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Viloria eyes WBO flyweight crown

By Dennis Principe

Brian Viloria of Waipahu, Hawaii and Liempetch Sor Veerapol made the weight limit with ease as the Hawaiian tallied a fit 112lbs while the Thai came in at 111lbs.

EX-world champion Brian Viloria has been guaranteed a shot at a world title should he win his upcoming non-title fight Friday night at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City. No less than Viloria’s manager Gary Gittelsohn has said he has already sealed a deal that will make Viloria the mandatory challenger of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) crown currently being held by Julio Cesar Miranda of Mexico. “It’s obviously predicated on a win here. The venue and economics will depend on Brian’s performance,” said Gittelsohn who arrived in the Philippines Thursday morning. “It’s a fight Brian has to look great in against an opponent who’s solid but not in Brian’s class. Given a good performance Brian will be fighting for a world title.”

Gittelsohn said they are seriously considering Hawaii, Las Vegas, Mexico or the Philippines as the host of Viloria’s shot at the WBO belt where he was recently elevated as the top contender.

But first things first, Viloria needs to get past Thai challenger Liempetch Sor Veerapol before mapping out strategies for his imminent world title fight.

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Twice already, Veerapol fought here and in both instances the Thai journeyman was stopped by former world champions Marvin Sonsona and Johnriel Casimiro within five rounds.

But Thai manager Michel Do guaranteed that a totally different Veerapol will show up come fight night.

Do said the 22-year-old Veerapol (19-7-1, 12 KOs), a former lightflyweight of Thailand, has sparred with current world champions and countryman Pongsaklek Wonjongkam and Oleydong Sithsamerchai in preparing for Viloria.

Viloria then added a little more sales pitch for his comeback fight dubbed “Friday Fight Fest” by stating that Veerapol will be more motivated as this is an opportunity for the Thai to beat a distinguished former world champion.

“Because of how he performed in the past, he is now in the type of a fight that usually motivates fighters to come in and try to do better. If I was him I would train hard because in his eyes I am his opportunity for him to get to where he wants to be,” said Viloria in during Wednesday’s press conference.

This will be Viloria’s second fight since losing his International Boxing Federation (IBF) light flyweight belt to Carlos Tamara of Colombia January of this year at the Cuneta Astrodome.

Last July, Viloria scored a lackluster 10-round split decision win over Omar Soto of Mexico also at the Ynares Arena.

In preparing for this fight, the 29-year-old Viloria (27-3, 15 KOs) sparred with high caliber fighters at the Maywood Gym in California specifically against current unified world light flyweight champion Giovanni Segura of Mexico.

“Sparring with world champions is always tough but I held my own pretty well. It’ been a great training camp for me,” said Viloria, also a former WBC 108lb ruler.

Also seeing action in the same card are Filipino bets Denver Cuello and Rodel Mayol, a former WBC light flyweight champion.

Cuello is set to brawl with Thai Kongkria Kiatpracha while Mayol meets another Thai in Pompetch Twins Gym in a pair of non-title supporting bouts.

Cuello recently got an offer to fight WBO and WBA unified light flyweight champion Giovanni Segura of Mexico on November 27.

According to manager Aljo Jaro, Segura’s promoter Fernando Beltran has stated his willingness to wait for the result of Cuello’s bout against Kiatpracha.

“I already agreed to their offer and the contract is already with me. If Denver wins and will be unharmed after the bout, we will take that chance of being Segura’s challenger,” said Jaro.

The 23-year-old Cuello (24-4-6, 14 KOs) expressed to qualms about fighting behind enemy territory as the title challenge is set to happen in Tijuana, Mexico.

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