Melindo says title win was dream come true for him and manager
Santino Honasan on Nov 27, 2016 08:24 AM
“Gusto niya lahat maging world champion, may pangalan, tsaka respetado, at may respeto sa sarili at disiplina.” - Melindo on manager Antonio Aldeguer
Saturday night in Cebu, ALA Promotions’ longtime standout Milan “El Metodico” Melindo finally captured his first ever world title after beating Thailand’s Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. via unanimous decision in the main event of Pinoy Pride 39.
It has been quite the long journey to the title for Melindo, who had come up short in two previous world title opportunities.
This time around however, “The Method Man” stuck to a gameplan, got the win, and finally hoisted world championship gold.
Definitely, the title win was a dream come true for the 28-year old, but he says that it’s as much a dream realized for his handler and manager Antonio L. Aldeguer, as it is for him.
“Masaya kasi unang-una, natupad ko yung pangarap ko tsaka yung pangarap ni Sir ALA, yung manager ko, si Antonio Aldeguer.” Melindo told ABS-CBN Sports after the match. “Pangarap talaga niya na maging world champion ako.”
Melindo has been on the Filipino boxing scene for quite some time now, and his name, along with the likes of Donnie Nietes, AJ Banal, and Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista were some of the first names to come out of the ALA Boxing stable.
Melindo and Nietes have withstood the test of time and are now witnesses to the rise of their younger stablemates such as the Pagara brothers and Mark Magsayo.
The Cagayan de Oro-born Melindo added that Aldeguer want nothing but the best for the fighters in his stable.
“Si Sir ALA, love na love niya yung mga boxers niya,” said Melindo. “Gusto niya lahat maging world champion, may pangalan, tsaka respetado, at may respeto sa sarili at disiplina.”
The ALA Boxing gym in Cebu has produced a number of champions, and by the looks of it, with their rising stars such as Jeo Santisima, Melvin Jerusalem, and KJ Cataraja, there’s no doubt that there will be more ALA titleholders to come.