photo by Sumio Yamada

Cagayan de Oro City now has a full pledged world boxing champion after Milan Melindo dropped IBF junior flyweight champ Akira Yaegashi of Japan three times and scored a stunning TKO victory at 2:45 of the very first round early today in Tokyo, Japan.

Melindo from Cagayan de Oro City is not known as a knockout puncher but surprised the Japanese champ with well-timed left hooks and a left-right combination, the third one finally hurting Yaegashi who was ruled unfit to continue by the referee.

Melindo’s perseverance finally paid off after losing his first two attempts at a world title. Watch the full fight below.

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