Viloria Victorious

Posted at 09/02/2009 1:59 AM | Updated as of 08/04/2010 8:29 PM

HONOLULU—Hawaii-born Brian Viloria successfully defended his International Boxing Federation (IBF) Junior Flyweight title against his Mexican rival Jesus Aribe.

The boxers went the full 12 rounds.  The 4,500 crowd in the arena cheered mostly for Viloria, the home-town hero.

“We’re proud of Brian.  He did a good job!”  said Gaylord Viloria, Brian’s brother.

“This is definitely another pride for us,” said former Hawaii governor, Benjamin Cayetano.

Though Viloria did not deliver the expected knockout, the three scoring judges gave him a unanimous decision: 118-110, 117-112, and 117-111.

“Wow, great fight.  I hope the crowd enjoyed that,” Viloria said at the post-fight press conference.

Iribe broke his hand during the second round, and after the fight, the Mexican appeared with his discolored, misshapen and swollen right hand at the press conference.  Iribe is hoping to have a rematch with Viloria, but resigned himself to enjoying the island state for the time being.

“Instead of fighting, I will take you (Viloria) out for cervezas here in Hawaii,” Iribe said.

Filipinos honored Viloria at several community gatherings.  He is grateful for the support that the Filipino community has extended to him all these years, and said he looked forward to going back to the Philippines soon.