Fil-Am Brian Viloria to fight for vacant WBA world title
Brian Viloria (left) will be fighting for the vacant WBA flyweight world championship on the same card as Donnie Nietes' IBF world title defense. (Photo courtesy of Edito Villamor on Instagram: @coach_ala)
Filipino-American boxer Brian 'The Hawaiian Punch' Viloria gets another crack at a world championship when he meets unbeaten Artem Dalakian of Ukraine for the Vacant WBA flyweight world championship.
The Viloria-Dalakian showdown will be one of three world title bouts on the upcoming HBO Boxing After Dark SUPERFLY 2 card at The Forum in Los Angeles, California on February 24th.
The 37-year old Viloria (38-5, 23 KO) is riding a two-fight winning streak, with his last loss coming in a WBC world title challenge against former pound-for-pound king Roman 'Chocolatito' Gonzales.
The native of Waipahu, Hawaii is no stranger to world title gold, having previously held the WBC and IBF light flyweight world championships.
Standing opposite Viloria on fight night will be a hungry contender in the 30-year old Dalakian, who comes in with an unbeaten 15-0 professional record.
Dalakian is coming off a sixth-round KO win over Luis Manuel Macias and will be fighting for a world title for the first time in his career.
Fighting on the same card will be reigning IBF flyweight champion Donnie "Ahas" Nietes, who has trained with Viloria before. Nietes will be defending his title for the first time against former champion Juan Carlos Reveco of Argentina.
Also on the card will be a WBC super flyweight world title defense for champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai of Thailand, who meets challenger Juan Francisco Estrada of Mexico.