Highly recognized flyweight pugilist Milan "Method Man" Melindo of the Philippines soundly defeated former IBF world champion Carlos Tamara of Colombia in their 10-round boxing clash last night.
Melindo led in all scorecards, awarding him the unanimous decision over his Colombia-native foe. Long before the fight, many boxing observers said that Tamara's extensive experience fighting world champions such as former world champion Brian Viloria, reigning WBO and WBA light flyweight kingpin Giovani Segura of Mexico, and current undefeated WBO super flyweight titlist Omar Andres Narvaez of Argentina will make it a hard fight for Melindo to win. A few boxing experts favored Melindo's technical wizardry to get the Filipino through the bout.
Melindo, arguably the best technical boxer in the Philippines today, made use of his extensive arsenal of ring smarts and generalship during the early stages of the fight. Lacking potent punching power, Melindo had to rely on his superior boxing skills to methodically dismantle Tamara. The Filipino effectively negated the height and reach advantage of his opponent by fighting a smart fight. Prior to the fight, Melindo predicted a KO victory within five rounds. But Tamara proved to be a durable opponent who can take a beating while dish his own.
Tamara, a notorious slow starter who can finish strong, began to dictate the fight with his brand of pressure fighting by the seventh round. The Colombian's best moments came in the later rounds when his jab began to control the fight and helped him land some telling blows. However, Melindo proved that he is worth his nickname, "Method Man" (El Metodico), by bombarding Tamara with crisp power punches with precision and power.
Melindo extends his winning to streak to 23 victories, seven of which coming by knockouts, while opponent Tamara slides down to 21 wins and 6 defeats, 15 wins by way of knockout. In a previous interview with this writer, ALA Promotions President Michael Aldeguer, Melindo's promoter, said that a world title fight will be possible next year.