MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxer Mark Jason “MJM Grand” Melligen vanquished his Mexican foe, Norberto “Demonio” Gonzalez, via unanimous decision in their 10-round welterweight bout in Las Vegas, Nevada Saturday (Sunday in Manila).
“Nahirapan din ako kasi malakas din ‘yung kalaban at saka nakikita niya rin ang suntok ko. Nahirapan din ako pero nakuha ko siya sa last 6 to 10 rounds,” Melligen said in a phone interview with ANC’s “Dateline Philippines Sunday.”
Melligen scored his 18th victory at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino with identical 100-90 scores. Of his 18 wins, 13 of them were knockouts. He also has 2 losses.
Gonzalez, on the other hand, suffered his 2nd loss in his career. His current win-loss record is 18-2 (with 12 KOs).
Melligen said that discipline was the key to his victory over Gonzalez, aside from training hard for 6 weeks.
“Disiplina talaga [kaya] nanalo ako sa laban,” he remarked.
According to ABS-CBN North America News Bureau’s Bev Llorente, Melligen said he was really determined to win the fight. The Filipino fighter also said that he dedicated the bout to ZC Oliveros “The Dream” Gorres, who suffered a career-ending brain injury last November.
Meanwhile, Melligen also revealed that he may pursue a title soon: “Baka bigyan ng title fight. ‘Di ko pa alam pero baka this year.” – With a report from ANC