Viloria unifies flyweight belts; Chocolatito next?

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Zanfer Promotions

In a much anticipated flyweight unification clash, WBO champion Brian “Hawaian Punch” Viloria (32-3, 19 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over WBA champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (33-3, 25 KOs) on Saturday night at the famed Los Angeles Sports Arena. Viloria dropped Marquez with a right hand at the end of round one and was in command over the first four rounds. Marquez exploded in round five with a barrage of hard punches, but Viloria withstood the storm and dropped “Tyson” again. Viloria dropped Marquez again in round ten and Marquez’ corner stopped the fight during Viloria’s followup barrage. Time was 1:01.

In a war with tremendous back-and-forth action, WBA light flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (34-0, 28 KOs) retained his belt with a twelve round unanimous decision over Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada (21-2, 18 KOs). Both fighters gave their all but “Chocolatito” did more damage to earn a 118-110, 116-112, 116-112 verdict. Gonzalez earned a showdown with the Viloria-Marquez winner, but a rematch with Estrada could also be in the cards.

In a great fight, former WBA interim super flyweight titleholder Drian Francisco (23-1-1, 18 KOs) scored an exciting fifth round TKO over super tough and aggressive Javier Gallo (18-6-1, 10 KOs) in a super bantamweight bout. Francisco was pushed by Gallo who pressed the action but was ultimately battered into submission by the classy ex-champion. Time was 2:54.

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