The final press conference took place today for Saturday night’s “Island Assault 4: The Battle” pay-per-view-event, featuring the revenge match between WBO flyweight champion Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria (30-3, 16 KOs) and arch nemesis Omar Nino (31-4-2, 13 KOs), live from Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines. Nino has had Viloria’s number in two previous fights, handing the 2000 U.S. Olympian his first pro defeat and taking his WBC light flyweight championship by way of a 12-round unanimous decision in 2006. In a rematch three months later, Nino defended the belt against Viloria with a draw that was later changed to a “no contest” when Romero failed a post-fight drug test. Viloria is now looking revenge, as well as redemption.
“I really, really trained myself very hard for this fight,” stated Viloria at today’s press conference. “This is personal on my part….This is it. This third fight is happening because it gives me an opportunity to bounce back from the first two fights!”
Meanwhile, Nino was careful with his words not to give the champion anymore motivation than he already has. “He has turned into a great fighter,” he simply said.
The 10-round co-feature matches a pair of former world champions, Julio Cesar “Pingo” Miranda (37-6-1, 29 KOs) and Rodel “Kid Rapido” Mayol (30-5-2, 22 KOs), in a 10-round bout with future world flyweight title fight implications. Miranda, rated #3 by the WBO and #4 by the WBA is a Mexican knockout specialist who dropped his WBO title fight last year to Viloria. WBC #9 and IBF #12 Mayol, a Filipino now living in Los Angeles, lost his WBC light flyweight crown, ironically, to Nino in 2010.
Filling out the PPV card is the next wave of Filipino prospects: Robert “Battlin’ Bert” Udtuhan (17-1-1, 13 KOs) faces Alvin Makiling (9-4-1, 2 KOs) in a 12-round match for the Interim WBO Asia-Pacific bantamweight championship, and undefeated featherweight Jun “Chainsaw” Doliguez (11-0, 7 KOs) fights veteran Jonel “Mulawin” Alibio (16-13-2, 8 KOs) in a special 10-round featherweight attraction.
“Island Assault 4:The Battle,” presented by Solar Sports, is being distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 9:00 PM/ET – 6:00 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, DISH Network and Avail-TVN for a suggested retail price of only $29.95. “Island Assault 4: The Battle” will also be available in Canada to Super Channel subscribers. For on-line PPV viewers go to Ustream.tv at http://www.ustream.tv/integratedsportsppv.
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