TWO of boxing’s finest in the lower division meet in the ring Saturday night (Sunday Manila time) when Filipino Brian Viloria wages war with Mexican Hernan `Tyson’ Marquez in a flyweight title unification bout at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California.
The fight is set for 12-rounds with Viloria staking his World Boxing Organization title and Marquez putting his World Boxing Association crown on the line.
The 31-year-old Viloria guaranteed the fight to be an all-out war between two men who don’t know how to back down. And he’s confident he’ll emerge victorious once the smoke of battle clears.
“It’s going to be an action-packed fight, an all-out brawl,” said Viloria, a 2000 Sydney Olympian. “I’m ready for a great fight and I know I have what it takes to beat Tyson Marquez.”
Viloria easily made the weight at 111.8 lbs during the official weigh-in Friday held at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. Marquez, 24, came in at 110.8 lbs.
Holder of a 31-3 record with 18 KOs, the `Hawaiian Punch’ is currently on a five-fight winning streak, the last two coming off sensational wins over Giovanni Segura (TKO 8th) and Omar Nino Romero (TKO 9th).
In a way, Viloria said Marquez has some similarities in style with both Segura and Romero.
“Omar moves a lot than Tyson, since he (Marquez) tends to rely on his power a bit. He’s gonna be there.
“He also throws a lot of uppercuts and usually forces out his opponents on the ropes like Segura.”
But having studied how Marquez fights since the match was first broach up in August, Viloria knows he has the Mexican all figured out.
“There are intricacies in his style that I can work on,” said the Filipino, who had Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach for adviser during training and Rey Chacon and Bruno Escalante for his regular sparmates.
Come fight night, Viloria’s corner will be handled by trainer Ruben Gomez and Filipino strength and conditioning coach Marvin Somodio.
“I have basically a great team, and a great camp,” said Viloria. “Without giving too much, I think his style is tailor-made for me.”
Marquez has not lost the past two years after suffering an 8th round TKO at the hands of reigning WBO super-bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire Jr. He has a ring record of 34-2, with 25 KOs, with the other losses also courtesy of another Filipino in Richie Mepranum.
David Mendoza will be the third man in the ring, while the three judges scoring the bout are Jonathan Davis, David Denkin, and Levin Martinez.