Fresh from adding the World Boxing Association (WBA) title to his World Boxing Organization (WBO) flyweight world title, Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria said that he is looking to be an undisputed champion in the flyweight division.
Viloria, who recently scored a sensational win over Hernan “Tyson” Marquez in their title-unification bout, is now targeting the World Boxing Council (WBC) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) titles.
To put himself in the level of future Hall-of-Famers Bernard Hopkins and Jermaine Taylor, who were the two most recent boxers to hold the WBO, WBC, WBA, and IBF title belts, he should face and defeat WBC champion Toshiyuki Igarashi and IBF ruler Moruti Mthalane.
In an interview during the Philippine Sportswriter Association Forum on Tuesday, Viloria said: “If there’s a possibility to win all four titles to become undisputed, I’d go for it. There’s also the possibility for me to unify all four titles. So, I might as well go for four and I’m already halfway there. What’s two more, but we’ll see what the possibilities are.”
However, to keep his WBO crown, he could be forced to face another Filipino – WBO No.1 contender Milan Melindo or No.2 contender Froilan Saludar. Should the WBO order him to face either of the two contenders, Viloria should agree to avoid being stripped off.
Viloria admitted that it will be hard for him to face another Filipino, but insisted that he has no plans of just giving up his title. He said: “We fight hard for these titles. You just don’t give it up for others to fight for it. I put my life on line for this. It’s unfair to just give it up.”
The 32-year-old Viloria, who is on a six-match winning streak, also dismissed reports about his plans of moving up from flyweight to the bantamweight division to get more big-name bouts, but added that he will do so in the future.
Viloria was quoted as saying: “I feel great. I don’t feel my age and I feel like I’m 23. I’m treating my body right and doing the right things at training camp. I see bigger challenges ahead. Thinking of going up to 115lbs, get a title then maybe go up to 118lbs. We’ll see. I’m taking it one step at a time. We don’t want to go too far ahead of ourselves.”
When asked about who is he targeting for his next bout, Viloria said that he and his promoter has not yet talked about it, but they will study all their options soon.