Viloria knocks out Soto in first round

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Brian Viloria

Brian Viloria

Former world champion Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria easily beat Mexican Omar Soto with flurry of punches to win via first round technical knockout on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) in a non-title flyweight bout at the at the Florentine Gardens, Hollywood, California, US.

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Unlike the first time they’ve fought five years ago where the fight just ended at split decision victory by Viloria, the 34-year-old former World Boxing Organization and World Boxing Association flyweight champion banked on his powerful combo punches in the early round to finish the fight.

Soto, 35, who dropped to 23-12-2 win-loss-draw record with 15 knockouts, attacked aggressively but caught twice by Viloria’s solid right hook and was knocked down twice. A left hook to the body and a finishing left hook to the head gave Viloria another knockdown hit.

This time, referee Zachary Young decided to end the bout with 2:02 in the opening round to avoid more damage to Soto.

Viloria, who now improves to 36-4 record with 22 knockouts, has now won his fourth consecutive fight since losing his unified flyweight crowns to Juan Francisco Estrada via split decision last April 6, 2013 in Macau, China.

He scored a unanimous decision win over Juan Herrera last March 29, 2014 before outlasting Jose Alfredo Zuñiga on July 19, 2014 and Armando Vazquez on December 6, 2014 both via knockout victories.

He is now expected to fight in a world title bout later this year either a rematch against Estrada (32-2 record with 23 knockouts) and possibly a flyweight showdown against unbeaten Nicaraguan World Boxing Council world flyweight titleholder Roman Gonzales (43-0 record with 37 knockouts).

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