Later on Saturday night Filipino fighter Milan Melindo (32-2, 12) got his second world title fight as he took on IBF Light Flyweight champion Javier Mendoza (24-2-1, 19), unfortunately for the talented Filipino it resulted in his second loss. A disappointing technical decision in a bout that was marred by head clashes.
The first of those head clashes happened in the early moments of the bout, a result of the Orthodox Vs Southpaw stances. Despite the clash early on the rest of the opening round was relatively well fought, with the only real drama coming from an accidental low blow by Melindo late on. Sadly for Melindo things didn't look good for him overall as Mendoza seemed to walk through his shots, other than the low blow, as he tried to force his fight on to Melindo.
Through the second round it was clear that Mendoza was more than just a wild slugger, he was actually a capable boxer puncher and although he didn't have the speed of his challenger he simply seemed to big and too strong. Melindo had his moments though all often it was the heavier blows of Mendoza that really left a lasting impression. The same was also the case in the third round as Mendoza continued to take the fight to the Filipino.
The 4th round was essentially fought in a phone booth with Mendoza refusing to give Melindo any space. The close action was essentially Mendoza's dream and although Melindo again had his moments they were fleeting with his most notable punches being low blows. The first of the low blows say Melindo receive a clear warning to keep them up whilst the second, after the bell, seemed deserve a point deduction, though it didn't come.
The 5th round against saw Mendoza taking the action to Melindo and although the pace of the fight seemed to drop off slightly it was again a round that saw Melindo struggle to have more than just a few moments. The Filipino was backed on to the ropes numerous times through the round where Mendoza took the opportunity to land some fearsome shots. Sadly for Melindo he was again dropping below the belt with a number of shots, for which he was eventually deducted a point.
The start of the 6th was good for Melindo who seemed to have real success fighting fire with fire but unfortunately headclashes left both men cut. Melindo was cut over the right eye, in what immediately looked to be a nasty one. More headclashes followed with Mendoza suffering a cut around his left eye. Sadly the cut to Mendoza's eye forced an early finish with the doctor ruling him unfit to continue.
Due to the headclashes we went to the scorecards and there was no real doubting the winner with Mendoza taking a clear win on all 3 cards.
This set back for Melindo is a big one though we suspect he can bounce back from it and remain a relevant contender. For Mendoza this was a great win and we'd really like to see him in with Ryo Miyazaki, stylewise that would have FOTY contender written all over.
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