Truth be told, and I am sure a lot of Bodog sports fans are probably wondering about this as well, will Brian ‘the Hawaiian Punch’ Viloria ever be the same after his shocking split decision loss to the holder of the 112-pound WBA and WBO championships, Juan Francisco ‘El Gallo’ Estrada last April 6 at the glitzy Venetian Resort Hotel in Macau? Can he regain the fiery form he exhibited when he came back after his two previous defeats to recapture world titles and solidify his status as a resilient fighter and one of the best flyweight champs in recent years? Just look at the fighter Viloria is at his peak fighting form when Viloria easily dispatched Hernan Marquez and took his opponent’s WBA flyweight title to become the first unified flyweight champion since 1965! You can be sure that the odds for a successful return to form of Brian Viloria in his next fight at popular websites such as www.bodog88.com is guaranteed to be flying fast and furious, more so especially if Bob Arum agrees to put Viloria in an undercard of the upcoming Pacquiao-Rios bout in the very same venue, the Cotai Arena, at the Venetian Resort Hotel where he relinquished his two world titles, suffering a beating in a twelve round split decision loss to Estrada.
In an interview with Viloria, Boxingscene.com/Manila Standard reports that Brian’s manager, Gary Gittelsohn would be meeting with Top Rank boss and promoter Bob Arum regarding possible fight dates and opponents, instructing Gittelsohn to “to look at available dates and negotiate a contract.” It would be remembered that in the post-fight press conference after Viloria lost against Estrada, Brian immediately asked for a rematch and which Estrada’s camp was quick to agree to but first priority for Estrada and his team would be to first take on the challenge posed by Filipino flyweight and unbeaten WBO no.1 contender Milan Melindo (29-0, 12KOs) at the Venetian Hotel Resort and Casino in Macau this July 27.
Fighting in the undercard of the Viloria-Estrada fight, Melindo won an impressive 4th TKO victory over tough Indonesian Tommy Seran (23-1, 14KOs) Melindo gets a crack at Viloria’s tormentor, the 23 year Estrada and would likely be looking for some payback for his countryman Viloria and regain the two flyweight titles for the Philippines. The boxing-crazy country, as can be seen from the Bodog88 website, has always been very proud of their boxing heroes, saw Pacquiao, Nonito ‘the Filipino Flash’ Donaire and Viloria, the Philippine’s boxing demigods suffer a spate of losses one after the other counting back from the previous year up to the present, greatly surprising both the high rollers and ordinary betting fans alike with their fight results when they looked at online gambling news. Better save the date and check out your options in your Bodog sportsbook, as this fight looks to be another entertaining, slam-bang affair between two very exciting flyweights who are at the top of their very competitive division. Since online casino gambling is pretty big in Macau, Top Rank boss Bob Arum sees a lot of revenue coming in both in terms of gate receipts, pay-per-view and of course, the bets and wagers placed on which of the fighters will be winning. Viloria is set to face the winner between Estrada and Melindo, this is according promoter Bob Arum.
Viloria was initially hesitant to face Melindo, the WBO mandatory challenger, opting to fight Hernan ‘Little Tyson’ Marquez and unify the WBO and WBA flyweight titles instead. In his own words, Viloria was quoted as telling Boxingscene.com/Manila Standard’s Ron Nathanielsz, “we are looking at the other world champions to see if we could unify against the WBC or IBF and I think that’s more lucrative and a better fight than fighting Melindo.”
“There is really nothing there for me. If you think about it Melindo has everything to gain and I don’t gain anything from this fight even financially.”
Viloria also added that “I don’t like fighting any other Filipino fighter.” which is pretty admirable for a top fighter to beg off from fighting his countryman, given the fact that there so many champions and elite fighters out there from the alphabet soup of boxing organizations and associations. Well, given the situation that Brian currently finds himself in, it looks like a showdown with Melindo, should he win against Estrada in Macau, would be inevitable. It would also mark the first time in recent memory that two top Filipino fighters would duke it out for a unified weight division, should the fight materialize. On the other hand, if Estrada wins against Milan Melindo, Viloria will get his chance to avenge his loss and begin his slow climb back atop boxing prominence, reclaim his WBA and WBO titles in the process and plant the Philippine once again at the top of the boxing world.
With ample time to train and prepare during training camp, the proper physical and mental conditioning as well as the impetus to rise from his fall from grace and restore Philippine pride atop the boxing ring, the odds are that Brian ‘the Hawaiian Punch’ Viloria will probably emerge victorious in a rematch with the current champ Juan Estrada should they cross paths once again. Remember, it was Viloria who pressed the action in the first half in the bout only to end up looking gassed-out and shaky on tired, rubbery legs when the final bell rang and the split decision in favor of Estrada was announced. Melindo, though, is a darkhorse and possesses enough boxing credentials, skill and firepower to potentially upset Viloria’s eagerly awaited rematch with Estrada. Who knows, in the very unpredictable world of boxing as in betting, upsets are not uncommon although this is not the usual norm. While enjoying online games at the Bodog casino, you just might get the chance to place your bet as to whether Viloria gets his eagerly awaited rematch with Estrada or if Melindo rocks the boat and faces countryman Viloria instead, most probably in the undercard of the Pacquiao-Rios brawl come November 23.