“El Metodico” Melindo gets title eliminator rematch later this year
Santino Honasan on Mar 18, 2016 05:37 PM
Could another world title be in the horizon for Milan Melindo? (Photo: Santino Honasan/ABS-CBN Sports)
ALA Boxing veteran Milan “El Metodico” Melindo may be on his way to getting another world title shot as he is set to take on Mexico’s Javier Mendoza in an IBF Light Flyweight Title eliminator rematch later this year.
According to Cebu Daily News, ALA Promotions and Mexico’s Zanfer Promotions have agreed on holding the rematch between the two top light flyweights, possibly on the undercard of the upcoming Donnie Nietes-Raul Garcia Hirales clash in Bacolod City this coming May.
The winner of the title-eliminator rematch gets a shot at the IBF World Light Flyweight title, currently held by Japan’s Akira Yaegeshi .
Melindo and Mendoza first faced each other in May of 2015 in Mexico, with Mendoza winning via technical decision in the sixth round. Mendoza would drop the title to Yaegeshi via Unanimous Decision at the end of 2015.
The 28-year old Melindo, who boasts a 33-2 professional record with 12 wins via knockout, is coming off a ten-round Split Decision win over Mexican Victor Emanuel Olivo last December at Pinoy Pride 34 in Cebu City.
Throughout his eleven year professional career, Melindo has the WBO Asia Pacific Minimumweight Title, the WBA and WBO Inter-continental Light Flyweight Titles, and the WBO International Flyweight Title.
While the Cagayan De Oro native has yet to hold a world title, he has challenged for it twice in his career. A win over Mendoza could mean a third world title match for “El Metodico.”