Top Rank boss Bob Arum said that it is crucial for former world champion Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria to win over World Boxing Council flyweight champion Roman Gonzalez of Nicaragua on Saturday at the Madison Square Garden in New York City.
“He [Viloria] is not getting any younger that’s why he must win the fight to become a world titleholder again. It is not the end of Brian’s boxing career yet if ever he doesn’t win but it is better for him to win,” Arum told The Manila Times on Thursday via overseas call.
“Brian is not playing the villain’s role here, but he needs to win that fight to regain his status as a world champion. So far, Brian has a good training camp and he is in good condition. This is going to be an exciting fight.”
Arum explained that Viloria would be facing tremendous pressure in the fight.
“Chocolatito [Gonzalez] is the favorite boxer here. He has the crowd, Arum said.”
Viloria, 34, known for his aggressive style aims to become a world champion again after losing his World Boxing Organization and World Boxing Association flyweight belts via split decision to Mexican slugger Juan Francisco Estrada two years ago.
The fight between Viloria and Gonzales is the co-main event of the Gennady Golovkin and David Lemieux bout.