MANILA, Philippines -- Mexican fighter Hernan "Tyson" Marquez claims he was not at 100% when he fought Brian "The Hawaiian Punch" Viloria in a title unification bout last Saturday at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles (Sunday in Manila).
Viloria knocked down Marquez three times in the fight -- first in the opening round, then in the fifth and again in the tenth, at which point Marquez's corner threw in the towel.
In an interview with Luis Sandoval of Boxing Scene, Marquez said he was affected by a stomach issue during the fight.
"I had indigestion problems with my stomach. I went in with my stomach inflamed," Marquez revealed. "He hit me downstairs, and it hurt me."
"I fought a bit uncomfortable."
Marquez added that he also aggravated an injury in his left hand during the fight.
"In my last fight, I tore a tendon (in my hand), and in the third round, I tore it again," he explained.
Even after re-injuring his hand, Marquez was able to maintain pressure on Viloria. He even had "The Hawaiian Punch" in trouble in the fifth round when he staggered the Filipino fighter. Unfortunately for the Mexican, Viloria was able to drop him again towards the end of the round.
"We were pressing, and there was a round where I had him going a bit, and I kept going. But starting the round I got careless and with that carelessness, we lost the fight," Marquez said.
"When you have two fighters who can punch, the fight can end with one careless move. I got careless, and he caught me," he added.
It was Marquez's third career defeat. All of his losses have come against Filipino fighters, including an eighth-round TKO loss against Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire in July 2010.
Viloria claimed Marquez's World Boxing Association title while defending his World Boxing Organization belt in the fight.