'He's never fought anyone like me" - IBF champ Milan Melindo unfazed by IBO champ Budler
Santino Honasan on Jul 15, 2017 08:56 AM
"No matter how many fights he’s had, he’s never fought anyone like me." - IBF light-flyweight champion Milan Melindo on challenger and IBO light-flyweight champion Hekkie Budler
Reigning IBF light-flyweight champion Milan 'El Metodico' Melindo will have his hands full come September, when he puts his title on the line against South Africa's Hekkie "The Hexecutioner" Budler in the main event of Pinoy Pride 42 in Cebu.
Budler, 29, possesses an impressive 31-2-0 record with ten wins via knockout, but what's more notable about the Johannesburg native's stacked resumé is that he's captured world championship gold on multiple occassions, holding the IBO and WBA minumumweight straps, as well as currently holding the IBO light-flyweight title.
As decorated as his challenger is, champion Melindo says he isn't at all fazed.
"I feel no pressure for this fight." Melindo said. "No matter how many fights he’s had, he’s never fought anyone like me."
The 29-year old Melindo is coming off arguably the biggest win of his career, a first-round knockout win over Japan's Akira Yaegashi to claim the IBF's 108-pound title.
While Melindo isn't known for his knockout power, his dominant win over Yaegashi in Japan proves that the Cagayan de Oro native does have the ability to put people to sleep.
In his 33-fight career, Budler has never been knocked out, but Melindo hopes to be able to change that.
"I advise him not to put his guard down, because then I might give him the first KO defeat of his career."
As for Budler's championship pedigree, Melindo isn't too concerned, as he's faced some top-flight competition in the past as well.
"I've already fought some of the best world champions in the world, including Juan Francisco Estrada, so he is no threat to me."
After winning the title in enemy territory, Melindo will be making his first defense on home soil and promises to keep the IBF title in the Philippines.
"We’re going to fight in my territory, where I will run the show and I promise an impressive win."
Pinoy Pride 42 is scheduled for September 16th at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu City.