Milan Melindo captures IBF interim world title at Pinoy Pride 39 in Cebu

Santino Honasan on Nov 26, 2016 11:49 PM
Melindo captures IBF interim world title in Cebu
And new! Milan Melindo captures interim IBF light flyweight crown after beating Thailand's Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. via unanimous decision.

The third time was the charm for Milan "El Metodico" Melindo, as in his third opportunity at a world title, he captured the interim IBF light flyweight title, edging out Thailand's Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr via a 12-round unanimous decision win. 

Melindo was successful early, countering well and moving in and out of the Thai's range. 

Sakkreerin stayed in it the whole match, even finding his range and getting a couple of late rounds under his belt. 
With the match close heading into the 12th round, Melindo put in one last charge and landed a number of solid counters that had Sakkreerin staggering and swinging at air. 

After 12 rounds, Melindo earned the unanimous decision win and finally get his hands on world championship gold.

 Melindo is now the top contender to lineal IBF world light flyweight title holder Akira Yaegashi of Japan. 

In the co-main event, Jason "El Niño" Pagara made quick work of former WBA lightweight world champion Jose "Quiebra Jicara" Alfaro, stopping the Nicaraguan in the first round. 

Jason came out aggressive after the opening bell, pressuring the former Nicaraguan to move back in the early moments of the bout. 

With less than a minute left in the first frame, Jason had Alfaro against the ropes and unloaded a flurry of hard body shots that sent the Nicaraguan to his knees. 

With Alfaro unable to answer the ten-count, the referee waived the match off, giving Jason his 13th straight win, cementing his spot as the number one ranked junior welterweight contender. 

In the featured bout, "Prince" Albert Pagara returned to his winning ways, defeating Ghana's Raymond Commey via unanimous decision. 

The Maasin City native, who was coming off his first career loss against Cesar Juarez back in July, looked more patient and tentative than in his previous fights, as he started a bit slow in his 126-pound debut. 

Commey on the other hand, remained aggressive for most of the match, and even had Albert moving backwards early on. 

As the match progressed, Albert began to pick up steam as he became more aggressive, landing his signature bombs on the Ghanaian, rocking him on a couple of instances. 

After ten rounds, Albert managed to do enough in the judges' eyes as he walked away with the decision win. 

ALA Promotions rising stars Jeo Santisima, Jimmy Paypa, and KJ Cataraja also scored big wins at Pinoy Pride 39.

Complete Pinoy Pride 39 Results

Milan Melindo def. Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. via Unanimous Decision (117-111, 115-113, 115-113)
Jason Pagara def. Jose Alfaro via KO (2:15, R1) 
Albert Pagara def. Raymond Commey via Unanimous Decision (99-91, 99-91, 99-91)
Jeo Santisima def. Rex Wao via TKO (2:28, R5)
Jimmy Paypa def. Jerry Nardo via KO (0:43, R3) 
Kevin Jake Cataraja def. John Kenan Villaflor via KO (0:41, R1)
Virgel Vitor def. Fabio Marfa via Unanimous Decision (60-54, 59-55, 59-55)
Virgel Vitor defeats Jonathan Francisco via TKO (2:50, R4)

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