Manila, Philippines – Mapapabilang na si WBO flyweight champion Brian Viloria sa pound-for-pound list ng pamosong The Ring Magazine kasama sina No. 1 Manny Pacquiao at No. 4 Nonito Donaire Jr. matapos niyang talunin sa 8th round knockout si Mexican knockout artist Giovani Segura sa eksaktong 0:21 ng 8th round kahapon sa Yñares Sports Arena sa Pasig City.
Bagamat nangakong patutulugin si Viloria sa sariling teritoryo, walang nagawa ang No. 9 pound for-pound boxer sa bilis ng Pilipino sa kabuuan ng laban kaya nagmukha siyang amateur boxer.
“Segura came out aggressive in the opening round, taking advantage of Viloria’s lazy jab. Still, it was the defending titlist who enjoyed the round’s best moment, connecting with a left hook that briefly shook his challenger. Segura was unable to respond, save for a very low blow to towards the end of the round,“ ayon sa ulat ng BoxingScene.com. “Viloria’s left eye began to swell in the third, but continued to do damage downstairs.
Segura was slowly punching his way back into the fight, but was a bit out of control whenever throwing upstairs. That changed in the fourth, when the American-based Mexican worked his way inside, negating Viloria’s advantages and turning the fight into a grind-`em out brawl.“
“Chants of “Vi-lo-ria“ filled the arena in the sixth, a round that was filled with two-way action. Viloria’s success came in the role of counter puncher, though a dangerous position to play as it meant allowing Segura to get off first and continue to dig to the body. His mode of attack changed for the better in the seventh, scoring right hands from the outside to prevent Segura from getting his punches off,“ dagdag sa ulat.
“A bizarre sequence of events took place prior to the eighth round. With his right eye now swollen shut, Segura was prepared to go out to battle before being confused by referee Samuel Viruet’s waving his arms to suggest the end of the fight,“ ayon pa sa ulat.
“The Viloria corner began to celebrate before the third man decided to let the round begin and the fight continue. The two-division champion immediately attacked, backing up Segura until the referee jumped in to finally wave off the fight for good.“
Sa pagwawagi, inaasahang kakasa si Viloria para sa unification bout kay WBC flyweight champion Ponsaklem Wonjongkam ng Thailand o kay WBA titlist Herman Marquez na isa ring Mexican.
Napaganda ni Viloria ang kanyang record sa 30-3-3 (win-lossdraw) na may 17 panalo sa knockouts samantalang si Segura na ngayon lamang napatigil sa laban ay bumagsak sa 28-2-1 (win-losss-draw) na may 24 pagwawagi sa knockouts. (Gilbert Espeña)