Viloria stops Mexican in 10th round

KNOCKDOWN The Philippines’ Brian Viloria sends Hernan “Tyson” Marquez of Mexico to the floor to unify the WBO and WBA flyweight titles at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED BY DONG SECUYA/PHILBOXING.COM

LOS ANGELES—Brian Viloria continued his climb to boxing greatness with a 10th round stoppage of tough Hernan “Tyson” Marquez on Saturday night to unify the World Boxing Organization (WBO) and World Boxing Association (WBA) flyweight titles at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.

Showcasing his masterly counterpunching, Viloria floored Marquez for the third and last time with a thunderous left hook to the jaw while the Mexican was on the attack early in the 10th.

The WBA king managed to beat the count and referee David Mendoza signaled the fight to continue, but after Viloria unloaded more shots, Marquez’s trainer, Robert Garcia, threw in the towel with a minute and a second to go in the round.

Living up to his “Hawaiian Punch” moniker, Viloria improved his record to 32 wins, 19 by knockouts, against three losses and boosted his stock as an elite fighter in the mold of compatriots Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire Jr.

It was the third successful WBO title defense for Viloria, a former World Boxing Council (WBC) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) world light flyweight champ, since snatching the crown from Julio Cesar Miranda last year. Viloria, who’s turning 32 on Nov. 24, also thwarted the challenge of Giovani Segura and then exacted revenge over Omar Niño Romero.

Though perceived to be the heavier puncher, Marquez also hit the canvas in the first and fifth rounds and dropped to 34-3 with 25 knockouts. His two other defeats came against Donaire and another Filipino, Richie Mepranum in 2010.

As predicted, it was war between two gladiators from the opening bell, with Marquez gamely trading punches before getting floored with a sneaky right hook near the end of the first round. Marquez got up and was saved by the bell from further punishment.

Snappy punches

His confidence boosted, Viloria dictated the tempo from the second to the fourth rounds with snappy punches that came in bunches.

In the fifth, Marquez landed a 1-2 combination that rocked Viloria. The Sinaloan native then swarmed all over Viloria, who covered up to clear his head before the pride of Waipahu, Hawaii, then uncorked a combination to stop Marquez’s onslaught.

Having recovered his bearings, Viloria landed three punches, capped by a right straight that floored Marquez for the second time.

The 24-year-old Marquez again beat the count, but started to fight cautiously from the sixth to the ninth rounds, where Viloria, who seems to be tiring, kept him at bay with stiff jabs.

Knowing that he’s lagging behind in the scorecards, Marquez came out firing shots with both hands in the tenth and landed some punches before taking the decisive left hook that left him as Viloria’s 18th Mexican victim in an impressive career.



“I knew it (victory) looked bad but I wasn’t hurt, Viloria told Agence France-Presse. “I knew he was going to get tired. I think my left hook was too fast for him.”

Marquez later apologized in Spanish to his supporters via Twitter. Offering no excuses, Marquez said he tried to complicate matters, but neglected his defense in the process. The Mexican added it was “just a bad night” and his ring career “does not end here.”

In the undercard, Filipino prospect Drian Francisco also made a strong impression in his United States ring debut by stopping Mexican Javier Gallo in the fifth round.

The 30-year-old Francisco, pride of Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro, tagged Gallo with an uppercut and a right straight, then followed it up with head and body shots that forced the referee to waive off the bout at the 2:54 mark.

Francisco, who trained under former Wild Card trainer Justine Fortune, climbed to 24-1-1 with 19 knockouts. Gallo fell to 18-6 with 10 knockouts.

Before the bout, Viloria expressed his wish for an impressive victory to entice the major US networks—HBO and Showtime, to telecast his fights next year. He may just get that wish now.

Filipino trainer Marvin Somodio, who supervised Viloria’s training at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, worked Viloria’s corner. AFP with a report from Roy Luarca

  • http://twitter.com/MarLouWang Marlou Wang

    Yeheeeyyy! Mabuhay ang Pilipino!!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/Z5BR4JPYP6IT6UMDFG6GLSL7BU Jimmy

    show the world Brian Viloria that you are a true champ

  • azkal futbol

    great win—filipino pride — walang excuse, walang ere

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RQAI5FOTAR2RBE2QLM7F6SJKOY Jun

       i bet the marquez-viloria fight is much better than pacquiao-marquez… pacquiao’s wrist have a cyst. that prevents him from doing KOs.

  • droccu

    Good job Brian…I sure wish though that he’ll drop the “Hawaiian Punch” monicker para mas Pinoy….

    • eagleclaw101

      How about “Durian Punch”

      • droccu

        Nice one…:-) Pwede….the smell alone will drop his opponents fast….:-)

      • Philcor

        Papaitan punch bec he’s ilocano.

      • pakita_ko_sayo

        Si Davao City mayor yun. Sa kanya lang yun! hahaha Nakita mo naman hindi nakapalag yung…………….

      • xrisp

        hehehe. How about “ Punch O”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RQAI5FOTAR2RBE2QLM7F6SJKOY Jun

    i thought viloria is a gonner in round 5th. glad he got his composure back… that’s the heart of a champ. if that’s boom-boom bautista or bernabe concepcion.. they would’ve been on their knees.

    • pakita_ko_sayo

       Pareho tayo Jun. akala ko rin nadale na naman ng fatigue bata natin. Pero he held on and got his second wind. One of the best fights ni Brian

      • xrisp

        Dati kasi parang di marunong umiwas si Brian pag tinatamaan saka parang kulang sa resistensiya. Ngayon ibang iba na ang galaw nya at tibay.

  • noypinga

    To God be the glory ! ! ! ! Mahusay Brian, congratulations ! ! ! ! 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/KL4ECDG7MH6X6OWLY7SMQXBLN4 Gener Gozum

      yes.. ang galing mo brian!!

  • xrisp

    Now we are really seeing a different Brian. Congratualtions!!!

    • pakita_ko_sayo

       Yes, Xrisp, tama ka. One of the best fights ni Brian. hoping for long reign sa kanyang weight class. CONGRATULATIONS!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KL4ECDG7MH6X6OWLY7SMQXBLN4 Gener Gozum

    Go Go Go Brian Viloria!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4QAIR53YIPJLMPSQJZTOJIGBVI Jaz

    Mabuhay! Francisco and Viloria! Ang galing naman!

  • bertito cuaresma

    two great fights and the pinoys won. abangan the next fight of the pambansang kamao and the other pinoys in the undercard. manny has probably learned the lesson that he needs to knock his foe down to erase any doubt on his boxing. manny is a great fighter and a definitely a boxing hall of fame person. but again, viewers want to see ‘blood ooze out of the boxers’, i.e. if he can knock them down then there must be a knockdown. manny’s last fight, he was clearly the winner but the money-makers want to make more money and when there is controversy, money folloooows.

  • boetdebane

    Congrats….Pamangkin. Pinahanga mo na namin kami sa lakas ng suntok mo at tibay ng dibdib.
    Mabuhay ka BRIAN!!!  Mabuhay ang angkan ng mga VILORIA….

  • basilionisisa

    Congratulations! Well done, keep it up!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ethan78 Sol Garcia

    this fight is next to martinez/chavez bout !

    needs rematch asap …

  • bugoybanggers

    Iyan ang BOXING tunay na larong PINOY angkop para sa PINOY. Mabuhay ka kabayan, ipagpatuloy mong ipagmalaki ang TUNAY na lahing PILIPINO. Hindi tulad sa BASKETBULSHIT na ang mga manlalaro ay mga NAGKUKUNWARING PILIPINO! Kaya walang karangalang naibigay sa BANSA. Karangalan lang para sa mga BAKLA!

  • Equalizer357

    Galing in veloria, balita ko bading sya..

  • kaloykoykoy

    Let this be a warning for Marquez in his forthcoming fourth fight with Pacman.

    Congrats Brian Veloria and Adeian Francisco.

  • Equalizer357

    Veloria congrats, balita ko bading ka.

  • tukmoldinako

    Congratulation Brian, you give more pride to be an Ilokano “ bagnet punch” lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gintong-Lahi/1037724129 Gintong Lahi

    This Viloria – Marquez fight is Fight of the Year candidate.

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