Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria victorious in his Japan debut as he earned a hard fought eight Super flyweight rounds over rugged Mexican Ruben Montoya in Tokyo Japan.
Viloria’s stablemate Shinsuke Yamanaka retained his WBC Bantamweight world Title with 7th round stoppage win over Mexican Carlson while former world title challenger Ryosuke Iwasa also earned a third round TKO win over Filipino Glen Medura.
coach_alaPhoto: Former IBF and WBC Light Flyweight, Former WBO and WBA Flyweight World Champion @bviloria with the Longest Filipino World Champion and Current WBO and Ring Jr Flyweight World Champion #DonnieAhasNietes at the Wild Card Gym #GreatWorkout
Both of these guys will be seen in action on October 17!
We just heard the news from our Danrex Tapdasan that WBC flyweight champ Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzales of Nicaragua will defend his world title against Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria of Hawaii, USA (by way of Narvacan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines) on October 17 as the chief support of the Golovkin-Lemieux fight at Madison Square Garden, New York, USA.
Brian Villoria attempting another comeback in the spotlight. After filling up a couple of impressive wins. Brian Viloria looks rejuvenated and ready for another world title.
Have you tasted a Hawaiian punch? Omar Sotto fought Brian Viloria but did not get enough of the Hawaiian punch during their first meeting, and now on their rematch, Sotto may just had enough of the powerful Hawaiian punch coming from Brian Viloria.
Brian Viloria wasted no time and put his opponent to the canvas 3 times, the referee had to stop the fight. Brian registered his fourth consecutive victory by knocking out.
Champions of Gold boxing match in Macau
Saturday, July 19th
MACAO (May 31, 2014) – Two-time Chinese Olympic gold medallist and national icon ZOU SHIMING and undefeated unified junior featherweight world champion and Cuban sensationGUILLERMO “El Chacal” RIGONDEAUX will headline Champions of Gold – world championship boxing’s return to The THE VENETIAN® MACAO’S COTAI ARENA. Promoted by Top Rank® and Sands China Ltd., in association with Tecate, PS4, Caribe Promotions and Foreman Boys Promotions, Champions of Gold will take place Saturday, July 19.
Tickets for Champions of Gold are on sale now and can be purchased via COTAI TICKETING™; prices start at HKD/MOP 80, with ferry and hotel packages also available. Featherweight Fury ticketholders will want to act fast to take advantage of a 30 per cent early bird discount*, available for three days only, until June 2 (HKD/MOP 80 tickets excluded).
Rigondeaux will be defending his titles against top-five contender and two-time world title challenger SOD LOOKNONGYANTOY of Thailand. The undercard will feature former three-time world champion BRIAN VILORIA, undefeated NABF/NABO super middleweight champion GILBERTO “Zurdo” RAMIREZ, 2012 Russian Olympic gold medallist EGOR MEKHONTSEV, plus local favourites REX “The Wonder Kid” TSO, IK YANG and “The Macao Kid” NG KUOK KUN, each in separate bouts.
source: Ronnie Nathanielsz | mb.com.ph
Former two-time world light flyweight champion Brian Viloria failed to live up to the prediction of longtime trainer and corner-man Ruben Gomez that Viloria will “kick *ss” in his flyweight comeback fight against Mexican journeyman Omar Soto, but he did enough to win a split decision before a good crowd at the Solar Sports “Boxing at the Bay” series at the Ynares Sports Center in Pasig City on Saturday.
Among those who arrived early for the fights were Congressman Manny Pacquiao, the pound-for-pound king and “Fighter of the Decade,” his lovely wife Jinkee and Congressman Patrick Antonio. Jinkee told us “we are here to support Brian Viloria.”
Viloria was in control of the fight in the first five rounds working behind his jab and occasional solid rights but Soto came on beginning round six and took the fight to Viloria, often trying to bully him with shots to the body and the head as Viloria danced out of trouble and continued to flick his left jab to keep Soto at bay.
Viloria needed a big finish to clinch the verdict of the judges and it was precisely what former super middleweight champion Frankie Liles told him before the final round. At a post fight news conference Liles said he told Viloria “give us a strong round although I didn’t think it was going to be a deciding factor. I thought he was ahead but you never take anything for granted.”
Judge Epi Almeda proved that point when he had Soto the winner 97-93. However, in what amounted to a ridiculous eight point swing Canlas and Edwin Sese had Viloria the winner by a similar 97-93 margin. Manila Standard and Viva Sports saw the fight 96-94 for Viloria.
Liles said he attributed the seeming closeness of the fight to Viloria, pointing out that “there were times when his focus and his concentration drifted but we were able to put him back on course although there was one time when Ruben started shouting with emotion and I told him relax. But I think Brian did a great job. I personally think Brian is a boxer-puncher and he could have used more of that tonight because he had the guy (Soto) outmatched as far as boxing skills go but when Soto was walking in I told Brian I want you to throw big shots, make him respect you.”
Viloria, in a post fight press conference said “ I thought this was a good first step in getting myself back into championship form. It wasn’t pretty but I got the job done this time. I didn’t want to make it too dramatic. I put my boxing skills to do the work and I just wanted to come out there safe, shake a little bit of cobwebs out and I think I did that tonight.”
The former two time WBC and IBF champion said “Now I’m going to go back straight to the gym, work even harder for my next fight and learn some of the things I need to work on and just see where this goes.”
Viloria conceded that he had “a little bit of distractions” in his training camp when Roberto Garcia left after apparent differences with Viloria’s manager Gary Gittelsohn but felt he “showed that it takes more than that to try to slow me down. I’ll take my team, go back to the gym, work on some of the things I need to work on and come out even stronger in my next fight.”
After his stunning 12th round TKO loss to Carlos Tamara when he was exhausted in the last two rounds, collapsed in his dressing room and had to be rushed to the Makati Medical Center where specialists conducted a series of tests and gave him a clean bill of health, Viloria said “after what happened, mentally I had to get myself back into fighting form, but other than that I feel great. I know I’m going to come back stronger in my next fight and I look forward to that and I’m really determined to come out and look good. The last couple of fights have been tough for me but I learned a lot and I just want to continue.”
Omar Soto speaking through an interpreter said “I came halfway around the world and I expected something a little more fair. I think it was a lot closer in my favor.”
Soto said “after the first four or five rounds I was able to take his shots. He wasn’t as strong and not as big a puncher as I had anticipated. I was a little skeptical of going in first but after I was able to take his shots I decided to go forward and unfortunately he countered. He is very, very fast and I thought it was a very nice, good, even fight.”
In conclusion the likeable Mexican said “with all due respect I love the Filipino people who have been very, very accommodating I thought it was a very close fight. That’s why he (Viloria) is the world champion and I hope to fight him again . I hope Brian gives me a rematch for a world championship.”
Viloria’s fiancée who like Brian is from the Ilocos region which they will visit before returning to Los Angeles said “I am happy, awake and not in a hospital like the last time. Of course I was nervous but I had f aith and confidence in Brian and that he really wanted this. I’ll be 100 percent for him, 200 percent if he wants to and let him do what he wants to do and I’ll stand by his side.
(The Philippine Star)
MANILA, Philippines – Former two-time world champion Brian Viloria launches his comeback fight tonight as he slugs it out with Mexican Omar Soto in a 10-round non-title bout at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
This marks Viloria’s first ring appearance in six months since yielding his IBF light flyweight title to Carlos Tamara of Colombia.
Now fighting as a flyweight, Viloria hopes to hurdle his Mexican rival and gain a crack at another world championship.
He made the weight limit at exactly 112 lbs in yesterday’s official weigh-in at the Ruby Hall Crown of the Galleria Hotel.
Soto tipped in at 111 and 1/2 pounds.
Following that heartbreaking loss at the Astrodome where the former Olympian from Honolulu, Hawaii collapsed in his dressing room after the fight, Viloria decided to move up in weight and campaign in the flyweight division.
“You’re going to see the best Brian Viloria. I’m not taking anything for granted. I’m going to show the real me,” said Viloria, who has a 26-3 record, including 15 KOs.
Billed “Unbreakable,” the promotion is the fourth installment of the Boxing At The Bay series put up by Solar TV and Solar Sports.
Soto, however, vowed to spoil Viloria’s comeback bid.
“I know he’s a very fast boxer. But my advantage is my speed. So it’s going to be a fast and intelligent fight this Saturday,” the 30-year old Mexican said.
Soto (19-6, 13 KOs) twice campaigned for a world title but lost both chances against Muhammad Rachman in 2006 (for the IBF minimumweight) and Omar Andres Narvaez just last year (World Boxing Organization flyweight).
Unlike Viloria, Soto drew with Juan Kantun in his last match three months ago in Mexico.
Serving as co-main event of the boxing program is the IBF Pan Pacific championship between Filipino Al Sabaupan and Wonchit Twins Gym of Thailand.
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By Nelson Beltran (The Philippine Star)
Having learned his lesson in his last fight, former two-time champion Brian Viloria yesterday said he’s ready to fight the whole night when he slugs it out with Mexican Omar Soto in a 10-round non-title bout at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig on Saturday.
Viloria said he’s prepared mentally and physically, vowing to erase the stigma of his sorry loss to Colombia’s Carlos Tamara at the Astrodome last January where he faded in the closing rounds after a dominant start.
“I’m in great condition. I’ve been training for 13 weeks and I don’t want what happened in the last fight to happen again,” said Viloria in a well-attended pre-fight press conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.
Viloria, dubbed the Hawaiian Punch, has moved up in weight and now chasing a crown at the flyweight division after relinquishing the IBF light flyweight championship to Tamara.
Viloria is now aching for redemption, looking for a good performance versus Soto.
“Hopefully everything goes right. I want to win this fight, I want another world title,” said Viloria.
“I want to show that I still have what it takes to go in there and become a world champion. I will put my heart 110 percent into this fight come what may. When the lights go on I am going to show that I am still one of the best and a world champion,” Viloria said.
New head trainer Ruben Salazar said Viloria is “very comfortable” at the 112-pound limit.
“The weight class change has made him stronger as a fighter since he doesn’t need to work hard to burn off those last few pounds. He has carried his speed and power into the new division,” said Salazar, who has taken over from Roberto Garcia.
With the confidence of the Viloria camp goes their caution in going up against Soto.
“He’s a very durable fighter. He comes at you, throws a lot of combinations and just makes you work. So I conditioned myself to go all the way,” said Viloria of Soto who has a fight record of 19 wins against six losses and two draws.
Viloria, a former Olympian, has a pro record of 26 wins – with 15 by way of knockout – against three losses.
Soto, with a built like that of Viloria, said he traveled half the world ready for war.
“I know Viloria to be a great fighter. He’s famous that’s why I accepted the offer to fight him,” said the Mexican in halting English.
He believes he has a great speed that will work to his advantage.