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Ola! Twin US Thrilla features our own Viloria

/ 02:50 AM October 15, 2015

THERE’S no boxing immortal by the name of Manny Pacquiao in Sunday’s main card at the Madison Square Garden, original boxing Mecca, in New York. But please don’t tarry. No reason to be late.
Hear Mass, be home early, remain in front of the TV, or try Internet streaming.
There’s great boxing theater to be savored. The star attraction, said to be the scariest fighter in the world today, is also called the “Middleweight Mike Tyson.”
Gennady Golovkin from Kazakhstan, the WBC and WBO champ, fights David Limieux, the IBF middleweight crown-holder from Canada.
Golovkin, called an unbeaten KO Machine, has stopped all but three of his past 33 opponents.
Limieux is 33-2, with 31 KOs.
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There’s great promise of a twin thrilla.
Brian Viloria, true-blooded Hawaii-based Filipino, tries to steal the thunder from unbeaten world flyweight king Roman Gonzales of Nicaragua in a bout that should draw the full attention not only of Filipino fans at home, but all over the world as well.
The Viloria bout is so significant it has been billed as a companion main event, not a mere undercard in the Madison Square Garden presentation on Sunday.
As noted here previously, a Viloria win should readily touch off a national celebration.
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Gonzales, 28, newly crowned world pound-for-pound boxing king, is heavily favored. He holds a 43-0 record, having stopped 37 of his past victims.
Viloria, 34, is 36-4, with 27 KOs. He’s expectedly the underdog, but has been described by the venerable HBO analyst Harold Lederman as dangerous, capable and with a powerful big punch.
Viloria has won all his last four fights, the last one via a sensational first-round stoppage of a top-caliber foe.
They’re right, the unbeaten sweet-punching Gonzales, also called Chocolatito, has brought the flyweight division back into the main picture.
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Gonzales definitely has the edge in craft and all-around skill. But Viloria could create an upheaval if he couples his rabid head-hunting with great digs to the body. He should also move better and ride on a more mature defense.
From what has been said by the Gonzales camp, they would take Viloria, known to have faded in several past bouts, out in the closing rounds.
Viloria himself claimed they’ve long cured this defect, with special conditioning drills under Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Gym around Hollywood.
Viloria, on Sunday, would be in the position Pacquiao had been against Oscar de la Hoya in Las Vegas in 2007, when the Filipino boxing superhero scored a ninth-round stoppage to scale his career Everest.

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