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Melindo eyes Japanese champions

MANILA, Philippines — Milan Melindo overcame great difficulties on the scales and inside the ring to keep his IBF junior-flyweight crown last Saturday at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu City.

Melindo bled from cuts on both eyes, which needed a total of 15 stitches to close, to beat South Africa’s Hekkie Budler via split decision after scoring the only knockdown of the fight in the 12th round.

One judge had it 115-113 for Budler, a former two-division world champion, while the two others had Melindo winning, 115-112 and 117-110.

Melindo said the morning after the fight that he had difficulty dealing with Budler’s dirty tactics.

“Gumamit talaga ng ulo (He literally used his head). Pero magaling din (But he’s good),” said Melindo after his first defense of the 108-pound title he won last May.

Author: Abac Cordero, Philippine Star
Full Article: http://www.philstar.com/sports/2017/09/18/1740206/melindo-eyes-japanese-champions

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