After Nonito “The Filipino Flash” successfully became a unified champion earlier this month, another Filipino could duplicate his feat soon.
World Boxing Organization flyweight champion Brian Viloria (31-3-0, 18 KO’s) will be colliding with World Boxing Association flyweight titlist Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (34-2-0, 25 KO’s) in a title-unification bout.
According to a report in Boxing Scene, Zanfer Promotions is planning to stage the fight on September 29 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, giving Marquez enough time to take a rest after a tough bout last Saturday.
Marquez escaped with a hard-earned majority decision is his ten-round non-title bout against General Santos-native Fernando Lumacad last Saturday in Sinaloa, Mexico.
The Mexican slugger won in two score cards, 97-94 and 96-4, with the other judge scoring it as a draw. But despite escaping with the win, Marquez said that he was not satisfied with his victory.
“I felt a lot of pain in the right ankle from third round on,” Marquez said. “Lumacad did not want to fight and he stayed far away and his sole intention was to finish the fight standing. I could not cut him off.”
Marquez also added that his fight against Lumacad gave him an idea that the 115-pound weight is not yet his comfort zone and he believes that a showdown with Viloria will be very beneficial to him.
“Viloria is tough, but his style is good for me because Viloria loves to fight,” Marquez declared.
Viloria, on the other hand, is coming off an impressive ninth-round knockout win over archrival Omar Nino Romero on their third bout last May in Pasig City, Philippines.