|Nickname(s)||The Hawaiian Punch|
|Height||5 ft 4 in (163 cm)|
|Reach||66 in (168 cm)|
November 24, 1980 |
|Wins by KO||23|
Brian Viloria (born November 24, 1980) is an American professional boxer of Filipino descent. He is a former unified WBA and WBO flyweight champion, as well as a former WBC and IBF light flyweight champion. His nickname of "The Hawaiian Punch" was first given to him by Jesus Salud, a fellow Hawaiian of Filipino descent and himself a former world champion in boxing.
In 1999, he won the US championships, the national Golden Gloves and the world title as an amateur at the 1999 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Houston, Texas but lost early at the Sydney Olympics 2000 against Brahim Asloum, who he had beaten in the 1999 World Championships in Houston, Texas. His overall record was 230-8.
He went to Northern Michigan University as part of the United States Olympic Education Center. Viloria bested both Glenn Donaire in the quarter-finals, and future world champion Nonito Donaire in the semi-finals of the 2000 US Olympic Trials. Won a spot on the 2000 Olympic Team by defeating his one time Team mate, Karoz Norman.
Viloria went to the Sydney Olympics as a medal favorite, but lost to eventual gold medalist Brahim Asloum of France, 6-4. Viloria landed dozens of body punches but the judges did not award points for his blows.
- 1995 National Junior Olympics Gold Medalist at 100 lbs.
- 1996 National Junior Olympics Gold Medalist at 106 lbs.
- 1996 World Junior Olympics Gold Medalist at 106 lbs.
- 1997 National Junior Olympics Bronze Medalist at 112 lbs.
- 1998 National Amateur Championships Bronze Medalist at 106 lbs.
- 1999 National Amateur Championships Gold Medalist at 106 lbs.
- 1999 National Golden Gloves Light Flyweight Gold Medalist
- 1999 World Amateur Championships Gold Medalist
- 1999 USA Boxer of The Year
- Member of the 2000 US Olympic Team. His results were:
Viloria started his professional career as a flyweight and picked up 17 wins with no defeats. He also captured and defended the NABF Flyweight title in the process before moving down to the Light Flyweight division.
On September 10, 2005, Viloria dropped down to light flyweight and won the WBC crown by knocking out Eric Ortiz in the first round with a powerful right.
He successfully defended it once on February 18, 2006 against José Antonio Aguirre (boxer) and was undefeated in 20 bouts. Viloria's unbeaten streak ended when he was dethroned by Mexican Omar Niño Romero on August 10, 2006.
In a rematch held on November 18, 2006 at Las Vegas, Romero held on to his title with a controversial majority draw decision, with Viloria knocking down Romero twice during the fight. Romero was then stripped of his title after failing a post fight drug test for methamphetamine and the decision was overturned into a no-contest.
Brian Viloria won via unanimous decision against Jose Garcia Bernal (26-11-1) in his debut at the super flyweight division at the Alameda Swap Meet in Los Angeles, California on January 5, 2008. Viloria secured four more victories before deciding to move back down to Light Flyweight.
Return to Light Flyweight
On April 19, 2009, Viloria moved back down to junior flyweight to challenge Mexican Ulises "Archie" Solís for the IBF Junior Flyweight title. Pressured by a fading career due to his past losses in big fights, Viloria defeated Solis, whom at the time of the fight was rated the #1 Jr. Flyweight by The Ring in the 11th round with a vicious right to the jaw. The official bout stoppage was a KO 2:56 into the 11th round. The fight was held at Araneta Coliseum in the Philippines, site of the Thrilla in Manila, as the co-main event of the Donaire-Martinez fight. Viloria snapped Solis' 11-fight unbeaten streak, 8 of which were title defenses while extending his win streak to 6.
For his second defense, Viloria fought Carlos Tamara of Colombia on January 23, 2010. Though leading in points, the referee called a halt to the bout in Tamara's favor as Viloria was close to passing out in the twelfth round awarding Tamara a TKO victory and the belt. Moments following the bout, Viloria passed out due to extreme exhaustion.
Return to Flyweight
Viloria returned to the flyweight division against Mexico's Omar Soto on July 10, 2010 at the Yñares Sports Arena, Pasig City, Metro Manila.
On July 16, 2011 Viloria captured the WBO Flyweight title by besting Mexican Julio Cesar Miranda. On December 10, 2011 Viloria stopped Giovani Segura by way of an 8th Round TKO. On May 13, 2012, Viloria stopped his rival Omar Niño Romero in the 9th round for another successful defense of his WBO Flyweight title.
On November 17, 2012 Viloria challenged Hernan Marquez in a flyweight unification between his WBO title and the Marquez's WBA crown. He went on to stop Marquez in 10 rounds becoming the first flyweight unified world champion since 1965. Viloria then lost both titles to Juan Francisco Estrada on April 6, 2013.
Viloria picked up four more wins before facing pound for pound king Román González on October 17, 2015 for the WBC and The Ring Flyweight titles. Viloria was stopped in the 9th round and lost via TKO.
|37 Wins (22 knockouts, 15 decisions), 5 Losses, 0 Draws, 2 No Contests|
|Win||37-5-(2)||Ruben Montoya||UD||10||2017-03-02||Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||36-5-(2)||Román González||TKO||9 (12), 2:53||2015-10-17||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York||For WBC and The Ring Flyweight titles.|
|Win||36-4-(2)||Omar Soto||KO||1 (8), 2:02||2015-07-25||Florentine Gardens, Hollywood, California|
|Win||35-4-(2)||Armando Vazquez||KO||4 (10), 1:37||2014-12-06||Civic Auditorium, Glendale, California|
|Win||34-4-(2)||Jose Alfredo Zuniga||KO||5 (10), 1:42||2014-07-19||CotaiArena, Venetian Resort, Macao|
|Win||33-4-(2)||Juan Herrera||UD||10||2014-03-29||Texas Station Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Loss||32-4-(2)||Juan Francisco Estrada||SD||12||2013-04-06||CotaiArena, Venetian Resort, Macao||Lost WBO and WBA (Super) Flyweight titles.|
|Win||32-3-(2)||Hernán Márquez||TKO||10 (12), 1:01||2012-11-17||Home Depot Center, Carson, California||Retained WBO Flyweight title.
Won WBA (Super) Flyweight title.
|Win||31-3-(2)||Omar Niño Romero||TKO||9 (12), 2:07||2012-05-13||Yñares Sports Arena, Pasig, Metro Manila||Retained WBO Flyweight title.|
|Win||30-3-(2)||Giovani Segura||TKO||8 (12), 0:29||2011-12-10||Yñares Sports Arena, Pasig, Metro Manila||Retained WBO Flyweight title.|
|Win||29-3-(2)||Julio Cesar Miranda||UD||12||2011-07-16||Blaisdell Center, Honolulu, Hawaii||Won WBO Flyweight title.|
|Win||28-3-(2)||Liempetch Sor Veerapol||TKO||7 (10), 2:09||2010-11-05||Yñares Sports Arena, Pasig, Metro Manila|
|Win||27-3-(2)||Omar Soto||SD||10||2010-07-10||Yñares Sports Arena, Pasig, Metro Manila|
|Loss||26-3-(2)||Carlos Tamara||TKO||12 (12), 1:45||2010-01-23||Cuneta Astrodome, Pasay City, Metro Manila||Lost IBF Light Flyweight title.|
|Win||26-2-(2)||Jesus Iribe||UD||12||2009-08-29||Blaisdell Center, Honolulu, Hawaii||Retained IBF Light Flyweight title.|
|Win||25-2-(2)||Ulises Solís||KO||11 (12), 2:56||2009-04-19||Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila||Won IBF Light Flyweight title.|
|Win||24-2-(2)||Benjamin Garcia||KO||2 (10), 1:17||2008-12-12||Alameda Swap Meet, Los Angeles, California|
|Win||23-2-(2)||Juan Javier Lagos||UD||8||2008-09-25||Sycuan Resort & Casino, El Cajon, California|
|Win||22-2-(2)||Fred Heberto Valdez||KO||3 (10), 2:10||2008-05-17||Plaza de Toros Monumental, Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes|
|Win||21-2-(2)||Cesar Lopez||UD||8||2008-02-16||MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||20-2-(2)||Jose Garcia Bernal||UD||8||2008-01-04||Alameda Swap Meet, Los Angeles, California|
|Loss||19-2-(2)||Edgar Sosa||MD||12||2007-04-14||Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas||For vacant WBC Light Flyweight title.|
|NC||19-1-(2)||Omar Niño Romero||ND||12||2006-11-18||Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada||For WBC Light Flyweight title.|
|Loss||19-1-(1)||Omar Niño Romero||UD||12||2006-08-10||Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada||Lost WBC Light Flyweight title.|
|Win||19-0-(1)||José Antonio Aguirre||UD||12||2006-02-18||The Aladdin, Las Vegas, Nevada||Retained WBC Light Flyweight title.|
|Win||18-0-(1)||Eric Ortiz||KO||1 (12), 2:59||2005-09-10||Staples Center, Los Angeles, California||Won WBC Light Flyweight title.|
|Win||17-0-(1)||Ruben Contreras||TKO||6 (8), 0:55||2005-05-28||Staples Center, Los Angeles, California|
|Win||16-0-(1)||Angel Antonio Priolo||KO||7 (12), 0:54||2004-12-16||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California|
|Win||15-0-(1)||Gilberto Keb Baas||KO||11 (12), 2:42||2004-06-04||Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona||Retained NABF Flyweight title.|
|Win||14-0-(1)||Juan Alfonso Keb Baas||UD||12||2004-02-13||Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut||Retained NABF Flyweight title.|
|Win||13-0-(1)||Luis Doria||TKO||1 (10), 1:14||2003-07-22||Venture Resort, Pismo Beach, California||Retained WBC Youth Flyweight title.|
|Win||12-0-(1)||Valentin Leon||TKO||8 (10)||2003-04-15||Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, Honolulu, Hawaii|
|Win||11-0-(1)||Alejandro Moreno||UD||12||2003-04-15||Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut||Retained NABF Flyweight title.|
|Win||10-0-(1)||Alberto Rossel||MD||12||2002-11-24||Sports Plus Events Center, Lake Grove, New York||Retained NABF Flyweight title.|
|Win||9-0-(1)||Juan Javier Lagos||UD||12||2002-08-30||Cipriani's Restaurant, New York, New York||Won NABF Flyweight title.|
|NC||8-0-(1)||Alberto Rossel||UD||12||2002-08-30||Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort, Chester, West Virginia|
|Win||8-0||Francisco Soto||TKO||5 (10), 1:18||2002-06-18||Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar, California||Won WBC Youth Flyweight title.|
|Win||7-0||Sandro Orlando Oviedo||KO||1 (8), 0:38||2002-05-17||Blaisdell Center Arena, Honolulu, Hawaii|
|Win||6-0||Leonardo Gutierrez||TKO||4 (6)||2002-03-15||Cipriani's Restaurant, New York City, New York|
|Win||5-0||Antonio Perez||TKO||3 (6), 2:40||2002-01-05||Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, Texas|
|Win||4-0||Mike Thomas||UD||4||2001-11-23||Roseland Ballroom, New York City, New York|
|Win||3-0||Sheldon Wile||TKO||1 (4)||2001-11-09||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Win||2-0||Kenny Berrios||TKO||4 (4), 1:35||2001-09-28||USF War Memorial Gym, San Francisco, California|
|Win||1-0||Benjamin Escobia||UD||4||2001-05-15||Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu, Hawaii||Professional debut.|
Outside the ring
On September 6, 2009, Viloria, who was in attendance at the World Cup of Pool, was chosen to perform the ceremonial break shot before the start of the final match. Because he never played pocket billiards before, Viloria miscued on his first attempt but finally achieved the shot on his second.
- Bill Dwyre (January 22, 2010). "Boxer Brian Viloria is poised for another run at the top". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-01-22.
- Philstar.net - Viloria back to warrior's mentality
- LATimes.com, Martirosyan scores impressive victory
- ringtv.com - Ring Magazine Jr. Flyweight Ratings Archived April 5, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
- ringtv.com - Donaire and Viloria score impressive KOs in the Philippines Archived April 22, 2009, at Archive.is
- Nathanielsz, Ronnie (July 10, 2010). "Brian Viloria Beats Omar Soto By Split Decision Nod". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved July 10, 2010.
- Maloney L. Samaco (November 19, 2012). "BRIAN VILORIA UNIFIES WORLD FLYWEIGHT TITLE AFTER 47 YEARS". PhilBoxing.com. Retrieved 2012-11-25.
- Randall Parker. "Philippines "B" Team Earns An "A": 2009 World Cup Of Pool Champs". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2009-09-07.
|Awards and achievements|
|WBC Light Flyweight Champion
September 10, 2005 – August 10, 2006
Omar Niño Romero
|IBF Junior Flyweight Champion
April 19, 2009 – January 23, 2010
Julio Cesar Miranda
|WBO Flyweight Champion
July 16, 2011 – April 6, 2013
Juan Francisco Estrada
Unified against Hernán Márquez
|WBA Flyweight Champion
November 17, 2012 – April 6, 2013