Melindo strug­gles to make weight

PINOY PRIDE 42 But Budler’s camp not tak­ing chances

Cebu Daily News - - SPORTS - By Glen­dale G. Rosal RE­PORTER

South African twodi­vi­sion world cham­pion Hekkie “Hex­e­cu­tioner” Budler may have some ad­van­tage over Mi­lan “El Me­tod­ico” Melindo af­ter the lat­ter strug­gled to make weight for his first world ti­tle de­fense tonight in the main event of Pinoy Pride 42: Clash For Glory at the Water­front Cebu City Ho­tel and Casino.

The 29-year-old Budler (31-2-0, 10KOs) was all smiles and was in tip-top shape when he hit the weigh­ing scales yes­ter­day at the SM City Cebu event cen­ter. The reign­ing IBO world ju­nior fly­weight king made the con­tracted weight of 108 pounds on his first try.

Melindo (36-20,13KOs), how­ever, strug­gled to make weight. He ini­tially weighed in at 109.25 pounds. IBF of­fi­cials gave him two hours to make the con­tracted weight of 108 pounds for the world ti­tle bout to push through.

Af­ter spend­ing time in a sauna, Melindo fi­nally made weight on his sec­ond try. But he had to be stripped naked to hit the limit.

Budler’s camp was dis­ap­pointed with the de­vel­op­ment.

“We did not travel half­way around the world for this. If he don’t make the weight, it’s a big dis­re­spect for the sport,” said Budler’s trainer Nathan Colin be­fore Melindo made weight.

CEBU DAILY NEWS no­ticed that, de­spite mak­ing weight, the prized 29year-old boxer of the ALA Box­ing Gym looked de­hy­drated and pale.

Still, Budler isn’t think- ing he has an ad­van­tage.

“Some­times it’s an ad­van­tage, some­times it’s not. What’s im­por­tant is that I am su­per ready right now,” he said. “I feel strong. I feel con­di­tioned.”

Budler is try­ing to make Melindo his sixth Filipino vic­tim. He al­ready beat Filipino box­ers Re­nan Trongco, Flo­rante Con­des, Michael Lan­dero, Juanito Ru­bil­lar and Joey Canoy.

Mean­while, Jonas “Zorro” Sul­tan (13-2-0, 16KOs) and John­riel “Quadro Alas” Casimero (24-3-0, 15KOs) eas­ily made the con­tracted weight in their IBF world su­per fly­weight ti­tle elim­i­na­tor.

Sul­tan weighed in 114.75 pounds while Casimero, the for­mer IBF fly­weight cham­pion and two-divi­sion world cham- pion, weighed in at 115 pounds.

On the other hand, WBO ranked num­ber three ju­nior wel­ter­weight con­tender Ja­son “El Niño” Pa­gara (40-2-0, 25KOs) and his op­po­nent James Onyango (23-11-1,19KOs) of Kenya weighed in at 147lbs and 146lbs, re­spec­tively, for their 10-rounder wel­ter­weight non-ti­tle show­down.

GLEN­DALE G. ROSAL

Mi­lan Melindo steps on the weigh­ing scale for his sec­ond try to make weight. ALA Pro­mo­tions In­ter­na­tional of­fi­cials had to cover him with a towel since he had to strip naked to make the weight limit.

CDN PHOTO/CHRIS­TIAN MANINGO

Melindo (left) and Budler.

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