TwitterFacebook

Ken Shiro successful against Milan Melindo in fourth WBC 108-pound title defence

Anthony Cocks

Australian-based boxing journalist Anthony Cocks has been covering the sport for over 15 years for various print and online publications. He refuses to believe that Roberto Duran ever lost to Tommy Hearns and says that Jeff Fenech would destroy Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee and Muhammad Ali on the same night.

Follow Anthony Cocks on: Twitter | Facebook
KO Boxing Forum

WBC junior flyweight champion Ken Shiro 14-0 (8) retained his world championship with an impressive seventh round TKO of former IBF boss Milan Melindo 37-4 (13) at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan on Sunday.

Japan’s 26-year-old ‘Amazing Boy’ controlled the early action with his educated jab and quick footwork, but Melindo landed a hard right cross to take the second frame. Shiro regained control in the third and ramped up his attack in by the fifth.

In the sixth round Shiro bloodied the left eye of the 30-year-old Filipino ex-champ, opening up in the following round to force referee Laurence Cole to stop the fight on cuts under the recommendation of the ringside physician. The official time of the stoppage was 2:47 of round number seven.

See Also

It was the first time Melindo had been stopped in 41 professional contests.

Shiro, who was making the fourth defence of the world title he won from Ganigan Lopez in May of last year, scored his third stoppage victory in a row.

“I wish to stay in this class and aim to reach and break Mr. Yoko Gushiken’s record of thirteen defences,” said Shiro in comments published by Fightnews.

The fight took place on the undercard of Naoya Inoue versus Juan Carlos Payano in the quarterfinals of season two of the World Boxing Super Series [WBSS].

“Should the WBSS expand its tournaments to the 108-pound division, I’m very much willing to participate in it,” said Shiro, who was leading 59-55 on all three judges’ scorecards.

Melindo expressed his disappointed in the result but praised Shiro for his performance.

“Ken’s jabs were fast and strong, so I couldn’t come in close to him,” said Melindo, who was coming off a 12-round decision loss to Ryoichi Taguchi in an IBF/WBA unification bout in Japan last December. “I could go on a bit more, but that’s the referee’s decision.”

Welcome

Welcome to Ringnews24; read the latest boxing news from around the world.

The site is run by boxing fans James Tonks and Lee Skavydis.

If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free toEmail Us

Write for Ringnews24

KO BOXING FORUM

CONNECT WITH US