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“Shiro was way ahead. It was bet­ter that it was stopped,” said ALA Gym head trainer Edito Vil­lamor.

Shiro jabbed beau­ti­fully and dis­rupted Melindo’s rhythm. After the fourth round, the 26-year-old Shiro was up ahead 39-37 in all three score­cards in the open scor­ing sys­tem.

“He had a hard time with his tim­ing be­cause Shiro was very quick but he came up with a good fight,” said Vil­lamor. “His move­ment was good but Shiro was just too quick and was very good with his jab, which put off Mi­lan’s tim­ing.” Melindo has lost back-to-back fights in Ja­pan after los­ing to Ry­oichi Taguchi 10 months ago. He dropped to 37-4 with 13 knock­outs.

Shiro re­mained un­beaten with 14-0 and seven knock­outs.

With back-to-back losses, Vil­lamor is un­sure of Melindo’s fu­ture. How­ever, he still be­lieves that his 30-year-old ward is still one of the best in the di­vi­sion.

“There’s no plan yet. He needs to rest. It de­pends on him if he wants to con­tinue box­ing or not. We are still here to sup­port him,” he said. “I think Mi­lan still has it. But he eas­ily gets cut. This was the same cut in the Taguchi fight. Maybe we should have it checked by a cos­metic sur­geon on what should be done if Mi­lan wants to con­tinue fight­ing.”

Melindo won the In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Fed­er­a­tion (IBF) light fly­weight crown last year with a first round knock­out of Ja­panese star Akira Yae­gashi. He lost his ti­tle seven months later in Ja­pan with a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion de­feat in the hands of Taguchi. (EKA)

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