MANILA Philippines – World flyweight champion Brian Viloria vowed to impress fight fans when he headlines the first major boxing card in Macau this weekend.
Viloria anticipates a toe-to-toe battle with Mexico’s Juan Francisco “El Gallo” Estrada when he defends his WBA and WBO flyweight belts at the Venetian Macao this Sunday.
“I’m honored to be part of this first big professional fight to be held here,” Viloria told PNA’s Eddie Alinea.
The “Hawaiian Punch” plans to be his usual explosive self when he shares the ring with Estrada.
He said he expects a slug fest against Estrada, who loves a good brawl.
“Yeah, no major changes. If it ain’t broke, why fix it. I’ve been training hard and preparing myself to the fullest. What I can only say is, expect another all-out war,” said Viloria.
He added that he hopes to attract more fans as they tap Macau as a new market for boxing.
“I promise not to disappoint them. I’m not used to predicting results of my fights, but be assured I would do everything so I can make my country and the Filipinos proud of me,” said Viloria, who has a record of 32 wins with 19 knockouts and three losses.
“I hope many of our kababayans will watch me fight here. Some may say it’ll be added pressure thinking many of your countrymen will be watching, but for me it’s more of an added motivation,” he added.
The Viloria-Estrada bout will be the main event of the “Fist of Gold” fight card, which also features the professional debut of two-time gold medalist Zou Shiming of China.
"Fist of Gold" will be aired locally by ABS-CBN Channel 2 on Sunday starting 10:15 a.m.