Brian Viloria

Brian Viloria

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Brian Viloria is an American retired professional boxer of Filipino descent. He is a former unified WBA and WBO flyweight champion, as well as a former WBC and IBF light flyweight champion.

Brian Viloria returned to the flyweight division against Mexico’s Omar Soto on July 10, 2010 at the Yñares Sports Arena, Pasig, Metro Manila.

On July 16, 2011 Viloria captured the WBO Flyweight title by besting Mexican Julio César Miranda. On December 10, 2011 Viloria stopped Giovani Segura by way of an 8th Round TKO. On May 13, 2012, Viloria stopped his rival Omar Niño Romero in the 9th round for another successful defense of his WBO Flyweight title.

On November 17, 2012 Brian Viloria challenged Hernan Marquez in a flyweight unification between his WBO title and the Marquez’s WBA crown. He went on to stop Marquez in 10 rounds becoming the first flyweight unified world champion since 1965. Viloria then lost both titles to Juan Francisco Estrada on April 6, 2013.

Brian Viloria picked up four more wins before facing pound for pound king Román González on October 17, 2015 for the WBC and The Ring Flyweight titles. Viloria was stopped in the 9th round and lost via TKO. At the time of the stoppage, the scorecards were 78-73, 78-73 and 79-72 in favor of Gonzalez.

Brian Viloria, ranked #2 by the WBA, later fought Artem Dalakian, who was ranked #1 by the WBA, on February 24, 2018 for the WBA flyweight title but lost by unanimous decision. He subsequently retired after the fight.

His nickname of “The Hawaiian Punch” was first given to him by Jesus Salud, a fellow Hawaiian of Filipino descent and himself a former world champion in boxing.

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