Melindo droped Yaegashi thrice within the first round on the on the way of knockout first round (1:53) the upset that as he claimed him a world champion finally after 2 unsuccessful tries within the past.
The native of Cagayan de Oro improved his record to 36-2 (13 KOs), following the spectacular win.
Milan Melindo vs Akira Yaegashi Full fight (replay) result, recap – May 21, 2017. Not exactly well-known for his punching power, Melindo surprised the partisan crowd when he knocks out Yaegashi with a left hook for 1st round knockdown of the 12-round match.
The 34-year-old Japanese quickly arrived on his feet shortly when the knockdown, however barely had he regained his bearing when another Melindo left hook KO him for the second time.
Yaegashi lost focus at that time and opted to travel toe-to-toe with the Filipino when the fight resumed. The final decision proven fatal as Melindo connected with a significant left-right combination to complete him off.
Referee Eddie Hernandez didn’t hassle to form a count as he finally stopped the fight at the 2:45 mark of the round.
Melindo became the second fighter from Cebu-based ALA Promotions to become a world champion this year. Donnie Nietes earlier won the vacant IBF flyweight title when secured the 12-round unanimous judgment result against Komgrich Nantapech of Thailand.
Yaegashi was molding a 3rd defense of the title he won over Javier Mendoza in 2015. His record fell to 25-6-0 with fifteen KOs.