REIGNING WBO and WBA flyweight champion Brian Viloria said Tuesday he will weigh all his options before he makes a decision on whom to fight next.
“There are a lot of things I can do,” said Viloria, who’s in the country to celebrate his smashing win over Mexican Hernan Marquez last November 17 in Los Angeles.
Viloria came home to the Philippines as the unified champion in the crowded 112 lb division. It’s the first time in nearly 50 years the WBO and WBA titles have been unified.
The 32-year-old Fil-American is faced with many options, including a defense of his WBO crown against fellow Filipino Milan Melindo, now the WBO’s No. 1 contender.
Viloria graced the PSA Forum at Shakey’s Malate with his wife Erika. Earlier in the morning he paid a courtesy call on Mayor Alfredo Lim at the Manila city hall.
There are other fights he might consider, including those against WBC flyweight champion Toshiyaki Igarashi of Japan and IBF flyweight king Moruti Mthalane of South Africa.
Viloria, who has now won six fights in a row, including the sensational knockout of Marquez in the 10th round, said he will rest for a couple of months then fight in February or March.
“Right now I don’t know exactly. There’s nothing yet in line. Everyone’s saying it’s the mandatory (fight) but there’s really no confirmation,” said Viloria.
There are suggestions for Viloria to vacate the WBO title and let Melindo go for it perhaps against another Filipino contender, Froilan Saludar.
But Viloria said it’s not that easy.
“We fight hard for these titles. You just don’t give it up for others to fight for it. I put my life on the line for this. It’s unfair to just give it up,” he said.
But he’s not closing the doors on any possibility because in boxing, there’s really nothing certain unless or until the fight contract is signed.
“You don’t know. We’ll see,” added Viloria, who can also go for the rest of the flyweight titles and be crowned the undisputed champion of his class.
“I think the last person to do that was (heavyweight) Mike Tyson. I’m halfway there. What’s two more (winning the WBC and IBF titles),” he said.
“We’ll see,” Viloria added.