Boxing purists will say it was a stupid risk. Fight fans love it. In the final round, with the decision in the bag, Brian Viloria put his world title on the line to make sure his hometown got a good show. Viloria hasn’t lived here and hadn’t fought in Hawaii in a long time, but no one can ever doubt his loyalty. What a homecoming!
Viloria and Jesus Iribe banged away in the 12th and final round. Viloria was way ahead on the judges’ cards and knew it. He could’ve just danced around for 3 minutes and won. But he decided to give the fans something to remember. This is what boxing in Hawaii needed.
–By Dave Reardon