Newly-crowned IBF light flyweight world champion and pride of Cagayan de Oro City Milan Melindo will defend his title against former WBA minimumweight champion and reigning IBO light flyweight titleholder Hekkie Budler of South Africa on September 16, 2017 at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu City.
Budler is no stranger to Filipinos. His last fight was against Filipino Joey Canoy in February this year who retired after 8 rounds. He also beat former world-rated Filipino fighters like Renan Trongco, Florante Condes and Juanito Rubillar.
Melindo captured the IBF crown from Japanese champ Akira Yaegashi via 1st round TKO in May 2017.