Melindo faces dilemma against 'mysterious' rival

Mark Escarlote on Nov 27, 2015 05:59 PM
Melindo faces dilemma against 'mysterious'  rival
Dun ko na lang siya pag-aaralan sa first round --- Milan Melindo on Mexican opponent Victor Olivo

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu --- Milan “El Metodico” Melindo faces a game plan dilemma when he meets undefeated Mexican fighter Victor Olivo in their non-title bout on Saturday’s Pinoy Pride 34: “Back with a Vengeance” at the Hoops Dome here.

Olivo came in as a late replacement barely a week before the big night as Melindo’s original opponent Carlos Fontes was forced out due to anemia.

The sudden development posed a big problem for Melindo, who was preparing for a Southpaw fighter in Fontes.           

“’Yun ang pinakamahirap kasi hindi ko alam kung ano ang panglaban ko sa kanya e,” said Melindo, who coming off a loss, the second in his career, last May against hometown bet Javier Mendoza in a 6th round technical decision loss in the IBF World Light Flyweight bout in Baja, Mexico. 

The 27-year-old Melindo, who has 32 wins with 12 coming off knockouts, said that Olivo is an orthodox technical fighter and a better boxer than Fontes. All the tactics that he and his team prepared are useless against a fighter with a different style. 

“One week din kasi bago ang laban siya napalitan so natapos na ang sparring sessions so hindi ko na mai-execute yung ginawa ko sa sparring,” he said.

The Pinoy pug will also be fighting blind, facing an opponent he never saw in action in a professional fight. Olivo is undefeated in nine bouts but is fighting for the first time outside of Mexico.    

“Problema talaga ‘yun kasi ang kalaban mo magaling tapos pag-aaralan ka kasi marami kang fight videos doon sa Youtube. E siya e naka-hide lang, yung amateur video lang niya ang nakita ko,” Melindo admitted Friday afternoon after the official weigh-in at the Gaisano Island Mall. 

The only solution that Melindo sees is to measure Olivo in the opening round and adjust from there.

“So ite-test ko na lang kung paano ako lalaban sa night of the fight. Dun ko na lang siya pag-aaralan sa first round,” said Melindo. “Mahirap kasi kung susugurin mo kaagad e hindi mo naman na-scout e.”

Melindo promised an all-out war come match time, looking at a good performance that could improve his rankings for another title shot.     

“Parang bibigyan ko na rin ng Pamasko ang mga boxing fans,” he said. “I want to give the boxing fans a good fight and I want to make this Pinoy Pride 34 as the best (Pinoy Pride event) this year.”

Pinoy Pride 34 will air on November 29, Sunday at 10 a.m. on ABS-CBN channel 2 and 9 p.m. on ABS-CBN Sports+Action channel 23.




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