Javier Mendoza retained his IBF junior flyweight title in a foul-filled bout this evening in Ensenada, Mexico, beating Milan Melindo on a six-round technical decision after the fight was stopped due to a cut on Mendoza caused by one of many head collisions.
Melindo (32-2, 12 KO) was a foul machine in this fight, leading with his head (the southpaw-orthodox matchup didn't help) and straying low a few times (he lost a point in the fifth round for excessive low blows). There was also a punch to the hindquarters at one point.
Other than the fouls, the two mixed it up pretty nicely, with "Cobra" Mendoza (24-2-1, 19 KO) generally getting the better of things. The fight wasn't clean or long enough to tell a whole lot from just this fight, but Mendoza certainly was the better fighter tonight, and keeps himself in the top five of what is a pretty competitive division. It was a pretty lousy performance all around for Melindo, as he looked outclassed in the clean moments, and was initiating a lot of downright dirty stuff otherwise.