BRIAN Viloria made sure the judges won’t have a say in his long-awaited rematch with Omar Soto.
The 34-year-old former world champion went to work early and proceeded to batter his Mexican opponent and score an impressive first round knockout in their 10-round super-flyweight bout at the Florentine Gardens in Hollywood, California on Saturday (Sunday, Manila time).
Viloria knocked down Soto three times in the opening round, capping the short night of work with a lethal left hook.
Time of stoppage was at the 2:02 mark of the first round.
A three-time world champion, Viloria raised his record to 36-4, with 22 KOs and more importantly, finally erased doubts on his split decision win over Soto five years ago in the Philippines.
The victory likewise put Viloria on track of another possible shot at a world title, two years after yielding the World Boxing Association (WBA)/World Boxing Organization (WBO) flyweight crown to Juan Francisco Estrada following a split decision loss in Macau.
The former Olympian has also won his last four fights since losing to Estrada in 2013.
Soto, 35, dropped to 23-12-2, with 7KOs.