Irish middleweight Alfredo ‘Fredo’ Meli, a 21 year-old southpaw, is poised to make his professional debut on the Alio Promotions show in the Holiday Inn, Belfast on 27th April. Fredo hails from the renowned Immaculata Boxing Club in Belfast and has amateur pedigree, winning five Irish titles at different levels as well as an Ulster Senior Title. Fredo initially started boxing at the Poleglass Amateur Boxing Club, but moved to the Immaculata Boxing Club when he was 13, and after winning his first Irish title.
At the Immaculata Club Fredo enthused about the benefits of training and sparring in a talent-rich gym that includes Martin Lindsay, Eammon O’Kane and Matthew Wilton. Fredo is trained by his father (also called Alfredo) and Gerard ‘Nugget’ Nugent and regaled BoxRec News with some of his more notable wins.
“Michael Collins was the top boy and I fought him in the All-Ireland Juniors and beat him. I fought Conrad Cummings and he beat me by a point and I fought Paddy Gallagher to go to the Commonwealth Games – but he beat me by a point [Gallagher went on to win gold at the Commonwealth Games]. I have fought a fair amount of good, strong lads.”
The Belfast southpaw describes his boxing style as “mixed, rangy – I can mix it up if I have to – it depends how I read the fight. I can box and fight.” Fredo is managed by John Rooney and revealed that he hopes to also be fighting on Spencer Fearon’s show on the 2nd June in England. In fact, Fredo was scheduled to make his pro debut on the Choi Tseveenpurev and Bastien Rozeaux card last month but his MRI scan did not get passed on to the Board in time. Fredo recalls watching Mike Tyson’s fights at a young age and started to take up boxing when he was a ten year old.
“I found it interesting. Boxing became my sport because I tried football and I wasn’t good at it, I wasn’t good at boxing when I first started, but I improved and kept trying to improve.”
Fredo combines his boxing with his full time job as a mechanic and is modest and quietly determined about his future as a pro. “I am just taking it one fight at a time. I am not going to say I am going to do this or I am going to do that, nobody knows what the future holds for you. I would love to go for belts but that is further down the line. I just want to make a good start and get that fight over and start building up.”
The building process begins on the undercard of the Alio Promotions card that is topped by Luke Wilton v Francis Miyeyusho for the International Masters title.