Unlike most of the east coast, the sport of boxing has been cool over the last few weeks. We know how hot its about to get though, especially on July 27th, which will feature some rather good adventure.
And I’m not talking about Andre Berto and Soto Karass either (although that’s uh.. like, a very good fight too).
It should be so good, that Top Rank’s geriatric head honcho Bob Arum, is pulling out the international red carpet for this one.
The setting will be a Chinese version of Hollywood, as Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios will get their first live looks at each other and sit ringside, for China’s Olympic superstar Zou Shiming’s star-studded PPV act at the Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino in Macao, China.
Shiming is an interesting story- but we don’t wanna talk about him today.
The real fireworks (and the reason Pacquiao and Rios will be there) happen prior to China’s budding legend, when México’s WBO/WBA flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada (24-2, 18KO’s) puts it all on the line against Filipino flame thrower Milan Melindo (29-0, 12KO’s).
In the picture above this past April, the two had just got finished taking care of business, with Estrada lifting the belts from the great Brian Viloria via hard-fought decision, and Melindo completely dispatching the well respected Tommy Seran over four rounds.
Flyweights rarely get any real attention from fight fans and that’s unfortunate, for they are among the most exciting fighter’s in the game. This one just begs for a war out of an action film.
Don’t pay any attention to the number of knockouts on the record of “El Metodico” (Method Man), 25, because that will fool you.
He is a lethal puncher, who’s power has blossomed over the last two years.
Estrada, 23, is a supremely conditioned workhorse with a non-stop motor. He gets better and stronger as the fight progresses, and will do anything he can to remove Milan from the ranks of the unbeaten.
“I can beat Estrada.”
A cool and confident Melindo dead-panned when asked about the challenge that the champion presents.
“I don’t think Estrada hits really hard.” Melindo said, “He hit Viloria hard many times but he didn’t knock him out. Viloria’s style was fit for him, but I don’t think he can deal with me.”
Estrada, for his part, chimed “I heard what Melindo just said, and he’ll be telling everybody how hard I hit after he losses and shakes my hand. I’m not going back to México without my titles.”
And I’m not missing this fight- you shouldn’t either.