Brian Viloria seeks revenge versus Omar Romero


MANILA, Philippines—Brian Viloria will have additional motivations when he stakes his World Boxing Organization flyweight crown against Omar Niño Romero on April 1 at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

The 31-year-old Viloria is also aching for revenge after being beaten and held to a majority draw, which was later declared a no-contest after Romero failed the post-fight drug test, by the Mexican in their first two meetings in 2006.

A victory over Romero, who boasts a 30-win, 4-loss, 2-draw record with 12 knockouts, will also set up the Filipino-American to a unification showdown against World Boxing Association champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez.

Viloria’s ring career is on an upswing with successive victories over erstwhile flyweight titlist Julio Cesar Miranda last July and a methodical eight-round demolition of highly regarded Giovani Segura late last year, improving his record to 30-3-0, 17 KOs.

So complete was Viloria’s mastery of Segura that the Mexican spent a few days at the hospital as a result of a huge swelling on the head.

Viloria’s renewed vigor and staying power is largely credited to his trainer Mario Morales, who was able to draw the best out of the “Hawaiian Punch.”

“He’s an old school trainer,” said Viloria. “We don’t do anything fancy, we just work hard all the time.”

Updates on the Viloria-Romero tiff will be available on Solar Sports-Channel 70 on Sky Cable, Ch. 35 on Destiny, Ch. 45 on Cignal and Ch. 31 on Cable Link.

Get Inquirer updates while on the go, add us on these apps:

Inquirer Viber

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.

  • Kromuel

    Brian “the revenger” Viloria

  • Anonymous

    Grabe the punching power of Viloria in that last fight.  I have never seen a bukul that huge in a man’s head, much less thought it could come from boxing gloves.  

    Our boxers are truly world-class, and like Viloria said, its merely from old school hard work, not from PEDS (performance enhancing drugs) like the Americans, Chinese and East Germans use to win international athletic competition.

    I can’t understand why our economy is not as productive as boxing when we have the hardest working people in the world too.  Maybe its because we are not really team players, too much politics, crab mentality and colonial mentality.

To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.

Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:

c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94


editors' picks



latest videos