Milan Melindo vs. Hekkie Budler on September 16 in Cebu

IBF junior flyweight world champion Milan "El Metodico" Melindo (36-2, 13 KO's) of the Philippines is set to make the first defense of his recently acquired world title against South African reigning IBO world titlist Hekkie "The Hexecutioner" Budler (31-2, 10 KO's) on September 16 in Cebu, Philippines.

Both 29 year-old reigning world champions will trade blows on top of the ring of the Waterfront Hotel & Casino in Cebu, though the battle is only for Melindo's IBF title.

The official announcement was done today (Thursday July 13) by fight promoter Michael Aldeguer, president & CEBO of ALA Boxing Promotions.

In his last fight, Milan Melindo captured the shinning IBF red/gold belt by knocking out then world champion Akira Yaegashi in one round last May at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo.

On his part, Hekkie Buddler, an experienced, durable 2-division world champion, comes from claiming the IBO world crown by defeating Filipino Joey Canoy by stoppage in eight rounds last February in Kempton Park, South Africa.
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