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Melindo leads Pinoy Pride XI

Milan Melindo, one of the most promising prize fighters in the country, leads the cast of boxers when the eleventh edition of ALA Promotions and ABS-CBN Sports’ Pinoy Pride, the Philippines vs. The World, opens 2012 with the first public sparring event at the Pacific Mall in Mandaue City at 5 p.m. today.

The public sparring will give the Filipino boxing fans a preview of what to expect come fight night on January 28 at the Pacific Grand Ballroom of the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino, ALA Promotions marketing officer Chad Cañares said.

Establishing himself as the next boxer to watch out for, Melindo’s dream for a possible world championship will be challenged by former WBC and WBO Latino light flyweight champion Mexican Juan Esquer.

Like Melindo, Esquer has been tested by the best in his division and he will lead The World Team as Captain and will try to bring home the Philippines vs The World championship.

Five different nationalities will also be on the spotlight during the boxing showdowon at the Waterfront Hotel.

Also to be featured in today’s sparring sessions are the PP XI under card fighters, who are considered to be the next generation of starts in Philippine boxing.*NAB

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