We love seeing fighters step up in a big way and on February 27th it seems we'll be seeing just that for unbeaten youngster Melvin Jerusalem (8-0, 7) who is set to leap up in class and face former IBF Minimumweight champion Florante Condes (27-9-1, 23).
The little known Jerusalem, known as "Gringo", turns 22 just days before the fight but will be hoping to continue his rise through the ranks. That rise began on his debut, back in July 2014, but really began to take off last year when he claimed a notable 2nd round TKO win over Crison Omayao, who had taken Xiong Zhao Zhong 10 rounds just weeks earlier in an OPBF title bout.
To date Jerusalem's best win has been the one over Omayao, which occurred last November, and that was his 7th successive stoppage win after being taken the distance on his debut. It was also the 6th time that he has scored a stoppage in the first 2 rounds with only Mark Anthony Florida, last June, going beyond 4 rounds with the heavy handed youngster.
Whilst Jerusalem is looking to record his biggest win to date it's fair to say that Condes is just looking to get some career momentum going again. The heavy handed former champion has been a professional since June 2002 and went on to claim the GAB Minimumweight title in 2005 before later claiming the IBF crown in 2007, dethroning Muhammad Rachman. Sadly Condes's reign didn't last long and he has since gone 7-6. Whilst that seems bad it should be noted that he has suffered losses to Raul Garcia, Nkosinathi Joyi, Wanheng Menayothin, Hekki Budler and Ryoichi Taguchi, all world level fighters, and his only other loss was a controversial majority decision to Donny Mabao.
For fans in attendance at the Cebu City Waterfront Hotel & Casino for "Pinoy Pride 35" this really could be the stand out bout on the card and it's a really intriguing match up.
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