LOS ANGELES, CA — Leading up to last night’s showdown, WBO flyweight titlist Brian Viloria described this fight as his only only road to continued success. His performance mirrored this mentality, as Viloria showcased his power, a consistent body attack and lethal counter-punching to drop Hernan “Tyson” Marquez three times to unify the WBO and WBA titles with a 10th round TKO at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.
Viloria carried the first four rounds with hard right hooks to the body and slashing left hooks upstairs. Marquez stunned Viloria with a counter left and pounced with a series of hooks on a rope-trapped Viloria. However, Marquez quickly found himself on the canvas courtesy of a Viloria right hook. Although considered a big puncher, Marquez spent the majority of these rounds moving away from Viloria’s shots. The southpaw Marquez found limited success with his straight left downstairs, but was forced to hold several times from the effects of Viloria’s body assault.
Marquez would land a huge left hook counter that wobbled Viloria, who again was pinned on the ropes. Marquez unloaded his best shots, but Viloria remained calm, kept his guard high and moved his head to slip shots. Once Marquez’s punches slowed, Viloria went to work with a left hook and right cross to score his second knockdown.
Marquez’s confidence was stalled from the comeback, and Viloria was able to take the sixth and seventh stanzas by jabbing more and continuing to work right hands downstairs. Marquez got his second wind in the eighth and ninth as Viloria punched less and lingered too long inside. Marquez gave a final big push to start the 10th only to be dropped badly by a counter left hook. Although he beat the count, his corner wisely called the contest.
Brian Viloria improves to 32-3 (19 KOs) with his third straight knockout win. Hernan “Tyson” Marquez falls to 34-3 (25 KOs).