MACAU: Filipino-American boxer Brian ‘Hawaiian Punch’ Viloria lost his WBO and WBA belts via split decision against his opponent, the Mexican challenger Juan Francisco ‘El Gallo’ Estrada, Saturday night at the Cotai Arena, The Venetian Resort and Casino in Macau.
The 22-year-old Mexican fighter dominate in late and in the last couple of rounds of their 12-rounds fight. Brian Viloria’s lost in the “Fist of Gold” ended the former Olympian’s six-fight winning streak.
Two judges scored 111-116 and 111-117 in favor of Juan Francisco Estrada (23-2, 17KOs), while the remaining judge scored 115-113 for Brian Viloria (32-3, 19KOs).
Few hours after the fight, Viloria twitted to his fans:
Tough pill to swallow, but my hats off to Estrada for a great fight. He earned it tonight. Time to rest and hopefully we can go at it again.
Mexico, be proud of your new champion. Like always, I will bounce back from this.
To my filipino fans, I apologize for letting you down. But I promise you, I will come back from this setback, and make you proud once again.
On the other hand, three Filipino fighters won their respective fights; Brothers Dodie Boy and Dave Penalosa won against their Thai opponents Ngaotawan Sithsaithong and Cheroenchai Sithsaithong. While Milan Melindo won against Indonesian boxer Tommy Seran.