Viloria back at work for Gonzalez fight


Posted at Jan 16 2013 04:44 PM | Updated as of Jan 17 2013 02:56 AM

MANILA, Philippines – World flyweight champion Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria is training at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles in preparation for a potential fight with unbeaten Nicaraguan Roman Gonzalez.

In an interview with Ronnie Nathanielsz of PhilBoxing, Viloria said he has been training at the Wild Card for around one and a half weeks already.

“(I) won’t go to training camp cold,” he said, adding that he has to be 100% for his fight against Gonzalez.

“I just have to continue what I’m doing. I don’t like too much lulls in between fights because that’s what hurts a lot of fighters,” Viloria added.

Viloria’s manager, Garry Gittelsohn, is working on putting together a fight between “The Hawaiian Punch” and Gonzalez, who holds a light-flyweight belt.

Filipino boxer Milan Melindo is currently the no. 1 contender for Viloria’s World Boxing Association (WBA) belt, though his promoter, Michael Aldeguer of ALA Promotions, said Melindo may be willing to step aside.

Aldeguer told Nathanielsz that it is possible for Viloria to fight Gonzalez and feature Melindo in the undercard.

Gittelsohn is hopeful that this scenario will work out, “then everybody can make some money and it makes more business sense.”

“(Viloria) is right now at the top of his game and I don’t want to hurt anyone, but I’m simply looking for the best economic opportunity for Brian,” he added.

Gonzalez currently has a record of 34 wins with 28 wins coming by knockout. His most recent victory was a unanimous decision win over Juan Francisco Estrada.

Meanwhile, Viloria is coming off a spectacular year which saw him win both of his fights, including a 10th round knockout victory over Hernan “Tyson” Marquez in one of the best fights of 2012.