BRIAN Viloria doesn’t mind going up against his former trainer when he fights Hernan `Tyson’ Marquez in a unification flyweight title match on Saturday (Sunday, Manila time).
The 24-year-old Marquez, the reigning World Boxing Association (WBA) champion, will have former world title holder Robert Garcia working his corner for the 12-round bout at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California.
Garcia once served as Viloria’s trainer when he won the International Boxing Federation (IBF) light-flyweight title in 2009 until the two parted ways a year later following the Filipino’s shocking 12th-round technical knockout loss to Carlos Tamara to yield his IBF 108 lbs. belt.
Viloria, now the holder of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) version of the crown, said he has moved on since that bitter parting of ways.
“There’s no controversy there. These are all part of the game. Fighters change trainers all the time,” said Viloria, 31.
Nor will there be any concern, according to him, about Garcia basically knowing his moves and boxing style.
The 2000 Sydney Olympian said he has improved his craft as a fighter since longtime cut man and now trainer Ruben Gomez began handling him, together with new strength and conditioning coach Marvin Somodio.
“There’s no controversy there. I think I’m a completely different fighter three years ago when I was with Robert Garcia,” he said. “It is what it is. If they think they know my weaknesses, I think I’ve corrected some of those that I had. I’ve learned a lot from the fights that I had in the past.
“Besides, Robert Garcia is not the one fighting me, it’s Tyson Marquez.”
Garcia, incidentally, is also the trainer of reigning WBO super-bantamweight title holder Nonito Donaire Jr.
Viloria played down any animosity between him and his trainer since that break-up two years ago, and said things could have happened for a reason.
“I don't think I’d be where I am today if that didn’t happen,” he said. “No hard feelings really for what happened to us and how we separated. This is a new day, this is a new fight.
“On Saturday, I’ll show them what I have become since then.”