MILAN Melindo isn’t about to make an issue about his weight heading to his 12-round fight against reigning champion Ken Shiro for the World Boxing Council light-flyweight championship on Sunday.
The 30-year-old Filipino out of the Cebu-based ALA Boxing Promotions, initially tipped in at 109-lbs during the official weigh-in Saturday at Yokohama Arena in Kanagawa, Japan.
But Melindo made the 108-lb limit in his second try after an hour, weighing in at 107.5 lbs.
The unbeaten Shiro (13-0, 7 KOs), making the fourth defense of his crown, came in at 107 lbs.
The camp of Melindo however, isn’t concerned about the slight excess weight the challenger had to shed, having gone through the same experience when he staked his International Boxing Federation (IBF) light-flyweight title against Hekkie Buddler. The Filipino retained his belt after winning by split decision.
"One pound lang naman yung over," said lead trainer Edito Villamor. "Madali naman niya nakuha yung timbang on his second try."
Melindo (37-3, 13 KOs) is gunning for his second world title after losing his IBF crown against Ryoichi Taguchi of Japan in Ota City on New Year’s eve last year.
Going past Shiro, 26, however, isn’t going to be a piece of cake, though.
The Japanese had won his last two title defenses by technical knockouts, the last one a second round demolition of Mexican Ganigan Lopez last May. Lopez was the same opponent Shiro dethroned last year to win his first ever world championship.
Acting as third man in the ring is Laurence Cole, while Americans Nathan Palmer, Kevin Scott, and David Sutherland are the three judges scoring the fight.