The 'Hawaiian Punch' is one win away from a title shot
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
When prize fighters reach the age of 30, most decide it's time to hang up their gloves.
Not the case for Brian Viloria.
At 33-years-old, the Waipahu native is keeping his dreams alive of capturing one more title and going out on top.
Viloria will face Jose Alfredo Zuniga in Macau, China on Saturday.
The 25-year-old Mexican has a deceptive 11-5 record, which includes a win over a current lightweight champion.
Despite not having a title around his waist, Viloria says Zuniga is extremely dangerous.
Not just because he is eight years younger, but because he is fighting with something to prove.
"He's really durable," Viloria said. "A typical Mexican fighter that will try to exchange with you and try to outwork you. So, I'm expecting that. And he's just another guy wanting to make a splash. I mean every guy I fight wants to make a big name, so, they know that being in the ring with me, beating me, will propel them."
Since losing his WBO and WBA titles in April 2013.
Viloria contemplated retirement, but instead, he bounced back with a victory over Juan Herrera in March.
He and his wife welcomed a baby boy into their lives two months ago and that has given him the desire to push forward with a chase for his sixth world title.
"The satisfaction you get from seeing your son as a part of you it just changes your life," Viloria said. "I think it kind of gave me a sense of direction, I guess you could say. It just motivated me a whole lot more."
Saturday's fight can be seen on HBO2 at 2pm Hawaii time.