Report/Photo by Michael Lopez
WBO International flyweight champion and number one contender Milan “El Metodico” Melindo and Venezuelan challenger Jean Piero Perez both made the division limit of 112 lbs during the official weigh-n held today the SM Cebu City Events Center in the Philippines. Melindo (27-0, 11 KOs) will be risking his unbeaten record against the taller Perez (19-4-1, 14 KOs) , the former WBA interim flyweight champion.
For the supporting main event, OPBF flyweight champion Rocky “The Road Warrior” Fuentes weighed in at 111.5 lbs while challenger Myung Ho Lee of Japan tipped the scales at 112 lbs. Fuentes will be making the fifth defense of the regional belt he won in 2009 by majority decision against Masafumi Okubo in Japan.
Another OPBF champ, Merlito “Tiger” Sabillo, who holds the minimumweight title, will face substitute Aroel Romasasa in an eight round non-title contest. Both Sabillo and Romasasa weighed in at 106 lbs.
Arthur “El Matador” Villanueva will face his first foreign opponent in Thai veteran and former world title challenger Pramuansak Posuwan. Villanueva weighed 116 ½ lbs while Posuwan stepped in at 117 lbs.
PINOY PRIDE XVI: Venezuelan Invasion will be on September 22 Saturday at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel. Fight time is at 6 PM.