MANILA, PHILIPPINES — In addition to Khan-Peterson, there was another good fight last Saturday (December 10) when Brian Viloria (30-3, 17 KOs) put on a masterful display of technique and punching power against formidable Giovani Segura (28-2-1, 24 KOs). The bout started with Segura stalking with wide, powerful hooks and uppercuts. Much like he did with Ivan Calderon, Segura was trying to bully the smaller champion into submission. But Viloria responded by timing beautiful left hooks on Segura. In the second, Viloria stunned him numerous times by varying his attack to include in and out movement and right crosses.
By the fourth, the left hooks had created a huge discolored knot by Segura’s right eye. Still, the tough challenger continued his pressure in the face of pinpoint right crosses and left hooks.
Segura did better early in the sixth by making it a phone booth fight. However, Viloria quickly adjusted and ripped hard hooks to the body that put Segura in retreat. Viloria walked him down with power shots to close out the round.
The seventh and deciding eighth were a Viloria wipeout. The champion’s faster hands and better technique continually beat Segura to the punch. He tried to box off the back foot, but Viloria outclassed him here as well with long-range, right-hand counterpunching. The stoppage end would come from a left hook on Segura’s badly knotted right eye that staggered him. He remained in considerable pain afterward and it was later determined he suffered a broken orbital bone.
The win is Brian Viloria’s second defense is his WBO flyweight title. And for those wondering, that is Manny Pacquiao chiming in occasionally on commentary.