MANILA, Philippines – Unbeaten Filipino flyweight Milan Melindo is patiently waiting for an opportunity at a world championship as he prepares for his coming fight on Saturday.
"We hoped to get a crack at [Brian] Viloria but he will fight [World Boxing Association champion Hernan] Marquez. If Marquez wins, it's another ball game,” said Melindo’s promoter, ALA Promotion’s Michael Aldeguer, in RingTV.
Melindo, believed to be the best Filipino technical fighter since Gerry Peñalosa, said that when it comes down to a world title fight, he has no problem fighting a fellow Filipino like Viloria.
"Filipino versus Filipino, sometimes Filipinos are not OK with that," said Melindo. "But if that happens to fight Viloria, it's OK with me."
If he doesn’t get a shot against Viloria, the reigning world Boxing Organization (WBO) champion, Melindo said he’d go after South African Moruti Mthalane, the International Boxing Federation (IBF) title holder.
“Mthalane is a dangerous fighter, so many people are scared of him so I challenge," said Melindo.
Meanwhile, Melindo will have to beat former world champion Jean Piero Perez of San Felix, Venezuela.
The fight will be the main event of Pinoy Pride XVI, which takes place at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu city on Saturday.
“Perez is ranked no. 4 in the WBA, so if we win we're expecting to rise in the rankings," said Aldeguer.