Report and photo: Dennis Principe
Photo: ALA Boys (L-R) Edito Villamor, Genesis Servania, Milan Melindo and Michael Domingo during a break inside their Venetian Hotel room in Macau.
Filipino mandatory flyweight challenger Milan “El Metodico” Melindo feels upbeat about his chances of dethroning current World Boxing Organization (WBO) and World Boxing Association (WBA) unified flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada of Mexico. The 25-year-old Melindo said he waited for six years before realizing his dream of fighting for a world title.
“I felt I was ready to fight for a world crown when I was 19 years old. But I patiently waited for my time to come. I now strongly believe this is my time,” said Melindo (29-0, 12 knockouts), who will face Estrada in a 12-round title fight to be held at Venetian Hotel’s Cotai Arena here in Macau.
Melindo arrived in this gambling capital Sunday afternoon together with trainers Edito Villamor and Michael Domingo and superbantamweight prospect Genesis Servania who will also see action in the same card dubbed “Fists of Gold II”.
Estrada (24-2, 18 KOs) won the WBA and WBO flyweight belts when he decisioned Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria last April also in Macau.
“I don’t think he is a strong puncher because he failed to seriously hurt Viloria. It was more of Viloria tiring out than Estrada doing serious damage,” said Melindo.
Melindo’s bout opposite Estrada will serve as the chief support to main eventer Zou Shimming, the two-time Olympic gold medallist from China who will be making his second professional outing when he battles Mexican Jesus Ortega in a six-round match.
Servania (21-0, 8 KOs) meantime will be making his first overseas appearance by fighting Konosuke Tomiyama of Japan in a 10-round contest.
Another Filipino, Dave Penalosa, returns to Macau after a successful debut last April. Son of Filipino legend Dodie Boy, the younger Penalosa will take on Wisaruth Wor Khunkhiri of Thailand in a 4-round contest.
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