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Viloria: From Alameda Swap Meet to Macao

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

WBO/WBA flyweight champion Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria (32-3, 19 KOs) is in the final stages of his training camp for his title defense against Mexico’s Juan “El Gallo” Estrada (22-2, 17KOs) on April 6 at the luxurious Venetian Macao Resort Hotel in Macao, China. We spoke to “The Hawaiian Punch” on Wednesday afternoon during a media workout at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood. “I am excited to be fighting in Macau,” said Viloria. “It’s way better to be fighting there instead of Alameda Swap Meet. I actually fought at a swap meet once, but Macau is going to be great.”

Viloria was asked by former HBO boxing commentator Larry Merchant if he had purchased anything at the swap meet. “You know what I did after the fight? I was hungry so I got some tacos.”

The 2000 Olympian, Viloria began his pro career training at the Wildcard Boxing Club and won his first world title. Now the champion has gone back to his roots and is sparring with two-time Olympic Gold medalist Zou Shiming in preparation for his fight with Estrada.

“Training camp has been great it’s been the same as training camp the last five years. Working on things I need to work on and conditioning my body.” Viloria told “He (Shiming) is very quick and knows how to get in, great with his feet, very quick fisted. We spar three times a week 8-10 rounds. We have helped each other.”

The Hawaiian Punch scored a tenth round knockout over Hernan Marquez last November in a title unification bout in his last fight as he went on to win and unify the WBA & WBO flyweight titles. That same night his opponent Juan Estrada, fought a tough fight in going the distance losing a decision against undefeated WBA light flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (34-0, 28KOs).

“He is going to bring it to me. He is a typical Mexican fighter who wants to go toe to toe. I expect a tough fight against Juan Estrada. He tries to outwork you and is a hungry fighter. He has nothing to lose. Those are always the dangerous fighters. He’ll will bring his A game,” Viloria said about his opponent.

“It will be another toe to toe war a barnburner. I am going to want to go toe to toe and he will want to do the same. We will try to knock each other out so expect that type of fight the same way it was against Marquez,” Viloria concluded.

Viloria vs. Estrada will be Saturday April 6 from The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel in Macau, China, live on HBO2 for Viloria’s WBA and WBO flyweight titles. Also on the card in a junior lightweight championship fight with Puerto Rican Roman “Rocky” Martinez (26-1-2, 16KOs) defending his WBO junior lightweight title against unbeaten number one rated Diego Magdaleno (23-0, 9KOs) of Las Vegas. In a four round flyweight special attraction two-time Olympic Gold medalist from the People’s Republic of China Zou Shiming will make his professional debut against Eleazar Valenzuela (2-1-2, 1KO) of Mexico.

“The card in Macau is going to be a spectacular show with great fights. I can’t wait to get the card rolling,” Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum told The event will be Top Rank’s first show in China.

Zou Shiming Ready for Debut

Also in attendance at Wednesday’s workout was two-time Chinese Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming who will be making his professional debut in his native China. Shiming who just recently made his arrival in America when he signed with Top Rank and has already hooked up with trainer Freddie Roach to help guide him to the next level of his boxing career.

“It is the professional debut of one of the world’s greatest amateurs in the world,” Arum told “His agent called me we were able to work out a deal and the relationship has been really great. I look forward to watching him fight.”

Zou Shiming told us, “Training has gone very well working with Freddie Roach. He is a great trainer. I think he can train me to a world title like he did with Pacquiao. I am making my dream come true in making my debut. I want to thank all the fans for their support and watch me as I make my debut.”

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