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Viloria vs. Segura headlines card

The Boxing Tribune Paul Magno
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In what promises to be an instant classic, WBO flyweight champ Brian Viloria (29-3, 16 KOs) looks to make the first defense of his title against the hard-charging former undisputed junior flyweight champ Giovani Segura (28-1-1, 24 KOs) at Ynares Sports Arena, Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines this Saturday.

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Viloria, who is a dual citizen of the United States and the Philippines, is a two-time junior flyweight world champion who moved up to take the flyweight title from Mexico’s Julio Cesar Miranda last July. In his 10 years as a pro, the former US Olympian has been in the ring with the likes of Ulises Solis, Edgar Sosa, Carlos Tamara, Omar Niño Romero, and Gilberto Keb Baas. Viloria is ranked seventh in the flyweight division in The Boxing Tribune’s unbiased world rankings.

Known as “The Aztec Warrior,” Giovani Segura is making his first run at a title in the flyweight division and is best known for his two stoppage wins over future Hall of Famer Ivan Calderon. The former WBA and WBO junior flyweight champ is regarded as one of the pound-for-pound best offensive fighters in the sport and has scored KO/TKO victories over Sonny Boy Jaro, Manuel Vargas, and Juanito Rubillar. He also holds decision wins over Cesar Canchila and Carlos Tamara.

Also on the card, veteran former world title challenger Martin Honorio (31-16-1, 16 KOs) of Mexico will take on Thailand’s Fahsai Sakkreerin (36-2, 20 KOs) in an IBF super featherweight eliminator.

The card will be distributed in the US via pay-per-view by Integrated Sports Media.

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