BRIAN Viloria arrived in the country early Saturday morning almost a week after becoming the world flyweight unified champion following his stirring knockout victory over Mexican Hernan `Tyson' Marquez at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles.
The champion's entourage that included his wife Erika came aboard Philippine Airlines flight PR 103, which arrived around 3:30 a.m. at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2.
Viloria’s coming home coincides with the celebration of his 32nd birthday.
The first unified flyweight champion in 50 years is expected to stay in the country for a week of vacation before returning to Honolulu, Hawaii.
The 2000 Sydney Olympian stopped Marquez in the 10th round of their unification fight last Sunday to unify the World Boxing Organization (WBO) and World Boxing Association (WBA) flyweight titles.
He knocked down the game 24-year-old Mexican thrice in the first, fifth, and finally 10th round when Marquez's trainer Robert Garcia waved off the towel to stop the fight.
In an interview by GMA News, Viloria said nothing has changed him even if he’s now a four-time, three-division world champion.
“It's been a great feeling winning another world title. Things at home are the same, my wife still asks me to take out the garbage,” he said chuckling.
Viloria (32-3, 19 KOs) disclosed he is looking at a possible ring return on either February or March. But as to who the likely opponent is, the Filipino said he’s still weighing his option.
Unbeaten Nicaraguan Roman Gonzales, the reigning WBA light-flyweight champion, has called out on Viloria and said he’s willing to move up in weight to challenge the Filipino.
Gonzales fought in the undercard of the Viloria-Marquez title match, winning by a 12-round unanimous decision over Juan Francisco Estrada in an action-packed bout.
But also looming as a top challenger is fellow Filipino Milan Melindo, who is currently rated top contender by the WBO.