Three-year old son serving as motivation for Brian Viloria
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 23, 2018 12:22 PM
Brian Viloria (in black, far right) has a chance to become a world champion once more, this time in front of one of his biggest fans. (Photo courtesy of Steve Angeles)
2013 was the last time that Filipino-American boxer Brian "The Hawaiian Punch" Viloria was in possession of a world championship.
Viloria's reign as the WBA Super and WBO Flyweight World Champion ended two years before the birth of his son Tyler, and ever since, he's been fighting to get back at the top of the mountain.
On Saturday's Superfly 2 card in Los Angeles, Viloria has another chance at becoming a world champion, and his three-year old boy is providing an extra boost.
"I want him to be alive knowing the same time his father is a world champion," Viloria told Steve Angeles of ABS-CBN News. "That's motivating me everytime I go out there and train."
Vilora meets undefeated Ukrainian Artem Dalakian for the vacant WBA Flyweight championship.
Aside from regaining world championship gold in front of his son, Viloria knows that this could be one of his last chances at gold. The 37-year old knows that he's at the tail-end of his long and storied career, and there might not be a lot more chances coming his way.
"The bridge is coming up for me soon to hang up the gloves so I’m taking each fight like its my last fight."
One more reign as a world champion will definitely cement Viloria's legacy as an all-time great in boxing's flyweight ranks.
H/T: Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News