The third time is the charm for filipino-american boxer Brian Viloria, who exacted revenge on nemesis Omar Nino Romero, by scoring a 9th round TKO victory in front of a full house crowd at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Philippines earlier today.
Viloria finally buried the ghost of his past, as it was Omar Nino Romero who beat him twice ( though one was ruled a no-contest after Romero failed a post fight drug test) in what has been otherwise a storied career for the filipino fighter known as the hawaiian punch.
Things started good for Romero, as he dictated the pace in the first two and a half rounds, picking Viloria apart with combinations from awkward angles and was the aggressor. The filipino crowd was anxious, as they feared a repeat of Viloria's infamous breakdowns. Things turned around in the third, when Viloria started to connect with his straight right, and he staggered Omar Nino a couple of times. Viloria contiued the onslaught in the next 2 rounds, and nearly decked Romero in the 4th and 5th with powerful head blows. But Omar Nino displayed the heart of a champion, refusing to go down, and managed to survive the Hawaiian Punch. After Viloria slowed down for the next couple of rounds, and Omar Nino changing game plans by staying away from Viloria, things got rough for the mexican in the 9th.
Viloria pounded him with a couple of good head shots that sent him reeling to the corner, his legs rubbery and eyes dazed. Once trapped, Viloria once again pounced on Romero like a vulture, nailing one big shot after another before the referee stepped in to stop the bout. It looked like a pre-mature stoppage but Romero's corner also climbed up to the ring to rescue their helpless fighter just at the same time the referee called a halt to the bout.
Viloria retained his WBO flyweight crown, and more importantly, stepped out of the shadow of the most devastating losses of his career. The champ improved to 31-3-0 and 2 no contests.