WBO tells Viloria to defend belt against Melindo


Posted at Nov 21 2012 01:28 PM | Updated as of Nov 22 2012 02:11 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The World Boxing Organization (WBO) has tasked unified flyweight champion Brian "The Hawaiian Punch" Viloria to defend his title against compatriot and No. 1 contender Milan "El Metodico" Melindo.

Ronnie Nathanielsz of Boxing Scene quoted ALA Promotions president Michael Aldeguer, who said that in the recent WBO convention, it was decided that Melindo will face the winner of the title unification bout between Viloria and Hernan "Tyson" Marquez. 

Viloria knocked down Marquez three times in their fight last Saturday in Los Angeles en route to a tenth round technical knockout victory.

Melindo currently holds the WBO's 'international' flyweight title. Meanwhile, Viloria also annexed the World Boxing Association belt after beating Marquez.

"(We have to) start the negotiations within 30 days and by next week, we will most probably send a letter to the camp of Viloria and see what their plans are," Aldeguer told Nathanielsz.

Viloria was non-committal about his future plans, saying that he plans to rest first.

Nathanielsz reported that it is possible that Viloria may give up the WBO belt instead of defending it against a fellow Filipino. He may instead take on light-flyweight champion Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzales of Nicaragua.