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Omar Nino Romero Upsets Brian Viloria

11.08.06 - By MARLON BERNARDINO: SOMEBDOY should have warned Filipino-American Brian Viloria before the fight, a hungry man doesn't drink a "Hawaiian Punch." Mexican Omar Niño Romero, fighting for title for the first time in his 11-year career, outworked Viloria to win by unanimous decision and capture the World Boxing Council (WBC) light flyweight belt Thursday night (yesterday morning in Manila) at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada..

"I came here to win," the 30-year-old from Guadalajara, Mexico said. "I didn't come here to do anything else but win this title."

Romero busied himself sticking his jabs on Viloria's face and landing uppercuts and left hooks.

When it was over, the judges had it 118-110, 117-112, and 117-11.

"After four rounds, I knew I had him," said Romero, who fought outside of his mother land for the first time. He improved his record to 24-2-1, with 10 knockouts.

The new champion landed 245-of-778 punches (28-percent) while Viloria could only land 113-of-398 blows (28-percent) according to CompuBox statistics. It was Viloria's first loss in 20 bouts.

"I fought a stupid fight tonight," Viloria said. "I was in shock right now. I don't know what to do. It's just a shock."

Viloria's not the lone big name to suffer from the hands of Romero.

Jorge Arce, the reigning WBC flyweight champion, was stopped by Romero in the first round 10 years ago. The fight will be replayed on Solar Sports today at 9 p.m.

Meanwhile, Super flyweight Diosdado "The Prince" Gabi (27-3-1, 19 KOs)from Davao City, Philippines impressively demolished three-time world champion Mauricio Pastrana (32-7-2, 20 KOs), dropping Pastrana twice in just 96 seconds. (MARLON BERNARDINO)

Article posted on 11.08.2006



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