Brian Viloria: Sort of Resurrecting the Champ

John Louie RamosSenior Writer IMarch 23, 2009

Today's opportunity erases yesterday's failures.

The former WBC light flyweight champion, Brian "The Hawaiian Punch" Viloria will have another opportunity, perhaps his last opportunity to reclaim what is rightfully his.

Viloria will step in the ring carrying the hopes and dreams of his countrymen come April 19 at the Araneta Coliseum in a fight dubbed as "The Flash and the Fearless," which will co-feature Nonito Donaire's title defense against Rafael Martinez.

Viloria will go toe-to-toe against Ulises Solis, the IBF titleholder who is notable for being a "Filipino Assassin," defeating top Pinoy contenders such as Glenn Donaire, Rodel Mayol, and Bert Batawang.

Solis, one of the "Bad little men" of boxing, carries a record of 28-1-0, 20 of his 28 wins coming by way of stoppage.

On the other hand, Viloria boast a record of 24-2, one no contest and 14 of his wins via knockout.

"The Hawaiian Punch" had his first taste of a world championship in September, 2005, when he dropped the WBC light flyweight champion of that time, Erik Ortiz, in the first round of their supposed-to-be-12-round encounter in the process, winning the hearts of the Filipinos.

He successfully defended it once before being schooled by Omar Nino Romero.

Three months later, he had his rematch against Romero. Romero seemed to be in control of the fight but Viloria rallied back, knocking down the Mexican twice. Viloria, however, failed to capitalize on the knockdowns and failed to finish the fight via stoppage.

At the end of the title fight the judges revealed controversial scores of 112-115 for Romero while the two other judges scored it 113-113 for a majority draw.

Romero keeps the title but was later stripped of it because of his failure in the post-fight drug test. The bout was ruled as a no-contest.

Viloria had another chance at reclaiming his belt in 2007 against Edgar Sosa but he again showed a mediocre performance en route to a majority decision loss.

Away from the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas and into the modest casinos of California. He mapped out his comeback and begun the reconstructive surgery of his famed boxing career.

Since then Viloria has won five consecutive victories including two by knockout and looks to be well on his way to re-enter the boxing spotlight.

As they say, opportunity knocks only once, but temptation always leans on the doorbell.