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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, May 24, 2002

Viloria, ESPN discussing November bout in Hawai'i

Advertiser Staff

Brian Viloria's representatives are attempting to iron out the details for the undefeated flyweight to appear on a nationally-televised ESPN show here in November.

Brian Viloria leaves today to train in Los Angeles.

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"We're tentatively planning to have him on a show then," said Gary Gittelsohn, Viloria's Los Angeles-based manager.

Gittelsohn said talks are underway with the cable network to feature the fighter on its "Friday Night Fights" series from Honolulu.

"ESPN likes what they've seen of Brian and they are interested in showcasing him again," Gittelsohn said.

Viloria (7-0, 5 KOs), of Waipahu, made his professional debut in May 2001 on an ESPN card from the Hawai'i Convention Center.

Viloria, who scored a knockout 38 seconds into the first round of last Friday's bout with Sandro Oviedo at Blaisdell Center Arena, is scheduled to return to Los Angeles today to begin training for a June 18 appearance on ESPN from Del Mar, Calif. Gittelsohn said no opponent has yet been named.

If ESPN books Viloria for a "Friday Night Fights" episode in Honolulu, Gittelsohn said the card would probably have to start at "1 p.m. or 2 p.m. in Hawai'i" for a prime time slot on the East Coast.

As part of his agreement with Gittelsohn and DiBella Entertainment, his management and matchmakers, Viloria asked to fight in Hawai'i at least once a year. But after drawing 3,180 and a gate of $79,745 for his May 17 bout, both Viloria and promoter Tom Moffatt said they wanted an additional appearance this fall.