Melindo risks IBF crown vs S. African foe

Tempo - - Sports - By NICK GIONGCO

Mi­lan Melindo makes the first de­fense of the In­ter­na­tional Boxing Fed­er­a­tion light-fly­weight crown tonight against Hekkie Budler of South Africa in Cebu City.

Melindo and Budler both tipped in at the di­vi­sion limit of 108 lbs.

John­reil Casimero and Zorro Sul­tan fig­ure in an IBF ti­tle-elim­i­na­tion match at su­per-fly, a show­down that is ca­pa­ble of steal­ing the thun­der from the main event.

Casimero weighed in at 115 while Sul­tan came in at 114.75. Melindo won the IBF ti­tle with a shock first-round knock­out of Ja­panese vet­eran Akira Yae­gashi last May.

Melindo is one of only three reign­ing Filipino world cham­pi­ons at the mo­ment. The oth­ers are fly­weight sta­ble­mate Don­nie Ni­etes and su­per-fly Jer­win An­ca­jas.


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