Mexican Estrada retains WBO, WBA titles
MANILA – The Philippines' Milan Melindo suffered his first career defeat after he was outpointed by Mexican champion Juan Francisco Estrada at the Fist of Gold II in Macau on Saturday.
The judges saw it 118-109, 117-109, 118-109 all in favor of Estrada, who retained the WBA and WBO flyweight titles in the card locally titled “Rambulan sa Macau II.”
It was a frustrating loss for Melindo who had hoped to avenge the loss of Filipino boxer Brian Viloria.
Melindo stepped up to challenge Estrada after Viloria lost the WBO and the WBA crowns to the Mexican during the first installment of Fists of Gold last April.
Melindo frustrated the rangy Mexican in the first six rounds, rattling Estrada with effective counter-punching and crisp combinations.
After feeling out the Mexican in the first round, Cagayan de Oro-born fighter surprised Estrada with a booming left hook near the end of the bell.
In the fourth, Melindo unleashed a right uppercut-left-hook combo before nearly flooring Estrada with a looping left to the jaw.
The Filipino boxer was again successful in the sixth but a straight right from Estrada had him bloodied under the left eye.
Estrada then upped the tempo in rounds eight and nine, using his range to keep the shorter Melindo at bay.
In round 10, the two fighters engaged in a free-for-all with Melindo gaining the upper hand.
The brawl, however, wore down the Filipino boxer and this partially caused his fall in the 11th when he was decked by Estrada with a short right hand.
Melindo tried to rally in the final round but was caught with a right hook to the jaw, forcing him into survival mode until the final bell.
It was Melindo's first professional loss in 29 fights, while Estrada notched his 24th win against 2 defeats.
Meanwhile, the two other Filipino boxers in the card successfully defeated their respective opponents.
Dave Peñalosa knocked out Thailand’s Ngaotawa Sithsaithong with a hard left uppercut to end the match at 45 seconds of Round 3.
He remains undefeated with 7 wins.
Meanwhile, Genesis “Azukal” Servania retained his WBO Asia Pacific super bantamweight title after beating Konosuke Tomiyama via technical split decision.
After trading knockdowns with his Japanese foe, Servania ended up bloodied in a 9th round headbutt, prompting the referee to stop the fight.
The Filipino outscored Tomiyama, 87-82, 84-85 and 86-83.
In the main event, China’s Zou Shiming showed power and speed to defeat Jesus Ortega via unanimous decision.
Rambulan sa Macau will be aired on Channel 2 on Sunday starting 10:15 a.m.