Vinvin Rufino and Mark Gil Melligen to battle for OPBF Featherweight title at the Flash Elorde Awards show
It's been announced over the last day or so that Vinvin Rufino (36-16-3, 16) will battle against Mark Gil Melligen (24-4-1, 12) in an All-Filipino bout for the vacant OPBF Featherweight title, which was vacated at the turn of the year by Hisashi Amagasa. Not only has the bout been announced but it's also been announced that the contest will take place on March 25th at the Manila Hotel as part of the Flash Elorde Awards show.
The bout will be one of 4-titles bouts on the show and it looks to be the most significant on the grand scheme of things with the winner likely to find themselves on the verges of a world ranking.
The bout joins a Filipino Bantamweight title fight between Monico Laurente (25-12, 6) and Marco Demecillo (20-2-1, 15) and a pair of WOB Asia Pacific title bouts involving the grand child of the great Flash Elorde himself. One of those WBO regional title bouts will see Juan Martin Elorde (16-1-1, 7) defending his Super Featherweight belt against Argentinian visitor Hirotsugu Yamamoto (16-10-2, 2) whilst Juan Miguel Elorde (17-1, 9) hopes to capture the Super Bantamweight title when he battles Thai puncher Tabthong Tor Buamas (14-2, 12).
Rufino comes into the bout hoping it'll be third time lucky after having fallen short in 2 previous attempts at winning an OPBF title,. The first of those saw him losing a split decision to Naoki Matsuda whilst the second saw him being stopped in round 8 by Amagasa, just a year ago. As for Melligen this will be his first shot at an OPBF belt, though he did fail to capture a PABA title back in 2012, when he was stopped in 2 rounds by Sukkasem Kietyongyuth.
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