'Hawaiian Punch' remains non-committal on fighting Melindo
MANILA, Philippines – Filipino-American Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria arrived in Manila early Saturday morning following his successful title unification bout against Hernan “Tyson” Marquez last week.
Viloria now owns the World Boxing Organization (WBO) and World Boxing Association (WBA) flyweight titles after stopping Marquez in 10 rounds.
When asked about the possibility of fighting another WBO No. 1 flyweight contender Milan Melindo, he said he’d rather savor his win first and enjoy his time to relax with family and friends before making his next move.
However, Viloria pointed out that he finds no financial gain when fighting against a fellow Filipino.
"Boxing is a business and that's one thing we really look at. I'll let my management take care of it," said the.
It was earlier reported that the WBO has ordered Viloria to defend his title against Melindo.
Boxing Scene’s Ronnie Nathanielsz quoted ALA Promotions president Michael Aldeguer as saying that it was decided that Melindo will face the winner of the title unification bout between Viloria and 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.