ALA Promotions and ABS-CBN Sports’ Pinoy Pride Series Starts 2012 with Milan “El Metodico” Melindo
The highly-successful boxing mega-series presented by ALA Promotions and ABS-CBN Sports ended 2011 with Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista’s slam-bang performance that got fight fans at the Hoops Dome on the edge of their seats the whole six (out of twelve) rounds of boxing for the IBF International Featherweight Championship.
Throughout the fight, Bautista showed that his boxing skill has improved, and his skillful victory against Miguel Angel Mendoza, a fighter considered as an unstoppable knockout artist from Mexico, now catapulted him even closer to the World Championship.
On January 28, 2012, ALA Promotions and ABS-CBN Sports’ Pinoy Pride series will be featuring another fighter also inches away from the World Championship title: Milan “El Metodico” Melindo, the reigning WBO Intercontinental Flyweight Champion also highly recognized by the four major boxing organizations, as he is rated #6 by the WBC, #10 by the WBA, #12 by the IBF, and #3 by the WBO.
He will be fighting at the prestigious Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino, the same place where Melindo made history by defeating high-caliber fighters– former IBF Minimumweight Champion Muhammad “The Rock Breaker” Rachman, former IBF Light Flyweight Champion Carlos Tamara, Rosendo Vega, and three-time World Title contender Francisco “Chiquita” Rosas.
An outstanding performance by Melindo in this next outing may bring him further up the rankings ladder and may give him the right to contend for a World Championship title sooner.
Other features in the eleventh edition of Pinoy Pride are undefeated WBO Oriental Featherweight Champion Lorenzo “Thunderbolt” Villanueva and OPBF Minimumweight Champion Merlito “Tiger” Sabillo, whose outstanding performance against Tejares Singwancha earned him the said regional title.