• Arum to arrange title bout for Viloria

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    Top Rank Promotion boss Bob Arum said that Brian Viloria would have world title shot later this year after winning his four consecutive fights since losing his World Boxing Council (WBC) and International Boxing Federation unified flyweight title in 2013.

    Viloria scored a first round knockout victory over Omar Soto on Saturday in Hollywood California.

    “When we look back to Viloria’s first win against Soto, it was very close winning via split decision. But Saturday night was something spectacular,” Arum, 83, told The Manila Times in a phone interview on Monday. “He just easily defeated his opponent via knockout in the first round.”

    Arum said he is considering either unified World Boxing Organization (WBO) and World Boxing Association (WBA) flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada or WBC flyweight champion Roman Gonzales as Viloria’s next foe.

    “Brian’s next fight is a world title fight. He is very ready.”

    Arum said a rematch between Viloria and WBO and super WBA flyweight champion Estrada (32-2 win-loss record with 23 knockouts) could happen in October or November in Texas.

    Arum said that if Viloria would face WBC Nicaraguan champion Gonzales, the fight could be held at the Madison Square Garden in New York City also in October or November.

    “Both promoters of Estrada and Gonzales are my friends that’s why I’m very confident that a world title fight will happen this year and Brian will end the year wearing a world title in his waist,” added Arum. “I will announce whose world champion he’ll be facing next.”

    Viloria lost his titles to Estrada via split decision two years ago.

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