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

$29.95.

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

Santos.

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.