FILIPINO-American Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria, after almost a year of absence, will fight Puerto Rican Juan Herrera in a 10-rounder flyweight match on March 29 at the Texas Station Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Viloria, 33, who lost his World Boxing Organization and World Boxing Association flyweight crowns to Mexican Juan Francisco Estrada last year through split decision, expressed his readiness to fight and vowed to win a world title again.
“He [Viloria] looks very hungry at this stage and ready for big comeback,” said Viloria’s trainer Marvin Somodio through an online interview on Tuesday. “So far, his condition looks very great and he’s going to win the fight. He’s very aggressive.”
Viloria, who holds 32-4 win-loss draw slate with 19 knockouts, has started spending his time at the gym a few months after losing to Estrada in Macau, China.
But the 24-year-old Herrera isn’t a pushover opponent who holds nine victories against seven defeats with four knockout wins. He is expected to give Viloria a tough fight.
Herrera was not the first opponent picked for Viloria. McJoe Arroyo was the first fighter chosen to face the former world champion but was later put aside because of disagreement on fight terms between the two camps.
Meanwhile, Mexican Hernan “Tyson” Marquez, whom Viloria previously defeated via technical knockout, will be part of the Viloria-Herrera undercard.
Marquez (37-4 record with 27 knockouts) will fight up and coming Filipino fighter Mark “The Iceman” Apolinario (18-3-3 card with four knockouts).