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    Melindo loses title bid anew as Mexican champ retains IBF belt with sixth round technical decision

    May 31, 2015
    Milan Melindo (right) was again unsucccessful in his second attempt to win a world title. Photo courtesy of Zanfer Promotions

    FILIPINO Milan Melindo failed in his bid to wrest the International Boxing Federation (IBF) light flyweight title after losing a sixth round technical decision against reigning champion Javier Mendoza Sunday (Manila time) in Baja California, Mexico.

    The 12-round bout went to the scorecards after the 24-year-old champion was deemed not fit to continue fighting after suffering a cut from an alleged accidental headbutt.

    Mendoza led in all of the judges’ cards when the fight came to a stop, 59-53, 60-52, 60-52.

    It was another heartbreaker for the 27-year-old Melindo, who also lost in his first attempt at a world championship in 2013 by dropping a unanimous decision against Juan Francisco Estrada for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) flyweight title.

    The Filipino fell to 32-2, with 12 KOs.

    Mendoza successfully retained his belt in his first defense of the title he won over Ramon Garcia Hirales. He improved his record to 24-2-1, with 19 KOs.

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    Milan Melindo (right) was again unsucccessful in his second attempt to win a world title. Photo courtesy of Zanfer Promotions
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