Brian Viloria claimed the WBA flyweight title on Saturday night in Los Angeles as he beat Hernan “Tyson” Marquez via TKO in the 10th round.
Viloria controlled almost the entire fight, knocking Marquez down and forcing him to fight at his pace. He used a flurry of combinations to end the fight in the 10th round and claim the WBA title.
Saturday night's win adds to Viloria's WBO title, unifying the flyweight belts.
This flyweight showdown featured two of the top fighters in the weight class, but Viloria—nicknamed the Hawaiian Punch—was too much for Marquez.
The 24-year-old Mexican is one of the most talented and successful flyweight fighters, and that allowed him to climb to the top of Ring TV’s rankings for the division.
Marquez’s inability to take down Viloria drops his record to 34-3-0, with 25 of his victories coming via knockout.
Despite Marquez’s spot atop many pundit’s rankings, this was not that large of an upset, as Ring TV pegged Viloria as the No. 2 flyweight fighter. He has now given the boxing outlet a clear reason to readjust its view of this division.
The 31-year-old Hawaii native is now 32-3-0 throughout his career, and this will go down as a signature victory. Viloria has extended his winning streak to six while stopping Marquez’s at seven.
This was a treat for boxing fans, as it is a rare occurrence that two stars take each other on. Viloria and Marquez are the two best flyweights around and are both near the peaks of their respective careers.
Boxing as a sport has been criticized in the past for not being able to put the best talent in the ring together, but there can be no ill feeling from fans after this matchup. A fantastic matchup led to an entertaining fight, and Viloria’s victory will be one of the most memorable moments of his career.