BRIAN Viloria found out the hard way what 43 others before him felt being in the ring with deadly puncher Roman Gonzales.
The unbeaten Nicaraguan slowly tore Viloria apart before delivering the coup de grace in the ninth round for a sensational technical knockout win and retain his World Boxing Council (WBC) flyweight title Saturday night (Sunday morning, Manila time) at the Madison Square Garden in New York.
The 34-year-old Viloria had a good start to the 12-round title match serving as the main undercard of the Gennady Golovkin-David Lemieux middleweight championship bout until he run to a solid right by the charging Gonzales in the third round.
The former four-time world champion went down following the punch, but managed to get up and survive the onslaught.
Viloria hang on for as long as he can, but the former Olympian wasn’t the same fighter again after the knockdown.
Gonzales, now considered as the world’s top pound-for-pound fighter following the retirement of Floyd Mayweather Jr., put out the Fil-Am for good after the fight was stopped at the 2:53 mark of the ninth round when the Nicaraguan battered a hapless Viloria on the ropes.
According to CompuBox, Chocolatito connected on 42 percent of his power punches on the way to registering his 44th straight win, including 37 by KOs.
Viloria meanwhile, fell to 36-5, with 22 KOs.