Offense Could Be Brian Viloria`s Best Defense

10.08.06 - Marlon Bernardino: OFFENSE could be Brian Viloria's best defense when he takes on Mexican challenger Omar Nino Romero in their World Boxing Council (WBC) light flyweight title fight Thursday night (Friday morning in Manila) at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Viloria's trainer Freddie Roach wants the champion to attack early and often..

"I don't want Brian pulling back from this guy," Roach said. "I like Brian best when he's aggressive and let's the big shots go, not when he's laying back and countering. If he backs up and lets this guy come forward, it will be to the other guy's advantage."

Romero's record looks impressive with 23 wins, including 10 by knockout, two defeats and one draw. His biggest catch is fellow Mexican and current WBC flyweight ruler Jorge Arce. They're both undefeated in four fights when Romero stopped Arce in just one round. Roach had seen seen some of Romero's fights on tape and described the native of Guadalajara, Mexico as a tough, come-forward fighter, slow but dangerous with a looping right hand.

But he's quick to point out that both of Romero's defeats came inside the distance."He's no bullet-proof," Roach said. "Brian's hand speed and power will be very critical in this fight."

Viloria, a proud son of Filipino parents, knows exactly what to do. His 19-0 card includes 12 knockout wins.

But his manager Gary Gittelsohn doesn't sound too confident.

"There is no easy fight in this division," Viloria's manager Gary Gittelsohn said. "This guy (Romero) will be in the fight."

It will be Viloria's second defense of the title he won over Erik Ortiz last year. He decisioned Jose Antonio Aguirre last February on his first title defense.

The Viloria-Romero title bout will be shown on wide screen at the Robinson's Galleria Fountain Area and at Tastebuds in Robinson's Place

Manila starting 10 a.m.Solar Sports, home of Filipino boxing champions, will telecast the fights also starting 10 a.m. with replays at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. the following day.

Article posted on 10.08.2006

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