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Brian Viloria/Omar Nino Romero Rematch This Saturday

16.11.06 - By Jacqui Snow: It was supposed to be an easy victory for hard-hitting Brian Viloria (19-1, 12 KOs), who was defending his WBC Junior Flyweight title against Omar Nino Romero on August 10th. Instead, the popular Hawaiian-born fighter, whose sensational first-punch knockout of Eric Ortiz (24-4-1, 16 KO's) on the undercard of Pacquiao/Velazquez made him a star in the Philippines, turned in the worst performance of his professional career, allowing the underdog Romero to win a wide unanimous decision and claim the belt..

This Saturday, November 18th, Viloria gets his opportunity to avenge that shocking loss. It's a must-win situation for Viloria, who offered no excuse for his non-performance against Romero. "It just wasn't my night," Viloria said. "I knew what was on the line. I just had a bad night. I'm not going to make excuses. I just had a bad night."

Despite Romero's convincing win last time, he's still seen as the underdog going into Saturday's fight and Viloria's expected to beat him this time around. Should this happen, fan favorite Jorge Arce (who actually got knocked out in the first round by Romero early in his career!) seems to be the front-runner for a potential Viloria fight. Vic Darchinyan (26-0, 21KO's) is another name that's being thrown around. There's also the possibility that Viloria will graduate to flyweight and take on Thailand's Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (62-2, 32 KO's) for the WBC title, assuming he cruises past Mnelisi Mhikiza Myekeni this Friday, as expected.

For Romero's part, this is his opportunity to prove, on HBO PPV, that he's a force in the division and that his last outing was more than simply a "bad night" for Viloria.

Article posted on 16.11.2006



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