• Trainer confident of Melindo victory


    Trainer Edito Villamor expressed confidence when former world title challenger Milan “El Metodico” Melindo clashes against Thai boxer Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. for the interim International Boxing Federation (IBF) light flyweight crown on November 26.

    The Melindo- Sakkreerin fight will be held at the Cebu Coliseum in Cebu City.

    “So far so good, I’m confident that we will win this fight. Ability wise, strategy wise, Milan is ready for this fight,” Villamor told The Manila Times in a phone interview on Thursday. “Milan also knows that this will be his last opportunity to win a world title.”

    “That’s why I’m sure he’s going to give his best.”

    Milan Melindo (left) FILE PHOTO

    Milan Melindo (left) FILE PHOTO

    Known for his effective technical boxing skills and relentless aggression, Melindo (34-2 win-loss record with 12 knockouts) will absolutely try whatever it takes to capture the title against Sakkreerin (31-4-1 win-loss-draw record with 16 knockouts).

    Villamor also warned Melindo about his Thai opponent. “That Thai opponent is in the caliber of a world champion. That’s not a patsy opponent for sure,” he added. “So Milan will do his best.”

    The 28-year-old Cagayan De Oro native absorbed unanimous decision loss to Mexican unified flyweight champion 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.

    Melindo then won his next two fights against foreign opponents Victor Olivo and Maximo Flores that strengthened his bid to get his third world title opportunity.

    In other scheduled fights, Prince Albert Pagara (26-1 record with 18 knockouts) faces Raymond Commey of Ghana, while his older brother Jason Pagara (39-2 record with 24 knockouts) battles Nicaraguan Jose “Quiebra Jicara” Alfaro in non-title matches both scheduled for 10 rounds.


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