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Cebu City, Philippines based Filipino Milan Melindo (23-0, 7 KOs) is coming off a career best win. In his last fight on November 27th, Melindo defeated former world champion Carlos Tamara. Not only did Melindo beat a young and primed former world champion, he did it convincingly. The win was just another feather in the cap of Melindo as he just continues to beat solid competition. He is promoted by the Philippines’s top promoter ALA Boxing promotions who have matched Melindo very tough. The way Milan has performed each fight you can certainly see why. Melindo’s style is not that of flash or big knockouts, but of consistency. Just very fundamentally and technically sound offensively and defensively. Amazingly, he’s been equally effective at 105, 108, and 112. Fightnews spoke with Melindo recently about his last wins and his future.
You are world ranked at 105, 108, and 112. What weight will you look to pursue a world title?
First of all I would like to thank you for this interview. Hmm…Yes I am world ranked in those three categories. I am more comfortable at 112 lbs for the world title fight, because I feel that I have more of a power punch in this weight.
The Tamara bout was a highly anticipated bout locally and televised as well. Have you been getting a lot more attention since the fight?
Tamara gets attention because he defeated Brian Viloria and he became a world champion.
Boxing purist’s give you a lot of respect as you have been matched very tough in your career and have passed every test. How does that make you feel to have that respect?
Actually to have respect is not that easy to get. You need to fight tough opponents, like you said. You need to win impressively to get more respect. With that kind of respect, I gain more confidence but as a thinking fighter, I control my feelings because I know this is not the end. This is just the beginning of my career. There are many good boxers that are hard to fight so I have to be prepared and train harder and harder to make the fight easy.
Your ALA Boxing promotions stablemates Rey “Boom Boom” Baustista and AJ Banal draw large crowds in Cebu City . Do you think local drawing power will increase with this win over Tamara?
Yeah, Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista and AJ “ Bazooka” Banal undeniably draws large crowds in Cebu City. For me, I do not think that way of increasing the drawing power to win a fight. In my fight with Tamara I was always thinking that I should do my very best to give all the people watching a great, entertaining and unforgettable fight that they can never forget.
When are you expecting to return to the ring?
I think we should wait for the decision of my manager and promoter because they know when or where I should fight again.
How far away do you think your are from realistically challenging for a world title?
The real challenge for the world title is near.