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All systems go for Pinoy Pride 42 after Milan Melindo makes weight

There were some concerns with the main event of Pinoy Pride 42, as co-headliner Milan Melindo checked in overweight. But after a brief scare, Melindo was able to shed his excess weight to save ALA Promotions’ biggest night.

The IBF world light flyweight title fight between Milan Melindo and Hekkie Budler was saved after both men made weight, Friday afternoon at the Waterfront Hotel and Resort in Cebu City.

It was the South African Budler who stepped onto the scales first , registering at exactly the 108 pounds.

Melindo, on the other hand, weighed 1.25 pounds over the limit and was given two hours to make the cut.

Fortunately, the anxious moments were soon eased out after Melindo weighed in at exactly 108 pounds just an hour after his first weigh-in.

In the co-main event, Jonas Sultan and former IBF World Flyweight champion Johnriel Casimero checked in at 114.75 and 115 pounds respectively. Both men has expressed excitement for their eliminator fight for the IBF super flyweight belt.

“Mas maganda na yung pakiramdam ko ngayon dahil hindi na ako nahihirapan mag-bawas ng timbang kaya maganda yung preparasyon ko para sa laban na ito,” said Casimero, who moved up to super flyweight after his reign in IBF’s flyweight division. “Pinagsikapan namin ito ng trainer ko, si Coach Jhun Agrabio. Hindi namin papalagpasin tong pagkakataon.”

For Sultan, he knows how big this fight will be for his young career, and vows to give everything in this fight.

“Para sa akin, ibibigay ko yung lahat ng kaya ko dito para manalo ako dito sa laban na to,” Sultan told Tiebreaker Times right after the weigh-ins. “Alam kong mas malakas siya (Casimero) kesa sakin pero pagpupursigihan ko na manalo ako.”

Pinoy Pride 42 weigh in results
September 15, 2017 – Waterfront Hotel and Casino, Cebu

Milan Melindo* (108 lbs) vs Hekkie Budler (108 lbs)
Jonas Sultan (114.75 lbs) vs Johnriel Casimero (115 lbs)
Jason Pagara (147 lbs) vs James Onyango (145 lbs)
Arthur Villanueva (119 lbs) vs Richie Mepranum (118.5 lbs)
KJ Cataraja (114 lbs) vs Wiljan Ugbaniel (114 lbs)
Virgel Vitor (123 lbs) vs Alvin Bais (120 lbs)
Kenneth Gentallan (116 lbs) vs Jeffrey Stella (115 lbs)
Jen Macapobre (111 lbs) vs Mel Ando (112 lbs)
*Melindo first weighed at 109.25 lbs

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