Filipino ready for Pinoy Pride 11 on Jan. 28

January 9, 2012 11:56 pm 

CEBU CITY, Jan. 9 – Milan Melindo spearheads the band of Filipino fighters as they clash with different warriors from all over the world in “Pinoy Pride 11: Philippines vs. The World” on January 28 at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu City.

Melindo (24-0, 9 kOs) is joined by unbeaten knockout artist Lorenzo Villanueava (21-0, 20 Kos), promising youngsters Mhar Jhun Macahilig (13-1, 7 Kos) and Joseph Von Minoza (12-2, 5 Kos), and newcomer Alvin Artesgado (1-0) to complete Team Philippines, which will go up against fighters from Mexico, Thailand, south Korea and Japan.

”Last year was a banner year for ALA Promotions. I think right now, we are where we should be,” ALA Promotions president Michael Aldeguer said in a press conference launching the latest installment of the successful “Pinoy Pride” series. “But so far, I think this will be the biggest promotion in the Pinoy Pride, considering the five countries in the card, including two Mexican fighters,” Aldeguer said.

The 23-year-old Melindo, who will be the captain of the Philippine squad, is defending his World Boxing Organization (WBO) Intercontinental flyweight belt against Mexican former world title challenger Juan Esquer.

”I saw his style by watching his tape and on YouTube. As a fighter, he is a warrior. He comes in and bangs, and he also has a strong chin,” said Melindo.

Melindo is now rated third in the WBO, sixth in the World Boxing Council, ninth in the World Boxing Association and 12th in the International Boxing Federation.

”Hopefully this year, there will be a fighter who is willing to fight for any world title,” said Aldeguer.

Also included in the main bouts is Merlito Sabillo, who will be facing Indonesian Sofyan Effendi.

Villanueva, on the other hand, is facing Mexican Diego Ledesma (18-4-2, 12 Kos). Macahilig is trading leathers with former world title contender Kaichon Sor Vorapin (25-10, 9 Kos). Minoza locks horns with south Korean champion Yoo shin Kim (8-2, 6 Kos), and Aresgado slugs it out with fellow newcomer Kazuya Harada (0-1) of Japan. (PNA) LAP/EB/MJT/gb

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