Moises Fuentes Injured, Withdraws From Weekend Defense

World Boxing Organization (WBO) mini-flyweight champion Mexican Moises Fuentes will not defend his title this coming Saturday in Tijuana, after suffering an injury in training. Fuentes was going to defend his belt against Filipino Michael Landero. However, this past Saturday Fuentes suffered a hand injury durring a sparring session. He went to a doctor who advised him rest.

“I feel very frustrated by my accident last Saturday. While I was sparring, I threw a straight right and hit [my sparring partner’s] head. I immediately felt pain and then a lot of discomfort in the hand. I didn’t think it was that serious but my knuckles were very swollen this morning and my doctors determined that I couldn’t  fight on Saturday,” Fuentes said.

Fuentes (14-1-0, 6 KOs) won the world championship in August 2011 in Guadalajara, winning a split decision over Raul “Rayito” Garcia.

With Fuentes out, two-time former world champion “Rayito” Garcia (31-2-0, 19 KOs) will step in to face Michael Landero in a ten round flyweight bout.

Also on the card, a clash between two former world champions with Tomas Rojas (37-13-1, 25 KOs) facing Julio “Sombra” Zarate (28-5-2, 17 KOs) over ten rounds.


By Rafael Soto


Fuentes To Face Landero on March 3, Then Ivan Calderon

WBO mini-flyweight champion Moises Fuentes (14-1, 6KOs) will make the first defense of his title on March 3rd in Tijuana, against Filipino contender Michael Landero (15-5-4, 5KOs). If all goes well, Fuentes will move forward to a showdown with former champion and Puerto Rican superstar Ivan Calderon (35-2-1, 6KOs) on April 28th.

“I’m thinking of a great future. I know I have the weapons and tools to work well and do a good job in the ring. I want to beat Landero and go forward against Ivan Calderon, the number one challenger,” said Fuentes

“I know I can make a lot of defenses at this weight. I want to make history, my dreams are big, and I have no fear.”


By Salvador Rodriguez


Salvador Rodriguez covers boxing in Mexico for The Record.


Jorge Arce: Do Not Count Me Out Against Nonito Donaire!

WBO bantamweight champion Jorge Arce (60-6, 46KOs) has warned the critics to avoid counting him out in a possible September clash against Nonito Donaire (28-1, 18KOs), the WBO’s champion at super bantamweight.

Arce expects to land an undercard position on the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley pay-per-view, which takes place on June 9th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. And then he anticipates a clash with Donaire in September.

“Right now we are taking it step by step, fight by fight. We’ll [move on] to June 9 and then face Nonito Donaire in September – because that’s the fight I want,” Arce said. “A lot of people are leaving me for dead with Donaire, but I have to remind you that [I was viewed in the same light] against Yo-Sam Choi, Hussein Hussein and Wilfredo Vazquez – and you saw how those fights played out.”

“Boxing is about styles and moments. I think Donaire will beat Toshiaki Nishioka if they fight, because [Donaire] is younger and faster. We have seen flaws in Donaire and he showed them in the fight with Vazquez in San Antonio, and that’s where we plan to attack.”


By Salvador Rodriguez

Salvador Rodriguez covers boxing in Mexico for The Record.


Juan Manuel Marquez-Cesar Cuenca For Vacant WBO Title?

If all goes as expected, Juan Manuel Marquez will return to the ring on April 21 undefeated Argentinean César Cuenca (42-0, 1KO) in Morelia, Chiapas or Cancun. A source indicates the possibility of a vacant WBO junior welterweight title being at stake, although it’s not exactly clear if the belt at stake will be the interim or the full title.

The current WBO champion, Timothy Bradley, will move up to the welterweight division to challenge the WBO champion at 147, Manny Pacquiao, on June 9th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Cuenca is ranked at number 1 by the WBO at 140, and Marquez is the WBO champion at 135.

“All I know is that I’m fighting on April 21, but I don’t know the opponent or the opponent. But if [the opponent] is Cuenca, then I’ll have to look for him on Youtube, because honestly I don’t know him and I’ve never seen him fight,” Marquez said.

“Going by his record, I believe that he’ll be difficult, a good boxer and fast. If he’s ranked in the first position [by the WBO], he must have done something.”

Marquez expects to fight three times in 2012, including a fight in July and then another contest in the fall – which he hopes is a fourth meeting with Pacquiao.


By Salvador Rodriguez

Salvador Rodriguez covers boxing in Mexico for The Record.


Jorge Arce Accepts Nonito Donaire’s Challenge

MEXICAN Jorge Arce has accepted the challenge of World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight titleholder Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. that could possibly takes some time in May or June.

In response to Donaire’s challenge, the 31-year-old Arce (59-6-2 win-loss-draw card with 45 knockouts) also told the 29-year-old Filipino, who recently beat up Wilfredo Vazquez through a 12-round split decision that he’s not Manny Pacquiao.

“It’s a highly anticipated fight [against Donaire],” Arce, the present WBO bantamweight champion, told writer Salvador Rodriguez of over the weekend. “The people are asking for it because Nonito beat Vazquez, the fighter I knocked out.”

Arce, who will fight on February 18 against Lorenzo Parra in a non-title bout in Mexico, said that he would put Donaire back where he really belongs. If Arce comes out victorious, he will immediately move up to the super bantamweight class to face Donaire.

“I’m not impressed with the way he fights. I have the style to beat him. He says he’s the best of the division and I just say that I’ll beat him. I will demonstrate that he’s not the monster that they say and not a successor to Pacquiao,” Arce told Rodriguez.

But Donaire (28-1 with 18 knockouts), who is now a four weight division champion from flyweight, super flyweight, bantam to super bantamweight, reiterated his claim that Arce won’t beat him.


Written by : JOSEF T. RAMOS

‘Juanma’ se prepara de la mano de Alexander Greaux

El triple medallista de oro centroamericano, Alexander Greaux, es la nueva arma secreta del ex campeón de las 126 libras, Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ López.

Greaux, ganador de tres medallas de oro en las últimas tres justas centroamericanas en el evento de los 3,000 metros con obstáculos, ha tomado el lugar del ahora ex entrenador de López, Víctor Martínez.

El cambio se produjo hace tres semanas y en un momento determinante en la carrera de López quien buscará vengar el próximo 3 de marzo en el Coliseo Roberto Clemente de Hato Rey, su única derrota cuando enfrente en revancha al campeón mexicano de las 126 libras de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), Orlando Salido.

“ ‘Juanma’ se encuentra en un 85 por ciento de su preparación en estos momentos”, expresó el manejador del púgil, Orlando Piñero. “Se han hecho unos cambio donde se trajo a Alexander Greaux. No fue que sacó a uno para meter al otro, simplemente Víctor Martínez, el anterior entrenador, pues le va muy bien en los negocios y no tenía todo el tiempo para ‘Juanma’”, explicó.

López, que tiene marca de 30-1 y 28 nocáuts, sufrió en abril de 2011 su única derrota cuando fue vencido por nocáut técnico por Salido en una pelea en donde su condición física y enfoque quedaron altamente cuestionados.

“Además de Greaux también tenemos a Juan de Dios Rivera que es el otro que trabaja con ‘Juanma’”, sostuvo.

Piñero indicó que desde la entrada de Greaux ya se pueden ver los cambios en el físico del ex monarca.

“Esto ha sido un cambio bien positivo en la carrera de ‘Juanma’. Se ha trabajado mucho con la explosividad y también se detectó de que ‘Juanma’ tenía fatiga muscular producto de mucho trabajo con las pesas. También se le hicieron unos estudios de oxigenación de la sangre y de toxina. Todo esto ya ha provocado un cambio real en ‘Juanma’”, aseguró.

Una victoria de López sobre Salido le abriría al boricua las puertas hacia otros grandes combates en la división de las 126 libras.

“Ya aquí no hay que hablar mucho. Simplemente esperar para que todos vean a un ‘Juanma’distinto. Tiene que boxear y no desesperarse. Y lo que pasó en la pasada pelea no de debe volver a ocurrir”, apuntó.


Por Carlos Narváez Rosario, EL VOCERO




Jorge Arce Decides on Non-Title Ten Rounder For Feb. 18

Mexico’s Jorge “Travieso” Arce has finally made a decision to move forward with a ten-round fight, after being unable to lock down a title challenger for his upcoming fight on February 18th in Durango. Arce had planned to defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight title, but the sanctioning organization refused to approve several of his challenger selections – including Lorenzo Parra and Giovannu Andrade.

Arce tried to get Williams Prado (16-1), who happens to be ranked ninth in the world by the WBO, but no agreement was in sight. He will take a ten round tuneup on that date and wants to face the winner of next Saturday’s clash between Nonito Donaire and Wilfredo Vazquez Jr.


By Miguel Rivera

Orlando Salido Out To Prove JuanMa Win Was No Fluke

Usually when a rematch rolls around, it’s the losing fighter who has something to prove. Yet in the case of the March 10 sequel between Orlando Salido and Juan Manuel Lopez, it’s the reigning titlist who finds himself on the defensive.

“I shocked the world last year with my win, but when I do it again no one will be surprised,” said Salido.

The bout takes place at Coliseo Roberto Clemente, the same venue which hosted last April’s massive shocker, when Salido scored an 8th round stoppage over Lopez in a bout tabbed by Boxingscene as 2011’s Upset of the Year. Showtime – who aired their first fight – will televise the sequel on a show that will feature unbeaten Top 10 featherweight Miguel Angel Garcia in the co-feature.

Salido (37-11-2, 25KO) picked up a career-best win with the title-winning upset over Lopez, kicking off a 2011 campaign that saw the battle-tested Mexican score three knockout wins in as many fights.

The 31-year old – who turned pro at 15 and has been fighting as a pro for more than half of his life – has twice defended his belt. A July defense saw Salido stopping Kenichi Yamaguchi in 11 rounds, before beating Weng Haya in a December bout that saw the Mexican overcome two early knockdowns to rally back and stop his perceived tune-up opponent in eight rounds.

Despite the shaky moments in his most recent performance and having fought for 16 years, Salido still believes this latest run to be the start of pending greatness.

“I know I belong among the elite in the world at featherweight and look forward to been a world champion for a long time,” Salido insists.

Lopez (31-1, 28KO) will do everything in his power to disrupt that rhythm. The Boricua’s drawing power dictated the terms for both fights taking place in his native Puerto Rico.

However, drawing power and hometown advantage only carry you far. As Lopez has learned the hard way, not even an amateur pedigree such as his (member of the 2004 Puerto Rico Olympic boxing squad) nor past accolades (major titles in two weight classes) is guaranteed to help you get the job done. Somewhere along the way, you have to fight to earn your keep.

Lopez has fought just once since the Salido debacle, looking shaky but having enough in the tank to stop fringe contender Mike Oliver in two rounds last October. It wasn’t enough to convince anyone that the ‘JuanMa’ of old was on the way back, but perhaps just enough to sell the perception of the rematch being a 50/50 fight on paper.

Not even those odds are good enough for Salido, who is preparing for the best available version of Lopez, just as was the case in their first fight.

“He wants to reclaim his title run and I want to continue being champion,” Salido firmly stated during Tuesday’s presser. “I am going to demonstrate on March 10 that my victory last April was no fluke.”


By Jake Donovan

Marquez: If No Pacquiao, I’ll Gladly Fight in Mexico City

WBO/WBA lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez (53-6-1, 39KOs) will gladly fight in Mexico City – if Manny Pacquiao turns him down for a fourth fight. Promoter Fernando Beltran of Zanfer Promotions is looking to stage a big show at a new venue in Mexico City on the tentative date of March 17th, with Marquez as the headline attraction.

Marquez is waiting for a final confirmation that he won’t be the selected opponent for Pacquiao in early June. Marquez, along with Miguel Cotto, Lamont Peterson and Timothy Bradley, are the four opponents in the running to face Pacquiao. The Filipino star has reportedly made his selection, but he won’t reveal his pick until the end of next week.

“I would gladly fight in the arena in Mexico City, which is what they are offering me, but I want to be guaranteed a fourth fight with Pacquiao,” Marquez said. “My promoter is waiting to get the last word on Pacquiao. I already submitted my terms.”

If Marquez fights in Mexico in March, David Diaz and Lamont Peterson are two of names being mentioned by Fernando Beltran as  possible opponents.


By Ernesto Castellanos,

Juan Manuel Marquez Return Eyed For March 17 in Mexico


If Manny Pacquiao takes a pass on a fourth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez (53-6-1, 39KOs), then the Mexican boxer may possibly headline a show on March 17th at a new venue in Mexico City, according to promoter Fernando Beltran of Zanfer Promotions. One possible opponent for the March fight is former lightweight champion David Diaz (36-4-1, 17KOs), who was once in the running to face Marquez in 2011.

“We would like the fight with Pacquiao, but if it doesn’t happen, then there is a strong possibility that he’ll fight in the new arena with a southpaw like David Diaz, so we kill two birds with one stone because [Marquez] fulfills his dream of fighting in Mexico City and he would fight a southpaw in preparation for a new fight with Pacquiao,” said Beltran.


Salvador Rodriguez covers boxing in Mexico for The Record.

Jorge Arce Looking For New Opponent, WBO Won’t Sanction Parra Rematch

Late last month, Jorge Arce and Lorenzo Parra put together a rematch for Arce’s WBO bantamweight title on February 18, with Arce looking to fight his third straight rematch (following second bouts with Simphiwe Nongqayi and Angky Angkotta). The fight was to take place in Mexico and was to serve as both a “stay-busy” fight for Arce, who intended to later move back up to 122 and challenge the winner of Nonito Donaire vs Wilfredo Vazquez Jr, and a chance to atone for a rather lousy performance from Arce in his first fight with Parra, a controversial draw from September 2010.

But the WBO has rejected the fight,, on the basis that Parra (31-3-1, 18 KO) isn’t in their top 15 at 118 pounds. according to

Instead of running through any thoughts on who Arce may instead face, here’s the WBO’s top 15 as of December 2011: AJ Banal, Pungluang Sor Singyu, Paulus Ambunda, Dayer Gabutan, Marlon Tapales, Tomoki Kameda, William Prado, Joseph Agbeko, Rodolfo Hernandez, Sahib Usarov, Juan Alberto “Topo” Rosas, Phumzile Matyhila, Immanuel Naidjala, Drian Francisco, Lee Haskins.

There are some interesting choices in there (Banal, Pungluang, Agbeko, Rosas), but none would seem likely to happen. It’ll be one of them, or maybe someone ranked at 115 or 112, or maybe he’ll make it a non-title fight and fight somebody else. Your guess is as good as mine, but the Parra fight is off


 BY: Scott Christ

‘Dinamita’ Márquez inauguraría la Arena Ciudad de México

El púgil capitalino pelearía en la Ciudad de México el 17 de marzo en caso de que Manny Pacquiao rechace el combate frente al mexicano

Si Juan Manuel Márquez quería pelear en la Ciudad de México antes de retirarse, todo indica que este sueño podría cristalizarse el 17 de marzo, cuando inauguraría la nueva Arena Ciudad de México ante un rival aún por designar, aunque suena fuerte el zurdo David Díaz, si es que el ‘Dinamita’ no es elegido como siguiente rival de Manny Pacquiao.

El promotor mexicano Fernando Beltrán estableció que aunque se confía en que ‘Juanma’ pueda pelear una vez más con Pacquiao para junio, también existe la posibilidad de que el mejor peleador azteca del momento tenga su cita en el nuevo escenario.

“A nosotros nos gustaría la pelea con Pacquiao, pero si no, existe una gran posibilidad de que peleé en la nueva Arena ante un zurdo como David Díaz, así mataríamos dos pájaros de un tiro pues cumpliría su sueño de pelear en la Ciudad de México y además pelearía con un zurdo como preparación para un nuevo duelo con Pacquiao”, dijo el promotor fronterizo.

Beltrán Rendón comentó además que el 2012 será el mejor para el boxeo mexicano luego de firmar una nueva alianza con Todd DuBoef de Top Rank, Rodrigo Fernández de Azteca 7 y Daniel Cuellar de Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma en una magna conferencia en la que los acompañó la Bicampeona Jackie Nava.

Jackie anunció su regreso para el 28 de enero próximo en su natal Tijuana, donde se enfrentará a la panameña Chantal Martínez por el título Supergallo de la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo, duelo que consideró complicado, pero bueno para abrir el 2012.

“Queremos seguir con las buenas actuaciones que tuvimos en 2011, primero viene Chantal y luego parece que viene la tercera pelea con Ana María Torres”, dijo la ‘Princesa Azteca’, quien podría pelear con ‘La Guerrera’ durante la Feria de San Marcos en Aguascalientes en mayo.

En los enfrentamientos más importantes del primer trimestre de este año, se anunció la pelea entre Julio César Chávez y Marco Antonio Rubio del 4 de febrero en San Antonio, la pelea de Jorge ‘Travieso’ Arce para el 18 de febrero en Durango y el retorno de Rafael Márquez para el 25 de febrero.



O.M.B. Y Juan Manuel Márquez Hacen Donación a Niños en México

Ciudad de México, MÉXICO – Como parte de su exitoso programa ‘Kids Drug Free’, la ORGANIZACIÓN MUNDIAL DE BOXEO (O.M.B.), su presidente Francisco ‘Paco’Valcárcel (centro) y el Super Campeón Ligero de la O.M.B. Juan Manuel Márquez (izquierda), hicieron una donación de $5,000 esta tarde a los niños de Hogar Providencia de Padre en Coyoacan.

“Estamos muy contentos de estar en México con nuestro Super Campeón, Juan Manuel Márquez ayudando al futuro de este país”, dijo Valcárcel. “Como parte de este programa ‘Kids Drug Free’ ayudamos a muchos  jóvenes en sobre 25 países alrededor del mundo”.

Hogares Providencia de Padre Chinchachoma es una organización sin fines de lucro que ayuda a niños sin hogar brindándole un lugar para vivir y educarse para convertirse en mejores ciudadanos.

También estuvieron en la actividad Luis Pérez, Presidente del Comité de Clasificaciones de la O.M.B., Rafael Lopez Santos, respresentante de la O.M.B. en México, Moisés Fuentes, campeón peso.mínimo de la O.M.B., Alberto Rodríguez, miembro del Comité Ejecutivo de la O.M.B. y el promotor Félix ‘Tutico’ Zabala, presidente de ‘All Star Boxing Inc’.

Hoy, miércoles, 28 dediciembre la O.M.B. llevará a cabo una conferencia de prensa en la que honrará con las correas y sortijas de diamantes a  los Súper Campeones mexicanos Márquez, y Jorge ‘Travieso’ Arce. También harán reconocimientos especiales al campeón pluma de la O.M.B. Orlando Salido y a Fuentes, monarca de las 105.00 libras.


Juan Manuel Marquez Joins WBO President in Helping Kids in Mexico City

World Boxing Organization lightweight super champion Juan Manuel Marquez has joined WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel in the “Kids Drug Free” program of the WBO and made a donation to the children of Hogares Providencia of Father Chinchachoma in Coyoacan, Mexico City..

Valcarcel said “We are very happy to be in Mexico with our great Super Champion helping the future of this country.” The WBO president said “We have been helping the children with our WBO “Kids Drug Free” program in over 25 countries.

Hogares Providencia of Father Chinchachoma is a non-profit organization which helps homeless children by giving them a place to live and providing them with an education so they could become better citizens.

Marquez and Valcarcel others who attended the ceremony were Luis Perez (WBO Ratings Chairman), Rafael Lopez Santos (WBO Representative Mexico), Albert Rodriguez (WBO Executive Committee),Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr (Promoter) and . Moises Fuentes (WBO Minimumweight Champion),


By Ronnie Nathanielsz

OMB Entrega cinturones de supercampeón a Juan Manuel Márquez y Jorge Arce

Juan Manuel Márquez y Jorge Arce recibieron tal distinción de manos del presidente del organismo el boricua Francisco Valcárcel y ademas entregó cinturones personalizados a los monarcas mundiales  “Siri” Salido y Moisés Fuentes
Entrega OMB cinturones de supercampeones
México. D.F.Los boxeadores mexicanos Jorge “Travieso” Arce y Juan Manuel Márquez recibieron sus respectivos cinturones que los reconocen como supercampeones mundiales de la OMB.
En acto realizado en el salón de un lujoso hotel de Paseo de la Reforma, los monarcas mundiales recibieron sus fajínes de manos del puertorriqueño Francisco Valcárcel, presidente de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB).
“En sus próximas peleas recibirán Juan Manuel y Arce unas sortijas de brillantes que entrega la OMB a sus mejores campeones, como en una ocasión se le dio a Naseem Hamed y que es un premio a su esfuerzo y tesón para ganar un título mundial”, dijo.
El dirigente boricua resaltó las carreras del “Travieso” Arce, quien ha ganado cinco cinturones mundiales, cuatro de ellos avalados por la OMB y de Márquez por ser uno de sus monarcas más fieles al organismo.
“En la actualidad el boxeo mexicano pasa por buen momento y aquí tenemos a los cuatro campeones mundiales de este país reconocidos por la Organización Mundial de Boxeo, con Orlando Salido que noqueó a Juan Manuel López y a Moisés Fuentes”, apuntó.
Francisco Valcárcel señaló que pese a la crisis económica mundial, México está a la cabeza de funciones boxísticas con el apoyo de la televisión y sin duda habrá grandes peleas durante el 2012, con la programación de campeones mexicanos.
“Para el próximo año habrá revanchas de Brian Viloria contra Julio César Miranda y de Salido ante Juanma López”, confirmó el dirigente boricua acompañado de Rafael López Santos, representante de la OMB en México y del vicepresidente Luis Pérez.












Travieso Arce se presentará el 18/2

Jorge “Travieso” Arce recibió la noticia de que su siguiente pelea se llevará a cabo el 18 de febrero en Durango, en donde se le busca un rival de buen calibre.

Es factible que en este combate, Jorge ponga en juego uno de los dos títulos mundiales que posee, el de monarca supergallo de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB). Además posee la corona de peso gallo del mismo organismo, cetro que conquistó el pasado 26 de noviembre en Mazatlán, para lograr su quinto campeonato del mundo en distintas divisiones, y convertirse en el primer mexicano en lograrlo.

El campeonato supergallo lo ganó el “Travieso” el 7 de mayo de este año, al noquear en el duodécimo asalto al boricua Wilfredo Vázquez, en pleito que se llevó a cabo en el hotel MGM Grand de Las Vegas.

Jorge Arce se entrevistará de un momento a otro con su apoderado Fernando Beltrán, para conocer el nombre de su enemigo.


Por Ernesto Castellanos,

Viloria: “Best Fight of My Career”

Filipino-American World Boxing Organization flyweight champion Brian Viloria punched his way to an eighth round technical knockout victory over Mexican challenger Giovani Segura to keep his 112-pound crown and earn his place in the roster of the finest pound-for-pound fighters in the world Sunday at the half-filled Ynares Sports Center in Pasig City.

Sticking to his game plan of attack-counter-attack all throughout that confused Segura, the 31 year-old Viloria, known in the international boxing world as the “Hawaiian Punch,” proved true to his moniker by implanting a big mouse above Segura’s right eyebrow right in the second round mostly on left hooks that developed into a huge hematoma as the fight wore on.

That same left shot staggered the challenger going into the last 20 seconds of the eighth and as the Mexican’s body looked to turn around led referee Samuel Viruet embraced Segura signaling the fight is over gifting the Ilocos Norte-born and Waipahu, Hawaii-based fighter his 30th victory, his 17th via stoppage in his six-year pro-career.

More importantly, with the win, Viloria accomplished what he really had wanted – barging into the list of pound-for-pound best; an honor he has long been targeting but continued slipping from his hands due to a roller-coaster career.

Viloria, a former amateur standout and a member of the United States Olympic team in 2000, actually, was punishing with volley of left and right combinations earlier in the period before landing the finishing kick to end what he himself described as the best fight of his career, sending Segura, ranked ninth in the world’s best pound-for-pound, to the nearby Medical City Hospital for further checkup.

“Yeah, that was my best fight in my career, Viloria told media men during the post-fight press conference. “It was even better than Miranda ((Mexico’s Julio Cesar Miranda from whom he stole the title last July).”

“It was easy, yes but only because I trained hard for this fight and I stuck to my game plan by not going into the ropes. I just met him in the center of the ring and avoided turning the fight into a brawl in which he (Segura) is at his best,” he said.

“He has heavy hands, but he didn’t hurt me. I often saw his punches, prepared to avoid them, then counter-attack,” he said drawing concurrence from his American manager Gary Gittelsohn.

“That was a fight between the two very best flyweights in the world and it’s a pity the U.,S. missed hosting it,” Gittelsohn said, who added, his ward might stick it out in the 112-pound category although plans are also afoot to invade higher divisions.

“We’ll stick it out in the flyweight division, but we might also try to test the waters, say in the 115-pound class,” the manager said.

Except for two rounds – the first and second, which Malaya Business Insight scored as draw, all rounds were Viloria’s convincingly.

Viloria wound up with a slight cut in his left eyebrow inflicted in the second round and a swollen left cheek but was never really threatened as he repeatedly pummelled the former WBO and World Boxing Association light-flyweight kingpin with crispy lefts and rights to the elation of the crowd that included Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao and former two-division champ Gerry Penalosa. Judge Danrex Tapdasan saw the fight, 69-64 at the time of the stoppage , judge Ulysses Glen,70-63, and judge Harry Davis, 68-65, all in favor of Viloria.


By Eddie Alinea

OMB anuncia árbitros y jueces para pelea Viloria vs. Segura

La Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) anunció los oficiales que estarán trabajando este domingo, 11 de diciembre, en el combate titular entre el monarca mosca Brian Viloria y el ex campeón mundial junior mosca  Giovanni Segura, que se efectuará en el Yñares Sports Arena en Manila, Filipinas en una presentación de Promociones Zanfer y Saved by the Bell Promotions.

El presidente de la OMB, Francisco “Paco” Valcárcel, informó que para  la pelea por el título mosca de la OMB entre el estadounidense Viloria (29-3 y 16 nocauts), en su primera defensa, y el mexicano Segura (28-1-1 y 24 nocauts), el árbitro será Samuel Viruet de Estados Unidos.

Mientras, los jueces que trabajarán en este choque entre Viloria y Segura son Danrex Tapdasan de Filipinas, Harry Davis de Canadá y Ulysses Glenn de Estados Unidos. El supervisor de la OMB para este encuentro es Leon Panoncillo Jr.

Viloria, que anteriormente había reinado en las 108 libras, ganó el título de las 112 libras el pasado 16 de julio de 2011 cuando venció por decisión a Julio César Miranda.

Por su parte, Segura fue campeón junior mosca (108 libras) de la OMB venciendo al puertorriqueño Iván “Iron Boy” Calderón en 2010 y defendiéndolo en una ocasión ante el mismo Calderón en 2011. El azteca renunció al título luego para hacer campaña en pesos superiores.

Esta pelea entre Viloria y Segura será transmitida por “Pay Per View” y por TV Azteca.

Brian Viloria: “I Love Being the Underdog”

MANILA, Philippines — It isn’t often that you’ll find a world champion entering his first title defense as the underdog, but that’s the situation WBO flyweight titleholder Brian Viloria finds himself in as he approaches his showdown with THE RING’s junior flyweight champ Giovani Segura this Sunday, Dec. 11, (Saturday evening in the U.S.) at the Yñares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

Viloria, of Waipahu, Hawaii, twice held major 108-pound titles before stepping up to flyweight to defeat Mexico’s Julio Cesar Miranda in his most recent outing to earn a belt in his second division. The 31-year-old veteran lost his junior flyweight titles in his second defense of each reign. Most observers are anticipating that this title run will end earlier than the previous ones because of the relentless pressure and KO power of his 29-year-old challenger.

The fight will be aired by the GMA Network in the Philippines, and on pay-per-view in the United States (Integrated Sports, $29.95, 8:00 p.m. EST).

Viloria (29-3, 16 knockouts), a memember of 2000 U.S. Olympic squad, fully embraces the dark horse role given to him by odds makers and most of the media.

“I love being the underdog,” Viloria, told following a light workout at the Punch Out Boxing Club in Makati City. “It motivates me to get ready for a fight. I love fighting when everybody is doubting me. I love trying to prove them wrong.”

Viloria’s longtime assistant traienr Ruben Gomez agrees believes the gifted boxer-puncher is at his best when his back is against the wall.

“I think it’s a good situation to be in, being expected to lose,” said Gomez, who has been with Viloria since the Filipinio-American first turned professional. “But to us, it’s not going to be a surprise when they raise Brian’s hand in victory because we came here to win and that’s exactly what’s going to happen.”

Viloria is no stranger to being the underdog. Prior to his second world title winning effort against Ulises Solis, Viloria was all but written off as a signature win for Solis’ ninth title defense. Instead Viloria won, punctuating the performance with an 11th-round knockout that would be at home on any highlight reel.

The opposite side of the coin is that Viloria sometimes loses fights he’s supposed to win.

All of Viloria’s defeats — to Carlos Tamara, Omar Nino Romero and Edgar Sosa — came unexpectedly, the result of focus issues, Viloria’s team claims.

“Brian should be working on his fifteenth title defense now,” said Gomez. “I think those fights that he lost, he should have never lost them.”

Viloria finds himself in this difficult spot not by choice, but as a result of his challenger’s mandatory position with Viloria’s predecessor Miranda. Viloria was allowed to cut in front of Segura (28-1-1, 24 KOs) and fight Miranda with the understanding that he’d have to immediately face the slugger from Bell, Calif., by way of Guerrero, Mexico.

The Viloria-Segura clash was expected to take place earlier in the fall but was delayed due to a cut over Viloria’s right eye suffered in the Miranda fight.

Viloria has already upset the odds just by being in this position. Viloria’s career was in serious doubt following his loss last January to Carlos Tamara when, ahead on the scorecards, Viloria’s conditioning fell apart, causing him to lose by a12th-round stoppage. Afterwards he collapsed in the dressing room from exhaustion, a product of the difficulty he experienced making the 108 pound weight limit.

Then, just two weeks before his return bout against Omar Soto six months later, Viloria’s trainer Roberto Garcia abandoned Viloria to join Nonito Donaire Jr., leaving Viloria to find a new trainer. Mario Morales, who is now Viloria’s head trainer, isn’t exactly new, having worked with Viloria early in his career.

“I’ve gone up and down so many times in my career, it is like a roller coaster,” said Viloria. “The resiliency of my career, that’s what it is. Right now I’m back on top as a world champion and I want to stay there. It’s really hard to become a world champion, but it’s ten times as hard to stay as a world champion. The path of my career, it’s what made me today. I think I’m a complete fighter now.”

Viloria vs. Segura Promo

Viloria is expected to be the crowd favorite against Segura, not because the Philippines is a second home to him, but a first home. Viloria was raised by his grandparents from six months to the age of six in the Philippine province of Ilocos Norte on the island archipelago’s most northwestern corner. A dual citizen of the Philippines and America, Viloria’s first language is Ilocano, a dialect of Filipino spoken exclusively in that region. He didn’t learn to speak English until rejoining his parents in Hawaii to begin school.

This will be Viloria’s fifth appearance in the Philippines.

Segura, who is rated number nine on THE RING’s pound-for-pound list, conceded at Wednesday morning’s press conference that Viloria was “a more complete fighter.” He didn’t have Viloria’s pedigree, having picked up the sport at the advanced age of 18. He turned pro after just 11 amateur bouts, while Viloria represented the United States in the 2000 Summer Olympics.

What he does have over Viloria are two signature knockout victories over the previously-unbeaten ring legend Ivan Calderon in 2010 and 2011 that have catapulted him to a pedestal that Viloria has never reached.

The two have crossed paths a number of times over the years, working alongside each other at the Azteca Boxing Club in Bell, Calif., and as sparring partners for five different fights. Segura’s team have said that they got the better of the action and as a result have a mental edge over Viloria. Viloria and company dismiss it as “just sparring.”

“Sparring is like scrimmage; You don’t give your best foot forward,” said Viloria. “You just try to work on things you need to work on. Sometimes it gives you a false sense of saying, ‘Alright, he fights this way’ or ‘He fights that way, that’s the way I’m gonna fight him.’ It really kind of throws you off when you switch it off. The real fight is a whole different level than a sparring session.”

“Giovani is full speed ahead, whether it’s sparring or it’s fighting,” said Gomez. “He spars pretty much the same way he fights. I don’t particularly like that type of sparring because if somebody hits you hard, you’re going to hit him hard and that just escalates.”

What Viloria believes the sparring sessions have done is given each man a sense of the way the other likes to fight, something that he feels will work to his advantage.

“He has that one-dimensional style, he’ll try and corner you and slug you out into submission,” said Viloria. “I’m so versatile in this sport, I think that’s going to be the difference in this fight. I don’t think Segura is going to figure out what style I’m going to bring into the ring. I’m going to have to switch it up and make him think and keep him on his toes.”

Many people who are picking Segura over Viloria do so out of a lack of faith in Viloria’s conditioning late in fights. Viloria himself acknowledges that conditioning has been an issue in past fights and says that has been their primary focus in training camp. Running the mountains of Southern California — as well as the additional four pounds of the flyweight division — have given Viloria confidence that his issues of the past are just that. The past.

“I’m really confident that I’m going to look at the twelfth round like I’ll look in the first round,” said Viloria. “I made the weight easy, I’m eating right, sleeping right. There’s not going to be any excuses in this fight.

“I want to go in there and show the world that Brian Viloria is a new Brian Viloria in this weight division and I want to stay world champion for as long as I can.”

Viloria is Ready: I Will Try To Knock Segura’s Head Off!

WBO flyweight champion Brian Viloria says he is “ready to go” when he defends his title for he first time against mandatory challenger Giovanni Segura, the former light flyweight champion at the Yñares Sports Arena on Sunday morning.

The fight card which is a cooperative effort between Zanfer Promotions and Solar Sports is titled “Island Assault 3” and will be telecast over GMA 7 beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Viloria told Standard that he’s been in the gym for almost three months and “been working hard every day, trying to get ready for Segura. It’s going to be a tough fight. I know that. Everybody knows that and I think I’m coming in as the underdog which I love. I worked ten times harder than for the (Julio Cesar “Pingo”) Miranda fight and I’m going to be ready.”

Viloria dropped Miranda in the opening round en route to winning the title via a unanimous twelve round decision in Honolulu last July 16.

The three-time world champion said he plans to use his skill, ring savvy and outbox the rugged Segura. Viloria said “it all comes down to execution. Train hard, set up a game-plan, try to work on the game-plan during training and when it comes down to the fight night you have to execute it. We have to fight smart, intelligently, stay off the ropes against Segura and just go out there and do my best.”

Viloria said some people underestimate his “hidden” punching power referring to the 11th round knockout over fancied Ulises Solis and dropping Miranda in the very first round. He said “hopefully on Sunday it (punching power) will show because I have a stopping ability. I also have the quickness, the ring intelligence and so much experience and I try to use everything all at once. ”

He said Segura was a nice person and “we can be friends before and after the fight but when we are in that squared circle all that goes out of the window and you have to get down to business. I’m going to try to knock his head off same way he’s going to try to knock my head off. That’s the sport of boxing.”

Viloria said his trainer Mario Morales “works you tremendously. He kicks butt and non-stop. He’s got me into that shape where I can go the full distance or try to wake up all the instincts that I have inside of me.”

Morales himself said Viloria was “in better condition than he was in Hawaii for the Miranda fight.” He said “if we carry on the strategy that we planned for this fight it will be an easy fight. It’s brain versus strength. If we decide to trade with Segura it will be a very hard fight but if we stick to the plan, box, and be in and out, in and out and use our speed then it will be an easier fight.”

Morales said Viloria was “very strong, very focused. I’ve never seen him this focused before.”

Viloria listo para defender ante Segura

El hawaiano Brian Viloria ya está en Manila, Filipinas, donde este domingo 11 de diciembre defenderá su corona universal mosca de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo ante el mexicano Giovanni Segura. Viloria (29-3, 16 KOs) busca realizar la primera defensa de su cinturón, el cual obtuvo al derrotar por puntos a otro mexicano, Julio César Miranda.

“Estoy en perfectas condiciones y estoy listo para la pelea”, comentó “El Hawaiian Punch” tras dos meses de duros entrenamientos.

Tras haber causado sensación en el peso minimosca, Segura (28-1-1, 24 KOs) invade las 112 libras y busca quedarse con la faja mundial.

 La pelea se realizará en el Yñares Sports Arena de Pasig City, Manila.