Exclusive Interview: Brian Viloria

By Brad Cooney


Exclusive Interview: Brian Viloria

WBC Light Flyweight World Champion, Brian Viloria sat down with Boxingtalk and discussed his upcoming title defense against Omar Nino Romero(23-2-1) scheduled for August 10th, at the Orleans Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV. Viloria also touches on the possibility of fighting current WBCFlyweight Champ, Jorge Arce in the near future as well. Boxingtalk welcomes WBC Light Flyweight Champ, Brian Viloria!


BT - Brian let's talk about your upcoming title defense against Omar Nino Romero, what do you know about this guy ?

BV - I haven't looked over the tapes on him yet, but I heard that he is a very game opponent. If I just train hard, and come into the fight in good shape,I shouldn't have any problems with him.

BT - Brian, how's camp going so far ?

BV - Camp is going great, Freddie Roach came back from Manila from the Manny fight, and now he has been working with me ever since.

BT - Brian you have been dealing with a hand injury, how is the hand now ?

BV - My hand is 110%, I have already went through all of my sparring, and it didn't bother me one bit. I have been punching really good with it, and it's not bothering me at all. I am just trying to get in good shape right now, to be ready for August 10th.

BT - Brian I get a lot of Email's from Philippine fans that want to know where your alegiance lays, with the United States, or The Philippines ?

BV - I am 1st generation American born, I was born here in America, but my heart still goes out to The Philippines. My family lives there, and I was raised in The Philippines. Everybody wants to try to divide me between The U.S.A. and The Philippines. Basically, I am both, that is what defines me, I am filipino, and American. I can't just ignore one, and jump all on one nation, being both makes up who I am.

BT - So there is no favorites on either side. Would it be a fair assessment to just say you appreciate both sides ?

BV - Yes, I appreciate both. I appreciate what America has given to me, and my family. The whole reason why my family moved from The Philippines to America was to provide a better life for us. The United States gave that better life to me, but my heart, my culture, and my roots are all in The Philippines. I try to get back there as much as I can to see my family, and my friends. I am both, I can't divide myself from one to the other.

BT - Brian would you like to fight in The Philippines in the near future ?

BV - Yes, my management has already talked about it. It all depends on the timing and the place, if there ever comes an opportunity for me to fight in The Philippines, I will be happy to do so.

BT - Brian, let's talk about current WBC Flyweight Champ, Jorge Arce. Would you like to get into the ring, and fight Arce in the near future ?

BV - Definitely, for me and for the fans, they want to see that fight. Hopefully he won't move up to 115lbs, and he will stay at 112lbs, it would be a big mega fight for us. Arce and I have talked about it, and both of us have intentions to get into the ring and fight each other.

BT - Is there anyone else out there that you would like to fight ?

BV - Just about anybody, I am at the stage of my career where I am ready for anybody. I am a World Champion now, and hopefully down the line I can win some more championships, so I would like all of the top guys.

BT - Brian, put into words what Freddie Roach has done for your career.

BV - Freddie is like my second father, he's a great trainer, and he was a great fighter as well. Freddie comes from a boxing family, and he's the type of guy that tells me the right things at the right time. Freddie is the greatest trainer that I have ever worked with, and I have worked with a lot of them.

BT - Brian would like to address your fans in closing ?

BV - I want to say thank you for all of your support, come out and watch my fight on August 10th!


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