MANILA, Philippines – Filipino flyweight contender Milan “El Metodico” Melindo has the skills to "frustrate" new world champion Juan Francisco Estrada of Mexico, according to the boxer’s manager, Michael Aldeguer.
Melindo became the mandatory contender to the WBO flyweight championship after an impressive performance against Indonesia’s Tommy Serran in the undercard of the “Fists of Gold” fightcard last Saturday in Macau.
“Milan’s been waiting a long time (for the title shot),” Aldeguer said in an interview with The Philippine Star columnist Joaquin Henson.
Melindo will battle Estrada later this year, after the Mexican upset Brian “The Hawaiian Punch Viloria” by split decision to claim the WBO and WBA flyweight title belts.
Aldeguer believes his fighter will do a better job against Estrada than Viloria did.
“Styles make fights. I think Milan has the style to beat Estrada,” Aldeguer said. “Milan has been studying Estrada’s fights for months, knowing he could someday face him.”
“He also knew Estrada could upset Brian. Estrada fought Brian with a lot of guts, he took a lot of powerful shots from Brian, and Brian hits hard,” he added.
Aldeguer said Melindo will have to impose his will on Estrada if he wants to win the fight.
“It won’t be easy beating Estrada, but I think Milan can do it,” he said. “For as long as Estrada doesn’t fight his fight, Milan will be okay. Milan will box and frustrate him.”
Melindo, who now has a record of 29 wins with no loss, also garnered praise from Aldeguer for being “so focused and disciplined.”
“He doesn’t think of anything but winning a world title,” the manager said.