MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxing champion Brian Viloria has wrapped up his heavy training at the fabled Wild Card Gym as he approaches his title defense against Juan Francisco Estrada in Macau this weekend.
The “Hawaiian Punch,” who plans to retain his WBO and WBA flyweight crowns, has already finished his sparring sessions last week to taper down his preparations for the title bout.
“Tapos na ang sparring namin sa Wild Card,” Filipino assistant trainer Marvin Somodio told PNA’s Eddie Alinea.
Somodio added that Viloria is in tip-top shape and will have no problem making the 112-pound weight limit. All they need to do, he said, is maintain the champion’s conditioning.
“Brian is now in an ideal physical and mental condition, so, as coach Freddie [Roach] said, we’ll just maintain that with light gym activities,” Somodio said. “Nasa tamang weight na rin si Brian kaya alaga na lang sa pagkain.”
Somodio is confident that Viloria will breeze through Estrada, the reigning WBO light flyweight king.
“Brian already knows Estrada by the palm of his hands and we foresee no problems,” he said. “Brian is a brainy fighter and more experienced than Estrada. He is capable of bringing back what his rival will give him.”
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.