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Quijano: Milan’s not yet done with 2017

BY: JINGO QUIJANO, SUNSTAR CEBU, LAST ROUND

 

LOOKS like Milan Melindo’s impressive body of work for 2017 may not be over yet.

In an exciting development, Milan (37-2, 13 Kos), who is the reigning IBF light flyweight champion, is scheduled to face fellow champion Ryoichi Taguchi in a unification bout on Dece. 31 in Japan.

Taguchi is the reigning WBA champion and both titles will be at stake.

TAGUCHI. He holds an impressive record of 26-2 and 12KOs and became a worlld champion when he defeated Albert Rossek via unanimous decision back in 2014.

Since then he has defended the belt 6 times, including the last one where he stopped Robert Barrera in the ninth round.

So Taguchi is one formidable opponent, one who is truly worthy of engaging a fellow champion in Milan a unification bout.

STYLE. At the press conference called to announce the fight, Milan appeared relaxed and confident.

I believe he has every reason to be. Taguchi is as tough as nails, but Milan is a far superior fighter.

Taguchi will enjoy a height and reach advantage standing at 5’51/2” to Milan’s 5’2 frame.

But Taguchi doesn’t utilize his reach fully and tends to fight small. He likes to engage in exchanges and when hurt, doesn’t shy away from brawling.

This style is perfect for Milan who is a natural counter-puncher.

Taguchi isn’t fast on his feet either and come fight night, his tall lanky frame will be there all night for Milan’s counters.

The only thing that concerns me about Milan is his brittle skin which is prone to cuts.

His corner should expect his face to be specially targeted, and I hope they have devised a strategy to address the danger of the fight being stopped via TKO on cuts.

Most important of all, Milan has to come in perfect condition and be ready to go 12 hard fought rounds at a breathless pace.

ANCAJAS. Please say a little prayer for our very own Jerwin Ancajas as he will be defending his IBF super flyweight crown today against Irishman Jamie Conlan in the latter’s hometown at Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Ancajas (27-1, 18KOs) is favored to win but local kid Conlan is undefeated in 19 fights with 11 via the short route and he will surely have the passionate fighting Irish behind his every blow, every punch.

The key for Jerwin here is to keep his composure and patiently wait for openings as Conlan is a banger with little regard for defense.

LAST ROUND. It’s on Atty Jemil Christian Marquez who recently celebrated his birthday. Cheers pre!

Read more: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/sports/2017/11/18/quijano-milans-not-yet-done-2017-575501
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