WBO flyweight beltholder Brian Viloria says it was the element of revenge that compelled him to select old rival Omar Nino Romero for his voluntary title defense on April 1 at the Yñares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Philippines.

“It’s something that I want to close the book on,” said Viloria (30-3, 17 knockouts), of Waipahu, Hawaii, who is making the second defense of the belt he won against Julio Cesar Miranda. “When they offered me the fight, I said, ‘I want to do it.’ I want to prove that the last fight was a fluke and I want to finish this business with him.”

Viloria, who is in his third title reign in two divisions, sustained his first career defeat against Nino in 2006 when he was outhustled by the Mexican who was making his first appearance outside of his home country. In a rematch three months later, Viloria was more aggressive, knocking down Nino twice but managed just a draw on the official scorecards.

The verdict was later changed to a no contest when Nino tested positive for methamphetamines, tainting the bout and inspiring Viloria’s ire.

“When we found out he tested positive, it angered me,” admitted Viloria. “Just the fact that he didn’t come in on an even playing field or act like a professional. It was as if he thought he could cheat his way to get the win.

“I think I’m a more refined fighter now than I was then. I’m much more serious in my craft with the way I’m training.”

While it has been several years since Viloria has shared a ring with Nino, he says he remembers Nino being “deceptively awkward” and “quick.”

“I beat myself in that fight,” said Viloria, who said he didn’t take the sport as seriously at the time as he does now. “I thought I was a better boxer, I just didn’t show it in that fight. I came in that fight a little lethargic and didn’t do what I needed to win the fight. I just need to go in there and be Brian Viloria.”

Nino (31-4-2, 13 KOs), of Guadalajara, Mexico, floundered for a while after the Viloria contests, but went on to win another world title in 2010 with a controversial decision victory over then-WBC light flyweight titleholder Rodel Mayol. Nino made one successful defense but dropped the belt in his second defense to Gilberto Keb Baas. Nino was inactive for more than a year afterwards before defeating journeyman Javier Romano last month.

Viloria says the Nino fight, which will be his fifth appearance in his birth country in his last six bouts, will serve as a tune-up for a unification bout with WBA 112-pound titleholder Hernan “Tyson” Marquez, who faces Rodel Mayol on March 24. However, Viloria assured that he won’t be looking past the challenge in front of him.

“I don’t want to make any plans until after this fight,” said Viloria, a dual citizen of the Philippines and U.S. “I have to put everything into this fight and get myself past Nino, then look to see what goes on after the fight.

“I want to try to take this win as decisive as I can and keep it out of the judges’ hands. I did everything I need to in the gym, now I want to show what I’ve got.”


by Ryan Songalia


Integrated Sports Media, announced today that it will distribute “Island Assault 4: The Battle,” featuring the World Boxing Organization (“WBO”) Flyweight Championship between defending champion Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria and challenger Omar Nino Romero, March 31 live from Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

“US boxing fans loved watching ‘Island Assault 3’ last December, showcasing Viloria versus (Giovani) Segura, on top of an action-packed card from the Philippines,” Integrated Sports Media president Doug Jacobs said. “These are two of the top smaller-weight class boxers in the world who have five world titles between them. This show, of course, continues the heated Filipino vs. Mexican boxing rivalry that is one of the most intense in the sport today. An equally exciting undercard will soon be announced.”

Three-time and reigning world champion Viloria (29-3, 16 KOs), a dual citizen of the U.S. and Philippines, was a 2000 U.S. Olympian. Rated No. 2 by The Ring magazine, Viloria captured the IBF title in his present belt last in July, winning a 12-round decision from Julio Cesar Miranda (35-5-1), and successfully defended it against Segura (28-1-1). Brian is a former International Boxing Federation (“IBF”) and World Boxing Council (“WBC”) light flyweight champion.

Viloria’s other notable victories have been against Omar Soto (DEC10), Ulises Solis (KO11), Eric Ortiz (KO1), Jose Antonio Aguirre (DEC12) and Angel Antonio Priolo (KO7).

Romero, fighting out of Guadalajara (MX), is a two-time WBC light flyweight champion who has defeated Viloria in one of two previous meetings. In August of 2006, he easily won a 12-round decision (118-110, 117-111, 117-112) in Las Vegas. Three months later, in a rematch also held in Las Vegas, Romero and Viloria fought to a draw that was changed to a “no decision” when Romero failed a post-fight drug test.

Romero has also defeated Jorge Arce (TKO1), Rodel Mayol (DEC12), Ronald Barrera (RTD7), and Sammy Gutierrez (DEC10).

The remainder of the “Island Assault 4: The Battle” PPV event will soon be announced.

“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-TVNfor a suggested retail price of only $29.95. “Island Assault 4: The Battle” will also be available via on-line PPV on Ustream.tv at http://www.ustream.tv/integratedsportsppv.


For more information about the “Island Assault 4: The Battle” PPV event go to www.integratedsportsnet.com. Follow Integrated Sports Media on Twitter @IntegratedPPV.