In the co-feature of "Pinoy Pride 28" fans saw Milan Melindo (32-1, 12) take a huge step towards becoming a world champion as he over-came Mexico's Saul Juarez (20-4, 11) in an IBF Light Flyweight world title eliminator.
The bout, which acted as the chief support bout to the WBO Light Flyweight title contest between Donnie Nietes and Carlos Velarde, saw Melindo dropping down from Flyweight for the contest though unfortunately it wasn't a great fight to watch with neither having the power to trouble the other nor did they have the aggressive qualities to put on a show for the fans who were all there to show support to the Filipino contingent on the card.
Melindo always looked that little bit better in the key areas than Juarez though neither ever came close to really finishing the bout with shots that merely bounce off the other man.
Sadly after more than 11 rounds it was clear Melindo had the rounds he needed in the bag though surprisingly the two men did unload shots in the final 30 seconds or show giving the bout it's only real highlight as they traded to the bell. By then however the fans just wanted the bout to end knowing the result was in the bag for the home fighter.
In theory this should put Melindo into a bout with IBF world champion Javier Mendoza, who won the belt earlier this year with a great win over Raul Hirales Garcia. On this performance however Melindo will need to put in a much, much better performance than he did here, even if ALA can get the fight in the Philippines.
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