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    Brian Viloria looking to emerge the clear winner this time in rematch against Mexican rival Omar Soto

    Jul 25, 2015

    BRIAN Viloria gets to settle an unfinished business with Omar Soto of Mexico as the two face each other again in the main event of Saturday’s Top Rank/Uni Mas (Sunday, Manila time) at the Florentine Gardens in Hollywood, California.

    The 10-round super-flyweight rematch comes five years after Viloria’s controversial split decision win over Soto at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

    The veteran Fil-Am was then coming off a 12-round technical knockout loss against Carlos Tamara at the Cuneta Astrodome to yield the International Boxing Federation (IBF) light flyweight title.

    Soto, a native of Mexico City, was handpicked by Viloria’s handlers to be his opponent i his comeback fight in the hope of helping the Sydney Olympian gain back his confidence as he tried to restore his shattered pride and image.

    But Soto proved to be a tough nut to crack, giving Viloria hell for the entire 10 rounds before escaping with the win via scores of 97-93, 97-93, 93-97.

    Now the 34-year-old Viloria (35-4, 21 KOs) hopes to erase any doubt this time as he eyes a repeat against his Mexican rival (23-11-2, 7 KOs) in a bid to have one final crack at winning another world title.

    A three-time world champion, Viloria tipped the scale at 112.8 lbs. during Friday’s official weigh-in. Soto came in at 114.4 lbs.

    Since losing the World Boxing Association (WBA)/World Boxing Organization (WBO) flyweight crown to Juan Francisco Estrada in Macau two years ago, Viloria has been on a winning roll after getting past his last three opponents, the latest of which was a fourth-round demolition of  Armando Vazquez in Glendale, California.

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    Soto on the other hand, lost three of his last four matches, including back-to-back against Ulises Lara and Toshiyuki Igarashi in 2013 yet.

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