Roman Gonzalez vs. Brian Viloria likely for Golovkin-Lemieux card on October 17th on HBO PPV
(Photo credit: Hogan Photos) By Dan Ambrose: A huge fight between WBC flyweight champion Roman Gonzalez (43-0, 37 KOs) and former two division world champion Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria (36-4, 22 KOs) is looking good for October 17th on the undercard of the Gennady Golovkin vs. David Lemieux card on HBO pay-per-view from Madison Square Garden in New York.
Viloria, 34, says the deal is done, and Roman Gonzalez’s manager is saying that the fight is looking very good for October 17th.
“Manager of @chocolatitobox tell me ‘everything is pointing towards Brian Viloria’ as challenger 10/17 on GGG-Lemieux card. Fantastic fight,” Dan Rafael said on his Twitter today.
“Deal is done. #eam Viloria #LetsGo,” Viloria said on his Twitter. “Official announcement in a couple of days.”
This is a fantastic fight between Roman Gonzalez and Brian Viloria, and it’ll make the Golovkin-Lemieux fight card that much better on October 17th on HBO PPV. Gonzalez-Viloria is the type of fight that should be a main event on its own, but of course it wouldn’t be big enough to stage as a PPV event without help from a fight like Golovkin vs. Lemieux. It’s still a great fight.
Gonzalez really impressed boxing fans in destroying Edgar Sosa in two rounds on the Golovkin vs. Willie Monroe Jr. undercard on May 16th on HBO Championship Boxing. Gonzalez totally obliterated a very good fighter in Sosa. This is the same Edgar Sosa that defeated Viloria by a 12 round majority decision seven years ago in 2008.
Of course, Viloria has improved a lot since then and lost only a couple of times in getting beaten by Juan Francisco Estrada by a 12 round decision in 2013 and Carlos Tamara in 2010 by 12th round knockout. Gonzalez has beaten Estrada by a close 12 round decision in the past, and he’s interested in fighting him again so that he can improve on the job the second time around.
Viloria has a four fight win streak going since his lost to Estrada. In Viloria’s last fight, he stopped Omar Soto in the 1st round last July and looked really strong in that fight.
Gonzalez is getting Viloria at a point in his career where he’s looking unstoppable and very strong. This fight should be very competitive and very interesting for as long as it lasts.
Gonzalez only has two opponents in the flyweight division in Viloria and Estrada that can really test him at all. If Gonzalez destroys both of those guys then he’ll have no other choice but to move up to super flyweight to start looking for more competitive fights so that he can increase his popularity.
Gonzalez is a fighter that is on his way up. HBO really likes him and plans on continuing to televise his fights. He could become the GGG of the flyweight and super flyweight divisions if he can keep knocking guys out the way he’s been doing. The last fighter that made it the full distance with Gonzalez was Estrada and that fight took place three years ago in 2012. Gonzalez has knocked out everyone he’s faced since then and looked nothing short of spectacular in each fight.
It’s going to be interesting to see if Viloria has what it takes to end Gonzalez’s unbeaten streak to give him his first defeat of his career. Viloria has the kind of talent where he can beat anybody on a good night. Gonzalez will need to bring his A-game if he wants to come out of the Viloria contest with his unbeaten record intact because Viloria is going to be on top of him the entire fight looking to score a knockout.
In Gonzalez’s last nine fights, he’s stopped Edgar Sosa, Valentin Leon, Rocky Fuentes, Akira Yaegashi, Juan Purisima, Juan Kantun, Oscar Blanquet, Francisco Rodriguez Jr. and Ronald Barrera. Like I said, the last guy to last the full 12 round distance with Roman Gonzalez was Juan Francisco Estrada in November 2012. Estrada is a world champion at flyweight, and considered to be the best fighter in the division until Gonzalez moved up in weight to start competing in the flyweight division in 2014 and made it clear to all that he’s the best fighter in the division.
Gonzalez has already captured world titles in three divisions. He looks like he’s got the potential to win world titles in at least two more divisions, possibly three if he doesn’t spend too much time in any one division.