WBC #9 Megriño Ready For WBC Silver Title Fight But Still Waiting For UK Visa

By REY DANSECO

World rated Filipino fighter Rey “Delubyo” Megriño is trying to obtain a visa for his scheduled big fight in Europe.

Veteran fighter Rey "Delubyo" Megrino, left, and his trainer Joven Jorda.

Veteran fighter Rey “Delubyo” Megrino, left, and his trainer Joven Jorda.

Megriño and his trainer, former WBC No. 9 super flyweight contender Joven Jorda, applied for visa at the United Kingdom Embassy in Manila this week.

UK Visas and Immigration normally return the visa applications within 15 working days.

Megriño (21-20-3, 18 KOs) is book to face unbeaten Khalid Yafai (14-0, 9 KOs) for the vacant WBC silver flyweight title on May 9 at the Barclaycard Arena (formerly NIA) in Birmingham, West Midlands, UK.

Whoever wins will get a huge stride towards a World title shot.

Another world rated Filipino, Silvester Lopez, previously held the belt after he defeated its first title holder Oscar Ibarra via a TKO in the 8th round in September 2011 in Juriquilla, Queretaro, Mexico.

Four other Filipinos fought but failed to win the belt. Sonny Boy Jaro and Juanito Rubillar lost to Ibarra both by stoppages, Fernando Lumacad bowed to future world champ Carlos Cuadras, and Marlon Tapales fell short to David Sanchez.

Panama’s Luis Concepcion, who took the belt from Sanchez, vacated the title.

Megriño once considered a challenger to Cuadras in September last year. He signed up the fight contract but Cuadras handlers Promociones del Pueblo of Mexico and Teiken Promotions of Japan changed their mind and instead tapped Mexican Jose Salgado.

Megriño, 28, is a former WBC International flyweight champion. He captured the title after beating legendary Pongsaklek Wonjongkam with third round knockout in 2012 in Thailand.

Megriño enjoys his position as WBC No. 9 contender while Yafai is rated by WBA No. 14 and IBF No. 9.

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