RP's Melindo to face battle-tested Indonesian


Posted at Mar 07 2009 06:50 PM | Updated as of Mar 08 2009 02:51 AM

Filipino boxer Milan Melindo is set to face former world champion Muhammad Rachman of Indonesia in a ten-round match under the “Hatol: Judgement at the Waterfront” fight card on March 14.

A report posted on PhilBoxing.com said the non-title fight will serve as Melindo’s tune up for a possible world title fight.
The 21-year-old Melindo, who totes an unblemished record of 17 wins with five knock outs, is ranked No.1 by WBO, No. 7 by WBC, No. 4 by WBA and No. 11 by IBF.

Rachman, meanwhile, is a former IBF world champion and has a record of 62-6-5 with 31 knockouts. He lost his title by a split decision to the Philippines' Florante Condes in Jakarta on July 7, 2007.

The 37-year-old veteran from Indonesia is currently No. 3 IBF and No. 12 WBC contender. He has never been knocked out in his losses.

Rachman’s handler Martinez dos Santos is confident that his ward will prevail over Melindo. He said “Rachman has too much power for Melindo.”

He admitted though that the hometown factor will be an advantage for Melindo, a product of the ALA [Antonio Lopez Aldeguer] boxing gym, and he expects Rachman to knock him out.

The fight will be aired by ABS-CBN's Studio 23, 9 pm next Saturday.