By Dennis Principe
He may feel bitter in recalling at how the punch of Colombian foe Luis Melendez almost took the life of his close pal Z Gorres. But Filipino bantamweight contender Michael Domingo assures he will treat his own bout against Melendez in a professional manner. Domingo will face Melendez in a highly-emotional 10-round non-title bantamweight fight dubbed “Hangad na Paghihiganti” Sunday night at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu.
“I still am dedicating this fight to Z. There may be people who are mad at Melendez but it happens in boxing and I do not blame him for whatever happened to Z. But one thing is for sure, I’m going to give him a tough night,” said Domingo.
Melendez was the same Colombian who scored a knockdown against Gorres in their 12-round face-off last year in Las Vegas.
Gorres survived the fall and eventually won the fight but the single punch that floored the Filipino proved to be almost fatal as the Filipino fell into coma and had to undergo several medical procedures in Las Vegas. The former world title challenger is now on his way to an encouraging recovery and will be at ringside to cheer for Domingo.
Domingo said he promised Gorres of getting back at Melendez but the Filipino quickly adds he will give his best in scoring an inspiring win just enough to bring joy to his beleaguered friend.
Melendez meanwhile expressed his happiness in learning that Gorres has recovered well enough to live a normal life now that the Filipino’s once promising boxing career has ended.
“There’s nothing personal between me and any fighter a fight. I’m just glad Gorres is OK and now I’m excited to fight his countryman here in the Philippines,” said Melendez through an interpreter.
In Saturday’s weigh in at the Ayala Center here, Domingo came in at exactly 118lbs. while Melendez registered one pound over the bantamweight limit at 119.
The camp of Domingo led by ALA Promotions president Michael Aldeguer decided not to force Melendez to reduce the extra poundage since their bout is just a non-title tiff.
However a lot is at stake for the Domingo-Melendez bout as the winner is expected to inch closer to a shot at the International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight belt currently owned by Yonnhy Perez of Colombia.
The 30-year-old Domingo is rated #10 in the IBF world rankings and is on a seven-fight winning streak, his latest happened October of last year when he won by 8th round TKO over former US Olympian Jose Navarro at the Cuneta Astrodome.