Melindo wins WBC Youth in 'Bakbakan'

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 14 2010 11:39 PM | Updated as of Jan 16 2010 08:22 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxer Milan “Milenyo” Melindo outpointed American Anthony “Baby Assassin” Villareal to win the World Boxing Council (WBC) Youth Intercontinental Flyweight title in “Bakbakan sa Sinulog” at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu.

Judges saw it 97-93, 95-94 and 96-93 all on favor of the still undefeated Melindo.

Melindo scored big in Round 1 when he knocked down Villareal with a solid right during an exchange.

Although Villareal is the slicker boxer, Melindo used his counter punching skills to outpoint the American.

Aside from winning the title, Milendo improved his record to 20-0 while Villareal fell to 9-3.

Meanwhile, AJ “Bazooka” Banal knocked out Mexican Cecilio Santos in the 4th round of their 10-round non-title fight.

Banal connected a right hook to Santos’ face, staggering the Mexican. Bazooka then gave a blistering punch to knock down his opponent.

Santos failed to beat the count and absorbed his 12th loss against 24 wins and 3 draws. Banal improved to 21 wins, 1 defeat and 1 draw.

In the undercard, Filipino super featherweight James Bacon knocked out Thai Thitichon Singwancha with a barrage of body punches in Round 4.

Bacon now holds an 11-1 record while Singwancha absorbed his 4th loss against 12 wins.