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Milan Milendo Claims IBF Interim World Light Flyweight Belt

Filipino pugilist Milan 'El Metodico' Melindo finally claimed a long-awaited crown on Saturday night in the main event of the Pinoy Pride 39 - Road to Redemption Card at the jam-packed Cebu Coliseum.

Melindo showed why he got that monicker by scoring a masterful unanimous decision victory over the tough Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. of Thailand in an action-packed 12 rounds in route to claiming the International Boxing Federation (IBF)  interim world light flyweight belt.

Surprisingly, two judges narrowly scored it, 115-113, in their scorecards despite Milendo's domination of the fight while the third had it, 117-111.

With the victory Milendo improved to 35-2-0 (win-loss-draw) record with 12 knockouts, while Sakkreerin Jr. drops to 31-5-1. 

It was a great matchup as both fighters were fundamentally sounded boxers with the 23-year-old Sakkreerin used his jabs but Milendo had answers with his counterpunches.

Next up for Milendo is the regular champion in Akira Yaegashi of Japan, who holds the IBF world light flyweight.

In the main supporting bout, Jason 'El Nino' Pagara showed his full potential by dispatching former world champion Jose Alfaro of Nicaragua.

The elder of the Pagara brothers connected a hard body shots in the liver of the Nicaraguan at the waning seconds of the very first round. Alfaro couldn't withstand it and landed squarely in pain and kneeled on the canvas with the referee counting. He couldn't beat the count as the fight was stopped at the 2:59 mark of the first round in their 10-round scheduled welterweight contest. 

Jason, the no. 1 rank by the WBO in the super lightweight division, improves to 40-2-0, 25KOs while Alfaro dropped to 28-11-1, 24KOs. 

On the other hand, the younger Pagara, Albert, had to withstand a tough opponent in 
Raymond Commey of Accra, Ghana in his featherweight debut.

Still, Albert came up victorious, courtesy of a unanimous decision with all judges scoring it  99-91.

Albert, dubbed as 'The Prince', started cold as Commey scored telling blows in the second round that caused Pagara to backpedal.

But in the fifth round, Pagara picked himself up by scoring combinations of body and head shots that wobbled the Ghanian.

Albert never looked back in route to the victory.

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