Viloria’s title defense set for May 12


Posted at Apr 02 2012 06:57 PM | Updated as of Apr 03 2012 06:23 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxer Brian Viloria will defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) flyweight championship against an old rival, Omar Nino Romero of Argentina, on May 12 at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

Their title fight was originally scheduled for April 21, but was postponed after the Nevada State Athletic Commission stopped the WBO from sanctioning the fight.

According to PhilBoxing’s Ronnie Nathanielsz, Romero had to pay $11,500 to the Commission for penalties incurred in the past. []

It will be the third meeting between the two boxers. In their first bout in 2006, Viloria lost his World Boxing Council light flyweight title via unanimous decision.  The rematch ended in a draw and Romero retained the title.

The draw was eventually changed to a no-contest after a post-fight drug test revealed that Romero had taken a banned substance.

“I want to clean the slate in this fight,” Viloria told Nathanielsz. “We’ve had a loss and draw, changed to a no-contest, and that was my first loss.”

“It kind of sets the tone for how my career would go. I feel like there would be unfinished business if I left it like that,” he added.

Viloria added that their trilogy bout will allow him to finally close that chapter of his career.

“The Hawaiian Punch” is already gearing up for Romero, whom he described as “deceivingly quick... a little awkward.”

“He goes in-and-out fairly well and throws a lot of combinations,” he said.

Viloria won the WBO flyweight title via a unanimous decision victory against Julio Cesar Miranda.

Most recently, he booked an eighth-round technical knockout victory over Giovanni Segura, a victory that was considered a minor upset as Segura was rated No. 9 in many pound-for-pound lists.