IBF title challenger Hekkie Budler ready for pro-Milan Melindo crowd in Cebu
Santino Honasan on Sep 15, 2017 10:32 PM
"When you’re in that ring, it’s just you and him in that squared-circle,"
South African IBF Light-Flyweight challenger Hekkie 'The Hexecutioner' Budler will be walking into hostile territory this Saturday at Pinoy Pride 42 when he challenges titleholder Milan 'El Metodico' Melindo in front of a partisan crowd at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu City.
For ALA Boxing products such as Melindo, Donnie Nietes, Mark Magsayo, and the Pagara brothers, the Waterfront has somewhat served as home ground, and these Pinoy warriors have done an excellent job of defending their kingdom.
Many have tried and many have come out empty-handed, but Budler says that he's ready for whatever the Cebu crowd has in store for him.
After all, when the bell rings, it's just him and his opponent inside the ring.
"When you’re in that ring, it’s just you and him in that squared-circle, and you don’t even really hear the people." Budler told ABS-CBN Sports. "Whatever the crowd does, whether they boo me or they shout at me, I’m ready for whatever they want to bring and do."
The 29-year old Johannesburg native is no stranger to fighting on foreign soil, having thrown down in Canada, the United States, and Spain throughout his 33-fight career. Saturday however will mark Budler's Asian debut.
As for his gameplan against the champion, Budler says he plans to outwork Melindo inside the ring.
"If you’ve seen my fights, I go for it and throw a lot of punches, and that’s the plan, outwork him."
"We’ll see in the fight, anything can change, we’ve got about three or four gameplans, but we’re ready for whatever he brings to us. God-willing, I’ll come out as the new champ." Budler added.
Catch Pinoy Pride 42: Clash For Glory on Sunday, September 17, 3:30 PM on ABS-CBN channel 2 and 6:30 PM on S+A channel 23.