Viloria gets crack at world title

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 12 2011 05:35 PM | Updated as of Jul 13 2011 01:35 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria will get a crack at the World Boxing Organization (WBO) flyweight title on Sunday against Mexican Julio Cesar Miranda, in a bout that will be held in Viloria’s native Honolulu.

Viloria lost his junior flyweight title last year when he was knocked out by Carlos Tamara.

But in an interview with RingTV.com, Viloria said that he feels that he has a lot more left to accomplish.

“Retirement is always in the back of your head,” Viloria said. “I love the sport so much, though... It’s not that easy to let it go.”

“I just wanted to give myself another chance to prove I’m still a world champ,” Viloria added.

Viloria attributed his loss to Tamara to dehydration, saying that it was becoming difficult for him to lose weight.

He had held titles at the 108-pound weight class (junior flyweight), but will be fighting Miranda at 112 lbs.

“I feel comfortable, healthy,” Viloria said of fighting in the flyweight class. “I still have to work hard to make weight but I can do it.... This is the right weight for me now.”

Viloria’s goal is more than just to win the flyweight title – he wants to hold on to it.

“It’s hard to stay champ, much harder than it is to win a title. My next goal is to stay champion for as long as I can,” he said.