Viloria Seeking One Last Run at Title
Former light flyweight and flyweight world champion Brian Viloria (33-4, 19 KOs) continues his quest for another world title when he clashes with Jose Alfredo Zuniga (11-5-1, 5 KOs) on July 19th at Cotai Arena of the Venetian Resort in Macau, China.
One Last Run
The bout will be his second since yielding the WBO and WBA Flyweight titles to Juan Francisco Estrada last April 6th, 2013. Viloria defeated Puerto Rican Juan Herrera via unanimous decision in his first comeback fight last March. The 33 year old Filipino American fighter is looking forward to getting past Zuniga and getting another shot at a world title in what could be his last run at a world title before hanging up is gloves.
Not An Empty Tank
Vlioria however dismisses the talk that he is on his way to retirement. He says that there is “still a lot left in his tank” and that he has “not come across the bridge” of retirement yet. Viloria’s manager Gary Glittelsohn agreed by saying that Viloria is “ready for anyone in the flyweight division.”
Viloria was looking for a rematch against Estrada, but he claimed that his Mexican tormentor’s camp wasn’t interested. The “Hawaiian Punch” is also looking at IBF flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroenr and Chines boxing sensation Zou Shiming, who like Viloria had an outstanding amateur boxing career.
Decorated Amateur Career
Viloria was a Junior Olympic gold medalist in 1996. In 1999, he achieved the rare feat of winning the US championships, Golden Gloves and the World title in the same year. His success continued when he defeated Glen Donaire in the quarterfinals and Nonito Donaire Jr in the semi-finals of the 2000 US Olympic Trials.
After earning a spot in the US team, Vilora was a favorite to win an Olympic medal. But he lost in the second round of the Olympics to eventual Gold medal winner Brahim Asoulum of France 4-6 in a controversial bout where Viloria’s body punching was not scored by the judges. Brian ended his decorated amateur career with a 230-8 record.
In contrast, Viloria’s professional boxing career has been a roller coaster ride. After winning the WBC Light flyweight title via a spectacular one round knockout of Eric Ortiz in 2005, Viloria lost the title in his second defense to Mexican Omar Romero via unanimous decision. Vilora and Romero fought to a majority draw in their rematch, although the bout was later ruled as a no-contest after Romero failed a drug test.
He became a world champion again in 2009 when he beat Ulises Solis for the IBF light flyweight title. Viloria lost that title in his first defense. Viloria’s longest title reign came after he beat Julio Cesar Miranda for the WBO flyweight title in 2011. The following year, Viloria became unified champion when he dethroned Hernan “Tyson Marquez” to annex the WBA belt.
Viloria is said to be in “great condition” according to Freedie Roach’s chief assistant Marvin Somodio who is overseeing Viloria’s preparations for the bout. Somodio says that Viloria has been impressive in his work with the mitts. He added that Viloria’s sparring has “gone very well” and concludes that his ward is ready for whatever the tough Zuniga will bring.
Viloria has been counted out a lot of times in the past, but he’s risen back each time he’s lost the title. He hopes this time won’t be different.
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