Unbeaten Milan Melindo shone brightest among four Filipinos pitted against foreign opponents as he knocked out Korean flyweight champion Jin Man Keon with a dazzling three-punch combination at 0:43 of the second round in a glitzy Las Vegas-style atmosphere at the Pacific Ballroom of the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu City last Saturday night.
Melindo, 22, brought down Jin with a flurry consisting of an overhand right, left uppercut and right hook to the temple. Jin, who held his ground in a close first round, fell in a daze and took the 10-count from referee Teddy Alivio without bothering to get up. He kept rubbing his eyes with his boxing gloves while sitting on the canvas, indicating some difficulty in focusing. Melindo’s vicious assault clearly spun cobwebs in Jin’s head.
There was no question Melindo was the most impressive finisher in the ALA Promotions’ card dubbed “Philippines vs the World.” The other winners were featherweight Rey (Boom Boom) Bautista over Mexico’s Alejandro (Zorrito) Barrera by a technical knockout at 1:14 of the fourth, lightweight Jimrex (The Executioner) Jaca over Mexico’s Pipino Cuevas Jr. by a knockout at 2:22 of the first and former IBF minimumweight titlist Florante Condes over Indonesia’s Sofyan Effendi by a unanimous eight-round decision.
portion of article by Joaquin Henson of Philippine Star