The bout had moments of controversy, especially late on when Melindo's cuts were being worked on by his carner whilst the dictor was doing inspections. It essentially gave Melindo's team extra opportunity to work on the cuts and swelling around the eyes of the Filipino, helping him see his way to the final bell. The work on the facial damage was one of many issues that Budler's team had, along with a complaint about a knockdown against their man a wide-ish score card.
The complaints of Budler's team have seen the IBF take note and they have now ordered an immediate rematch,giving the promoters of the two men time to reach an agreement before ordering purse bids.
On one hand this is a great decision and will see us re-run one of the year's hidden gems, but on the other hand it does mean that heavy handed Nicaraguan Felix Alvarado (30-2, 26) will beforced to wait for his shot at Melindo, despite having recently won an eliminator in style, by blasting out Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr (32-6-1, 17) [ศักดิ์กรีรินทร์] earlier this month.
Given Melindo's facial damage it's going to be a while before he returns to the ring, so the rematch with Budler could be time away, and Alvarado's shot is unlikely to come until mid-to-late 2018.