Thailand-bound Pinoy boxer Melvin Jerusalem dedicates title fight to late father
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 20, 2017 04:13 PM
"I guess this time he can watch me from heaven.” - Melvin Jerusalem on his late father.
WBC #9 and world Minimumweight title challenger Melvin Jerusalem leaves the country on Friday, January 20, along with coaches Edito Villamor and Michael Domingo.
After months of training, Jerusalem feels confident going into the first title fight of his young career.
Undefeated with eleven wins in as many fights the young Jerusalem is scheduled to take on reigning WBC minimumweight world champion Wanheng Menayothin of Thailand. The defending champion also has an undefeated record of 44-0 and is now on his fifth title defense. Menayothin has held three other WBC titles since 2007. Both Jerusalem and Menayothin have fought and won over Filipino champions Florante Condes and Jonathan Refugio.
While the fight with Jerusalem could be just another one that Menayothin hopes to add to his spotless record, it’s a once in a lifetime chance a promising young fighter like Jerusalem, who's eager to make a name of his own. A win over an experienced veteran like Menayothin would open more opportunities for the Filipino.
Dedicating the most important fight of his career to his late father, Jerusalem promises to do his best and fight as long as he still can, saying “his support inspires me” and that he (Melvin’s father) “would have loved to see my first title fight for my first fight abroad”. Jerusalem added, “This is a lot of firsts for my career, and I wish he was around to see me. I guess this time he can watch me from heaven.”The fight is set next Wednesday, January 25 in Phitsanulok, Thailand.