Viloria/Tamara LIVE blog

January 22nd, 2010

5:15 p.m.: I’m all set up to watch Brian Viloria defend his IBF light flyweight championship against Carlos Tamara in Manila. The fight is expected to begin around 7 p.m. Hawaii time. Check back for live play-by-play as soon as it begins!


Brian Viloria
Waipahu, Hawaii
108 pounds
15 Knockouts


Carlos Tamara
Sincelejo, Colombia
108 pounds
14 Knockouts

6:33 p.m.: Co-main event about to get underway. Donnie Nietes vs. Jesus Silvestre

7:15 p.m.: Donnie Nietes pulls out the TKO victory in the 10th and final round. Main event is coming up next.

7:25 p.m.: Hawaii 5-0 comes on and out walks the IBF light flyweight champion, Brian Viloria, to a big reaction from the crowd.

Bruce McTavish is our referee. I was hoping for Big Jon McCarthy….Tamara with a 1-inch reach advantage.

R1-Bell sounds and here we go. Fighters trade jabs to start. Slow going early on. Fighters struggling to land punches. Tamara stays on the outside. Tamara fighting defensive, not letting himself get within Viloria’s reach. Viloria lands a 1-2 combo finally. Round ends without much action. Viloria was slightly more active. (Star-Bulletin scores it 10-9 Viloria).

R2-Tamara better plan on stepping up the pace if he wants to be a world champion. Viloria staying patient. Right to the body of Tamara. 3-punch combo by Viloria lands. Right hook by Tamara and Viloria with a perfect counter uppercut. Tamara trying to throw some jabs. Viloria deflects them but doesn’t throw back. Good right hook by Tamara to the body. Two shots from Viloria land. Overhand right and Tamara steps back. Tamara doing a good job at not getting hit. 1-2 to the body by Viloria and a left counter lands. Tamara pressing the fight and Viloria counters. Bell rings. Not an easy round to score. (SB scores it 10-9 Tamara)

R3-Viloria looks fast, but can’t find a home for his punches. Tamara trying to jab and move. 1-2 by Tamara finds a home. Tamara starting to step in and throw. Viloria just misses a big left hook. Both fighters eat jabs. Tamara now on the inside and Viloria floating around on the outside. 1-2 to the body by Tamara and Viloria with a counter hook to the body. 3-4 punch explosion by Viloria finds a home. Left uppercut by Viloria. Tamara comes back with a 3-punch combo. Viloria working the body a bit more now and then lands a beautiful left jab. Viloria swings wildly as round ends. (SB scores it 10-9 Viloria)

R4-Both guys look well prepared for this fight. Looks like Tamara’s nose is bleeding slightly. Viloria looks VERY relaxed. Viloria letting it go to start the round. Slugfest to open. Big shots from Tamara and Viloria with a big counter hook to the temple. That slows Tamara down. Both guys throwing a lot of punches. BIG body shot and Tamara goes backwards into the ropes. Another and Tamara buckles. Viloria pounding away at the body. Tamara though coming back. Multiple uppercuts but Viloria with a left to the body and the crowd starts chanting his name. Uppercuts and body shots are leaving a mark on Tamara. Tamara though to his credit is standing there and throwing counters back at him. Very exciting round. Tamara hurt with a body shot. Tamra trying to tie up Viloria. Big overhand right by Viloria. Tamara steps back. Tamara throing a lot of punches but Viloria with all the power shots. Very good round for Viloria. (SB scores it 10-9 Viloria)

R5-Tamara lands good combo. Left jab by Tamara lands. Viloria beats Tamara to the punch. Tamara though is landing some jabs and Viloria is not countering. Looks like Viloria is more comfortable on the outside as Tamara takes middle of the ring. Huge right by Viloria. Combos thrown by Tamara. Left counter by Viloria. Tamara throwing way more punches but Viloria is landing his counters when he throws them. Tamara pressing the action though. Left hook by Tamara ends round. Bit of a staredown between the two as the round ends and the referee has to split them up. (SB scores it 10-9 Viloria. Tamara lands more, but Viloria hit the big shots).

R6-Tamara again comes out throwing everything, Viloria deflects most of the punches then lands a big left hook to the head. Left to the body by Tamara and Tamara trying to close the distance. Viloria trying to get some distance but Tamara staying close. Trade uppercuts and hooks. Very even so far. Combo by Viloria and Tamara fights back. clean right jab by Tamara. Left hook by Viloria. Tamara really pressing the fight. Have to give him credit. trying to outwork Brian. Two body shots from Viloria, but Tamara is throwing everything. Body shot hurts Tamara and Tamara suddenly looks tired. (SB scores it 10-9 Viloria)

R7-Tamara is pressing the fight which is working to Viloria’s advantage, allowing him to counter at will. Good right from Tamara. And a left. Tamara looking solid this round. Viloria just kind of pacing around the ring. Tamara really taking the fight to Viloria. Lunging shot from Viloria misses wildly. Tamara chasing Viloria. Tamara hits all these small punches but then Viloria will land the big one. Big right by Tamara twice and Tamara is in trouble. Tamara hits all these small shots then Viloria lands two huge shots. Round ends. Viloria hit the two big shots, but Tamara pressed all the action and hit good shots. (SB scores it 10-9 Viloria).

R8-Seems like Viloria is going to catch him sooner or later, but Tamara is tough and is by far more active. Just not able to hit any serious shots that puts Viloria in any kind of trouble. Counter right by Viloria. Viloria looks like he’s willing to take the punch. BIG BODY SHOT. Tamara back up in the ropes. Two big shots to the chest. Crowd rises to its feet. Big shot to the face. Huge jab by Viloria. Big left hook. Tamara’s face is swelling up by the second. Another left hook. Viloria putting a beating on Tamara this round. Tamara’s hands aren’t up. Tamara hurting and getting away from his game plan. (SB scores it 10-9 Viloria)

R9-Viloria is just so much more powerful. Tamara coming out and landing some shots. Viloria is hurt a little bit. Tamara backs Viloria into the corner. Tamara pounding away. Big shots and Viloria looks hurt. Viloria backs away and is regaining himself. Tamara landing his best shots of the fight. Left lands by Tamara. 4-5 punch combo by Tamara. Viloria swings wildly. Trade right hands. Viloria looks to have composed himself. Left lands by Viloria. Right by Viloria. Two big shots to end the round. (SB scores it 10-9 Tamara)

R10-Viloria going to work with his left hand early. Big slugfest going on and Tamara is landing big shots but Viloria hits a big left hook. Trading big power shots. Tamara has taken control and is showing he can throw big shots. Big shot to Viloria’s body, but Tamara’s face looks bad. Big left hook by Viloria! 3 shots to the body by Tamara and Viloria lands an uppercut. Tamara with 5-punch combo. Viloria looks like he’s been cut. Both guys trade hooks. Tamara misses a wild right hand. Viloria with a shot to the body. Straight jab by Viloria. Too fast for me to even type. Left hook staggers Viloria. VERY close round. (SB scores it 10-9 Tamara)

R11-Viloria’s face a little swollen but I don’t think he’s cut. Here we go. Viloria comes out swinging. This is a stret fight. Tamara unloading on Viloria. Viloria is hurt. Big shots by Tamara. Viloria swinging back. Unreal fight. Toe-to-toe. Tamara throwing bombs like no other. Viloria trying to withstand it and fight back. Tamara making a fight out of this. Viloria looks tired. Big right by Viloria. Tamara peppers away with shots. Tamara so active. His pace is amazing for round 11. Viloria doing a good job defending punches but isn’t throwing. Viloria with a right overhand. Good round for Tamara. (SB scores it 10-9 Tamara)

R12-I’ve got it 106-103 Viloria going into the final round. It’s a close fight though and Tamara has all the momentum. Here we go. Fighters tough gloves. Fighters tie up right away. Viloria dancing on the outside. Viloria is tired. Viloria throws a punch and ties up. Tamara rocks Viloria! BIG RIGHT BY VILORIA. Viloria though goes down. It’s a slip. Only a slip. Viloria is exhausted. He can barely stand! Vilria can barely throw a punch. He has nothing. IT’S OVER. THE REF STOPS IT! TAMARA IS THE CHAMPION!

Carlos Tamara def. Brian Viloria by 12th-round TKO (1:45) to win the IBF light flyweight title.

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