Mexican vows to stop Melindo

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Friday, March 18, 2011


ROSENDO Vega plans vowed to knock out Milan Melindo in their 10-round fight this Saturday in the main event of “Pinoy Pride 4 – Philippines vs. World” at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino.

“I will give 10 rough rounds of fighting. Melindo is a world class boxer but I’m ready to give him a good fight,” Vega said during the final press conference yesterday at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino. “Yeah. I will knock out Melindo.”

Vega wants to aggressively jump right in and brawl with Melindo because he believes he can take the unbeaten Filipino boxer’s punches.

However, Melindo thinks the 33-year-old Mexican veteran is making a big mistake if he opts to stand toe-to-toe with him because that kind of style is tailor-made for him.

“I believe he is easy for me because if he comes in, maybe this fight will be over early,” said the 23-year-old Pinoy.

AJ “Bazooka” Banal is also confident he will retain his World Boxing Organization Asia-Pacific bantamweight belt against Tanzanian veteran Francis Miyeyusho.

“I won’t predict anything but I’ll try my best to knock him out,” said the 22-year-old former world title contender.

Unbeaten Canadian prospect Steve Clagget and Filipino Romeo Jakosalem stole the limelight of yesterday’s press conference as both boxers figured in a heated word war.

Clagget, who is a household name in Canada, wants to make a name for himself in the Philippines and promised an exciting fight in his Philippine debut.

“I’ll go for the knockout. I’m ready to go for eight rounds but I was hoping or a 12,” said the 21-year-old World Boxing Council youth light welterweight champion.

Jakosalem, 22, is geared up for war and said he is ready for whatever Clagget brings to the table.

“He’ll get knocked out for sure if he underestimates me,” said Jakoslem, who had an intense stare down with Clagget.

In the undercard, Japanese banger Kenichi Yamaguchi is up against Filipino prospect Marjohn Yap, while Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation flyweight titleholder Rocky Fuentes is facing Indonesian champion Jemmy Gobel.

Meanwhile, Japanese former world champion Katsunari Takayama, the first foreign fighter signed under the ALA Promotions banner, is putting up a fundraiser on the Pinoy Pride event to aid the victims of the recent earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan.

“Japan, right now, had its worst natural disaster. People have suffered a lot. We will do a fundraising on the date of the boxing on March 19. I’m asking for everybody’s cooperation. I thank everybody for offering their help,” said Takayama.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 18, 2011.

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