Three-time world champion Brian Viloria (30-3, 16 KOs) defends his WBO flyweight belt against two-time champion, Omar Nino Romero (31-4-2, 13 KOs) on Sunday, May 13 from the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines. The fight, along with a co-feature of Julio Cesar Miranda (37-6-1, 29 KOs) and Rodel Mayol (30-5-2, 22 KOs), will be shown live in the United States at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT (Saturday night in the United States) by Integrated Sports Pay-Per-View at a price of $29.95.
This will mark the third fight in a trilogy between Viloria and Romero. Romero beat Viloria by a wide margin in their first meeting in 2006 to win the WBC jr. flyweight title. In the rematch three months later the fight was ruled a majority draw, but a failed drug test from Romero prompted the Nevada State Athletic Commission to change the outcome to a no contest. Romero, of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, sat out almost nineteen months, and lost his comeback fight to Juanito Rubilar. Romero eventually regained the WBC’s jr. flyweight belt with a unanimous decision victory over Rodel Mayol in 2010. Romero lost his title to unlikely title challenger, Gilberto Keb Baas later that year. Romero’s last fight took place in August, when he knocked out Mexican club fighter, Javier Romano, in three rounds.
Viloria, from the Philippines by way of Hawaii, will be making the second defense of the WBO title he won from Julio Cesar Miranda last July. He spent much of 2010 regrouping after a twelve-round TKO loss to Carlos Tamara, a fight which saw Viloria collapse from exhaustion before the twelfth and final round while ahead on two of the three scorecards. Viloria, presently ranked number 8 by The Boxing Tribune, scored wins over Omar Soto and Liempetch So Veerapol before getting the call to challenge Miranda. In his last fight, Viloria knocked out former unified jr. flyweight champion, Giovani Segura, over eight lopsided rounds.
The co-feature will, pit Mexican Julio Cesar Miranda against Rodel Mayol of the Philippines. Miranda, ranked number 10 by The Tribune, won the WBO flyweight title nearly two years ago with a win over young Filipino, Richie Mepranum. He made three successful defenses of the title before dropping a close unanimous decision to Viloria last July. Miranda last fought in November, taking a unanimous decision over Mexican club fighter, Cecilio Santos.
Mayol has flown under the radar since the 2010 loss to Romero, with wins over Thailand’s Pompetch Sor Sompong, Javier Gallo, Jayson Rotoni, and Ernie Marquez. Mayol has come up short more often than not when up against top-tier competition, but his list of defeats includes losses to Ulises Solis, Eagle Kyowa, Adrian Hernandez, and Romero. He won his first title in 2009 when he knocked out Edgar Sosa in two rounds in Mexico.
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