MELINDO BEGINS WORK WITH STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH NICK CURSON
By Ronnie Nathanielsz
Tue, 07 Apr 2015
Former flyweight title challenger Milan Melindo has begun working with strength and conditioning coach Nick Curson in preparation for his mandatory title fight against IBF light flyweight champion Javier Mendoza on May 9 in Mexico.
Renowned boxing patron Tony Aldeguer informed the New Standard/boxingmirror.com that Melindo and trainer Edito “Ala” Villamor who are in California will be joined by WBO light flyweight champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes, the longest reigning Filipino world champion on April 20 as Nietes will begin his US preparation for his mandatory title defense against Franciso Rodriguez Jr on July 7 in Cebu.
Melindo is doing his strength and conditioning routines at Curson’s gym in Redondo Beach, California and training at the Wild Card Gym of Freddie Roach for what Aldeguer referred to as “a big fight.”
A former flyweight challenger, Melindo decided to drop down to light flyweight which is no problem for him.
His trainers said they had watched fight tapes of Mendoza who likes to keep coming forward which suits the counter-punching style of Melindo who has a record of only one loss as against 32 wins with 12 knockouts.
The 27 year old Melindo’s loss was to tough and talented Juan Franisco Estrada who had earlier won the WBO and WBA titles from two division champion Brian Viloria at the Cotai Arena in Macau on April 6, 2013 via a split decision. Melindo dropped a twelve round unanimous decision to Estrada on July 27, 2013 also in Macau.
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