LOS ANGELES, California — Filipino American former world champion Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria needed just one round to put away his out-gunned opponent, Omar Soto, during their rematch in Florentine Gardens in California.
During their first match in 2010, Viloria and Soto had a close contest resulting to a split-decision victory for the FilAm fighter from Waipahu, Hawaii.
According to a fight report on Boxing Scene, Viloria floored Soto three times in the first round despite taking some time to shake off ring rust.
Viloria, a two-division champion who came off from a seven-month respite, registered his first knockdown after just a minute, and the referee stopped the bout at the 2:02 mark after Soto hit the canvas for the third time.
The bout was billed as a “stay busy” fight for the 34-year-old Viloria whose quick win may have earned for him a shot at champion Roman Gonzalez for an October fight date.
Viloria scored 3 quick knockdowns to finish the faded Soto at 2:02 of the first round.
Viloria (36-4, 22 knockouts) has now won 4 straight since losing the unified flyweight title to Juan Estrada by decision. Soto (23-12-2, 15 KOs) was fighting for the first time in two years and loses for the third straight time by knockout.
Viloria may now be in the mix for a rematch with Estrada in September, according to Viloria’s manager Gary Gittelsohn.
According to Rappler, there are reports that Viloria could face undefeated Ring magazine flyweight champion Roman Gonzalez on October 17.
Viloria previously held the 108-pound title on two separate occasions before moving up to the flyweight division in 2011 where he found his greatest success, beating pound-for-pound candidate Giovani Segura, avenging a prior defeat to Omar Nino and stopping Hernan Marquez to unify the flyweight titles for the first time since 1965.