By Nick Giongco
The heavy-handed Colombian puncher who sent Filipino Z Gorres to retirement is arriving in the Philippines this Wednesday in time for his 10-round bantamweight battle with Michael Domingo at the Waterfront hotel in Cebu this Saturday night. Luis Melendez, who will be accompanied by two others, will begin their journey in Baranquilla, then onwards to the capital of Bogota and to Paris for a connecting flight to Hong Kong. From Hong Kong, Melendez will fly directly to Cebu, according to Cebu boxing patron Tony Aldeguer in an interview with Fightnews on Sunday afternoon. “Melendez is familiar to Filipino boxing fans because of his unforgettable fight with Gorres,” said Aldeguer, stressing that traumatic experience Gorres had with Melendez when they fought on Nov. 13, 2009 in Las Vegas.
In that fight, Gorres was leading on all scorecards when he got caught by Melendez with a left to the jaw that sent him down. Gorres managed to get up and survive the round and was eventually awarded a unanimous decision.
But as he was celebrating on top of the ring, Gorres suddenly got dizzy and passed out. He would spend more than two months in a Las Vegas hospital before being allowed to return to Cebu.
Gorres has recovered miraculously but will never fight again owing to the injury that he sustained against Melendez.
If Domingo hurdles Melendez, he would be upgraded to a main event fighter by Aldeguer.
Domingo has a 39-14-2 win-loss-draw card with 17 knockouts, while Melendez has a 26-5-1 slate with 21 knockouts.
In the main supporting fight, former world-rated featherweight Jimrex Jaca will face an African banger.