MANILA – Former world champion Brian Viloria scored an impressive 5th-round stoppage against Mexico’s Jose “Diablito” Zuniga during his triumphant return to Macau on Saturday night in the undercard of “Champions of Gold.”
The last time Viloria fought in Macau was when he lost his WBO flyweight crown to Juan Francisco Estrada in 2013 at the Venetian Macau Resort.
But he made up for that loss by putting up a good performance against Zuniga, who was labelled as a “tough and durable fighter” prior to the bout.
The Hawaiian Punch repeatedly tagged Diablito with a series of hard lefts in the third round, and staggered the Mexican with a couple of right hands in the next round.
The head blows allowed Viloria to set up a vicious left hook to the body which caught Zuniga in his right lower rib cage. The hit knocked the wind out of the Mexican, effectively halting the bout at 1:42 in Round 5.
Viloria is currently trained by Freddie Roach, who will also work the corner of Chinese star Zou Shiming.
Before the bout, the Hawaiian Punch said he was excited to fight for a world title again so he could rejoin the likes of fellow Filipino champions Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire Jr.
“We reached out to [WBA/WBO flyweight champion Juan Francisco] Estrada for a rematch but I don’t think he wants to fight me. I can’t really wait for Estrada. I’m willing to fight any of the other world champions,” he said in an interview with Philippine Star columnist Joaquin Henson.
Champions of Gold will feature Shiming's WBO international flyweight title fight against Luis De La Rosa in the main event.
Champions of Gold will be aired on ABS-CBN Sports+Action on Sunday starting 2 p.m.