While American fans sipping their morning coffee, boxing fans in the other side of the planet were thrilled by action packed fight on their evening prime time television. Fist of Gold II in Cotai Arena, Ventian Resort, Macau, China is airing live in the early morning hours on the east coast.
Juan Francisco Estrada vs. Milan Melindo
Prior to the Shiming-Ortega fight, Juan Francisco Estrada retains WBO and WBA titles against former undefeated Filipino Milan Melindo. Estrada wins exactly the same way he won against Viloria. But this time he scores a knockdown. He started slow and behind the scorecards early in the fight but came back strong in the second half.
|Milan Melido after his bout in Macau, China|
Melindo outpointed Estrada with his clean counter shots in the first five rounds and was comfortably ahead in my scorecards. But Estrada slowly came back in the sixth round and it becomes a close fight that you can score either way without a problem. And I think the judges gave those close rounds to Estrada.
The fight became more decisive in favor of Estrada when he scored a flush knockdown. A solid right hand to the chin sent Melindo to the floor. Melindo was able to beat the count but was very wobbly. If there was time remaining he could have been taken out.
In the final round, Melindo still wobbly and there were no sting in his punches, and was in the verge of going down if hit again by a solid shot.
He managed to hang on and finished the fight.
It was a hard earned fight for Estrada, but did not manifest in the scorecards. The scorecards read 118–109, 117-109, and 118-109 all for Estrada. I think this is way too wide margin. Although Estrada really deserve the win, but the score should have been a little bit closer.
Other results on Fist of Gold II
Big Butterbean look-a-like Andy Ruiz Jr. TKO Joe Hanks in the fourth round.
The chubby Andy Ruiz Jr. yet has tremendous power in both hands plus speed should not be underestimated. He looks like a sumo wrestler to me but this kid can punch. He handle former undefeated Joe Hanks in just four rounds.
Evgeny Gradovich defeated Mauricio Munoz.
A tactically sound Rex Tso from Hongkong outboxed a swarming Rusalee Samor of Thailand via majority decision.