Milan poses during his weigh-in against Seran in Macau (April 2013)
|Real name||Milan Melindo|
|Nickname(s)||El Metodico ( Method Man )
Milenyo ( Millennium )
|Height||5 ft 2 in (157 cm)|
February 29, 1988 |
Puerto, Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental, Philippines
|Wins by KO||13|
Milan "El Metodico" Melindo (born February 29, 1988) is a Filipino professional boxer current IBF Light flyweight champion. He is currently ranked fourth by The Ring, ranked sixth by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, and ranked third by BoxRec.
Milan Melindo was born on February 29, 1988, in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines. His passion for boxing came from his father, who bought him a pair of boxing gloves. When Melindo was 6 years of age his father trained him and introduce him to the sport of boxing. Growing up, Melindo took boxing as a hobby because it was through this sport he was able to continue his study through a scholarship program. When he graduated from high school, Melindo decided to take boxing seriously to help his family’s financial needs. Melindo kept his unbeaten record going by defeating his veteran opponent via unanimous decision with the scores of 97-93, 98-92, and 96-94.
Melindo is considered one of the most skillful and promising boxers in the ALA (Antonio Lopez Aldeguer) boxing gym, although somewhat lacking in punching power. In fact, he scored only 8 KO's in 24 wins; most of this KO victories came when he was fighting in the minimumweight division. Despite the lack of punching power, he makes up for it with his quick combinations and his ability to double-up his patented left hook.
Early years at minimumweight
Melindo won his first ever title, the vacant WBO Asia Pacific minimumweight championship, on October 6, 2007, by defeating Pongpan Patanakan Gym of Thailand via technical knockout in the 4th round. The two fought at the Mindanao Polytechnic State College in Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental. The Thai boxer was floored two times in the round, and the bout was stopped after a devastating knockout that left him unconscious for several minutes. Melindo defended the title in his next fight against Jack Amisa, whom he defeated by unanimous decision on December 2, 2007.
On March 14, 2009, Melindo took on Indonesia's Muhammad Rachman at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel in Cebu City, Cebu. He kept his unbeaten record going by defeating his veteran opponent via unanimous decision with the scores of 97-93, 98-92, and 96-94.
Melindo won the WBA Inter-Continental light flyweight title on July 26, 2008, by defeating Carlos Melo from Panama at the Cebu Coliseum in Cebu City. Melindo won on points with scores of 117-111, 116-112 and 117-111.
On January 14, 2010, Melindo fought Anthony Villareal for the World Boxing Council (WBC) Youth Intercontinental flyweight championship belt at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel. The bout was part of the boxing event named "Bakbakan sa Sinulog". The unbeaten boxer defeated his foe by unanimous decision with the scores of :97-93, 95-94, and 96-93. Melindo kept his unbeaten record after 20 fights with five of his wins coming by way of knockout, while his opponent suffered his third loss against nine wins (4 KO).
After letting the deposed champion to take control of the action in the opening minutes of the first round, Melindo picked up the pace in the final half by knocking down Villareal in the final seconds with a solid right during an exchange. Stunned but not totally hurt by Melindo’s right, Villareal again started out strong in the second but his aggressiveness was once again silenced by another right from the Filipino challenger. Melindo slowly took control of the fight in the third round, when he began to throw more powerful against the tough opponent. Villareal became desperate to turn things around in the final rounds when he threw punches in volumes but most of his shots were wild and didn't hit Melindo.
Melindo was scheduled to face Devis Perez of Colombia on April 10, 2010 at the Dubai Tennis Arena in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. However, the fight was postponed to April 23 because of the non appearance of Bobby Pacquiao in one of the featured fights on April 9.
A day before the fight, Perez was replaced by Thailand's Komrit Twinsgym, who arrived only the previous night in Dubai as a last minute replacement of original opponent of Columbia who failed to make his way here after flights in Europe were disrupted due to Iceland volcanic ash hovering above the continent. The Melindo-Twinsgym bout was the Filipino's first fight outside the Philippines. The Cagayan de Oro native won the bout by TKO in the 4th round.
The undefeated fighter Melindo (21-0-0, 6KO) who was defending his WBC Youth Intercontinental title, floored Komrit Twinsgym (15-4-0, 11KO) in the first minute of the first round and again towards the end of the round looking to make short work of the travel-weary Thai. Komrit refused to let go and flurried Melindo with some combinations during heated exchanges with the stalking Melindo in the second and third round. Komrit was caught by Melindo's solid punches in the fourth round and was sent to the canvas again. Veteran referee Bruce McTavish didn't count the Thai boxer and stopped the contest, allowing Melindo to retain his title. On August 28, 2010, Melindo fought Jin-Man Jeon at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel in Cebu. The Filipino pugilist won the bout by TKO in the 2nd round.
On March 11, 2010, Melindo received an award in the 28th SAC-SMB Cebu Sports Awards, along with four other Filipino boxers: Z Gorres, Donnie Nietes, Rodel Mayol and Johnriel Casimero. The event was organized by the Sportswriters Association of Cebu (SAC) and held at the Casino Español de Cebu.
Professional boxing record
|Professional record summary|
|39 fights||37 wins||2 losses|
|40||N/A||N/A||Ryoichi Taguchi||N/A||12||2014-12-31||Ota City General Gymnasium||Defending IBF light flyweight title and For WBA light flyweight title|
|39||Win||37-2||Hekkie Budler||SD||12||2014-09-16||Waterfront Hotel and Casino, Cebu City, Cebu||Retained IBF light flyweight title|
|38||Win||36–2||Akira Yaegashi||TKO||1 (12), 2:45||2017-05-21||Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo||Won IBF light flyweight title|
|37||Win||35–2||Teeraphong Utaida||UD||12||2016-11-26||Cebu Coliseum, Cebu City, Cebu||Won interim IBF light flyweight title|
|36||Win||34–2||Maximino Flores||TD||7 (10)||2016-05-28||La Salle Coliseum, Bacolod City Negros Occidental||Fight stopped after accidental headbutt|
|35||Win||33–2||Victor Emanuel Olivo||SD||10||2015-11-28||Hoops Dome, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu|
|34||Loss||32–2||Javier Mendoza||TD||6 (12), 2:39||2015-05-31||Auditorio Municipal Fausto Gutiérrez Moreno, Tijuana, Baja California||For IBF light flyweight title.|
|33||Win||32–1||Saul Juarez||UD||12||2014-11-15||Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino, Cebu City, Cebu|
|32||Win||31–1||Martin Tecuapetla||MD||12||2014-05-10||Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City, Metro Manila|
|31||Win||30–1||Jose Alfredo Rodriguez||UD||12||2013-11-30||Smart Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila||Won WBO International flyweight title.|
|30||Loss||29–1||Juan Francisco Estrada||UD||12||2013-07-27||CotaiArena, The Venetian Macao||For WBA (Super) and WBO flyweight titles.|
|29||Win||29–0||Tommy Seran||TKO||4 (12), 2:38||2013-04-06||CotaiArena, The Venetian Macao|
|28||Win||28–0||Jean Piero Pérez||MD||12||2012-09-22||Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino, Cebu City, Cebu|
|27||Win||27–0||Jesús Géles||KO||1 (12), 2:21||2012-06-02||Newport Performing Arts Theatre, Pasay City, Metro Manila||Won WBO International flyweight title.|
|26||Win||26–0||Juan Esquer||KO||7 (12), 2:16||2012-01-28||Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino, Cebu City, Cebu||Retained WBO Inter-Continental flyweight title.|
|25||Win||25–0||Francisco Rosas||KO||1 (10), 2:59||2011-09-10||Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino, Cebu City, Cebu||Won WBO Inter-Continental flyweight title.|
|24||Win||24–0||Rosendo Vega||KO||1 (10), 2:59||2011-03-19||Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino, Cebu City, Cebu|
|23||Win||23–0||Carlos Tamara||UD||10||2010-11-27||Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino, Cebu City, Cebu|
|22||Win||22–0||Jin-Man Jeon||KO||2 (10), 0:43||2010-08-28||Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino, Cebu City, Cebu|
|21||Win||21–0||Komrit Lukkuongmuekol||TKO||4 (10)||2010-04-23||The Lodge, Chi Garden, Dubai||Retained WBA Inter-Continental light flyweight title|
|20||Win||20–0||Anthony Villarreal||UD||10||2010-01-14||Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino, Cebu City, Cebu||Retained WBA Inter-Continental light flyweight title|
|19||Win||19–0||Jose Guadalupe Martinez||UD||10||2009-10-03||Cuneta Astrodome, Pasay City, Metro Manila||Retained WBO Asia Pacific minimumweight title.|
|18||Win||18–0||Muhammad Rachman||UD||10||2009-03-14||Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino, Cebu City, Cebu|
|17||Win||17–0||Juma Fundi||TKO||3 (12), 1:20||2008-10-30||Atrium, Limketkai Mall, Cagayan de Oro City||Retained WBO Asia Pacific minimuweight title.|
|16||Win||16–0||Carlos Melo||UD||12||2008-07-26||Cebu Coliseum, Cebu City Cebu||Won WBA Inter-Continental light flyweight title|
|15||Win||15–0||Sofyan Effendi||UD||10||2008-03-07||Mandaue City Sports and Cultural Complex, Mandaue City, Cebu|
|14||Win||14–0||Jack Amisa||UD||12||2007-12-02||Smart Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila||Retained WBO Asia Pacific minimumweight title.|
|13||Win||13–0||Nuapayak Sakkririn||TKO||4 (12)||2007-10-06||Don Mariano Polytechnic College Gym, Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental||Won vacant WBO Asia Pacific minimumweight title.|
|12||Win||12–0||Arnel Tadena||TKO||4 (10), 1:03||2007-06-26||Bantayan Multi-Purpose Center, Bantayan, Cebu|
|11||Win||11–0||Wendil Cajoles||UD||10||2007-05-10||Bahay Toro, Quezon City, Metro Manila|
|10||Win||10–0||Alex Aroy||TD||6 (6)||2007-02-24||Cebu City Sports Complex, Cebu City, Cebu|
|9||Win||9–0||Fabio Marfa||UD||10||2007-01-20||Mandaue City Sports and Cultural Complex, Mandaue City, Cebu|
|8||Win||8–0||Rommel Bongon||UD||8||2006-11-24||Mandaue City Sports and Cultural Complex, Mandaue City, Cebu|
|7||Win||7–0||Ricardo Albia||TKO||3 (8)||2006-10-21||Mandaue City Sports and Cultural Complex, Mandaue City, Cebu|
|6||Win||6–0||Michael Rodriguez||UD||10||Jul 3, 2006||Island City Mall, Tagbilaran City, Bohol|
|5||Win||5–0||Amero Ricablanca||UD||4||Apr 30, 2006||Island City Mall, Tagbilaran City, Bohol|
|4||Win||4–0||Ruther del Castillo||TD||5 (6), 1:40||Feb 3, 2006||Roosevelt Ave. & Del Monte Ave., Quezon City, Metro Manila|
|3||Win||3–0||Rodel Emboy||TKO||4 (6), 1:41||Dec 30, 2005||CPG Multi-Purpose Center, Talibon, Bohol|
|2||Win||2–0||Juaren Libres||UD||4||Oct 29, 2005||Mandaue City Sports and Cultural Complex, Mandaue City, Cebu|
|1||Win||1–0||Meljun Grumo||UD||4||Sep 17, 2005||Mandaue City Sports and Cultural Complex, Mandaue City, Cebu|
Titles in boxing
Major World Titles:
Minor World Titles:
- IBO Light Flyweight Champion (108 lbs)
- IBF Interim Light Flyweight Champion (November 2016) (108 lbs) 
- WBO International Flyweight Champion (June 2012) (November 2013) (2x)(112 lbs) 
- WBO Inter-Continental Flyweight Champion (September 2011) (112 lbs)
- WBA Inter-Continental Light Flyweight Champion (July 2008) (108 lbs)
- WBO Asia Pacific Minimumweight Champion (October 2007) (105 lbs)
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- "Rankings". Transnational Boxing Rankings Board. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
- "Boxer Ratings". BoxRec. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
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- Nathanielsz, Ronnie (March 11, 2009). "Rachman: Melindo 'just a stepping stone' for title shot". ABS-CBN News.com.
- "Prospects Gorres, Melindo beat foes, boost stock for world quest". GMANews.TV. 2009-03-15.
- Emmanuel Villaruel (2010-01-14). "'Bakbakan sa Sinulog' tonight Melindo guns for WBC Youth title; Banal battles Mexican toughie". philstar.com.
- "MELINDO OUTLASTS VILLAREAL IN A THRILLER (PLUS OTHER RESULTS AND PHOTOS)". philboxing.com. Retrieved 2010-01-15.
- "Melindo, Banal win in 'Bakbakan sa Sinulog'". GMANews.TV. January 14, 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-06.
- "Melindo wins WBC Youth in 'Bakbakan'". abs-cbnNEWS.com. 2010-01-14.
- "Bautista return postponed over Bobby Pacquiao mishap". boxingscene.com. 2010-03-29.
- Nathanielsz, Ronnie (2010-04-24). "Melindo Clocks Gym, Bautista Stops Sotornpitak in Dubai". BoxingScene.com.
- Secuya, Dong (2010-04-24). "MELINDO, BAUTISTA, CANILLAS SCORE KNOCKOUT WINS IN DUBAI". PhilBoxing.com.
- Nathanielsz, Ronnie (2010-04-24). "ALA BOYS WIN; MELINDO MOST IMPRESSIVE". PhilBoxing.com.
- Gonzalez, Jhonny (August 28, 2010). "Bautista Stops Barrera in Four; Condes, Jaca, Melindo Win". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved August 28, 2010.
- "Five Boxers Honored in 28th SAC-SMB Cebu Sports Awards". PhilBoxing.com. March 12, 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-12.
|Vacant||IBF junior flyweight interim champion
November 26, 2016 – May 21, 2017
|IBF junior flyweight champion
May 21, 2107 – present