Melindo TKOs Yaegashi to capture world championship

Santino Honasan on May 21, 2017 07:16 PM
Melindo TKOs Yaegashi to capture world championship
AND NEW. Milan Melindo finally captures world championship gold after knocking out Akira Yaegashi in Japan

Third time's the charm for Filipino boxer Milan Melindo.

In his third attempt at a world championship, the ALA Boxing standout finally captures gold after knocking out defending regular IBF light flyweight world champion Akira Yaegashi in just one round, Sunday evening at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo, Japan. 

Melindo, who came into the fight as the interim IBF 108-pound champion, outstruck the regular champion inside the first round, dropping Yaegashi twice before landing a vicious 1-2 combination that sent the hometown boy down to the mat for a third time. 

Separated from his senses, Yaegashi could barely sit back up as the referee waved off the fight at the 2:45 mark of round one. 

It's been a long road to the title for Melindo. The 29-year old Cagayanon challenged for a world title on two separate occasions twice before, falling short both times. Last November, Melindo earned the right to challenge Yaegashi after defeating Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. to claim the interim belt. 

Melindo (36-2, 13 KO) joins Jerwin Ancajas (IBF junior bantamweight), ALA Boxing teammate Donnie Nietes (IBF flyweight), and Manny Pacquiao (WBO welterweight) as the only current Filipino male boxing world champions. 

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