February 1, 2023

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The New Champions... Milan "El Metodico" Melindo captured the vacant OPBF Featherweight Sliver championship after beating Thai opponent Chaiwat Buatkrathok via unanimous decision. GAB Chairman and lawyer Richard Clarin (5th from left, in grey suit) and referee Tony Pizons (3rd from right) raises the hands of Melido (center) while OPBF supervisor Arnie Najera (back of Melindo in black suit) straps the championship belt to the new champion. (Photo by Allan Defensor)

Melindo prevails, win OPBF Silver title

CEBU CITY, Philippines – As he had promised Milan “El Metodico” Melindo was very tactical in route to scoring a unanimous decision victory over Thai hopeful Chaiwat Buatkrathok in their 10-rounds battle for the vacant Oriental & Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) Featherweight belt at the Cebu City Sports Center tonight.

Although fighting way over the minimum weight where he reigns as king in the International Boxing Federation belt in 2017, Melindoo was like a boxing machine as he delivered precise blows that earned him the undivided nod from the three-ringside judge in the main event of the Prim Stags Promotions Sinulog fisticuff. 

Ringside judges Edwin Barrientos, Arnel Pasion and Elmo Colona scored the bout 97-93, 98-92 and 98-92 all for Melindo.

The victory improved Melindo’s record to 39-5, a win-loss slate highlighted by 14 victories that came by way of knockout. Buatkrathok dropped to 38-8, 25Kos.

However, Buatkrathok, who was a stronger puncher, did a lot of damage to Melindo’s face although his hits were not as precise and multiple as what the Filipino fighter had delivered.

Melindo’s victory, however, came as relief to the promoters as two of its strong and promising talents, Kitt Ceron Garces and Marco Pomar suffered an identical unanimous decision loss to their respective opponents.

Garces tasted his first defeat from the hands of Noli James Maguilan of Compostela Valley while Pomar suffered his second loss to Alvin Camique of General Santos City in the bantamweight class for 8-rounds contests. Garces dropped to 5-1-win loss record while Maquilan improved to 5-1 while Camigue also improved to 5-1 card while Pomar dropped to 4-2.

Other results include Carlo Bacaro defeating Ryan Semona by unanimous decision after 8-rounds. RCM