Filipino-American boxer wrests IBF light flyweight crown

MANILA, April 19 (Xinhua) — Filipino-American professional boxer Brian Viloria knocked out his Mexican foe Jose Ulises Solis on Sunday and became the new International Boxing Federation (IBF) light flyweight champion.

Viloria unleashed a hard right hook to Solis’ jaw and sent the former champion to the canvas in the 11th of their 12-round bout held at the Araneta Coliseum in the Philippines’ capital of Manila.

Viloria, born in Hawaii, is a former World Boxing Council (WBC) world light flyweight champion, winning the title in 2005 but losing it the next year.

Sunday’s fight was considered the 28-year-old boxer’s “amazing comeback” by Filipino commentators as he was “unheard of from the boxing world, and away from the glitz and glamor” for years.

Solis was born in 1981. He won the IBF title in January 2006 and had defended it eight times before Sunday’s match.


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