Viloria now a complete fighter: analyst


Posted at Nov 20 2012 07:03 PM | Updated as of Nov 21 2012 03:03 AM

MANILA, Philippines -- After 37 professional fights, Filipino flyweight Brian "The Hawaiian Punch" Viloria has matured into a complete fighter, an analyst from RingTV said.

Viloria won his sixth straight fight and 32nd overall last Saturday, defeating Hernan "Tyson" Marquez of Mexico via a 10th round technical knockout at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles.

In RingTV, Doug Fischer wrote that he was impressed with Viloria's performance against Marquez. 

"Viloria was always a talented boxer-puncher, but he has matured into a complete fighter who knows when to box and when to go on the attack," Fischer wrote in his Monday Mailbag column.

"I've never seen him as focused and effective as he was versus Marquez, who almost turned the fight around in the fifth round," he added.

Marquez staggered Viloria in the fifth, but the Filipino rebounded well and even knocked down "Tyson" towards the end of the round.

Fischer said round five of Viloria-Marquez is a sure contender for "Round of the Year."

After Viloria's performance against Marquez, Fischer argued that his fights should now be shown on major television networks such as HBO and Showtime.

"The dilemma Viloria has is having the right dance partners to attract the attention of HBO and Showtime," he wrote.

"The two major US cable networks already missed out on Viloria vs Giovani Segura and Marquez," he added.

"Hopefully, they don't sleep on Viloria vs (Roman) Chocolatito Gonzalez if that fight is made."

Fischer believes that a fight with the Nicaraguan Gonzales is the right step for Viloria, who will be favored against "Chocolatito."

"I think Viloria beats Gonzales, who lost some of his vaunted power going from 105 pounds to 108, and will likely lose a little more with a jump to flyweight," he said.

"Viloria's versatility would serve him well against Gonzales, who loves to stalk without a jab," Fischer added.