Viloria, who will be defending his title for the second time here in the Philippines, is looking for payback and is determined to come out on top of his third showdown with the rugged Mexican boxer.
Viloria and Romero slugged inside the ring for the first time in 2006 in which the Mexican challenger scored a convincing unanimous decision victory to snatch Viloria’s World Boxing Council light flyweight title.
The two warriors faced each other once again three months later in a match that ended in draw. However, Romero failed the post-fight drug test, leading to the ruling of a no-contest.
With result of their first two fights still bothering the Filipino champion, Viloria declared that his fight against Romero is something personal, which is the reason why he selected the Mexican instead of other fighters, who are more suited with his style.
“This is personal,” said Viloria. “It is something I needed to prove to myself that I get over this hump that I hit few years ago. This is more challenging because I want to get something cleared in my head. This is the fight I really wanted; give me the chance to clear the slate with Nino,”
The 31-year-old Filipino, who said that he feels more comfortable and stronger after moving up in weight, expressed his readiness on their May 13 bout, but Viloria added that he will remain cautious knowing how dangerous Romero can be.
“The most dangerous fighters are the one who’s desperate because they have nothing to lose. I know the best Nino will come out,” Viloria said. “I don’t overlook my opponent especially Nino because he’s tricky. He’ll box you. I don’t want to second look Nino at this point. I don’t have a future if I don’t get past him.”
Romero, who also defeated Filipino champion Rodel Mayol in 2010 for the WBC light flyweight title, is coming off a third-round TKO win over Javier Romano last February in Mexico.