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VILORIA BATTERS AND STOPS SEGURA IN EIGHT ROUNDS (PHOTOS)


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Pasig City ? In an incredible display of skill, heart and sheer will power, Brian ?The Hawaiian Punch? Viloria successfully defended his WBO world flyweight title against Mexican ?Aztec Warrior? Giovani Segura at the Ynares Sports Center.

Segura, who attacked from a southpaw stance, had Viloria on the back foot in the opening minutes of the fight but Viloria?s left hook began to find its range going into the second round. Viloria stunned Segura with a right hand lead followed by a left hook and had Segura on the ropes twice. Viloria bled from a cut on the left eyebrow but Segura looked dazed and confused at the end of the round.

A hematoma started to form on the Mexican?s right temple as Viloria?s left landed with impunity in the subsequent rounds. Segura continued to press the action but missed wildly. His power was evident as Viloria covered up and winced as Segura?s hooks connected.

The partisan crowd cheered for every punch Viloria threw. Past the halfway mark, the swelling on the right side of Segura?s head got bigger and his right eye would eventually get affected and started to close as well. Segura was still dangerous but Viloria, with blood continuing to leak from his cut, pressed his advantage by landing hard shots.

The crowd was in a frenzy sensing a Viloria victory. Segura faded and after the 7th, referee Samuel Viruet checked and talked with the Mexican cornermen.














Pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao arrives at the Ynares Sports Center.


L-R: Gerry Penalosa and wife Goddie with Jinkee.


L-R: Trainer Edito Villamor, Milan Melindo and ALA PR Director Chad Canares.

Photos by Dong Secuya.

Segura answered the bell for the 8th round but Viloria pounced on him with a brutal volley prompting Referee Viruet to save the challenger from further punishment. Official time ? 0:29.

Viloria (30-3, 17 KO?s) finished with a swollen left cheek aside from his cut. But he made sure he would retain his title in front of boxing icon Manny Pacquiao and former two-division world champ Gerry Penalosa and lustfully cheering fans who trooped to Pasig on a Sunday morning.

The scores prior to the stoppage had Viloria ahead ? Judge Danrex Tapdasan ? 69-64, judge Ulysses Glen ? 70-63 and judge Harry Davis ? 68-65.

Segura (28-2-1, 24 KO?s) was ranked ninth by Ring magazine in their pound for pound list prior to this bout. Viloria?s win makes three Filipino boxers on that prestigious list by year?s end.

Milan Melindo, the WBO Intercontinental champion, was at ringside. Are fans ready for an all-Pinoy match-up?

PRELIM BOUTS:

Martin Honorio of Mexico won by split decision against Fahsai Sakkreerin of Thailand. The scores ? 115-113 Sakeerin, 116-112 on two judges cards for Honorio.

Al Sabaupan beat Junel Gadapan by TKO as Gadapan?s corner signalled that their fighter has had enough before the start of the 5th round. Sabaupan retains his IBF Pan Pcific lightweight crown.

Arden Diale won the vacant IBF Pan-Pacific flyweight belt by ten round unanimous decision against Lolito Sonsona. The scorecards ? 98-92 for all three judges.

Karlo Maquinto won by TKO in the fifth round against Argie Toquero.

Aston Palicte beat Alie Laurel by split decision.


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