Brian Viloria is now the World Boxing Organization and World Boxing Association flyweight champion after defeating Hernan “Tyson” Marquez in their title-unification bout on Sunday at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.
Viloria scored a dominating win as he dictated the tempo of the fight until knocking out Marquez in the tenth round of the match to improve his record to 32-3 and showed that he still has a lot of gas left in his tank.
Following their fight plan, Viloria went on to pound Marquez’s body right from the opening bell and it proved to be effective as the “Hawaiian Punch” knocked down the challenger before the first round ended.
“The body punches slowed down Marquez, especially in the early rounds,” said Viloria on going after the body of Marquez. “I could hear the crunches from my body shots.”
After scoring a knock down, Viloria clearly dictated the match. In the fifth round, Viloria was staggered by a huge right by Marquez, but he was able to return the favor as he floored Marquez with a deadly right-left combination.
Marquez seemed to have recovered from the beating he received in the first seven rounds as he came out firing in the eighth and ninth round of the match.
Just as he thought he found a chance, Marquez threw a barrage of punches in the tenth round, but Viloria caught him with a haymaking left counter hook that sent the Mexican down to the canvass. Marquez was able to beat the count, but his corner waved the white towel later on.
After the fight, Viloria talked about being rocked in the fifth round and the main reason for his win. He said: “I knew it looked bad but I wasn’t hurt. I knew he was going to get tired. I think my left hook was too fast for him.”
Curiously, Marquez’s trainer Robert Garcia is the former trainer of Viloria, but it didn’t affect the outcome of the match.
“It’s part of the game. Fighters change coaches all the time. I’m a different fighter now from two years ago when I still had Robert Garcia as my trainer. If he thinks he knows some of my weaknesses, I think I’ve corrected those weaknesses,” Viloria confidently said.