FORMER World Boxing Organization/World Boxing Association flyweight champion Brian Viloria returned to the ring after an absence of almost one year following the loss of his world title and won a unanimous 10-round decision over Puerto Rico’s Juan Herrera at the Texas Station in Las Vegas, on Sunday (Manila time).
It was obvious that Viloria had gathered ring rust during the layoff, but did more than enough to win on the scorecards of all three judges, two of whom had the Filipino ahead, 98-92, while the third judge had it slightly closer at 97-93.
Viloria used his jab effectively and controlled the tempo of the bout and tried to connect with some big shots especially in the fifth round when he caught the durable Herrera with several hooks and uppercuts but didn’t appear to hurt him.
Herrera himself came back with some well-timed shots of his own, but appeared to lack the power to hurt Viloria, who nailed his Puerto Rican opponent with several well-timed punches in the second half of the fight.
The 33-year-old Viloria, who lost his title to Mexico’s Juan Francisco Estrada in Macau on April 6 last year, improved to 33-4 with 19 knockouts, while the 24-year-old Herrera dropped to 9-8, with 4 knockouts.
The two-division champion Viloria earlier told the Manila Standard he was eager to get back in the ring and go for the world title once again after training for some three-and-a-half months for his comeback fight.
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