HERNAN `Tyson’ Marquez, the reigning World Boxing Association (WBA) flyweight champion, has only lost twice in his 36 pro fights – both against Filipino fighters in Richie Mepranum and world super-bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire Jr.
On Saturday, Brian Viloria hopes join that short, elite list.
Viloria, holder of the World Boxing Organization version of the 112 lbs. title, squares off with Marquez in a unification title match featuring two of the biggest names in boxing’s small division.
The match, set for 12 rounds, will be held at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California.
“I’ll be the third one. I think I’m confident enough to say that,” said Viloria on Monday during a special phone patch interview which Solar Sports arranged in its office at the World Corporate Center in Mandaluyong.
“It’s going to be a great fight, and I have what it takes to beat Tyson Marquez,” Viloria added from his training camp in California.
Marquez, 24, from Sonora, Mexico, lost successively to Mepranum and Donaire in 2010. He suffered a 10-round unanimous decision to Mepranum in March, and was at the receiving end of an eight-round technical knockout against the `Filipino Flash’ four months later.
But that was prior to him becoming the WBA flyweight title holder after scoring an 11th round TKO of Luis Concepcion last year. Overall, Marquez has a fight record of 34-2, with 25 KOs.
Still, that doesn’t make Viloria less confident against the Mexican.
“In boxing, anything can happen. But I prepared myself for that (beating Marquez) to materialize. Chances for me of weighing this fight is how hard I trained and what I did outside of the gym,” said Viloria, a 2000 Sydney Olympian who packs a record of 31-3-1, with 18 KOs.
The 31-year-old Filipino from Hawaii said he watched the tapes of Marquez’s fights against Mepranum and Donaire, as well as his recent match against another Filipino in Fernando Lumacad, with whom he had to settle for a majority decision.
“I watched those fights, and there are intricacies in his styles that we can actually exploit and work on,” said Viloria.
The Filipino, a two-time light-flyweight champion, said he sparred with Rey Chacon and Bruno Escalante for more than 100 rounds for this fight that has been originally scheduled as early as August.
He trained part time at the famed Wild Card gym under the supervision of legendary trainer Freddie Roach.
But Viloria said Roach won’t be in his corner Saturday night as regular partner Ruben Gomez and Filipino conditioning coach Marvin Somodio will be the ones helping him out.