Brian Viloria all ready for Carlos Tamara

It was just a year ago when Brian Viloria was preparing for his comeback fight against Ulyses Solis. That fight was a must win for the Hawaii based Filipino boxer because that was the ultimate test to determine if he truly had what it takes to become champion once again.

Early this year, Brian finds himself defending the IBF light flyweight crown he took from Solis, for the second time. On January 23rd, headlining the Battle of the Bay card promoted by Solar Entertainment, Viloria puts his title on the line against challenger Carlos Tamara of Columbia.

Tamara comes in with a record of 20 wins and 4 losses. He boasts of 14 knockouts out of those 20 wins. Like Viloria, he has also had an extensive amateur boxing experience having competed in the Olympics. He is one inch taller than the champion and enjoys a slight reach advantage.

Brian Viloria has a formidable 26-2 win loss record. He has a devastating right hand that has floored 15 of his opponents. However, his numbers also show the maturity and patience he has developed over the years. Brian is not the type to recklessly attack his opponent when he knows his boxing skills will make him win on points.

Tamara, though, represents a type of boxer whose style has always been a challenge for Viloria in the past. Tamara loves to box from the outside being very busy with his jabs. He is expected to move around and go for clean shots rather than engage with Viloria.

However, Viloria is what one may call a “thinking” boxer, someone who acknowledges his own weaknesses and plots out a strategy before every fight. “My fight will be a difficult fight for me, (as well as any fight defending a title) and I know that Tamara will be in great shape coming into this fight. Like all my other fights, I have been conditioning myself physically and mentally to its optimum level,” Viloria says of this fight.

He however believes that his skills and the preparation for this fight will see him through. He also acknowledges his team led by trainer Roberto Garcia will be a key advantage for him in this fight.. “ I’m very confident in my skills. The move to Wxnard with the Garcia family is kye to bringing out my best in each fight”.

He describes he will be fighting a bit differently in this bout. Here he needs to take the fight to Tamara and hurt him early on. ‘I’ve watched films on Tamara, and I feel as if I’m the quicker fighter. I believe in this fight, he will not try to engage, but rather box from the outside utilizing his height advantage and reach. I need to be aggressive and use my jab and head movement to establish a rhythm and follow up with combinations,” Viloria shares.

As in any boxing match, preparation will be the key to a win. Viloria knows that only too well. “It all comes down to conditioning with me. If I come in this fight with great conditioning, my speed and power will be too much for him or any fighter in my division.”

Viloria is winding down his training and is getting in light sparring sessions at Punchout Boxing Club in Makati. He will be sparring with local boxing hopefuls like Lolito Sonsona and Denver Cuello.