Melindo 'highly confident' on upcoming title bout in Mexico
ABS-CBN Sports on May 27, 2015 02:49 PM
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MANILA - Milan Melindo is greatly assured about his chances for his upcoming title bout this weekend in Mexico.
“El Metodico” (32-1, with 12 victories by knockout) will be facing hometown hero Javier Mendoza (23-2-1, with 19 victories by knockout) for the IBF world light flyweight title.
This will be Melindo’s second run at a world title, with the first one being unsuccessful. He faced WBO/WBA champion Juan Francisco Estrada in 2013 in Macau, China, wherein he lost via unanimous decision.
Melindo has so far put his first and only career loss behind him as he now embarks on his toughest career test yet. But according to ALA Boxing’s chief trainer Edito Villamor, his fighter’s determination, along with the work they’ve put in during the seven-week camp in Los Angeles, will lead them to victory.
“He’s focused, determined and very dedicated for this fight,” Villamor said in a report by The Philippine Star. “He doubled all his efforts in terms of training and preparation considering that this is his second world title shot.”
Villamor adds that Melindo’s preparation so far has been top-notch, which rightfully has given the 27-year old boxer full confidence coming into the bout.
“Melindo’s confidence level is high and he’s prepared to go all the way for 12 rounds. He really wants to fulfill his dream to become a world champion that is why he will give his best and do whatever it takes to win this match.”