Late in September we reported that there was talks between once beaten Filipino Milan Melindo (31-1, 12) and Mexican Saul Juarez (20-3, 11) to have an IBF Light Flyweight eliminator. Those talks have finally been completed and a deal between the two camps has been reached with the men now set to battle each other on November 15th in Cebu City.
The first comes after Juarez narrowly missed out on a WBO title shot against Donnie Nietes on the same card. Whilst Juarez missed out to his compatriot Carlos Velarde he hasn't been left out in the cold and for him this will seem like a great opportunity and a bout he may feel he has a better chance in than against Nietes, who did look sensational last time out against Moises Fuentes.
For Melindo this gives him a great opportunity to re-assert himself into the world title picture. The talented Filipino has been frozen out in some ways since putting up a fantastic effort against Juan Francisco Estrada back in July 2013. Since then he has beaten two solid level fighters in the form of Jose Alfredo Rodriguez and Martin Tecuapetla though he didn't look good at all against Tecuapetla.
With this bout being made at Light Flyweight Melindo will be dropping down a weight and be fighting as a Light Flyweight for the first time in more than 5 years. This may drain the talented Filipino. That may be an issue in the later rounds given that Juarez is a career Light Flyweight who may feel naturally comfortable at the weight however if Melindo can make the weight comfortably he could find himself with an edge in strength and power over the Mexican fighter who has stopped just 1 of his last 5 foes.
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