• Viloria meets Soto in rematch

    Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Former world champion Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria will face Mexican Omar Soto today in a non-title flyweight bout at the Florentine Gardens in Hollywood, California.

    Top Rank Promotion boss Bob Arum said that Viloria (35-4 win-loss record with 21 knockouts) needs to win one more fight before earning a new shot at the world title.

    “He [Viloria] has a scheduled fight on Saturday. I’m very excited to watch him because he is determined of regaining his old deadly form as a world champion,” Arum, 83, told The Manila Times in a phone interview.

    Viloria tipped the scale at 112.8 lbs while Soto weighed in at 114.4 lbs.

    The 35-year-old Soto holds a 23-11-2 record with 15 knockouts.

    “If he wins, we will immediately arrange a unification title rematch against Juan Francisco Estrada,” Arum said. “That’s definitely a good fight.”

    The 25-year-old Estrada (32-2 record with 23 knockouts) of Mexico dethroned Viloria in April 6, 2013 to seize the World Boxing Organization and Super WBA flyweight belts. He also had five outstanding title defenses since then; four of those challengers were Filipinos.

    Viloria, 34, had won his third consecutive bouts since his lost to Estrada. He scored a unanimous decision win over Juan Herrera last March 29, 2014 before beating Jose Alfredo Zuñiga and Armando Vazquez both by knockout.

    Viloria previously defeated Soto by split decision in their first match on July 7, 2010.


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