Brian Viloria fought Fred Herberto Valdez in an unfamiliar territory in Aguascalientes Mexico. He was fighting in an open ring under the prickly heat of the sun the former world champion was not even the main event but that didn’t bothered Viloria as he continues to pounce his opponent and won a knockout in the third round.
It was not a rags to riches story for Viloria. The former Olympian was only 25 years old when he fought and knock the reigning WBC flyweight champion Eric Ortiz the win put him in the limelight and after a succesful defense all went downhill when he lost to Omar Niño once and a No contest on their rematch. It was already a wake up call for Brian who had to change coaches successively. His lost to Edgar Sosa derailed Viloria’s comeback and was the unforgotten fighter for quite sometime.
Brian had to change his lifestyle and try to dig deeper and find the ferocity and the hunger to be back as a champion once again. He was a lost soul trying to find meaning on his boxing life. He went back in training and move into a small apartment where he just eats , sleep and train. He had to be active and fought five times in just a year. The road for glory seemed to be difficult for Brian but he never complained because he knows that’s what it takes to be a real champion.
Last Saturday he fought Ulises Solis for the IBF flyweight title this was a make or break fight for Brian and he knows there were a lot at stake. Solis had been a great champion and packs a powerful left on his arsenal. Fighting in his home place makes it extra special but winning the title makes all his hardwork rewarding. Brian was all focus as he never gave the former champion a chance to be technical as he rained Solis with lead rights and quick reflexes. Ulises succumbed to Viloria’s pressure and walk into Brian’s short right and was counted out by the referee. Brian won the IBF title but it wasn’t like the first time when he scored a quick knockout against Ortiz. Yes he still have to undergo 11 rounds against a granite jaw and a talented technician in Solis. He still have to worked hard to redeem himself and the reward was unexplainable joy… Viloria is now a legitimate champion and was quick to say that it was a perfect fairy tale ending. Silly Brian… it’s only the beginning.. only the beginning.