Viloria vs. Romero headlines PPV card

Three-time world champion Brian Viloria (30-3, 16 KOs) defends
his WBO flyweight belt against two-time champion, Omar Nino Romero
(31-4-2, 13 KOs) on Sunday, May 13 from the Ynares Sports Arena in
Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

The fight, along with a co-feature of Julio Cesar Miranda
(37-6-1, 29 KOs) and Rodel Mayol (30-5-2, 22 KOs), will be shown
live in the United States at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT (Saturday night in
the United States) by Integrated Sports Pay-Per-View at a price of

This will mark the third fight in a trilogy between Viloria and
Romero. Romero beat Viloria by a wide margin in their first meeting
in 2006 to win the WBC junior flyweight title. In the rematch three
months later the fight was ruled a majority draw, but a failed drug
test from Romero prompted the Nevada State Athletic Commission to
change the outcome to a no contest.

Romero, of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, sat out almost 19
months, and lost his comeback fight to Juanito Rubilar. Romero
eventually regained the WBC’s junor flyweight belt with a
unanimous decision victory over Rodel Mayol in 2010. Romero lost
his title to unlikely title challenger, Gilberto Keb Baas later
that year. Romero’s last fight took place in August, when he
knocked out Mexican club fighter Javier Romano in three rounds.

Viloria, from the Philippines by way of Hawaii, will be making
the second defense of the WBO title he won from Julio Cesar Miranda
last July. He spent much of 2010 regrouping after a 12-round TKO
loss to Carlos Tamara, a fight which saw Viloria collapse from
exhaustion before the 12th round while ahead on two of the three
scorecards. Viloria, presently ranked No. 8 by The Boxing Tribune
at flyweight, scored wins over Omar Soto and Liempetch So Veerapol
before getting the call to challenge Miranda. In his last fight,
Viloria knocked out former unified junior flyweight champion
Giovani Segura over eight lopsided rounds.

The co-feature will, pit Mexican Julio Cesar Miranda against
Rodel Mayol of the Philippines. Miranda, ranked No. 10 by The
Boxing Tribune, won the WBO flyweight title nearly two years ago
with a win over young Filipino Richie Mepranum. He made three
successful defenses of the title before dropping a close unanimous
decision to Viloria last July. Miranda last fought in November,
taking a unanimous decision over Mexican club fighter Cecilio

Mayol has flown under the radar since the 2010 loss to Romero,
with wins over Thailand’s Pompetch Sor Sompong, Javier Gallo,
Jayson Rotoni, and Ernie Marquez. Mayol has come up short more
often than not when up against top-tier competition, but his list
of defeats includes losses to Ulises Solis, Eagle Kyowa, Adrian
Hernandez, and Romero. He won his first title in 2009 when he
knocked out Edgar Sosa in two rounds in Mexico.