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It must’ve felt like déjà vu all over again for Brian ‘The Hawaiian Punch’ Viloria, as he held on and circled around the ring in the final rounds of his title fight against Julio Cesar Miranda. This time however, instead of fading and folding, he came out with a unanimous decision victory in front of his hometown crowd at the Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Viloria started strong, landing solid straights and hooks dropping Miranda in the opening round. He continued to successfully utilize his handspeed in countering and throwing combinations, and was getting the better of the exchanges up until the seventh round despite Miranda’s unrelenting come-forward assault which took a lot out of the champ.
That was until Miranda’s diligence and body shots started to slow Viloria down himself, and the Mexican slowly worked his was back into grabbing the momentum in the eight round and managed to open a cut on Viloria’s right eye.
Miranda kept applying the pressure on Viloria, as the ‘Hawiian Punch’ held on and tried to dance his way away from danger.
In the 10th round, Viloria started to show signs of seriously gassing out, as Miranda connected with solid punches that appeared to stagger the hometown boy a couple of times, and continued to apply the pressure together with body shots all the way to the final bell.
In the last round, Viloria went down once and fell on his shorts which was ruled a slip, and went on a knee once which was also due more to fatigue than getting hurt. Miranda, who looked as if he had emptied his tank earlier in the fight, also slipped once in the final round.
It was definitely an all-out war that will go down as one of the best fights of the year. After 12, I had Viloria winning by a point, thanks to the knockdown he scored in the first round.
Oddly, however, the official scorecards were announced as 91-98, 93-96, 93-97 all in favor of the new WBO flyweight world champion, two rounds short of the usual 12-round scores.
In any event, had the last two rounds been scored in Miranda’s favor (as I did), the scores would’ve ended up as 114-113, 115-113 and 116-111 giving Viloria the same result.
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