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Viloria heading to Manila

By Boxing Bob Newman

As former WBC and IBF Light Flyweight champion Brian Viloria makes his final preparations for his comeback fight against two-time world title challenger Omar “Lobito” Soto next Saturday, July 10 at Yñares Sports Arena, Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines, the former champ and his chief second Ruben Gomez spoke with Fightnews moments ago. Said Gomez, “Brian has had a really good camp. We know we have a good opponent in front of us, so we take nothing for granted. We put in a lot of hard work and it will show on July tenth. Former WBA Super Middleweight champ Frankie Liles has been added to the team and that experience in the corner will help.”

For his part, Viloria himself had this to say, “I was sick awhile back early in training, but I’m completely over that now. I feel good. Making 108 lbs. Was too much. I basically had been fighting at the same weight since I was 14 years old. For awhile, it wasn’t a big deal because I have a small stature, but I can’t do it any more. Trying to get those last two pounds off was too hard. This fight will be at 112 lbs. Critics have been saying that I’m finished, but they’ll see I have more left in me. ”

On his last fight with Carlos Tamara, in which he lost his IBF title, dramatically on a twelfth round stoppage, Viloria said, “I feel like I was winning the fight until the last two rounds. My body just gave out on me.” Team Viloria, including fiancé Erica Navarro leaves for Manila, tomorrow, July 1, at 10:30 p.m. from Los Angeles.

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