MACAU – Brian Viloria is picking up from where he left off the last time.
The 32-year-old Fil-Am vows to bring the fight to Juan Francisco Estrada of Mexico when he stakes his world flyweight title belts on Saturday night at The Venetian Hotel.
Viloria scored a sensational 10th-round knockout of Mexican Hernan `Tyson’ Marquez in an action-packed fight at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles last November to unify the World Boxing Organization and World Boxing Association championships.
He foresees his 12-round title match against Estrada to be just as electrifying.
“I’m willing to go toe-to-toe, and he’s willing to go toe-to-toe. It all comes down as to who has the best chin and who can take the punch, the same way with the Marquez fight,” said the champion during the final press conference for the fight card `Fists of Gold’ that will see the pro debut of two-time Chinese Olympic champion Zou Shiming.
The man they called `The Hawaiian Punch’ (32-3, 19 KOs) has been on a roll of late, winning his last six fights including remarkable victories against the likes of Marquez, Giovanni Segura, and Omar Nino Romero.
In as much as he’s confident of getting past the young 22-year-old challenger, Viloria is still not taking chances against Estrada.
“He’s hungry. He’s a dangerous fighter because he has nothing to lose. He has everything to gain,” he said of Estrada, a native of Sonora, Mexico.
The challenger (22-2, 17 KOs) is coming off a 12-round unanimous decision loss to Roman Gonzales in his first bid for a world crown. But the Mexican found a convenient excuse of having to lose weight just to make the 108-lb. limit for the World Boxing Association light-flyweight title match.
Now that he’s fighting in his natural weight, Estrada sees himself dethroning Viloria as the world’s top flyweight fighter today.
“He’s been hearing people saying that the next fight of (Zou) Shiming is probably Viloria. But he thinks the next fight of Shiming will be Juan Estrada,” said the challenger's promoter Fernando Beltran.
But Viloria, born in Waipahu, Hawaii to Filipino parents, said Estrada, whom he describes as a high output type of guy, better be ready.
“I’ve been good, I’ve been ready,” said the champion, who’s already in weight (112 lbs) as early as the week of the fight.
“I’m not too sure about how well he takes punches so I want to test that a little bit. I don’t know if he takes great body shots so I want to test that a little bit. I wanna see his ability to absorb punches, also I wanna see his ring generalship,” said Viloria, adding the opening round alone should be a `barnburner.’
“I’m gonna adjust throughout the fight and see the best key to beat him. It’s all about being able to adjust throughout the fight. I think the best fighters do that well.”