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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, March 26, 2002

Viloria fights here in May

By Ferd Lewis
Advertiser Staff Writer

Undefeated flyweight Brian Viloria is planning to return home for his next fight, a tentative May 17 appearance at Blaisdell Center Arena.

Waipahu Olympian Brian Viloria has a 6-0 record.

Advertiser library photo • May 20, 2001

"We're about 95-percent set," said Gary Gittelsohn, Viloria's manager.

Viloria, a 2000 Sydney Olympian from Waipahu, said: "I was very happy, very very happy, when my manager told me about coming home. It has been a long time."

The card would be promoted by Tom Moffatt and likely match Viloria against an opponent from Japan, subject to approval by the Hawai'i State Boxing Commission. A commission spokesman said there is no official request before the group yet.

Viloria, who has fought in New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and San Antonio, hasn't fought here since making his professional debut last May. He won a unanimous decision on an ESPN2-televised card at the Hawai'i Convention Center. Moffatt also promoted that show.

Viloria is 6-0 with four knockouts. His last appearance was a March 15 technical knockout of Leonardo Gutierrez in New York.

The upcoming fight is expected to be Viloria's first eight-round bout. His past three appearances, only one of which has gone the distance, were scheduled six-rounders.

Gittelsohn said Viloria will continue to train in Los Angeles until about 10 days before the bout in May, when he is scheduled to come to Honolulu. "I've been looking forward to coming back home and fighting again," Viloria said.

Viloria last fought in Blaisdell as an amateur in 1997.