By Ricardo Conde
Former two time junior flyweight champion Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria (26-3, 15 KOs) of Waipahu, Hawaii, under the watchful eye of former junior lightweight champ, Robert Garcia, will step back into the ring this coming June in the Philippines against an opponent yet to be determined. Viloria will be making his run at a third world title, but this time at flyweight and began preparations this week. This will be Viloria’s first fight after his devastating loss to Carlos Tamara (21-4, 15 KOs) of Columbia for the IBF junior flyweight title back in January of this year.
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Brian Viloria: “I want to continue to thank everyone for their support, all the letters I received. I’ve got a lot of comments about retiring but I still have a lot left in the tank, I’m only 29. I still want to go out there and continue to do what I love to do, this is my passion. It’s a decision that my team and I have talked about for a long time. I just felt its time for me to move up in weight. I have what it takes to become a world champion for a third time, it’s just the preparation and getting back on top again. I still have all the tools to become world champion, I’ve had a little set back but I’m still hungry to get back on top. I’m just trying to get my first fight after my loss and we’ll see after that and who’s out there we can face at 112.”
Robert Garcia/trainer: “I’m very happy to see Brian back. I wanted him to make his own decision on whether or not he wanted to continue his boxing career and he decided he still wants to, so I’m very excited to have him back. He’s a great fighter, great person and great friend and I’m glad he’s making a come back. He’s got a great manager and great promoter and hopefully after a few fights we’ll be challenging someone for a world title.”