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SATURDAY September 16, 2017
CONTROVERSY abounds as Milan Melindo retains his IBF lightflyweight title with a split 12-round decision over Hekkie Budler at Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu, Philippines. One judge scores 115-113 for Budler but is overruled by cards of 117-110 and 115112 for champion Melindo, who struggles to make the 108lbs limit.
Melindo starts brightly before Budler comes back into things in the middle rounds. The Filipino is cut on the left eye in round six then on the right optic four sessions later. But Melindo scores a flash knockdown in the last as he improves to 37-2 (13).
Budler falls to 31-3 (10) but his promoter Rodney Berman savages the decision, calling it a “blatant robbery and a “disgrace”. Berman also slams the refereeing as “pathetic” and adds “The IBF can keep their titles”.
On the same night in Kiev, Ukraine’s former WBC superlightweight champion Viktor Postol returns after losing to Terence Crawford in a July 2016 unification fight and struggles to outpoint Jamshidbek Najmiddinov (Uzbekistan) over 10 rounds. Postol, 33, is floored in round five but recovers to win unanimously at 98-92, 97-92 twice.
Postol, who scales 3lbs over the super-light limit at 143lbs, improves to 29-1 (12).
INDUCTEE: Bruno is honoured at the British Boxing HOF ceremony