Viloria eyes title unification instead of Melindo fight
MANILA, Philippines – World flyweight champion Brian Viloria said he favors getting another title unification fight instead of facing flyweight contender Milan Melindo in a mandatory bout.
Viloria, title-holder of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) and World Boxing Association (WBA) crowns, told Philboxing’s Ronnie Nathanielsz that he stands to gain nothing in fighting a fellow Filipino.
“We are looking at the other world champions to see if we could unify against the WBC (World Boxing Council) or IBF (International Boxing Federation) and I think that’s more lucrative and a better fight than fighting Melindo,” he said.
Viloria is coming off a 10th-round technical knockout win over Hernan “Little Tyson” Marquez two weeks ago.
After the bout, the WBO mandated him to face No. 1 contender Melindo.
“There is really nothing there for me,” was Viloria’s reply. “If you think about it Melindo has everything to gain and I don’t gain anything from this fight even financially.”
“I’ll have to talk to my manager Gary [Gittlesohn] to find out what they want to do. But I don’t know what will happen. I don’t like fighting any other Filipino fighter.”