MANILA, Philippines – World flyweight champion Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria is excited to defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) and World Boxing Association (WBA) titles against Mexico’s Juan Francisco Estrada in Macau.
“I am looking forward to this fight,” Viloria told Ronnie Nathanielsz of PhilBoxing. “He’s a tough fighter, but with the right preparation, we’ll be able to win this fight.”
The fight card will be Top Rank’s first major event in Macau, which is part of its efforts to enter the Chinese market.
“It should be a fun card, and a lot of people are looking forward to it,” Viloria said.
In preparation for his title defense, Viloria has already been working at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles under the guidance of trainer Marvin Somodio.
“Training has been going great,” Viloria said, adding that they plan to start sparring within the next two weeks.
“We are just into conditioning right now,” he said.
Viloria is aiming for his seventh straight victory since losing to Carlos Tamara in January 2010. The “Hawaiian Punch” revived his career with a hard-fought victory over Julio Cesar Miranda in July 2011 and gained recognition with three straight knockout victories.
Meanwhile, the 22-year-old Estrada is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Nicaraguan champion Roman Gonzalez.
Aside from Viloria, Filipino fighters Milan Melindo, Michael Farenas and Dodie Boy Penalosa will also fight in the undercard of the Macau event.