Brian Viloria Must Be Impressive vs. Hernan Marquez to Get into HBO TV

Leo ReyesAnalyst IMarch 23, 2017

SAN ANTONIO - APRIL 14: Brian Viloria of the USA lands a left punch to Edgar Sosa of Mexico during their WBC Mini Flyweight Championship on April 14, 2007 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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WBO flyweight champion Brian Viloria is frustrated about the media exposure he is getting despite his stellar performances during his last five championship fights. He is particularly talking about HBO and Showtime not covering his recent fights, including his Saturday showdown with Hernan "Tyson" Marquez at the L.A. Sports Arena.

Viloria, who is staking his WBO flyweight title against Marquez, will have to show HBO and Showtime his fights are worth covering when he squares off with his highly-rated Mexican opponent Saturday night.

“It’s really frustrating, but you can’t really do anything. The other networks like GMA and WealthTV and Azteca TV took the initiative to pick up the fight,” said Viloria, 31. “For me, all I can do is put on great fights and later on down the line HBO and Showtime won’t ignore me anymore and put me on. It’s unfortunate, though," Viloria told Ring TV.

The Filipino-American boxing sensation is coming off a TKO victory over Mexican Omar Nino Romero at the Ynares Center in the Philippines last May 13 and is on a five-fight winning streak since losing to Carlos Tamara in 2010.

Viloria, 31, who is defending his WBO flyweight title for the fourth time, has a professional career record of 31 wins with three losses.

Hernan '"Tyson" Marquez, who hails from Sonora, Mexico, is the current WBA flyweight champion and is on his seven-fight winning streak since losing to Nonito Donaire via TKO in 2010.

Marquez, 24, is putting his WBA flyweight title on the line. A southpaw, Marquez has a career record of 32 wins with two losses.

During the weigh-in held at the Baltimore Hotel in Los Angeles, Viloria weighed 111.8 lbs, while WBA flyweight champion Hernan 'Tyson' Marquez scaled at 110.8 lbs.

Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao, who is deep in his training at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood for his fourth fight with Mexican counterpuncher Juan Manuel Marquez, will be at the ringside to act as commentator for the fight.

Pacquiao will work with veteran sportswriter Chino Trinidad, who is covering the fight for GMA 7 television. They will provide TV viewers in the Philippines with round-by-round commentaries of the fight.

The weekend event will take place at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, with Filipino Drian Francisco going up against Mexican Javier Gallo in the undercard.