Brian Viloria Wins WBO Flyweight Title

Viloria-vs-MirandaBrian Viloria is a champion for the third time.

The 30-year-old Filipino-American defeated Julio Cesar Miranda on Saturday via unanimous decision to win the Mexican’s WBO Flyweight Belt at the Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Fighting for the third time since losing his IBF Light Flyweight title to Carlos Tamara, Viloria came out strong to surprise Miranda in the early rounds. Miranda, who was making his fourth defense of the flyweight belt, was knocked down in the first round after Viloria landed a strong right to the body. That hit set the tone of the match as Viloria consistently went to the body of Miranda, who struggled to make the 112-pound limit during the weigh-in a day earlier.

Miranda came back in the fourth round with a strong left that temporarily stunned Viloria, but the “Hawaiian Punch” survived the round. Viloria came close to scoring a second knockdown in the seventh round when he tagged Miranda with a straight to the head, which sent the defending champion to the ropes. Viloria sustained a cut above his right eye in the next round, but was able to evade Miranda’s attacks in the final two rounds.