MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxer Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria may earn a place in boxing’s pound-for-pound list should he defeat Mexican southpaw Hernan “Tyson” Marquez in their title unification bout this November.
This, according to RingTV editor Doug Fischer.
Fischer was asked in his “Monday Mailbag” column on RingTV if Viloria can get pound-for-pound consideration if he is successful against Marquez.
“If Viloria beats Marquez, I think some boxing writers will think of him as a Fighter of the Year candidate (though certainly not a front-runner for the award),” Fischer responded.
“I’m sure he will receive some pound-for-pound consideration from The RING’s ratings panel,” he added.
Viloria has won five straight fights since losing to Carlos Tamaraw in January 2010. He defeated Julio Cesar Miranda to win the World Boxing Organization flyweight title in July 2011, and twice defended the belt against tough contenders Giovani Segura and Omar Nino Romero.
His victory over Segura may have been the most impressive, as Segura was consider as a top 10 pound-for-pound fighter at the time. Viloria outclassed him, eventually winning via an eighth-round technical knockout.
“I think consecutive victories over Miranda, Segura, Romero and Marquez could land Viloria anywhere from No. 10 to 8 on The RING’s ‘elite’ list,” Fischer said.
“If he were to win a talked-about showdown with undefeated 108-pound titleholder Roman Gonzales, he’d definitely break into everybody’s pound-for-pound top 10,” he added.
Marquez currently holds the World Boxing Association flyweight belt. He is rated No. 1 in The RING’s flyweight ratings, while Viloria is at No. 2.