WATCH: Brave Melindo drops, beats Budler to retain crown

September 17, 2017 9:57 AM

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A bloodied Milan "El Metodico" Melindo scored a flash knockdown against challenger Hekkie "The Hexecutioner" Budler of South Africa in the 12th round to help him retain his IBF light-flyweight belt.

Melindo was in control in the early rounds, but a massive cut on his left eyebrow, caused by a head-butt in the sixth round, began to impede his vision and allowed Budler to come back in the bout.

By the 12th round, Melindo was bleeding profusely from cuts in both his eyes, but the champion landed a punch that sent Budler to the canvas for a brief moment.

It was enough to sway two of the judges as Melindo claimed a split decision victory.


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