DAVAO CITY – Unbeaten Milan Melindo gets the biggest break of his career as he’s set to challenge Juan Francisco Estrada for the unified flyweight titles of the world three months from now.
Top executives of Cebu-based ALA Promotions said negotiations have yet to be finalized for the 12-round fight to be staged by Top Rank Promotions at the Venetian Resort and Casino Hotel in Macau on July 27, but guaranteed that Melindo’s first attempt at a world title is finally a go.
“Minor details na lang. We made sure muna about the date. But everything appears ready na,” said ALA Promotions vice-president Dennis Canete on Saturday.
The projected fight with Melindo will be the first title defense for the 23-year-old Estrada of the World Boxing Organization and World Boxing Association 112-lbs. title belts he won by split decision over Fil-Am Brian Viloria two weeks ago also in Macau.
Melindo, 26, fought in the undercard of the Viloria-Estrada title match opposite Indonesian Tommy Serran, whom he knocked out in the fifth round. He later watched at ringside to have a personal glimpse of the tall, lanky Mexican champion.
And his opinion of Estrada?
“Kaya ko yan,” Canete quoted Melindo (29-0, 12 KOs) as saying while the two of them sat beside each other during the Viloria-Estrada bout. “I will beat him.”
One of the stalwarts of ALA boxing gym, Melindo believes Estrada is tailor-made for him even though the Mexican (23-2, 17 KOs) may be a shade or two bigger than him.
“Yun ang gusto kasing kalaban ni Milan, yung mga malalaki sa kanya. Usually, mas maganda ang timing niya against them,” said Canete.
Aware Estrada can go the full route the way he did against Viloria, Canete said Melindo will also concentrate on building his stamina by making him undergo triathlon as part of his cross training.