Javier Mendoza primed for IBF title defense against Milan Melindo


With the world championship fight between the Mexican Javier Mendoza and Filipino Milan Melindo on 30 May in Ensenada, Baja California, Zanfer Promotions and Box Azteca close a month of big fights.

The “Cobra” Mendoza (23-2-1, 19 KOs) will defend his flyweight title with the International Boxing Federation against Melindo (32-1-0, 12 KO’s) in the new field of Ensenada, with the fight to be broadcast by Aztec 7, La Casa del Boxing.

A real war in this Mexican-Filipino rivalry is expected in this duel between two premier boxers. Rated as the official challenger, “Methodical” Melindo is a fighter who has only one loss on his record, whilst Mendoza was installed in the elite of the division after winning the IBF belt in September last year in a fierce battle against his compatriot Ramon Garcia Hirales – whom he beat by unanimous decision.

The champion has not lost since June 2011 when he was defeated by Jorge Guerrero. From there, he has amassed ten wins, nine of them on the fast track – a clear indication of the champion’s power.

Mendoza started the year on January 10 with a knockout in two rounds versus the Colombian Mauricio Fuentes. Melindo comes into the fight only losing to Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada in July 2013. In his last three contests, Melindo has defeated Jose Alfredo Rodriguez, Martin Tecuapetla and Saul Juarez.

“I am very happy that the fight is on my land because that encourages me to step into the ring to give a good display against a quality opponent in Melindo,” said Mendoza.

“We invite the fans to come to give me their support,” he added, “and I can assure you that I will go into the ring to give everything.”

‘Chema’ Ocampo in the co-feature

Another attraction of this event will be to see explosive Ensenada boxer Carlos “Chema” Ocampo (14-0, 10 KOs) in action against seasoned fighter Cruz “Tepehuano” Flores (16-5, 12 KO’s) over ten rounds a welterweight.

Also, Tijuana featherweight Elvis “Rokanrolero” Torres (10-0, 7 KO’s) will be part of the undercard against an opponent to be determined; while the Mexicali welter Sergio “Checo” Ortega (15-1, 9 KO’s) is also awaiting his rival.