Viloria eyes long title reign


Posted at May 15 2012 09:38 PM | Updated as of May 16 2012 05:38 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Three-time world champion Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria said he plans to stay as WBO flyweight champion for a long time.

Viloria said he wants an extended reign unlike in the past, when he could only defend his titles once.

“I want to stay as long as I can (as champion). I told you when I first won the title from Julio Cesar ‘Pingo’ Miranda that I’ll be a world champion for a while. I think I have what it takes, I’ve learned a lot,” the Filipino-American told Boxing Scene’s Ronnie Nathanielsz.

Viloria won the WBC light flyweight title in 2005 and successfully defended it once against Jose Antonio Aguirre the following year. He, however, lost the belt to Omar Nino Romero several months later.

In 2009, Viloria won his second world title, the IBF light flyweight crown by knocking out Ulises Solis. After defending it once against Jesus Iribe, he lost the title to Carlos Tamara in 2010.

Viloria picked his third title, the WBO flyweight crown, by defeating Miranda via unanimous decision in 2011. He defended it against Giovani Segura months later.

Last Sunday, he successfully defended it again versus Romero.

Viloria attributed his success to the maturity he has gained through the years.

“Just having confidence in your skill and confident in your training and you are able to show that kind of skill in the ring and that’s what helped me.”

“With all the training I’ve done, I helped bring confidence to my style and that showed in the ring,” he added.