Brian "The Hawaiian Punch" Viloria Ready for Redemption

By Darren Nichols


Brian "The Hawaiian Punch" Viloria Ready for Redemption

"I know if I don’t pull this out that will be it for my career. I have to give it everything I have."

BoxingTalk:  Brian, how is preparation going for your November 18th rematch with Nino?

Brian Viloria:  Preparation is going fine.  This rematch is very important to me, because I feel I wasn’t being ‘me’ in our first fight.

BoxingTalk:  What are you going to do to ensure that you get your title back?

Brian Viloria:  I’m going to just be me.  I didn’t throw any punches last fight.

BoxingTalk:  Both you and Freddie [Roach] said after your last fight with Nino that your training was good, so what can you do differently beat him this time around?

Brian Viloria:  We will have sparring partners that mimic the style of Nino’s.

BoxingTalk:  What was it about Nino’s style that gave you problem in your first fight with him?

Brian Viloria:  There was nothing special.  It was just me.

BoxingTalk:  Looking back, is there anything you could have done differently in that fight that would have made you come away with your title?

Brian Viloria:  Oh yeah.  I could have thrown a lot more jabs.  I could have gone to the body more and thrown more combinations.  I thought I was going to land a single punch, and so I was relying too much on my power.  I have speed and combinations that I didn’t use.

BoxingTalk:  Did you in any way underestimate Nino?

Brian Viloria:  Yeah.  I felt like I was looking past him.  He didn’t have anything to lose that night.  It was the totally opposite for me.

BoxingTalk:  Your speed and power looked relatively fine in your last fight, and still Nino was able to trade with you.  Do you feel he was the closest to fighting a mirror image of yourself in the ring.

Brian Viloria:  I don’t think so.  Nino is a gutsy character, but next time I need to go in there and take it to him, not allowing him to back me up.

BoxingTalk:  How will this fight on November 18th be different now that you have gone 12 rounds with Nino?

Brian Viloria:  I know if I don’t pull this out that will be it for my career.  I have to give it everything I have.


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