Juan Francisco Estrada

Juan Francisco Estrada  was born in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico.  He lost his parents at the age of 7, making his childhood difficult though he was raised by his loving aunt.  He matured at an early age and was boxing by his 9th birthday. Once the boxing gloves were on his fists, he never took them off, with an innate realization that someday he’d be a professional and he’d make history in Mexican boxing.  When he was 15 years old he moved to Hermosillo, Sonora, to concentrate on his boxing career, successfully representing his state on regional and national tournaments and nationally. Out of 98 amateur bouts, he successfully won 94 fights, while winning national championships four times.  He was becoming a shining star.

At 18 years old, he turned professional, still carrying his alias “El Gallo”.  In Hermosillo, he has a large following due to his charisma, humility and professionalism.

“El Gallo’s” first loss was against Juan Carlos Sanchez, Jr., current IBF Jr. Bantamweight Champion, by unanimous decision in an 8th round bout.  He captures the attention of the boxing world with a first round double knockdown and a second round KO of Filipino, Ardin Diale, during the bout held in Hermosillo, Mexico. After this great performance he went to California to unsuccessfully face Ramon Gonzalez (WBA Jr. Flyweight) for a lower division title, losing by unanimous decision.

After this loss, he returns to the flyweight division.  This is when a World Title opportunity presented itself against World Champion Brian “Hawaian Punch” Viloria in a Historical event in Macao, China on April 6th 2013. He wrote history when he won by split decision becoming the WBO/WBA Flyweight Champion at only 22 years of age.

(04/06/13) Brian Viloria vs. Juan Francisco Estrada

Date: April 6, 2013

WBO Flyweight Championship Title Bout

Location: Macao S.A.R., China

Promoter:  Bob Arum (Top Rank)

Referee:  Genaro Rodriguez

Judges:  Levi Martinez (115-113), Michael Pernick (111-116), Francisco Martinez (111-117)

Supervisor:  Francisco Valcárcel, Esq.

Results:  Brian Viloria (32-4) lost his title in a 12-round split decision against Juan Francisco Estrada (23-2), new WBO Champion.

Gallo Estrada retará a Viloria en Macao


Por Latin Sports –

El Campeón Azteca Round 3 y gran prospecto del boxeo mexicano Juan Francisco “El Gallo” Estrada viajará a Macao, China para enfrentar al dos veces campeón mundial Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria por los Campeonatos Mosca de la AMB y OMB, el próximo 6 de abril en el Cotai Arena del Venetian Macao, sede de grandes eventos.

Los contendientes que tendrá como peleas de respaldo son: el boricua Román “Rocky” Martínez (26-1-2, 16ko) que defenderá su título súperpluma de la OMB ante el retador mexicoamericano Diego Magdaleno (23-0-0, 9ko); en la misma función   Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. (22-2-1, 19ko) defenderá ante Yasutaka Ishimoto (21-6-0, 5ko) su Título Supergallo Internacional de la OMB, y la pelea de atracción de esta cartelera será del ganador de 2 medallas de oro olímpicas y 3 veces campeón mundial amateur, el Chino Zou Shiming; En una presentación de Top Rank en asociación con Latin Sports y promociones Zanfer.

El Gallo Estrada tiene a un contrincante peligroso, Brian Viloria (32-3-0, 19ko) le arrebató el Título Mundial Mosca de la OMB al imponerse por puntos al mexicano Julio César “Pingo” Miranda en el 2011, a partir de ahí ha defendido su título en tres ocasiones ante Giovani Segura, Omar Niño y Hernán “Tyson” Márquez, y va por su cuarta defensa ante el imponente mexicano “El Gallo” Estrada. Actualmente el “Hawaiian Punch” está llevando su preparación con Freddie Roach en el Wild Card, ubicado en Los Ángeles California.

Juan Francisco Estrada (28-2-0, 23ko) actualmente se encuentra concentrado en su preparación, entrenando con Alfredo Caballero, y su equipo de trabajo que   lo conforman: Orlando Plascencia, Fredi Leons y German Leons, en el gimnasio de Caballero Boxing Club, ubicado en Hermosillo, Sonora.

“El Gallo” Estrada, se ha manejado con un perfil muy bajo, sin dejar de mostrar nunca el hambre de sobresalir y figurar dentro del pugilismo mexicano, cabe mencionar que el recibió un gran título que se disputa entre los mejores prospectos a nivel nacional como lo es Campeón Azteca Round 3, donde obtuvo cuatro victorias, incluyendo su revancha ante Juan Carlos “El Zurdito” Sánchez, después de un polémico fallo en los Mochis Sinaloa.

Posteriormente “El Gallo” obtuvo tres victorias como profesional, para adquirir la oportunidad de un campeonato mundial, ante el gran campeón nicaragüense y noqueador Román “Chocolatito” González, donde se dio a conocer en el boxeo mundial. En esa pelea, levantó la mano por el boxeo mexicano, con una gran calidad y exhibición, por esa razón se ganó la oportunidad, de disputarle las coronas a Brian Viloria, quien se ha preparando como nunca al saber la gran calidad del mexicano.

“El Gallo” Estrada tiene en sus manos la oportunidad de ganar dos títulos, que en algún momento fueron de dos campeones mexicanos, por lo que así sería más fuerte su representación y proyección de nuestro boxeo a nivel internacional, dejando en claro que los peleadores mexicanos van a cualquier parte del mundo a mostrar su gran calidad.


Brian Viloria is Back in Training at The Wild Card

Although there is nothing finalized about a possible title defense in a breakthrough fight card in Macau by Top Rank on April 6, WBO/WBA flyweight champion Brian Viloria – who Arum said would be on the card – has been back in the Wild Card Gym of Freddie Roach in Los Angeles for the past one-and-a-half weeks.

Arum told BoxingScene.com/Manila Standard that Viloria would face Juan Francisco Estrada who gave undefeated junior flyweight champion Roman “Chocalatito” Gonzalez a hard fight on the same card where Viloria scored an exciting 10th round TKO victory over hard-hitting Mexican Hernan “Tyson” Marquez at the LA Sports Arena last November 17.

Viloria trained with young Filipino Marvin Somodio – who was hired by Roach – and Somodio said Estrada “is a tough guy but I’ve faced a lot of tough guys already in my career. It’s the same thing. I need to enter the ring in shape and with a game plan. It all comes down to what I need to do.”

The main attraction in Macau considering the heavy influx of Chinese patrons of Asia’s gaming capital will be two-time Olympic gold medal winner and three-time World Amateur Champion, flyweight Zou Shiming, who will make his pro debut in a four round bout.

Arum who signed up Zou described the 31 year old fighter as “an incredible talent who is beloved in the People’s Republic of China” adding that Top Rank “will make every effort to make certain that he has a spectacular career as a professional boxer.”

Considered one of the most popular Olympic athletes in China, Zou is known for his extraordinary speed and superb footwork thanks to years of martial arts training with many of Zou’s opponents complaining that they cannot keep pace with him much less see his punches coming.

Zou has stated that his heroes are Muhammad Ali and Jackie Chan.


Brian Viloria’s next defense in play for 4/6 in Macau

WBO/WBA flyweight champion Brian Viloria is scheduled to defend his titles on April 6 in Macau in a fight that is likely to be telecast by the giant broadcast network ABS-CBN which has an on-going output deal with Top Rank Promotions.

Paolo Diaz, Events and Operations Manager of Solar Sports TV networks said “it would be good for Philippine boxing. If ABS-CBN gets it, it will reach a bigger audience.”

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum requested the Standard to have ABS-CBN Vice President for Sports Peter Musngi call him to discuss the Viloria title fight and its possible telecast over the network and The Filipino Channel which is very popular with Filipinos in the Middle East in particular.

Their discussions are continuing.

The Top Rank promoter said he plans to have Viloria face Mexico’s Juan Francisco Estrada who gave undefeated WBA light flyweight champion Roman “Chocalatito” Gonzalez a tremendous fight on November 17, 2012 on the same card where Viloria hammered out an exciting 10th round TKO over hard-hitting Hernan “Tyson” Marquez in an action-packed bout to win the WBA belt..

Arum predicted a tremendous showdown pointing out that although Estrada lost to Gonzalez and will be moving up in weight he is  “ a very, very good fighter.”

Arum was scheduled to hold a big news conference in Beijing on Wednesday to announce that Top Rank is signing up Olympic flyweight gold medalist Zou Shi Ming who will make his debut on the April 6 card in Macau.

The 31 year old Zou is recognized as the most outstanding amateur fighter from China having won three world titles in 2005, 2007 and 2011. He is a double Olympic gold medal winner , capturing the light flyweight title at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

The signing of Zou marks another major step in China’s entry into professional boxing. Last November 24 in Kunming, Xiong Zhao Zhong won the  vacant World Boxing Council minimum weight title beating Javier Martinez Resendiz  after mandatory challenger Denver Cuello of the Philippines stepped aside at the request of WBC president Don Jose Sulaiman and was paid $25,000 as step aside fee.

By Ronnie Nathanielzs


Donaire vs Rigondeaux on 4/27 in Vegas

WBO/Ring Magazine and WBC Diamond Belt super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire will go after the WBA title of undefeated Guillermo Rigondeaux in Las Vegas on April 27.

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told BoxingScene.com/Manila Standard that any talk  about  Donaire fighting on a possible Manny Pacquiao fight card planned for April was “nonsense.”

It was part of a proposal presented to sports patron, business tycoon and the owner of ABC 5 television Manny Pangilinan by  Team Pacquiao member Eric Pineda for an ambitious card in Manila with Pacquiao facing Humberto Sotto in the main event and Donaire against an unnamed Mexican opponent in a co-main event.

Under the proposal WBO/WBA champion Brian Viloria would defend his title against a Mexican opponent on a card that would also include promising featherweight, southpaw Michael Farenas.

Both Arum and Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz shot down the proposal with Arum telling us “that’s nonsense” since Donaire has a fight lined up in Las Vegas in April and “the Philippine TV rights are committed to ABS-CBN.”

Donaire is coming off a terrific year during which he moved up in weight and won the WBO super bantamweight  title handily in a clash with Wilfredo Vazquez Jr and then successfully defended the title against IBF champion Jeffrey Mathebula of South Africa, won a handsome 9th round TKO over Japan’s WBC super champion Toshiaki Nishioka and then battered four division world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce in three rounds one week after Pacquiao suffered a devastating 6th round  knockout against Juan Manuel Marquez.

His impressive showing in 2012 won Donaire the accolade of “Fighter of the Year” from such prestigious organizations as ESPN, Ring TV, Boxingscene.com and Yahoo Sports.

Donaire and Rigondeaux had a verbal run-in during the week of the Donaire-Arce fight which is likely to help hype the fight against the Cuban who has only 11 fights with 9 knockouts and no defeats.

In his last title defense on September 15 last year, Rigondeaux won a unanimous twelve round decision over Roberto Marroquin who put up a solid effort although the former Cuban Olympic gold medalist dominated most of the fight despite being staggered in round three by a left hook which is regarded as the lethal weapon of Donaire.

Rigondeaux scored a knockdown in round five but was again staggered by Marroquin with a left hook in round nine before the WBA champion dropped Marroquin in the twelfth and final round.

By Ronnie Nathanielsz


Brian Viloria Ordered By WBO To Face Milan Melindo

The World Boxing Organization has directed WBO/WBA flyweight champion Brian Viloria to face No.1 ranked Milan Melindo in a mandatory title defense.

ALA Promotions  president Michael Aldeguer told the Manila Standard that it was decided at the recent convention that the winner of the Viloria-Hernan “Tyson” Marquez fight which Viloria won by a rousing 10th round TKO has to face No.1 contender Milan Melindo.

Aldeguer said they would have to “start the negotiations within 30 days and by next week we will most probably send a letter to the camp of Viloria and see what their plans are.”

He said they have “another 90 days to make the fight happen.”

Aldeguer said he doesn’t know what Viloria’s plans are but the fight has been mandated by the WBO.

Aldeguer said that while the clash with “Tyson” Marquez was a hard fight for Viloria “he fought a terrific fight and has developed a lot. He’s got the experience and also the speed and power.”

With talk about a big fight against light flyweight champion Roman “Chocalatito” Gonzalez, there is a feeling that Viloria may give up his WBO title instead of defending it against a fellow Filipino and instead retain his WBA title.

Aldeguer said that at Brian’s age (31) “I’m sure he wants the biggest fight out there.”


Vilora proves worth as a pound for pound fighter

There is no questioning the talent that Brian Viloria has possessed since turning pro over 11 years ago. And there is no question that Viloria has underachieved in a few fights throughout his career.

His flyweight unification bout against Hernan Marquez on Saturday night at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles was a microcosm of his career.  There were times in the scheduled 12 round fight where Viloria looked as though he was in danger of going down.

However, Viloria was able to overcome the obstacles that Marquez put in front of him, the same way Viloria was able to overcome previous challenges in big fights throughout his career.

Viloria dropped the hard-hitting Mexican three times in route to a 10th round stoppage victory before a vocal crowd of about 3,200 at the arena located just south of downtown Los Angeles.

The Viloria-Marquez fight headlined a nine-bout card, presented by Zanfer Promotions in association with Top Rank.

Viloria had entered his bout against Marquez having won five bouts in a row since a disappointing 10th round technical knockout to Carlos Tamara in January of 2010. Amongst his victories during his winning streak was a eighth round technical knockout in December.

Those in boxing wondered if Viloria would able to withstand the hard-hitting, aggressive style of Marquez, who had won seven bouts in a row since being stopped by Nonito Donaire in July of 2010.

The highly-anticipated fight between Viloria-Marquez brought about a fighter that showed the brilliance he once displayed in a dominating fashion.

Marquez came on aggressively from the opening bell, placing Viloria on the defensive. However, prior to the bell ringing to end the first round, Viloria landed a left hook to the head that dropped Marquez to the canvas. Marquez was able to get up and was saved by the bell. The knockdown seemed to affect Marquez in the rounds that followed. Marquez backed up, while Viloria let his hands go, beating him to the punch.

In a wild fifth round, Marquez was able to momentarily stun Viloria with a combination. However, Viloria withstood that assault to drop Marquez with a left-right combination to the head. Marquez stood up on wobbly legs and was barely able to make it out of the round.

Marquez made some adjustments in the seventh and eighth rounds, pressing the fight instead of backing up. He would find success landing punches to the head of Viloria with left hands and landing more to the body.

However, Viloria swung the fight in his favor for good in the 10th round, dropping Marquez with a left hook to the head. Marquez got up on wobbly legs, prompting Viloria to go in for the kill. Viloria never got that opportunity as trainer Robert Garcia acknowledged to referee David Mendoza to stop the fight at 1:01 to save his fighter from further punishment.

Viloria, from Waipahu, HI, improves to 32-3, 19 KOs. Marquez, from Empalme, Sonora, Mexico, drops to 34-3, 25 KOs. With the victory, Viloria successfully defended his WBO flyweight and captured Marquez’s WBA flyweight title.

By Francisco Salazar


Viloria says he won’t take a step back with Marquez

World Boxing Organization flyweight champion Brian Viloria plans to be the aggressor and to take the fight to WBA champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez when they clash in a unification title fight at the Los Angeles Sports Arena on Sarturday.

The fight will be telecast in the Philippines by GMA 7.

Viloria told BoxingScene.com/Manila Standard that he had discussed his game-plan with his team headed by celebrated trainer Freddie Roach, longtime trainer and friend Ruben Gomez and Roach’s young Filipino assistant Marvin Somodio and had decided “to just let my hands go.”

The three-time, two division world champion told us he is “tapering down and weighed 113 pounds today and have until Friday  so I’m just basically just maintaining and letting my body gear up a little bit.”

Viloria said “I feel great just like I was against (Giovanni) Segura” whom he battered and bruised giving referee Samuel Viruet no choice but to call a halt at 29 seconds of the 8th round after Segura developed a huge, ugly lump on the right side of his forehead and was taking a bad beating on December 11, 2011.

Viloria said he was aware of the ability of Marquez and his much publicized punching power and indicated he would be “careful because of course I know what to do.”

Right now the WBO champion said he is “mentally and physically fine, perfect and ready to go. I wish the fight was today.”

The 31 year old Viloria who  has a record of 31-3 with 18 knockouts still has a passion for boxing and has said “as soon as the passion goes away I think it’ll be time for me to hang up my gloves. But the passion for the sport, the love for it, I just can’t get enough of it and I think that’s what’s driving me right now, just wanting to see how far I can go in this sport and try to make my name.”

Viloria made it clear “I just want to be known as one of the top fighters in my generation and maybe in the eyes of the Filipinos and all the fight fans, I just want to make my mark before I take a bow.”

Viloria knows he is in for a tough fight against Marquez (34-2, 25 KO’s) whose two defeats were at the hands of Filipinos – Richie Mepranum who out-boxed him in ten rounds although Marquez avenged that loss with a ten round unanimous decision in a rematch and a lopsided  8th round TKO at the hands of Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire, who is the reigning WBO super bantamweight and holder of the coveted  WBC Diamond Belt.

By Ronnie Nathanielsz


Regresa el boxeo al L.A. Sports Arena

El mundo de las narices chatas regresa este sábado al L.A. Sports Arena, un local con mucha historia en el mundo deportivo, ya que fue la casa original de los Lakers, los Clippers y la Universidad del Sur de California.

Este sábado por la noche, el mexicano Hernán ‘Tyson’ Márquez unificará su corona de peso mosca de la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo (AMB) ante el hawaiano Brian Viloria, actual campeón de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB).

El próximo 15 de diciembre, Amir Khan enfrenta al californiano Carlos Molina en ese mismo escenario, en otro buen platillo boxístico para este templo deportivo en Los Ángeles.

La última pelea memorable en este escenario fue en 1996, cuando José Luis López enfrentó a Luis Ramón ‘Yori Boy’ Campas en octubre de 1996 por el título welter de la OMB. Anteriormente había servido para peleas en los setentas y ochentas, incluyendo el boxeo olímpico en 1984.

El duelo que abre la actividad boxística en el L.A. Sports Arena es de pronósticos reservados, pues enfrenta a dos campeones del mundo que están dominando los pesos pequeños, Márquez (34-2-0, 25 KOs) y el ‘Hawaiian Punch’ Viloria (31-3-0, 18 KOs).

Márquez lleva siete victorias al hilo, cinco de ellas por nocaut. Sin embargo, su rival Viloria es un campeón muy sólido. Viloria ha despachado a sus últimos dos oponentes, como Omar Nino Romero en nueve asaltos y a Giovani Segura en ocho.

En su esquina, Márquez tendrá un arma en su entrenador García, pues ha entrenado a Viloria por tres años en el pasado .

Márquez se levantó de dos derrotas seguidas en 2010, cuando cayó ante Richie Mepranum y luego ante Nonito Donaire.

“He visto a Viloria desde que tenía 16 años y nunca me imaginé que lo iba a enfrentar en el ring y tener una pelea unificatoria con él. Lo respeto, pero le voy a ganar”, expresó el mexicano.

“Voy a estar en la mejor forma de mi carrera. Estoy más rápido, puedo absorber mejor los golpes fuertes, es la pelea que he estado esperando. Voy a morir en la línea para obtener la victoria”, dijo Márquez, de 24 años.

“Esta pelea va a definir mi carrera. Pude haber agarrado otra pelea ante uno de los primeros 10 de la OMB, pero agradezco a ‘Tyson’ por aceptar esta. No creo que dure los 12 rounds; alguien va a terminar noqueado”, indicó Viloria.


A la venta boletos para Viloria vs. Marquez

Los boletos para la unificación de los campeonatos mundiales Mosca OMB y AMB entre Brian “Hawian punch” Viloria y Hernán “Tyson” Márquez ya fueron puestos a la venta, con precios desde 25 dólares para la esperada pelea del 17 de noviembre en el Sports Arena de Lo Angeles y que ser’a transmitida por Wealth Tv en Estados Unidos y en México por Azteca 7, La Casa del Boxeo.  A la venta boletos para Viloria vs Márquez

Se trata de una de las peleas más esperadas y “naturales” del año en el mundo del boxeo en las divisiones menores.

Es una pelea de campeón mundial contra campeón mundial, en magníficos momentos de sus respectivas carreras, con mucho en juego a nivel de promoción y lucrativos contratos y en una sede que ha sido rica en la historia.

El campeón mundial Mosca de la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo (AMB), el mexicano Hernán“Tyson” Márquez (34-2-0, 25 ko’s), se medirá al campeón mundial Mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), el hawaiano Brian “Hawaian Punch” Viloria (31-3-0, 18 ko’s) el sábado 17 de noviembre en el Sports Arena de Los Ángeles, en función de Zanfer y que será transmitida a México por la señal de la Casa del Boxeo, Azteca 7 y en Estados Unidos y otros países será distribuida por Wealth Tv.

En lo que se espera una pelea de poder a poder, de zurdo contra derecho, de un fajador natural que ha desarrollado su boxeo técnico, como Márquez, ante un peleador fino que se ha convertido en noqueador, como Viloria, la contienda es de esas que dividen opiniones y generan controversia.

Márquez, que lleva ya 8 semanas concentrado en Oxnard, California, es entrenador ahora por Robert García, quien dirigió precisamente los destinos de Viloria durante gran parte de su carrera, incluso ganando campeonatos mundiales. El boxeador hawaiano, por su parte, es entrenado ahora por Freddie Roach, considerado uno de los mejores estrategas del mundo.

Con estos antecedentes, se espera un espectacular lleno en el Sports Arena de Los Ángeles, donde ambas comunidades, la mexicana y la de origen asiático, estarán apoyando a su héroe sobre el ring.

Boletos disponibles

Para esta espectacular contienda, los boletos ya están a la venta a través de www.ticketmaster.com y en ticketon.com con precios desde 37.40 hasta 141.25 dólares, ya con impuestos incluidos.

Los boletos de entrada general valen 37.40 dólares, preferencial a 64.50, ring general a 95.20 y ring numerado a 141.25.

El Sports Arena de Los Ángeles está ubicado en 3939 So. Figueroa St. 90037, tiene una capacidad para más de 16 mil personas con secciones especiales para personas en sillas de ruedas, y un estacionamiento para 5,295 vehículos, cuyo costo es de 7 dólares. El número de teléfono para mayores informes es el 213 7486131.


Márquez y Viloria cara a cara en LA


El mexicano Hernán “Tyson” Márquez, actual campeón mundial mosca de la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo (AMB), está convencido de que un triunfo el sábado 17 de noviembre lo ubicará como el mejor peleador del mundo en las divisiones pequeñas y su nombre será el de elite, sobre el que girarán las grandes peleas y bolsas.

El estadounidense Brian “Hawaian Punch” Viloria, campeón mundial mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), quiere demostrar que su momento es ahora, que tiene una trayectoria que avala su jerarquía y que no será el “Tyson” quien le detenga su paso triunfante.


“Tyson” Márquez (34-2, 25 KOs) y “Hawaian Punch” Viloria (31-3, 18 KOs), uno de los combates más deseados del 2012, se realizará el sábado 17 de noviembre en el Sports Arena de Los Ángeles, en función de Zanfer y Top Rank que patrocina Tecate y que llegará a México a través de la señal de la Casa del Boxeo, Azteca 7.


La pelea tiene el atractivo especial de que será unificatoria, pues Márquez pondrá en juego su campeonato mundial AMB, mientras que Viloria arriesgará su cetro OMB.


En una abarrotada conferencia de prensa realizada este jueves en el concurrido ESPN Zone de Los Ángeles, ambos contendientes acompañados de sus respectivos entrenadores, se mostraron confiados en salir con la victoria y basan sus expectativas en la gran preparación que han llevado a cabo, pero coincidieron en que lo que verán los aficionados será una guerra arriba del ring.


El promotor y presidente de Zanfer, Fernando Beltrán, consideró que el duelo Márquez-Viloria es uno de los más atractivos que puedan presentarse en la actualidad, en cualquier división, y que se trata de un verdadero duelo de campeón a campeón, sin favorito y con mucho en juego.


“Aquí no habrá guerra de palabras, será una guerra de estrategias y de golpes, de dos guerreros que darán todo en el ring. El corazón y calidad de Márquez está comprobado. Es un joven que necesita esta oportunidad y no tengo duda que la aprovechará ante Viloria, quien tomó un segundo aire y es uno de los mejores campeones del mundo”, dijo el presidente de Zanfer.


El promotor agregó que en la principal pelea de respaldo, uno de los mejores peleadores del mundo libra por libra, el invicto nicaragüense Román “Chocolatito” González (33-0, 28 KOs), expondrá su cetro mundial minimosca AMB ante el mexicano Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada (22-1, 18 KOs) en lo que será una pelea explosiva. De hecho, podría darse el caso de que a corto plazo, los ganadores de ambas peleas estelares, se enfrenten.


El monarca mosca AMB, el sonorense “Tyson” Márquez al habla explicó que desde adolescente soñó con algún día enfrentar a Viloria.

“Respeto la trayectoria de Viloria. Está por cumplirse mi sueño de enfrentarle y la noche del 17 habrá cero respeto, subiré a dar la pelea de mi vida. Para eso me estoy preparando como nunca en Oxnard con Robert García. Va por Sonora y por México”, señaló Márquez ante el aplauso de los presentes.

Mientras el campeón mundial mosca OMB, el hawaiano Viloria aseguró que será una gran pelea para los fanáticos, pero que saldrá ganador y continuará su racha de victorias ante mexicanos.

“Es una de esas peleas que pueden resultar clásico y no dudo así será. Yo me estoy preparando increíblemente con Freddie Roach y ‘Tyson’ no lo dudo hará lo mismo. Pero esa noche lo siento, venceré al mexicano porque de ahí quiero enfrentar a ‘Chocolatito’ González en marzo próximo”, aseguró Viloria.

La venta de boletos iniciará la semana que viene en las taquillas del Sports Arena y a través de TicketMaster.


Viloria is not pleased with “Tyson” Marquez postponement

WBO flyweight champion Brian Viloria says the postponement of his planned unification title fight with WBA champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez from September 29 to November 10 is hard on him.

The postponement was announced by Paolo Diaz, Events & Operations Manager of Solar TV’s sports networks.

Viloria told the Manila Standard  “its kind of  hard for me to keep going at it for four or five months but the break could perhaps help me relax a little bit and not overtrain.”

Viloria who trains at the Wild Card Gym appeared disappointed over the postponement because “training was excellent, was great. I didn’t take that much time off because I ran everyday and did so this morning. My trainer told me do not do anything but why stop and get myself out of shape. I kept myself busy and sneak into the gym.”

Among his strength and conditioning coaches is Marvin Somodio who was recruited from the training camnp of Manny Pacquiao in Baguio City.

The two division world champion said that taking a break “gets monotonous and you get really drained. Its like going to work every day and then getting out of it.”

However, Viloria said “I still feel refreshed and really want to get back to training camp.”

The postponement sits in well with the fact that Freddie Roach has been training Julio Cesar Chavez for his showdown on Saturday against Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez and although Roach “merely put in his two cents worth once in a while” it would help.

Viloria has been sparring with an opponent who “is a bigger guy and a left hander and I’m getting solid work in there.”

He said WBA champion “Tyson” Marquez is tough but that he is “confident about this fight. I feel good, feel great. This is a fight I’ve been wanting to happen for a while now and now that its taking shape I’m kind of happy for it.”

Viloria added “I think I have what it takes to beat Marquez.”

By: Ronnie Nathanielsz


ALA works out Melindo-Viloria bout

MILAN Melindo could earn his long overdue world title shot soon as ALA Promotions sent a letter to the World Boxing Organization (WBO) to require Brian Viloria to defend his crown.
ALA Promotions sent a letter to the WBO two weeks ago after Melindo’s impressive first round stoppage over former world champion Jesus Geles last June 3. ALA Promotions president Michael Aldeguer is optimistic that the WBO will order Viloria, the WBO flyweight champion, and No. 1 ranked flyweight Melindo to face each other in a mandatory world title fight within the year.
“Based on the policy, the mandatory fight is due. Plus the fact that Milan knocked out Geles, who was rated in the top 10 of the WBO, strengthens the position of Milan,” Aldeguer told Sun.Star Cebu.
An order by the WBO should dismiss the possibility of a bout between the 31-year-old Viloria and undefeated Nicaraguan star Roman Gonzalez.
Aldeguer is interested to promote the probable all-Filipino clash between Viloria and Melindo. However, ALA Promotions won’t start the negotiations until he receives the mandate from the WBO.
“We would like to promote the fight. It should be staged in Manila, either at the Araneta Coliseum or the MOA Arena,” he said. “We cannot move unless there is a go signal from the WBO,”
Although at this point nothing is definite, Aldeguer hopes that Melindo’s shot comes sooner than later.
“It’s difficult to say but we hope to make it happen this year. But it will all depend on the WBO or the plans of Team Viloria.”
Viloria is 31-3 with 18 knockouts and has been riding on a five-fight winning streak, beating some of the elite names of his division in his last three fights like Giovani Segura, Julio Cesar Miranda and Omar Niño Romero.

Viloria vs Romero III is Now Pushed Back To May 12th

The “Island Assault 4: The Battle” pay-per-view-event, featuring a trilogy showdown between three-time world champion Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria (30-3, 16 KOs) and former two-time world champion Omar Nino Romero (30-42, 12 KOs), has been rescheduled from its original March 31 date to Saturday night, May 12, live from Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Viloria will defend his World Boxing Organization (“WBO”) title belt against Romero in the 12-round main event. Viloria was a 2000 U.S. Olympian who won his first 20 pro fights, until he lost the World Boxing Council (“WBC”) light flyweight championship to Romero by way of a 12-round unanimous decision in 2006. Three months later, their rematch ended in a draw and was later changed to a “no contest” when Romero failed the post-fight drug test.

The completion of the Viloria-Romero trilogy will have to wait a little longer as the Nevada State Athletic Commission prevented the WBO from sanctioning the fight due to unpaid penalties on Romero’s part. From 2006, Romero has amassed a total of $11,500 in penalties which he needs to pay before the fight is sanctioned.

The fight will now be held May 12 and will still be staged at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.



Brian Viloria vs. Omar Nino Romero

Date: May 12, 2012

WBO FlyweightChampionship Title Bout

Location: Yñares Sports Arena, Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Result: Viloria wins by TKO in the 9th round

Referee: Michael Ortega

Judges: Danrex Tapdassan (80-71), Glen Feldman (80-70), Carlos Ortiz Jr. (79-72)

Supervisor: Leon Panoncillo


Promoter: Promociones Zanfer/Saved By The Bell Promotions

Viloria-Nino III postponed to April 21

MANILA, Philippines – WBO flyweight titleholder Brian Viloria’s bout against old nemesis Omar Nino Romero that was originally scheduled for March 31 has been pushed back to April 21 after issues arose with the WBO’s sanctioning of the fight, according to Viloria’s manager Gary Gittelsohn.

The WBO issued a release on Thursday stating that the bout was “pending sanction” due to a $11,250 disciplinary fine Nino owes the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) for his 2006 positive test for methamphetamine following his second bout with Viloria. Nino was subsequently stripped of the WBC light flyweight title he had won from Viloria three months prior.

“We decided to give Niño time to clean up his mess,” Gittelsohn told THE RING. “Once Nevada acknowledges receipt of the long overdue payment, the WBO will sanction the fight.”

Nino has not fought in America since then but challenged for the WBC light flyweight title again in 2010, defeating incumbent titleholder Rodel Mayol in their second meeting to regain the belt.

Nino was rated no. 8 by the WBO’s most recent rankings at flyweight.

The bout will still take place at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Philippines. Rumors of the postponement were originally reported by Dennis Guillermo, which were later confirmed.

OMB No Avalará Combate Viloria vs. Romero Hasta Que Romero Salde Deuda Económica

La Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) anunció hoy que no avalará la pelea entre el campeón mosca de esta entidad, Brian Viloria y el mexicano Omar Niño Romero, pautada para el próximo 31 de marzo en Filipinas hasta que este último salde una deuda económica que tiene con la Comisión Atlética del Estado de Nevada.

“La OMB conoció por medio de Keith Kizer, Director Ejecutivo de la Comisión Atlética del Estado de Nevada que Omar Niño Romero tuvo una multa disciplinaria por la cantidad de $11,250.00, que está pendiente desde 2006”, dice el documento.

“El presidente de la OMB, Francisco “Paco” Valcárcel, se comunicó con Juan Ramón Guanzón, presidente de la Junta de Juegos y Entretenimiento en Filipinas para informarle que la pelea por el título mosca de la OMB entre Brian Viloria y Omar Niño Romero, a efectuarse el 31 de marzo de 2012 en el Yñarez Sports Arena en Pasig City, Manila, Filipinas está pendiente a ser avalada hasta que el asunto de la multa sea apropiadamente resuelto”, sigue el documento.

“Valcárcel también le informó a Fernando Beltrán (Promociones Zanfer), promotor de Niño Romero, y a Gary Gittlesohn que cuando el dinero sea depositado en la Comisión Atlética del Estado de Nevada la pelea en cuestión será avalada”, termina el documento.

Viloria (30-3, 17 KOs) está supuesto a exponer el 31 de marzo su cetro de las 112 libras de la OMB en su segunda defensa ante Niño Romero (31-4-2, 13 KOs), a quien se ha enfrentado dos veces, perdiendo por decisión la primera y terminando en “no decision” la segunda tras un empate mayoritario en las votaciones de los jueces, en la que Niño Romero falló en una prueba de drogas, siendo suspendido por la Comisión de Nevada. Ambos combates fueron en 2006.

Announcement Regarding Omar Nino Romero

The World Boxing Organization was informed by Keith Kizer, Executive Director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission that Omar Nino Romero had a disciplinary fine in the amount of $11,250.00 pending since 2006. 


WBO President, Francisco Valcarcel contacted Chairman Hon. Juan Ramon Guanzon, from the Games and Amusement Board in the Philippines to inform him that the scheduled WBO Flyweight Championship Bout between Brian Viloria and Omar Nino Romero to be held on March 31, 2012 at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Manila, Philippines was pending sanction until such time when the fine was appropriately dealt with.


Valcarcel has also informed Mr. Fernando Beltran from Promociones Zanfer, and Viloria’s manager, Mr. Gary Gittlesohn that when the monies are deposited in NSAC, the scheduled bout will be sanctioned.