Viloria Ready To Make Case As Best Flyweight In The World

Former two-division world champion Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria (38-5, 23 KO’s) is all set on capturing his 5th world title with less than three-weeks before facing undefeated Artem Dalakian (15-0, 11 KO’s) of Ukraine for the vacant WBA World Flyweight Title at The Forum in Inglewood, California. The two share the ring in a 12-round championship bout on the supporting card of the much anticipated HBO “SuperFly 2” boxing event.

The former unified WBA and WBO flyweight champion, and WBC and IBF light flyweight champion is making another big run in his highly-decorated boxing career and is extremely focused on his quest of claiming another title.

“I’ve worked very hard to earn this shot for a 5th world title and I’m not going to let it slip away. I won my first world title in Los Angeles [in 2005] and I couldn’t be more excited to be back home to fight for the WBA flyweight world championship in front of my friends, family and supportive fans,” Viloria said in an ESPN interview.

Viloria, who was born in Honolulu, Hawaii to Filipino parents is currently riding a two-fight winning streak and is determined to prove his critics that he is still one of the best in his division after a tough loss against Nicaraguan KO artist Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez in October of 2015.

“I’m eager to prove once again that I’m the premiere flyweight in the world and you can count on seeing the best Brian Viloria ever. I’ve always given the fans an honest account in the ring and they won’t be disappointed on Feb. 24,” Viloria added.

Trying to block his pathway to winning his 5th world title is the 30-year-old Ukrainian sensation Artem Dalakian who sports an unblemished record of 15-0 with 11 KO’s.

The current WBA Continental Flyweight champion who is hungry to win his first world title has impressively KO’ed his last four challengers.

Dalakian, who will be fighting outside Ukraine for the first time in his career is supremely confident that his hand will be raised after the final bell rings and Ukraine will have a new world champion.

“Brian Viloria is a good boxer and was a champion, but his time is up. I’m going to the United States to become a world champion,” Dalakian said in an ESPN interview.

“I’m gonna prove to everyone that I’m the best,” he ended.


Author: Robert Belen

Robert Belen is a long-time combat sports writer for dSource Boxing. An avid sports fan, he knows no fear nor partiality in his reporting. If you have a problem with him, tell it to his face. (We bid you not.) You can follow him on Twitter @robertbelen

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