Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria will look to solidify his status as the best flyweight in the world when he defends his title against Mexican challenger Juan Francisco Estrada tonight at The Venetian Resort and Casino Hotel in Macau.
Viloria knows that Estrada is a dangerous opponent because the Mexican challenger has nothing to lose but everything to gain in their upcoming showdown for his World Boxing Organization and World Boxing Association flyweight title.
Estrada is coming from a loss in his title shot against Roman Gonzales for the WBA light flyweight crown, but Viloria vowed not to relax and show why he is regarded as the barometer fighter in the flyweight division.
Viloria said: “Estrada pushes me in a position where I have to put my best foot forward. And he’s trying to put the pressure on me because he has everything to gain if he does beat me. I’m just ready for this fight and prove again to the world that I am the champion that I am.”
“This is just the beginning of bigger and better things. I don’t know how bigger and better it can get after this, but I think I’m on the right track, and I want to stay on this track,”
On the other hand, Estrada, who will be fighting in the flyweight division for the first time in his young career, expressed readiness for his upcoming title shot, saying that he feels better compared to his fight against Gonzales.
In an interview with Jake Donovan, the 22-year-old Mexican said: “I feel very good about this fight against Brian Viloria since it is at the flyweight division. I will fight with a lot of heart. I was ready for the fight with Roman Gonzales, but it was at 108 lb. I am ready to conquer the flyweight division. I will leave my heart in the ring like always.”
Aside from Viloria, three other Filipino fighters will see action led by Milan Melindo, who will take on Tommy Seran in a 10-round bout at the flyweight division. Brothers David and Dodie Boy Penalosa Jr will take on Cheroenchai Sithsaithong and Nimithra Sithsaithong of Thailand, respectively.