Viloria destroys Soto, wants Roman Gonzalez next
By Allan Fox: #1 WBO, #2 WBC, #3 WBA flyweight contender Brian Viloria (36-4, 21 KOs) destroyed journeyman Omar Soto (23-12-2, 7 KOs) in the 1st round to capture the WBC fECARBbOX Flyweight on Saturday night at the Florentine Gardens in Hollywood, CA.
Viloria knocked Soto down three times in the 1st round before the fight was finally halted at 2:02 of the round after Viloria dropped Soto with two right hooks to the head. For Viloria, this was the second time that he’d beaten Soto, as he won a 10 round split decision five years ago in 2010.
It’s unclear why Viloria chose to fight Soto again at this point in his career. The 35-year-old Soto came into the fight having lost 3 out of his last 4 fights. Viloria dropped Soto with a right hand for the first knockdown. Viloria then followed it up with a left to the head on the second knockdown.
For Viloria, this was his fourth consecutive win since getting beaten by Juan Francisco Estrada by a 12 round split decision in 2013.
The 34-year-old Viloria now wants to face WBC champion Roman Gonzalez (43-0, 37 KOs). If Viloria is going to get that fight next then he’s going to need to face Gonzalez on October 17th on the undercard of the middleweight clash between WBA 160lb champion Gennady Golovkin and IBF champ David Lemieux on HBO pay-per-view at Madison Square Garden in New York.
“I know I have what it takes to defeat a fighter like Gonzalez,” Viloria said via Rappler.com. “He’s been dodging me the last couple of years. We’ve been wanting to get a match against him but his people have been saying he’s not ready yet, or he doesn’t want to commence in talks to get us together. Hopefully my manager [Gary Gittelsohn] can do something and get him to commit to a fight against me close to the end of the year or in the next couple of months.”
That would be a real mismatch if Viloria were to face Gonzalez, because this guy is just too good right now, and Viloria has a lot of mileage on him. Viloria should be looking to get a rematch against Estrada rather than a guy that beat Estrada.
In other action on the card, featherweight Guy Robb (16-1, 7KO) defeated Edwin Solis (6-4-3, 4KO) by an 8 round unanimous decision. The final judges’ scores were 79-73, 79-73 and 79-73.
Other boxing results on the card:
William Silva KO 5 Adam Mate
Abner Lopez UD 6 Daniel Calzada
Arnold Barboza Jr UD 6 Lionel Jimenez
Israel Duffus KO 1 Ryan Bourland
Thomas Noel KO 1 Brian Flores