• Viloria to challenge champ Gonzales

    Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria of the Philippines will challenge Nicaraguan World Boxing Council (WBC) flyweight champion Roman Gonzalez on October 17 at the Madison Square Garden in New York City.

    The title fight between Viloria and Gonzales is a co-main event bout of the unification fight between undefeated knockout artist Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (33-0 win-loss record with 30 knockouts) and David Lemieux (34-2 record with 31 knockouts).

    The American Golovkin currently holds the International Boxing Organization world middleweight title as well as the WBC world middleweight and World Boxing Association Super world middleweight belts. Lemieux, on the other hand, holds the International Boxing Federation world middleweight title.

    The 34-year old Viloria (36-4 record with 22 knockouts) defeated three of his last four opponents via vicious knockouts. Gonzalez, meanwhile, boasts of nine straight technical knockout wins since May 2013.

    Gonzalez, 28, is unbeaten in 43 fights with 37 knockouts.

    “Brian deserves a world title shot after the result of his last fight,” Viloria’s promoter Bob Arum told The Manila Times. “It’s really spectacular.”

    Viloria demolished Mexican Omar Soto via first round knockout on July 25 in Hollywood California.


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