Brian Viloria

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Brian Viloria
Nickname(s) The Hawaiian Punch
Weight(s) Flyweight
Light flyweight
Height 5 ft 4 in (163 cm)
Reach 66 in (168 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1980-11-24) November 24, 1980 (age 36)
Waipahu, Hawaii
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 45
Wins 38
Wins by KO 23
Losses 5
No contests 2

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.

Amateur career[edit]

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.[1]

Amateur Highlights[edit]

  • 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:

Professional career[edit]


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.

Light Flyweight[edit]

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.

On April 14, 2007, he fought Edgar Sosa for the vacant WBC Light Flyweight title but lost via majority decision.

Super Flyweight[edit]

Viloria then decided to move up to the super flyweight division and began training under former champion, Roberto Garcia, at La Colonia Gym in Oxnard, California.[2]

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.[3] Viloria secured four more victories before deciding to move back down to Light Flyweight.[4]

Return to Light Flyweight[edit]

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[5] in the 11th round with a vicious right to the jaw. The official bout stoppage was a KO 2:56 into the 11th round.[6] 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.

Viloria successfully defended his IBF Junior Flyweight title on August 29, 2009 against Jesus Iribe.[7]

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.[8] Moments following the bout, Viloria passed out due to extreme exhaustion.[9]

Return to Flyweight[edit]

Viloria returned to the flyweight division against Mexico's Omar Soto on July 10, 2010 at the Yñares Sports Arena, Pasig City, Metro Manila.[10]

On July 16, 2011 Viloria captured the WBO Flyweight title by besting Mexican Julio Cesar Miranda.[11] On December 10, 2011 Viloria stopped Giovani Segura by way of an 8th Round TKO.[12] On May 13, 2012, Viloria stopped his rival Omar Niño Romero in the 9th round for another successful defense of his WBO Flyweight title.[13]

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.[14] Viloria then lost both titles to Juan Francisco Estrada on April 6, 2013.[15]

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.

Professional record[edit]

37 Wins (22 knockouts, 15 decisions), 5 Losses, 0 Draws, 2 No Contests
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Win 37-5-(2) Mexico Ruben Montoya UD 10 2017-03-02 Japan Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan
Loss 36-5-(2) Nicaragua Román González TKO 9 (12), 2:53 2015-10-17 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York For WBC and The Ring Flyweight titles.
Win 36-4-(2) Mexico Omar Soto KO 1 (8), 2:02 2015-07-25 United States Florentine Gardens, Hollywood, California
Win 35-4-(2) Mexico Armando Vazquez KO 4 (10), 1:37 2014-12-06 United States Civic Auditorium, Glendale, California
Win 34-4-(2) Mexico Jose Alfredo Zuniga KO 5 (10), 1:42 2014-07-19 Macau CotaiArena, Venetian Resort, Macao
Win 33-4-(2) Puerto Rico Juan Herrera UD 10 2014-03-29 United States Texas Station Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Loss 32-4-(2) Mexico Juan Francisco Estrada SD 12 2013-04-06 Macau CotaiArena, Venetian Resort, Macao Lost WBO and WBA (Super) Flyweight titles.
Win 32-3-(2) Mexico Hernán Márquez TKO 10 (12), 1:01 2012-11-17 United States Home Depot Center, Carson, California Retained WBO Flyweight title.
Won WBA (Super) Flyweight title.
Win 31-3-(2) Mexico Omar Niño Romero TKO 9 (12), 2:07 2012-05-13 Philippines Yñares Sports Arena, Pasig, Metro Manila Retained WBO Flyweight title.
Win 30-3-(2) Mexico Giovani Segura TKO 8 (12), 0:29 2011-12-10 Philippines Yñares Sports Arena, Pasig, Metro Manila Retained WBO Flyweight title.
Win 29-3-(2) Mexico Julio Cesar Miranda UD 12 2011-07-16 United States Blaisdell Center, Honolulu, Hawaii Won WBO Flyweight title.
Win 28-3-(2) Thailand Liempetch Sor Veerapol TKO 7 (10), 2:09 2010-11-05 Philippines Yñares Sports Arena, Pasig, Metro Manila
Win 27-3-(2) Mexico Omar Soto SD 10 2010-07-10 Philippines Yñares Sports Arena, Pasig, Metro Manila
Loss 26-3-(2) Colombia Carlos Tamara TKO 12 (12), 1:45 2010-01-23 Philippines Cuneta Astrodome, Pasay City, Metro Manila Lost IBF Light Flyweight title.
Win 26-2-(2) Mexico Jesus Iribe UD 12 2009-08-29 United States Blaisdell Center, Honolulu, Hawaii Retained IBF Light Flyweight title.
Win 25-2-(2) Mexico Ulises Solís KO 11 (12), 2:56 2009-04-19 Philippines Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila Won IBF Light Flyweight title.
Win 24-2-(2) Mexico Benjamin Garcia KO 2 (10), 1:17 2008-12-12 United States Alameda Swap Meet, Los Angeles, California
Win 23-2-(2) Mexico Juan Javier Lagos UD 8 2008-09-25 United States Sycuan Resort & Casino, El Cajon, California
Win 22-2-(2) Mexico Fred Heberto Valdez KO 3 (10), 2:10 2008-05-17 Mexico Plaza de Toros Monumental, Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes
Win 21-2-(2) United States Cesar Lopez UD 8 2008-02-16 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 20-2-(2) Colombia Jose Garcia Bernal UD 8 2008-01-04 United States Alameda Swap Meet, Los Angeles, California
Loss 19-2-(2) Mexico Edgar Sosa MD 12 2007-04-14 United States Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas For vacant WBC Light Flyweight title.
NC 19-1-(2) Mexico Omar Niño Romero ND 12 2006-11-18 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada For WBC Light Flyweight title.
Loss 19-1-(1) Mexico Omar Niño Romero UD 12 2006-08-10 United States Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Lost WBC Light Flyweight title.
Win 19-0-(1) Mexico José Antonio Aguirre UD 12 2006-02-18 United States The Aladdin, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBC Light Flyweight title.
Win 18-0-(1) Mexico Eric Ortiz KO 1 (12), 2:59 2005-09-10 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California Won WBC Light Flyweight title.
Win 17-0-(1) Mexico Ruben Contreras TKO 6 (8), 0:55 2005-05-28 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Win 16-0-(1) Colombia Angel Antonio Priolo KO 7 (12), 0:54 2004-12-16 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Win 15-0-(1) Mexico Gilberto Keb Baas KO 11 (12), 2:42 2004-06-04 United States Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona Retained NABF Flyweight title.
Win 14-0-(1) Mexico Juan Alfonso Keb Baas UD 12 2004-02-13 United States Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut Retained NABF Flyweight title.
Win 13-0-(1) Colombia Luis Doria TKO 1 (10), 1:14 2003-07-22 United States Venture Resort, Pismo Beach, California Retained WBC Youth Flyweight title.
Win 12-0-(1) Mexico Valentin Leon TKO 8 (10) 2003-04-15 United States Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, Honolulu, Hawaii
Win 11-0-(1) Mexico Alejandro Moreno UD 12 2003-04-15 United States Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut Retained NABF Flyweight title.
Win 10-0-(1) Peru Alberto Rossel MD 12 2002-11-24 United States Sports Plus Events Center, Lake Grove, New York Retained NABF Flyweight title.
Win 9-0-(1) Mexico Juan Javier Lagos UD 12 2002-08-30 United States Cipriani's Restaurant, New York, New York Won NABF Flyweight title.
NC 8-0-(1) Peru Alberto Rossel UD 12 2002-08-30 United States Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort, Chester, West Virginia
Win 8-0 Mexico Francisco Soto TKO 5 (10), 1:18 2002-06-18 United States Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar, California Won WBC Youth Flyweight title.
Win 7-0 Argentina Sandro Orlando Oviedo KO 1 (8), 0:38 2002-05-17 United States Blaisdell Center Arena, Honolulu, Hawaii
Win 6-0 Mexico Leonardo Gutierrez TKO 4 (6) 2002-03-15 United States Cipriani's Restaurant, New York City, New York
Win 5-0 United States Antonio Perez TKO 3 (6), 2:40 2002-01-05 United States Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, Texas
Win 4-0 United States Mike Thomas UD 4 2001-11-23 United States Roseland Ballroom, New York City, New York
Win 3-0 Canada Sheldon Wile TKO 1 (4) 2001-11-09 United States Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 2-0 Puerto Rico Kenny Berrios TKO 4 (4), 1:35 2001-09-28 United States USF War Memorial Gym, San Francisco, California
Win 1-0 Philippines Benjamin Escobia UD 4 2001-05-15 United States Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu, Hawaii Professional debut.

Outside the ring[edit]

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.[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bill Dwyre (January 22, 2010). "Boxer Brian Viloria is poised for another run at the top". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-01-22. 
  2. ^ - Viloria back to warrior's mentality
  3. ^, Martirosyan scores impressive victory
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  5. ^ - Ring Magazine Jr. Flyweight Ratings Archived April 5, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ - Donaire and Viloria score impressive KOs in the Philippines Archived April 22, 2009, at
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  10. ^ Nathanielsz, Ronnie (July 10, 2010). "Brian Viloria Beats Omar Soto By Split Decision Nod". Retrieved July 10, 2010. 
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  14. ^ Maloney L. Samaco (November 19, 2012). "BRIAN VILORIA UNIFIES WORLD FLYWEIGHT TITLE AFTER 47 YEARS". Retrieved 2012-11-25. 
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  16. ^ Randall Parker. "Philippines "B" Team Earns An "A": 2009 World Cup Of Pool Champs". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Eric Ortiz
WBC Light Flyweight Champion
September 10, 2005 – August 10, 2006
Succeeded by
Omar Niño Romero
Preceded by
Ulises Solís
IBF Junior Flyweight Champion
April 19, 2009 – January 23, 2010
Succeeded by
Carlos Tamara
Preceded by
Julio Cesar Miranda
WBO Flyweight Champion
July 16, 2011 – April 6, 2013
Succeeded by
Juan Francisco Estrada
New title
Unified against Hernán Márquez
WBA Flyweight Champion
Super Title

November 17, 2012 – April 6, 2013