By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
“This is the type of fight you bring boxing back to the Los Angeles Sports Arena, not bring a guy from England that is coming off a knockout,” said promoter Fernando Beltran in announcing the November 17 flyweight unification clash between WBA World Flyweight Champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (34-2, 25 KOs) and WBO World Flyweight Champion Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria (31-3, 18 KOs).
Brian Viloria: It’s going to be a great fight I am glad that I finally got it. This is a career type of defining fight, this is no pushover. I could of taken another fight, a top 10 WBO rated fighter, but I thank Tyson for taking the fight and come November 17 I don’t think this will last 12 rounds somebody is going to get knocked out.
Tyson Marquez: I am anxious for this fight. Now that I have the opportunity to take on Viloria, I’ll show what I’m made of. I’ve watched Viloria fight since I was 16 and I could never imagine that I would step in the ring and fight a unification bout with him. I respect him but I will win November 17!
Fightnews.com spoke to both fighters after the press conference.
“This is going to be a great fight,” said Viloria. “Our styles are basically the same. We don’t back down from a good scrap, a type of recipe for great action. Training is going great. Expect nothing but the best, my A plus grade level. Expect a knockout!”
Marquez stated, “I am anxious for this bout and waiting for fight night, Viloria is a fighter with much more experience than me. He’s fast and strong, one of the best 112 pound fighters. I respect him but I will beat him.”
Viloria’s manager Gary Gittleson put it all in perspective. “Before you would see Chiquita Gonzalez vs. Michael Carbajal. That is what brought light to the small divisions and this fight is the type that will remind us of those fights,” he said.
Also on the card Nicaragua’s Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (33-0, 28KOs) will defend his WBA light flyweight title against Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada (23-1, 18KOs) of Sonora, Mexico.
In a super bantamweight showdown between two Mexican prospects, Alejandro “Cobrita” Gonzalez Jr. (14-0-2, 9KOs), son of former WBC featherweight champion Alejandro “Cobrita” Gonzalez will take on Antonio Margarito’s nephew Hanzel “Tornadito” Martinez (18-0, 15KOs).
This will be the first world title fight at the LA Sports Arena since October of 1996 when Jose Luis Lopez defeated Yori Boy Campas by fifth round TKO for the WBO welterweight title.