Viloria downplays 5th round scare


Posted at Nov 20 2012 05:10 PM | Updated as of Nov 21 2012 01:10 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Unified flyweight champion Brian "The Hawaiian Punch" Viloria claims he never felt that he was in trouble in his exciting fight against Mexico's Hernan "Tyson" Marquez, even during the fifth round of the bout.

Viloria started off quickly and knocked down Marquez towards the end of the first round. But the Mexican had staggered him in the fifth round, before Viloria countered by knocking Marquez down again in the latter part of the round.

In an interview with Boxing Scene's Ronnie Nathanielsz, Viloria assured his supporters that he was not hurt even during the fifth round.

"He came on strong, but I wasn't hurt," Viloria said. "I wasn't down, I wasn't dazed. I was coherent and I knew where I was."

"He wasn't hurting me with his barrages, because a lot of it was just landing on my arms," he added.

Viloria said Marquez's fifth round onslaught may have worked against the Mexican's favor.

"I noticed after that whole barrage, I could see him breathing really hard, and I knew he was getting tired and slowed down," he explained.

Viloria put Marquez down for good in the tenth round when he sent the Mexican to the canvas for the third time, prompting his corner to throw in the towel.

"I caught him with a good right hand, and I said to myself, okay, I could sit down on my punches right now and just try to land really hard punches, and when I caught him with that right hand down the middle and he fell, I said okay, I've got him," Viloria explained.

The win allowed Viloria to retain his World Boxing Organization championship, while at the same time claiming Marquez's World Boxing Association title.

Viloria now plans to take a rest before thinking about his next fight, which may be against Nicaragua's Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzales, who defeated Juan Francisco Estrada in the undercard.