Light flyweight titlist Javier Mendoza retains title, decisions Melindo on Saturday night in Mexico. The official scores were: 60-52, 60-52 and 59-53.
The fight was stopped in the sixth round as Mendoza (24-2-1, 19KO’s) unfit to continue resulting from a deep cut over his left eye from an accidental clash of heads.
Melindo (32-2, 12KO’s) begins with the wrong foot and got warning from referee for a low blow early in Round 1. In the fifth round, he was deducted a point for repeated low blows.
It remains to be seen if Melindo could become a world champion. So far, he failed on his second attempt. AJ Banal, Melindo’s stable mate, suffered the same fate.