(photo by Albert Flores, Melindo landing right to Sakreerin Jr)
IBF interim world light flyweight champ Milan "El Metodico" Melindo will try to upgrade his status to full world champion when he face the the reigning IBF Super flyweight world champion Japanese Akira Yaegashi in Japan this May.
Melindo (35-2-12 knockouts) of Cagayan de Oro, Philippines became the mandatory challenger after beating Thai boxer Fahlan Sakreekrin Jr (31-5-1) on November 26 in Cebu City Philippines.
"Sa tingin ko 90% na akong ready para sa laban na to, Ito ang pinaka maganda kong condition at training. Hindi naman sa edad tayo mag babase (pertaining to 34 year-old Yaegashi) sa galing yan at experience. Ako matagal ako sa amateur pero iba talaga ang laro sa pro (professional boxing)"
said El Metodico Melindo
Akira Yaegashi (25-5,13 knockouts) of Yokohama Japan is a five times, 2 division world champion and he will make his third title defense of his IBF world title against Melindo.Yaegashi is (7-4) in world title fight.