Milan Melindo fight Nov 28, Pinoy Pride 34 against Victor ‘Divino’ Olivo. Result, full fight, preview and replay.
Final Fight Result:
In the co-featured bout, Melindo (33-2, 12 KOs) of Cagayan de Oro City snuck past Mexican Victor Olivo (9-1, 4 KOs) by a split-decision, winning by tallies 115-113 on two cards, while the third had the 19-year-old late replacement Olivo winning by the same score.
Olivo hadn’t fought anyone the caliber of Melindo yet, but he didn’t come all the way from Mexico just for experience. Olivo proved dangerous in rounds two and 3, rocking Melindo with right hands whenever they stood at range, or whenever Melindo closed the gap without jabbing.
Melindo found the distance he wanted in round 4, backing up Olivo and landing fast counters, but his lack of punching power meant that Olivo would remain dangerous throughout.
Melindo landed his best punch of the fight in round 8, a right hand that caught Olivo reaching for his own right. Olivo stumbled back but quickly regained his footing and looked for counterpunch opportunities.
Melindo seemed to outwork Olivo in rounds 9 and 10. After the final bell, Olivo’s face was barely marked while Melindo’s swollen eyes and bloodied nose told the story of a rough encounter, stream & replay here.
“I fight not for the victory, but for the people who support boxing. This is a gift for them for advanced Christmas,” said Melindo, who is rated no. 6 by The Ring magazine at junior flyweight.
Still, it would be an interesting match-up as Melindo (32-2, 12KOs) will tackle Olivo, a 19-year-old prospect with an immaculate 9-0 record spiked with 4KOs.
Both Melindo and Villanueva are itching to bounce back from controversial defeats in their previous world title shots.
The 27-year-old Melindo lost by a highly questionable sixth round technical decision to Javier Mendoza in their IBF light flyweight championship match last May 30 at Campo Nuevo Ensenada in Baja California, Mexico stream & replay here.
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Villanueva met the same fate. He appeared to be beating McJoe Arroyo of Puerto Rico only to lose by a contentious 10th round technical decision in their IBF super flyweight title bout last July 18 at the Don Haskins Convention Center in El Paso, Texas.
In the other feature of action-packed card bankrolled by ALA Promotions and ABS-CBN Sports, Kevin Jake ‘KJ’ Cataraja, AJ ‘Bazooka’ Banal and Rocky ‘The Road Warrior’ Fuentes gird up for tough assignments against equally-strong foreign rivals.