Pinoy Pride 36: Villanueva, Melindo, Cataraja all victorious in Bacolod

Santino Honasan on May 29, 2016 08:32 AM
Villanueva, Melindo, Cataraja all victorious in Bacolod
"King" Arthur Villanueva scored a controversial knockout win over Mexico's Juan Jimenez at Pinoy Pride 36 in Bacolod

Donnie Nietes wasnt’ the only one Pinoy who came out victorious at Pinoy Pride 36 in Bacolod, Saturday evening. A handful of his ALA Boxing stablemates all picked up wins against international opponents. 

in the co-main event, Negros native “King” Arthur Villanueva scored a controversial knockout win in the fourth round over Mexican opponent Juan “El Penita” Jimenez to claim the WBC Asia Pacific Bantamweight title.

Villanueva was on the ropes early, as the hard hitting Mexican champion found an opening and blasted Villanueva with a flurry of unanswered hooks that sent the hometown kid to the mat. Villanueva would bounce back though, putting Jimenez on his seat. The frustrated Mexican began throwing heavy at the end of the third. 

Scary moment in the fourth round, as Villanueva and Jimenez collided heads after an exchange, knocking the latter out cold. The official, thinking it was a punch that dropped Jimenez, went in for the count and reached ten, making it a fourth round stoppage for the Pinoy slugger. 

It would take quite a bit for Jimenez to get back up, but eventually the tough Mexican warrior was on his feet and left the arena on his own power. 

Sources say that the decision left a sour taste in the mouth of the Jimenez camp, who plan to appeal the decision. Should they be successful, an immediate rematch is highly likely. 

From one headbutt to another, Milan “El Metodico” Melindo also picked up a win of his own, beating late replacement Maximino “Max” Flores via Unanimous Technical Decision, 69-64, 68-65, 67-66. 

Melindo and Flores had quite the battle, with the faster Melindo using his hand speed to light Flores up early. The taller and rangier Flores adjusted midway, opting to pressure Melindo against the ropes and picking his shots from there. 

An earlier collision of heads opened a small cut above Flores’ head, but not worth calling off the bout. Since Flores’ style involved a lot of bobbing and weaving against the smaller Melindo, their heads met once again in the seventh, this time with Melindo getting the short end of the stick. The collision opened up a huge gash right above Melindo’s left eye, and the doctors decided that it wouldn’t  be wise to continue, meaning that a technical decision would be made, which turned out in favor of the Cagayan de Oro native, much to the anger of Team Flores. 

In a featured 115-pound bout, Kevin Jake “KJ” Cataraja extended his unbeaten streak by dominating Thailand’s Chatchai Or Benjamas early in the fourth round.

KJ dominated the fight from the opening bell, visibly outmatching the Thai, who eventually resorted to keeping the distance close. In the third round, KJ blasted Benjamas, laying him out for the count. The gritty Benjamas answered the count, but was saved by the bell. 

Smelling blood, Catraja went on for the kill and blasted the Thai once again, forcing the referee to step in and stop the match at 14 seconds into the fourth round. 



Complete Pinoy Pride 36 Results

Donnie Nietes def. Raul Garcia via TKO, 3:00 of R5

Arthur Villanueva def. Juan Jimenez via KO, R4

Milan Melindo def. Maximino Flores via Unanimous Technical Decision, R7

Kevin Jake Cataraja def. Chatchai Or Benjamas via KO, 0:14 of R4

Jonas Sultan def. Rommel Oliveros via KO, 2:13 of R5

Raul Yu def. Robert Ates via KO, 0:43 of R3

Kenneth Gentallan def. Lenmar Prescillas via Unanimous Decision

Reymund Rama def. Gerard Suico, via Split Decision

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