Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria waited for almost six years to prove himself and now, the reigning WBO flyweight champion is all set to prove something in his scheduled bout against archrival Omar Romero on Sunday at the Ynares Sports Center.
The three-time world champion, who has been aching to avenge his so-so performance against Romero in their first two fights, declared that he is now ready to go and slug it out against the Mexican challenger.
“I’m already on weight and ready to go,” said Viloria, who has been working out almost daily at the Gerry Penalosa Gym in Quezon City. “I am concentrating on maintaining my weight and staying in shape. I just want to put up a great fight and hope he does too. I’m ready for whatever he brings.”
Viloria, who captured the WBO flyweight title after a sensational win over the then-favored Giovanni Segura, added that he is determined to prove that Romero is not up to his class.
Romero took Viloria’s WBC junior flyweight title via unanimous decision victory in 2006 followed by a draw in their second fight, but was later declared as a no-contest after the Mexican tested positive in post-fight drug test.
Despite their first two fights not going in his favor, Viloria believes that Romero is not up par to his class, saying that he just defeated himself in their first two fights for not preparing hard, physically and mentally.
“I really want to prove, not only to myself but to everybody else that Nino is not up to my caliber,” Viloria said. “I think I beat myself in my last two fights against him. I’m going to have to bring everything that I have in my arsenal to defeat a guy like Nino. I’m just going to make good work out of him.”
Meanwhile, former Filipino world champion Rodel Mayol, who once lost his WBC light flyweight title against Romero, will be featured as the main undercard of the Viloria-Romero fight card.
Mayol, who is coming off a sensational fourth-round KO victory on October, will be pitted against Julio Cesar “Pingo” Miranda, who fought Viloria before and was described by The Hawaiian Punch as the hardest puncher he encountered in his career.