LIVE UPDATES: Milan Melindo vs Hekkie Budler fight
MANILA, Philippines - Milan Melindo will make the first defense of his IBF junior flyweight title on Saturday, September 16 when he faces South Africa's Hekkie Budler at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu City, Philippines.
Melindo (36-2, 13 knockouts) struggled with the 108-pound weight limit initially, weighing in more than a pound over on his first attempt before making the weight on his second try. Budler (31-2, 10 KOs) of South Africa had no such difficulty as he breezed past the weigh-in in his first attempt.
The card will also feature the all-Filipino IBF junior bantamweight title elimination bout between Johnriel Casimero and Jonas Sultan, plus top-rated contender Jason Pagara against James Onyango, plus Arthur Villanueva vs Richie Mepranum.
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