MANILA (UPDATE) – Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria had no problem making the 112-pound limit for his WBO/ WBA flyweight title defense against the taller Juan Francisco Estrada of Mexico.
The 5’4” Viloria stepped on the scales at 111.2 pounds during the official weigh-in at the Venetian Macau Resort Hotel in Macau.
His challenger made it at exactly 112 pounds.
Estrada, nicknamed “El Gallo” or “The Rooster,” stands a tad taller than Viloria.
But The Hawaiian Punch doesn’t mind, claiming they have a fight plan laid out to beat the 22-year-old Mexican.
“Throughout my career, I've always fought guys bigger and taller than me so I'm pretty much used to that," said Viloria.
Filipino trainer Marvin Somodio is confident of Viloria’s chances, adding that the Hawaiian Punch didn't stress himself in trying to reach the flyweight limit.
“Sa weigh-in, napakaganda ng pakiramdam ni Brian. Kaninang umaga pagising niya, below weight limit na siya so kumain pa siya," said boxing trainer Marvin Somodio.
The Viloria-Estrada bout will serve as the co-main feature of the "Fist of Gold" fight card, which headlines the professional debut of Chinese amateur standout Zou Shiming.
The blockbuster card promoted by Bob Arum’s Top Rank will be aired locally on ABS-CBN Channel 2 on Sunday, starting at 9:55 a.m.
Other Filipino boxers set to fight on the undercard also made their respective weight limits.
The crafty Milan “El Metodico” Melindo, who is seeking a future title shot against Viloria, weighed at 112.6 pounds. His Indonesian foe Tommy Seran weighed a lean 108.8 pounds.
Dodie Boy Peñalosa Jr., son of former boxing champion Dodie Boy Peñalosa, weighed at 122.
His brother David Peñalosa weighed in at 118.8 pounds.
Dodie Boy Jr. will box Thailand’s Cheroenchai Sithsaithong, while David will face Ngaotawan Sithsaithong. – With a report from Dyan Castillejo, ABS-CBN News