Brian Viloria Scores Knockout Victory over Mexican Giovani Segura
Moments ago at the Ynares Center in Pasig City, Philippines, reigning WBO flyweight champion Brian "Hawaiian Punch" Viloria, pounded top Mexican pound-for-pound rated Giovani Segura via TKO in the eighth round to retain his WBO flyweight belt.
Viloria had dominated the fight starting from the second round until the referee stopped the fight in the eighth round. Segura had difficulty with his eye which was hampered by the swollen portion of his face near the right ear as a result of power combinations by Viloria in the early rounds.
Except for the first round—which could be called an even round by the judges—it looked like all the other rounds went to Viloria.
It was Viloria's fourth win since losing against Carlos Tamara in January 2010 in a fight held at the Cuneta Astrodome in the Philippines.
The Filipino-American champion, who was born in Waipahu, Hawaii in 1980, was a member of the 2000 US Olympic Team before turning professional in 2005
Before the start of the fight—which was attended by eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao—who served as TV coverage anchor along with Chino Trinidad and Quinito Henson—said it was hard to stay as champion but he is determined to win over the Mexican fighter.
“It’s hard to stay a champion but I’m determined to hold the title for a longer period of time. I’m now taking every fight seriously. And it will start with Giovani because this is a very important fight for me,” Viloria said before the fight.
Segura, who turned professional in 2003, has accumulated a record of 18–0–1, which included a win against future champion Carlos Tamara, who dethroned Viloria in Jan. 2010.
His 18-fight winning streak was cut short by his lone loss to Cesar Canchila in 2007 followed by a nine-fight winning run.
With Viloria's win over Segura, the "Hawaiian Punch" now has a ring record of 30-3-0 with 16 knockouts.
Upset of the Year Candidate: Viloria Stops Segura in Eight
In a Boxing shocker, the Ring’s #9 ranked pound for pound fighter Giovanni Segura (28-2-1, 24KO’s) suffered his second professional defeat at the hands of Brian Viloria (30-3, 17KO’s) by 8th round TKO. Segura came in the fight as a huge favourite with a promise to knock out Viloria as he challenges for the WBO world flyweight title.
Segura wasted no time putting pressure soon as the fight started while Viloria looked cautious as he gauged and felt the distance in the opening seconds of the first round. Midway through the round Viloria started to land his counter left hooks. Viloria finished the round strong as he connected the harder, cleaner punches..
In some moments in the bout, Viloria looked like he was fighting Segura’s fight but was getting the better of it as he lands his left hooks at will building a huge lump on Segura’s left part of the head. Viloria never looked bothered while taking punches from Segura who used to be a bantamweight early in his career.
Viloria boxed wise preserving his energy. There were several moments in the fight where Segura looked hurt but Viloria would rather take his time and pick the challenger apart.
In contrary to what many experts predicted, Viloria had more than enough gas in the tank and did more damage as the fight went on. Viloria was very selective with his punches, throwing the right hand only when necessary. Midway through the fight Viloria started to dig the body, doing a good job mixing his punches backing down the challenger.
It was all Brian Viloria from there on. The lump on Segura’s head has gotten too huge so upon taking another big shot on the same spot in round eight, referee Samuel Viruet was forced to stop the fight. Viloria successfully defended his WBO world flyweight title in his greatest career win to date.
The fight exceeded all expectations, it was a pleasure watching both warriors. It was hard to understand how both fighters from the lower weights hit so hard, I can hear the pop from my seat a few feet away from the ring.
Segura has been a courageous warrior. He won the support and respect of the Filipino boxing fans by being humble, compassionate and down to earth. And while Segura will definitely be back, it’s most likely that he gets taken off the prestigious Ring’s pound for pound list. It remains to be seen if Brian Viloria would fill a spot in.
The challenger was not able to attend the post fight press conference since he needed to be in the hospital immediately due to the Hematoma caused in the fight. And while I feel for Segura, please allow the Filipino fans to celebrate the victory of Brian Viloria.
By JM Siasat - firstname.lastname@example.org
Viloria scores TKO vs. Mexico’s Segura
OOZING with confidence and tremendous punching power, World Boxing Organization (WBO) flyweight champion Brian Viloria retained his title with a convincing eighth round technical knockout (TKO) win against Mexican Giovani Segura on Sunday morning.
The Filipino-Hawaiian Viloria, who improved to 30-3-0 (win-loss-draw) with 17 knockouts, started hitting the 29-year-old Segura in the first round and sustained the same aggression in the next rounds to the delight of the local fans at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City (Metro Manila).
Viloria, known as the “Hawaiian Punch,” battered his Mexican challenger with power-packed punches in the midsection and head mostly in the fifth and seventh rounds before going for the kill in the eighth with a strong right.
“I followed the game plan and the fight went so easy even if he’s a hard-hitter,” said Viloria, 31, noting that his hard training and sparring sessions all paid off.
“He fought well but my determination to keep this title prevails,” he added.
Segura, a ninth pound-for-pound rank fighter by Ring magazine, delivered two solid punches in round three and Viloria shook his head, but the Mexican couldn’t sustain his attack. Segura’s next attacks were countered mostly by Viloria until the sixth round.
Although Segura (28-2-1 with 24 knockouts) took a big lump on his right eye before the second round from Viloria’s solid left hook, the Mexican stayed dangerous in the sixth when he hit Viloria with crisp upper cuts.
But Viloria’s dominating punches came at the seventh and eighth, forcing Segura to cover his face. Referee Luis Viruet stopped the fight with 29 ticks left at eighth round after Segura suffered a grotesque hematoma on the right side of his face.
“This is very sweet the win,” said Viloria of Waihapahu, Hawaii. “It is sweeter than my bouts against Ulises Solis and Julius Cesar Miranda.”
Viloria, an Olympic representative for the United States in Sydney in 2000, said that he was vindicated for all of his past frustrations, including his unexpected TKO loss to Carlos Tamara last year.