Newly crowned IBF Jr. Flyweight world champion Milan “El Metodico” Melindo is set to defend his title in Cebu City. After two previous attempts at the coveted world title, a win over then IBF #3 Jr. Flyweight Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. of Thailand for the IBF interim title last November provided Milendo a ticket to Japan and another shot at a world championship, this time against regular IBF champion Akira Yaegashi.
Melindo dominated the entire opening round, as he floored then defending champion and two-division world champion Akira Yaegashi thrice down the canvas en route to a first round TKO win 2 minutes and 45 seconds into their IBF Jr. fly world championship clash, becoming Philippines’ fourth current world champion next to Manny Pacquiao, Donnie Nietes, and Jerwin Ancajas.
Melindo is ALA Gym’s new world champion; alongside longest-reigning Filipino, three-division, and current IBF Flyweight world champion, Donnie “Ahas” Nietes.
For his first title defense, Melindo will headline ALA Promotions’ 42nd Pinoy Pride edition on September 16 at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino.