MILAN Melindo vows to go all out when he vies in his first world title fight against Juan Francisco Estrada for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) flyweight title on Saturday at the Venetian Hotel in Macau.
The 25-year-old Filipino challenger arrived in the former Portuguese colony last Sunday together with unbeaten stablemate Genesis Servania and the rest of the ALA boxing delegation headed by vice president Dennis Canete.
“Buhos na po tayo,” said Melindo, who has a perfect 29-0 record, including 12 KOs.
Estrada will be making the first defense of the WBO title belt he won over Brian Viloria with a 12-round split decision last April also at the posh Macau hotel.
Melindo fought in the undercard of the Viloria-Estrada title match, coming away with a fourth-round technical knockout of Indonesian Tommy Seran in a sensational performance that earned him the nod of Top Rank Promotions chairman Bob Arum to be the next challenger to Estrada’s crown.
“Hopefully, Milan will become a world champion this weekend. We’re aware it’s going to be tough having seen how Estrada beat Viloria for the title three months ago,” said Canete.
Estrada, the 23-year-old champion from Mexico, has a record of 24-2, with 18 KOs.
Servania (21-0, 8 KOs) is set to meet Konosuke Tomiyama of Japan (23-5, 8 KOs).
On Wednesday, both Melindo and Servana will be welcomed in a formal ceremony at the main lobby of the Venetian, after which, they are going to attend a meet-and-greet event with Filipinos based in Macau and organized by the overseas laborer service unit of Caritas Macao and the Consulate General of the Philippines.
On Thursday, the final presser for the boxing promotion will be held, followed by the official weigh-in on Friday.