Brian Viloria Defends WBO Title on Sunday

Brian Viloria, the defending champion and Giovani Segura, the challenger, both knockout specialists, will fight for the World Boxing Organization flyweight crown Sunday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

Segura is the heavier puncher having stopped 24 of 30 opponents, including legendary Puerto Rican Ivan Calderon twice, for a 28-win 1-loss 1-draw record and an awesome KO percentage of 80 percent.

The ‘Hawaiian Punch’ will enter the ring an underdog in fighting Giovani Segura, although the Filipino-American is the one who will be defending a title.

Viloria’s critics always question his ability to go the long haul, especially when he lost steam in his bout with Carlos Tamara and was rushed to a hospital where he was treated for exhaustion.

Segura has a record of 28 wins with 24 knockouts and he is to date one of the strongest little men in boxing and earns a spot—ninth—in the elite pound-for-pound rankings of Ring Magazine, after his powerful destruction of Ivan Celderon.

Viloria has some striking wins of his own. His unanimous decision win against Julio Cesar Miranda gave him his current title. But the sins of the past are hard to forget.

Segura is expected to be his usual aggressive self on fight day, however several keys have to be present to ensure a win.