By Dennis Principe
Undefeated Filipino boxer Milan Melindo and Juan Esquer of Mexico easily made the limit in Friday’s official weigh in held in Cebu City, South of Manila. Melindo (25-0, 9 KO’s) and Esquer (27-9-2, 21 KO’s) both tallied 112 lbs and are raring to give their all in their 12-round title fight Saturday night at the Waterfront Hotel.
Melindo will defend his WBO intercontinental flyweight crown against the Mexican Esquer, a well-traveled fighter who has fought six world champions in his seven-year career.
Melindo meanwhile is eyeing a mandatory title shot and may soon get that wish as he was recently ranked by the WBO as its new number one flyweight contender.
Hawaiian Brian Viloria is the current WBO flyweight champion.
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Meantime four other fights are featured in this promotion dubbed “Pinoy Pride XI: Philippines vs. The World” as undefeated Featherweight knockout artist Lorenzo Villanueva, who has scored 20 knockouts in 20 wins battles Mexican Diego Ledesma.
Superflyweight Marjun Macahilig meets Kaichon Sor Vorapin, Minimumweight Merlito Sabillo will be tested by Sofyan Effendi of Indonesia while Superfeatherweight Joseph Von Minoza will face Korean Yoo Shin Kim.