and relentless attacks. Melindo (32-1 record with 12 knockouts) is also known for being an aggressive and technical boxer, which is a perfect match for Javier’s style.
This is Melindo’s second world title shot after losing via unanimous decision to Mexican reigning World Boxing Organization and World Boxing Association flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada on July 27, 2013 in Macau.
Melindo returned to light flyweight class last year and won over Saul Suarez via unanimous decision in Cebu on November earning his second world title shot through an IBF light flyweight title eliminator.