THE fight lived up to its hype. And Brian Viloria lived up to his promise.
Viloria knocked down Hernan `Tyson’ Marquez three times, the last one courtesy of a smashing left hook that finally took the fight out of the game Mexican in the 10th round of their action-packed fight which the Filipino convincingly won to unify the World Boxing Organization and World Boxing Association flyweight titles Saturday night (Sunday Manila time) at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California.
The 31-year-old Viloria earlier scored a knockdown each in the opening round and in the fifth. He was actually at the receiving end of a Marquez flurry in the 10th until he nailed the Mexican with that huge left hook.
Marquez, 24, got up for the third time but on wobby legs, prompting his corner led by Robert Garcia – Viloria’s former trainer – to wave in the towel.
The end came at the 1:01 mark of the 10th round.
"The body punches slowed down Marquez specially in the early rounds," Viloria said in an interview by GMANews.
Before knocking down the Mexican for the second time in the fifth, the Filipino appeared to be in trouble after getting tagged by Marquez.
"I knew it looked bad, but I wasn't hurt. I knew he was going to get tired," added the `Hawaiian Punch.'
Viloria improved to 32-3 with 19 KOs. The victory also served as a fitting birthday gift to him as he turns 32 on Nov. 24.
Marquez lost for the third time against a Filipino after Nonito Donaire Jr. and Richie Mepranum as his record tumbled to 34-3, with 25 KOs.
Fellow Filipino Drian Francisco also won in the undercard, scoring a technical knockout over Javier Gallo of Mexico in the 2:54 mark of the eighth round.
It was the first U.S. fight for the 30-year-old Francisco, who improved his ring record to 24-1-1 with 19 KOs.
Gallo fell to 18-6-1 with 10 KOs.
“Beteranong fighter kaya kaya niyang i-handle `yung punches ko. Tough fighter talaga,” said Francisco in an interview by GMA News.