Former Two-Division Titlist Brian Viloria made a successful comeback

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If you ever wonder what happened to former two-division titleholder Brian Viloria after succumbing to a humiliating split decision loss to Mexican Juan Francisco Estrada that resulted to the lose of his WBO & WBA (Super) Flyweight titles.

This good news for Filipino bocing fans as Viloria made his comeback fight after nearly a year of inactivity on Saturday, winning a unanimous decision over Puerto Rican journeyman Juan Herrera at the Texas Station Casino in Las Vegas.

“The Hawaiian Punch” won the scorecards courtesy of a 98-92 score on two judges, while the third tallied the bout 97-93.

The 2000 Olympic silver medalist Viloria improved to 33-4, 19 knockouts record of while Herrera dropped to 9-8, 4 KOs and lost his second straight fight.

Viloria, who had previously won titles at 108 and 112 pounds, used his jab effectively to control the awkward Herrera, but seemed content to land one punch at a time, to limited effect. Herrera was able to land punches from time to time, but lacked the power to hurt Viloria.

After the victory, the 33 year old Viloria will return to the scene of that loss on May 31, when he faces an opponent to be named at the Venetian Resort in Macau, on the undercard of the Nonito Donaire Jr.-Simpiwe Vetyeka WBA featherweight title fight.

“I’ve discussed our ‘wish list’ with Bob [Arum], but nothing is yet locked in,” Viloria’s manager, Gary Gittelsohn, told “We all want a meaningful fight for the Macau card.”

Ed Umbao

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