Boxing fans can watch the Milan Melindo vs. Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. boxing match live online and see if the hometown fighter Melindo can win in his third attempt at a world title.
The two will square off in Pinoy Pride 39 from the Cebu Coliseum in Cebu, Philippines, with the action starting at 6 p.m. local time. Outside of the pay-per-view broadcast, there will be no live television coverage of the match (though it will be shown on ABS-CBN on Sunday at 3 p.m. local time), which there will be a big demand to watch the Melindo vs. Sakkreerin fight on the internet. A link to the streaming video can be found at the bottom of the page.
For Melindo, the match is a chance to finally earn a title after two failed attempts. As Pinoy Pride Sports noted, he was defeated by Juan Francisco Estrada in 2013 and last year lost to Javier Mendoza for the IBF World light flyweight title.
But this time, Melindo is promising a knockout for the fans in his hometown.
“There’s going to be a knockout,” he told Pinoy Pride Sports. “I’ve trained very hard for this fight. There are no more excuses for me because the fight’s going to happen in my hometown in front of my fans and supporters.”
The Cagayan de Oro native also told ABS-CBN Sports that he believes his first two losses in title bouts prepared him well for Saturday’s fight against Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. And despite fighting before his hometown crowd, Melindo said he feels no added pressure going into Saturday’s match.
As ABS-CBN Sports added, Melindo hopes to follow in the footsteps of the most famous boxer the Philippines has ever produced.
“And while a world title win not only puts Melindo in the record books of Philippine boxing, for him it becomes a culmination of what he’s worked for all his life, and on a bigger stage, even sees it as an opening for bigger things, like following the path of arguably the best boxer to ever come out of the Philippines, Manny Pacquiao.”
But fans who watch the Milan Melindo vs. Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. boxing match live online will also see the Thai fighter filled with confidence. For one, he will have a noticeable advantage in height, standing a full four inches taller than Melindo. He also has a speed advantage on Melindo, which could overcome the Filipino boxer’s strong technical game.
In an interview leading up to Saturday’s match, Sakkreerin’s trainer Rian Munton said he believes they have the right plan to defeat Melindo.
“We respect Melindo. He is a good boxer, a highly technical boxer but we’ve prepared hard for this fight – we have a good plan — and on Saturday, we will be victorious,” Munton told Philboxing, adding, “we will use all the advantages that we have.”
But Munton added that Sakkreerin likely wouldn’t blow Melindo out of the ring. He told Philboxing that, “it not a good idea to look for a knockout. We will fight our fight, and if an opportunity to knock him [Melindo] out comes, we will seize that opportunity.”
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Below is the complete schedule of fights for Pinoy Pride 39 (via Pinoy Pride Sports).
Milan Melindo vs. Teeraphong Utaida (Sakkeerin)
Jason Pagara vs. Jose Alfaro
Albert Pagara vs. Raymond Commey
Jeo Santisima vs. Rex Wao
Jimmy Paypa vs. Jerry Nardo
Virgel Vitor vs. Jonathan Francisco
Melvin Jerusalem vs. Bonjun LoperezKevin
Jake Cataraja vs. John Kenan Villaflor
Fans who want to watch the can click here to access streaming video of the fight from MySky.
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