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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).

Photo: AC­TION IMAGES/LEE SMITH

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