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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Friday, December 17, 2004

Viloria knocks out his foe in seventh

Advertiser Staff

Waipahu boxer Brian Viloria may have earned what he hopes to be a world championship bout with a seventh-round knockout of Colombia's Angel Priolo yesterday at the Grand Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Brian Viloria

Viloria unleashed a flurry of body shots at Priolo in the seventh, including a final right hook that dropped Priolo to the canvas.

"The entire audience gasped, you could hear everybody go 'oooh' as soon as he landed that last punch," said Viloria's manager, Gary Gittelsohn.

Through the previous six rounds, Viloria led on two of the three judges' cards, and he dropped Priolo for an eight-count in the third round.

"It was a serious fight; Brian showed he has the chin of an anvil because he took some unbelievable shots," Gittelsohn said.

Viloria, who is the No. 2-ranked flyweight (112 pounds) contender in the WBC, improved to 16-0 with the 10th knockout of his career. Priolo, who is ranked No. 9, dropped to 30-2.

The bout was not recognized as a championship qualifier, but Gittelsohn said he will ask the WBC to give Viloria a title shot.

"Anybody who saw this fight knows that Brian deserves it," Gittelsohn said.