MANILA, Philippines – Brian Viloria chalked up the 23rd knockout of his 16-year pro career, finishing Philadelphia’s Miguel Cartagena in the fifth round on the untelevised portion of the “SuperFly” card which aired on HBO Saturday, September 9 (Sunday Manila time).
There were no knockdowns but Viloria (38-5, 23 KOs) was in total command, sending Cartegena (15-4-1, 6 KOs) reeling into the ropes with a two-punch combination and pouring on unanswered blows before the referee stepped in to halt the fight.
Viloria, a former two-time junior flyweight and unified flyweight champ, looked like he still had some fight left in him at 36. He weighed 113 1/2 the day before, and manager Gary Gittelsohn wants to see him return to the 112-pound division to campaign for another title.
“I thought Brian looked terrific tonight against a solid fighter who came to win,” said Gittelsohn. “I will be brainstorming with [Viloria’s promoter] Mr. Honda of Teiken Promotions over the next couple of weeks to chart Brian’s course to another world title.
“It will be at 112 pounds – Brian makes 112 pounds easily and we’re confident he will win another world title in 2018.”
Viloria, a Filipino-American from Waipahu, Hawaii, has now won two straight since his 2015 technical knockout loss to Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, whose own career may have ended in the main event after he was knocked out by Thailand’s Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in the rematch of their first fight in March, which resulted in the first loss of Gonzalez’s career. – Rappler.com
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