Later today we'll see Milan Melindo (36-2, 13) defending the IBF Light Flyweight title against South African challenger Hekkie Budler (31-2, 10) in the Philippines.
Yesterday the two men took part in the weigh in for the bout and both made weight.
For Budler, a former world champion at 105lbs, the weight did look like it took a slight toll on him, but he did make the 108lb limit on his first attempt, and didn't appear too drained for the fight.
As for Melindo the the whole thing was a bit tougher with the Filipino needing two attempts to make weight and really struggling to make the 108lb limit. On his first attempt to make weight he was 109.25lbs, well over the divisional limit of 108lbs. He looked drained at and stripped named, but made weight 90 minutes after his first attempt.
Although Melindo would have been strongly favoured before the weigh in the issues on the scales do leave us with some doubt on his condition, especially given the IBF's same day weigh in rules, as he looks to establish his reign as a champion.
Melindo takes on Budler in first defense, but can he come through the stiff test?
(Image courtesy of boxingscene)
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