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Milan Melindo loses world title bid vs Japanese foe

Oct 08, 2018 - 8:03 AM

Japan's Ken Shiro retains his WBC light flyweight crown after stopping former Filipino boxing champion Milan Melindo in the 7th round

IN CONTROL. Japanese champion Ken Shiro peppers Milan Melindo with punches to the face. Photo by AFP

Milan Melindo takes shot at world title vs Japanese champ

Oct 07, 2018 - 10:29 AM

After losing his IBF crown, Filipino boxer Milan Melindo eyes the WBC light flyweight title against Ken Shiro

NEW QUEST. Filipino boxer Milan Melindo (right) vies to return to the top after losing his bid to become a unified champion to Japanese Ryoichi Taguchi last year. Photo by Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Milan Melindo vows to fight on: 'I can be world champion again'

Jan 04, 2018 - 7:30 AM

After some much needed rest, Melindo wants to begin his quest for a second world championship

END OF REIGN. Milan Melindo says it just wasn't his night when he lost to Ryoichi Taguchi, but isn't making excuses. Photo by Toru Yamanaka/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Brave Melindo loses decision to Taguchi in unification fight

Dec 31, 2017 - 10:42 PM

Milan Melindo loses his IBF title to WBA champion Ryoichi Taguchi in Japan

Taguchi outslugs Melindo to win bloody unification fight

Dec 31, 2017 - 9:13 PM

Ryoichi Taguchi wins a unanimous decision over Milan Melindo to unify the WBA and IBF junior flyweight titles

BLOODBATH. Milan Melindo suffered cuts over both eyes in a unanimous decision loss to Ryoichi Taguchi in Japan. Photo by Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Why the Melindo-Taguchi championship fight won't be shown live in PH

Dec 30, 2017 - 10:29 PM

Melindo vs Taguchi will be shown in the Philippines on January 2, two days after the fight takes place

UNIFICATION BOUT. Milan Melindo's title-winning fight wasn't shown live in the Philippines, and neither will his unification bout against Ryoichi Taguchi on New Year's Eve. Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Milan Melindo not worried about Taguchi’s height: It's boxing, not basketball

Dec 30, 2017 - 3:22 AM

Strategy, not height will determine the winner, says Melindo's trainer Edito Villamor

SHORTER CHAMPION. Milan Melindo stands 4 inches shorter than Ryoichi Taguchi, but has made a career out of beating taller foes. Photo from ALA Promotions' Facebook

WATCH: Ten best knockouts of Pinoy boxing in 2017

Dec 29, 2017 - 7:00 PM

A look back at the most destructive knockouts by Filipino boxers in 2017

HEAVY HITTERS. Romero Duno had one of the most destructive KOs of Pinoy boxing in 2017. Photo by Jhay Oh Otamias/Rappler

Milan Melindo wants to become a boxing legend, starting with title unification

Dec 27, 2017 - 7:20 PM

Milan Melindo and Ryoichi Taguichi will unify the WBA and IBF titles, with Ring magazine's lineal championship on the line as well

UNIFICATION. Milan Melindo believes his opponent is a one-trick pony, saying Ryoichi Taguchi is "nothing" if he can stop his left hook to the body. Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

2017: The best of Philippine boxing

Dec 23, 2017 - 2:02 PM

Jerwin Ancajas has a breakout year, while champions and contenders rise up on the ever-changing scene of Philippine boxing

Melindo to unify IBF/WBA belts vs Taguchi on New Year’s Eve

Nov 17, 2017 - 5:25 PM

Milan Melindo will face Ryoichi Taguchi in Tokyo to merge two of the division's 4 belts

UNIFICATION. Milan Melindo will try to knock off another respected Japanese champion when he faces Ryoichi Taguchi. File photos

IBF orders immediate rematch of Melindo vs Budler title fight

Oct 19, 2017 - 9:49 PM

Milan Melindo and Hekkie Budler are ordered to fight a rematch of their fight which took place September 16, 2017 in Cebu City

REMATCH. The IBF has ordered a rematch between Filipino boxer Milan Melindo and South Africa's Hekkie Budler, saying the actions of Melindo's cornermen during doctors exams were "inappropriate conduct which has affected the outcome of the fight." File photo by Gelo Litonjua

Hard-punching Alvarado will be IBF champ Melindo's no. 1 contender

Oct 16, 2017 - 8:26 PM

Alvarado earns the number one ranking in the IBF by destroying Teeraphong Utaida, a fighter Melindo had gone the distance against

MANDATORY CHALLENGER. "Melindo should prepare. My heart beats to become champion," says Felix Alvarado. Photo from Alvarado's Facebook

Bloodied Melindo retains title over Budler with heroic effort

Sep 16, 2017 - 11:43 PM

Milan Melindo scores a twelfth round knockdown and holds onto his IBF junior flyweight title by split decision

WARRIOR. Milan Melindo proves himself to be a blood and guts warrior in his win over Hekkie Budler. Photo by Gelo Litonjua

Hekkie Budler didn't fly to Cebu for a vacation

Sep 14, 2017 - 8:21 AM

Hekkie Budler who faces Milan Melindo this Saturday is intent on returning to South Africa with the IBF junior flyweight title

TITLE CHALLENGER. Hekkie Budler (L) and Colin Nathan (R) have a ton of respect for Milan Melindo but remain confident they can bring the title back to South Africa. Photo from Colin Nathan's Facebook

Casimero to face Sultan, setting stage for all-Filipino world title fight

Aug 04, 2017 - 4:56 PM

The winner will be the number one contender for IBF junior bantamweight champion Jerwin Ancajas

ALL-FILIPINO ELIMINATOR. Two-division world champ Johnriel Casimero will face Jonas Sultan in a world title eliminator for the right to face IBF junior bantamweight champ Jerwin Ancajas. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Waiting game for Jason Pagara

Jul 26, 2017 - 2:43 PM

Jason Pagara will fight on the Milan Melindo Hekki Budler card on September 16 but when he fights for a world championship is a matter to be decided

NUMBER ONE CONTENDER. Jason Pagara, the WBO's number one contender at 140 pounds, is waiting to make his move for a title belt. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Melindo to make first title defense against ex-champ Budler

Jul 13, 2017 - 12:04 PM

Milan Melindo will face former 105 pound titleholder Hekkie Budler of South Africa in his first defense of the IBF junior flyweight title

FIRST DEFENSE. IBF junior flyweight champ Milan Melindo will face South Africa's Hekkie Budler on September 16 in Cebu City. File photos

ALA not interested in Pinoy vs Pinoy Melindo-Petalcorin title fight

May 24, 2017 - 7:15 PM

Petalcorin s promoter says he will petition the IBF to become the mandatory challenger if Melindo won t fight him

DOMESTIC RIVALRY. The camp of IBF junior flyweight champ Milan Melindo thinks Randy Petalcorin should fight for other belts, but Petalcorin's camp thinks Melindo wants "the easier path." File photos

Milan Melindo robbed of his crowning moment by TV delay

May 23, 2017 - 9:19 PM

Fans should have celebrated Milan Melindo s championship victory in the streets Instead they were left searching for live streams online

SHORTCHANGED. Milan Melindo's dream of becoming a world champion finally came true, but the fight was now shown in the Philippines as was first advertised by ABS-CBN. Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Melindo shocks Yaegashi with first round KO to win world title

May 21, 2017 - 6:35 PM

Milan Melindo drops Akira Yaegashi 3 times to score a first round technical knockout and win the IBF junior flyweight title

CHAMPION. The third time was the charm for Milan Melindo, who became the IBF junior flyweight champion in his third shot at a world title. Contributed photo

Melindo, Yaegashi make weight for IBF junior fly title fight

May 20, 2017 - 3:37 PM

The fight will not be shown on same day delay as previously announced

ON TARGET. Milan Melindo and Akira Yaegashi both weight 107.5 pounds ahead of their IBF junior flyweight title fight on Sunday in Japan. Contributed photo

Petalcorin wants winner of Yaegashi-Melindo title fight

May 20, 2017 - 11:11 AM

Pinoy contender Randy Petalcorin wants a shot at the IBF junior flyweight title even if it means fighting his countryman Milan Melindo

HE WANTS NEXT. Filipino fighter Randy Petalcorin figures to be in the pipeline for whoever walks out of Tokyo with the IBF junior flyweight title. File photo by Arvee Eco/Rappler

‪Milan Melindo wants to erase past shortfalls with title win‬

May 17, 2017 - 8:21 AM

Melindo takes his title fight training to the extreme sparring 22 straight rounds at one point to prepare for Akira Yaegashi

Villanueva faces Tete with world title shot at stake

Feb 10, 2017 - 8:43 PM

Arthur Villanueva will face Zolani Tete this April in Manchester with the winner to fight for the WBO bantamweight championship

KING ARTHUR. Arthur Villanueva will face a "complete fighter" in Zolani Tete with a world title shot at stake. File photo by Denmark Dolores/Rappler

Milan Melindo decisions Thai to win interim belt

Nov 26, 2016 - 11:29 PM

Melindo outpoints Thailand s Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr and is now next in line to face IBF junior featherweight champ Akira Yaegashi

INTERIM TITLE. Milan Melindo lands a right hand on Martin Tecuapetla during their bout in May 2014. Melindo will now get a crack at IBF junior flyweight champ Akira Yaegashi, who has been out of action since being injured in his own fight against Tecuapetla.  File photo by Denmark Delores

Court of Appeals reverses suspension of CDO Mayor Moreno

Oct 08, 2016 - 11:05 AM

The Court of Appeals reverses the Ombudsman’s suspension of the Cagayan de Oro City mayor saying the penalty may no longer be enforced given the expiration of his previous term of office

OSCAR MORENO. Rappler file photo.

Nietes batters Garcia into submission for ninth title defense

May 28, 2016 - 10:39 PM

Donnie Nietes drops Raul Garcia twice before Garcia s corner throws in the towel after the fifth round in Bacolod City

STILL CHAMP. Donnie Nietes remains the top junior flyweight in the world following a dominant win over former champ Raul Garcia. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

LIVE BLOG: Donnie Nietes vs Raul Garcia - WBO jr flyweight title fight

May 28, 2016 - 8:57 AM

Live coverage of Donnie Nietes vs Raul Garcia from ringside at University of St La Salle Coliseum in Bacolod City Philippines

Villanueva, Melindo heal title fight woes with split-decision wins

Nov 29, 2015 - 5:17 AM

Filipino contenders Arthur Villanueva and Milan Melindo rebounded from their losses in recent title fights with decision wins at Pinoy Pride 34 in Cebu

KING'S GAMBIT. "King" Arthur Villanueva lands a right hand on Victor "Spock" Mendez in a split-decision victory. Photo by Rappler

Team Petalcorin calls out Melindo for All-Filipino title fight

Jun 02, 2015 - 4:17 AM

The promoter of WBA interim junior flyweight titleholder Randy Petalcorin is proposing a match with compatriot Milan Melindo for a rare Filipino vs Filipino title fight

Milan Melindo lands a right hand on Martin Tecuapetla during his bout in May 2014. File photo by Denmark Delores

Milan Melindo disputes headbutt call, eyes Philippine rematch

Jun 01, 2015 - 3:52 AM

Team Melindo claim the referee never indicated that the cut on Javier Mendoza s eye was caused by a headbutt and that they should ve been ruled TKO winners

Milan Melindo (L) feels he didn't get a fair shake by referee Gerard White against Javier Mendoza (R). Photo from Zanfer Promotions

Milan Melindo loses title fight in Mexico vs Mendoza

May 31, 2015 - 1:06 PM

Milan Melindo loses his second world title fight dropping a technical decision in a foul filled fight against Javier Mendoza

UNSUCCESSFUL. Milan Melindo (R) is now 0-for-2 in world title fights. Photo from Zanfer Promotions

Milan Melindo faces IBF junior fly champ Mendoza in April

Feb 10, 2015 - 9:29 PM

The Cagayan de Oro native will travel to Javier Mendoza s hometown of Tijuana Mexico for his second shot at a world title on April 25

Milan Melindo lands a right hand on Martin Tecuapetla during their bout in May 2014. File photo by Denmark Delores

Milan Melindo gets another shot at world title – report

Jan 06, 2015 - 8:37 PM

Melindo will face IBF light flyweight title holder Javier Mendoza of Mexico

Milan Melindo lands a right hand on Martin Tecuapetla during his bout in May 2014. File photo by Denmark Delores

Donnie Nietes forces Velarde to quit, retains junior flyweight championship

Nov 16, 2014 - 1:23 AM

Donnie Nietes successfully defended his world junior flyweight championship by stopping Carlos Velarde in 7 But he isn t heading to flyweight just yet

AND STILL. Donnie Nietes salutes the crowd after stopping Carlos Velarde after the seventh round. Photo by Ryan Songalia

HIGHLIGHTS: Donnie Nietes vs. Carlos Velarde junior flyweight title fight

Nov 15, 2014 - 12:24 PM

Live updates of the Donnie Nietes vs Carlos Velarde junior flyweight championship fight on November 15 in Cebu City Philippines

Nietes, Velarde make weight for junior flyweight championship fight

Nov 14, 2014 - 1:34 PM

World junior flyweight champion Donnie Nietes weighed in at 107 5 pounds while Carlos Velarde came in at 108 for Saturday s Pinoy Pride 28 main event

ON WEIGHT. Donnie Nietes (L) and Carlos Velarde (R) pose after making weight for their fight on Saturday. Photo by Ryan Songalia

Junior flyweight champ Nietes to move up in weight after Velarde defense

Oct 16, 2014 - 10:41 PM

Donnie Nietes aims to move up to the flyweight division in search of bigger fights and greater recognition

Donnie Nietes celebrates his ninth-round knockout of Moises Fuentes in their May rematch. File photo by Denmark Delores

Nietes KOs Fuentes in nine to cement junior flyweight supremacy

May 11, 2014 - 9:00 AM

Donnie Nietes successfully defended his WBO world light flyweight title and won THE RING s junior flyweight lineal title with a ninth round technical knockout of Mexico’s Moises Fuentes

AND STILL. Donnie Nietes lands a crushing right hand on Moises Fuentes en route to a knockout victory. Photo by Denmark Delores/Rappler

Nietes, Sabillo to face Mexican foes in title defenses

Mar 02, 2014 - 9:15 PM

Donnie Nietes will face mandatory challenger Moises Fuentes in their long awaited rematch on May 10 in Manila while WBO strawweight titleholder Merlito Sabillo will likely face Francisco Rodriguez Jr on March 22 in Mexico

TITLE TOWN. Merlito Sabillo (L) and Donnie Nietes (R) will face Mexican foes in their next bouts. Sabillo photo by Alvin S. Go, Nietes photo by Jay Directo/AFP

‘Boxing is not forever’ says business-minded champ Nietes

Feb 21, 2014 - 1:51 PM

As junior flyweight champ Nietes approaches Flash Elorde s record of longest title reign by a Filipino boxer the Bacolod City bred fighter looks to the future

AHAS. Donnie Nietes is en route to becoming the longest reigning champion in Philippine boxing history, but he still has his eye to the future. Photo from Nietes' Facebook

Boxing: Sonsona-Shimoda set for February 22 in Macau

Jan 29, 2014 - 2:55 PM

Former junior bantamweight titleholder Marvin Sonsona will take the next step towards getting his career back on track when he faces former junior featherweight titleholder Akifumi Shimoda on February 22 at the Venetian Resort and Casino in Macau

HAPPIER TIMES. Marvin Sonsona (center) flanked by international matchmaker Sampson Lewkowicz (left) and promoter Sammy Gello-ani (right). Photo courtesy Sonsona's Facebook

Melindo falls short in world title bid

Jul 28, 2013 - 5:53 PM

Milan Melindo lost a unanimous decision to Juan Francisco Estrada in a world title fight in Macau

Viloria loses belts to Mexican

Apr 06, 2013 - 11:45 PM

Brian Viloria lost via split decision to Juan Francisco Estrada and lost his WBA and WBO flyweight belts in the process

Viloria's legacy run resumes in Macao

Apr 05, 2013 - 9:41 AM

Brian Viloria resumes his legacy run this weekend when he faces Mexican Juan Francisco Estrada in Macao

Rappler’s top 10 pound-for-pound Pinoy boxers

May 30, 2012 - 7:48 PM

Rappler s boxing analyst ranks the top 10 pound for pound Pinoy boxers

VILORIA VICTORY. Brian Viloria raises his arms in triumph after his victory over Giovani Segura in December 2011. Oliver Lucas.