Manila (HawaiiNewsNow) – Waipahu's Brian Viloria used a barrage of left hooks to defeat Giovani Segura in the 8th round of the main event at "Island Assault 3", retaining his WBO fly weight championship.
The win marked Viloria's first successful defense of the belt since winning it in Honolulu back in July. It also improves his record to 30-3 (19 KO).
"I was patient and I had to pick my spots, said Viloria.
"I had to pick my spots and use my speed a little more on him. I knew I was faster than him, I had to just land my shots."
Leading up to the fight, Segura had taken to the media in hopes of creating a verbal sparring match. But, it was Viloria who let his hands do the talking.
In round two, Segura sported a baseball size lump over his right temple from a fury of combinations by Viloria.
With 2:30 remaining in the 8th round, the Waipahu native targeted the lump with another left hook that buckled Segura's knees and sent him flailing to the corner of the ring.
From there, the referee stopped the match, allowing Viloria to successfully retain a championship for the first time since 2009.