MACAU – Brian Viloria has been there before, so he considers this setback against Juan Francisco Estrada of Mexico as just a "minor bump" on the road for him.
And just like before, the `Hawaiian Punch’ vows to come back strong and become world champion again.
“I’m not finished yet. (Tonight) was just a minor bump on the road, and I’m gonna come back strong and I know I will,” said Viloria moments after losing his flyweight title belts to the taller and younger Estrada during their 12-round match on Saturday night at the Cotai Arena of The Venetian Casino Resort Hotel here.
The Fil-Am fighter lost by split decision and saw his three-year, six-fight streak come to an end.
The last time Viloria suffered a loss came in 2010 against Carlos Tamara at the Astrodome following a 12th round technical knockout to yield the International Boxing Federation light-flyweight crown.
But he came back an even better fighter after the loss and won the World Boxing Organization and World Boxing Association flyweight belts which he unified last year behind a sensational 10th round demolition of Mexican Hernan `Tyson’ Marquez.
He intends to do the same thing all over again.
“I want to thank everyone in Manila, sorry I didn’t win. But I’ll be back again strong. Everybody knows me as the comeback kid. I lost at times, but come back again very strong, and prove to everyone in the boxing world that I’ll be a force to reckon with again,” said the 31-year-old former Olympian.
The options are plenty for Viloria, who had to be stitched above his two eyes after suffering minor cuts, including a rematch with the newly-crowned champion.
“I want a rematch,” he said vocally. “Split decisions could have gone either way. I just have to do some things I need to do in the gym for me to correct some of those things.”
Asked how long he can wait for that rematch to happen, Viloria gamely said he’s always ready when called upon.
“I’ll fight tomorrow if I could.”