Friday, May 26, 2017

Melindo is not interested to fight Petalcorin

IBF World Light flyweight champion Milan Melindo is not interested in a Filipino vs Filipino fight.

Melindo said in the interview:

He (Petalcorin) should prove his worth first. Before I became a contender, I fought different fighters and became a worthy challenger,” Melindo (36-2 win-loss record with 13 knockouts) told The Manila Times in a phone interview. “Not fighting him means I’m a coward? No of course not.”

“I’m a world champion and I fought so hard to win this belt. I don’t like that all-Filipino fight,”

Milan Melindo is now focusing on unifying belts in the light flyweight division.

“That’s my goal but it depends on my promoter. If I defend it against a foreigner, it’s okay with me but not against a fellow Filipino,” he said. “The three titles are presently held by Japanese boxers. I really wanted to go for a unification bout against anyone of them.”

There are 3 Japanese who held belts in this weight class, Kosei Tanaka has the WBO, Ryoichi Taguchi has the WBA and Ken Shiro is the champion in the WBC.

Melindo added:

“We only have four Filipino world champions right now and I believe pitting two Filipinos against each other for the title is not a good idea. If we have plenty of world champions, why not?”

Milan Melindo grabbed his first world belt after defeating Akira Yaegashi last May 21st in Japan via stunning 1st round TKO.