MANILA, Philippines – Filipino-American boxer Brian Viloria is glad to have heeded the advice of his coach Freddie Roach while fighting it out against Mexico’s Jose “Diablito” Zuniga during his return to Macau over the weekend.
The former world flyweight champion stopped Diablito with a stinging left hook to the body in the fifth round at the Venetian Resort Macau.
“I was trying to time that body shot… Freddie told me go down to the body, he told me, 'I promise you gonna land a very great shot' and I was taking my time, when it got in, I landed a pretty good shot,” “The Hawaiian Punch” said in a post-fight interview with Top Rank.
Viloria said he thought Zuniga will able to survive that shot, but it seemed that the punch was enough to take the wind out of the Mexican.
The Filipino-American boxer is pleased to have made his comeback in Macau more than a year after he was dethroned by another Mexican, Juan Francisco Estrada.
“I feel happy, come out with the win this time unlike last year and I feel great,” said Viloria.
Viloria is also thankful that they have done their assignment on Zuniga, whom he described as an awkward fighter with an unorthodox fighting style.
“We've seen the tapes, he fighting out high caliber fighters and giving them a hard time. He went all rounds with them," said the Hawaiian Punch.