Quijano: The torque behind the Hawaiian Punch

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012


INDEED, attrition brings out a person’s true character, and last Sunday, Brian Viloria’s true mettle as a fighter was in full display.
It was an action-packed bout that saw Viloria come out victorious in the 10th round, but it was full of tense moments in typical Viloria fashion.

THE FIGHT. Marquez started out cautiously and in the first minute it was Viloria who was the aggressor.

However, with a few seconds left in the round, Marquez unleashed a flurry that staggered Viloria, but the latter countered beautifully with a left hook and a solid right hand on Marquez’s jaw, sending the intrepid Mexican to the canvas.

Viloria easily won the next few rounds with his busier work-rate and accurate snipes.

However, things became interesting again in the fifth as Marquez made his move and
caught Viloria with a series of unanswered blows.

I’ve seen more bizarre things happen in the “Sweet Science” and a case could arguably have been made if the ref stopped the fight right there when Viloria was wobbling around the ring and receiving some serious leather.

But the ref allowed the pummeling to continue and just as well, since Marquez, who had thrown everything, including the kitchen sink, spent all his energy and Viloria came back brilliantly with a counter hook and followed it up with a right, sending him down again.

Marquez got up and the round ended with both men trading fiercely.

Viloria regained control of the fight in the next few rounds and finished matters in the 10th with a counter-left hook that knocked down Marquez for the third time.

A few seconds later, Marquez’s corner threw in the towel.

POWER. The deciding factor in this fight was power. The difference in hand speed was imperceptible and both fighters landed their share of leather. But Viloria had more
torque behind his blows.

The “Hawaiian Punch” always had the power. His problem was his stamina, which often betrayed him and left him gun-shy, unwilling to let go in the latter stages of the fight because it would further deplete his drained reserves.

But for this fight, his stamina held up. Gone, too, was the often tentative Viloria, replaced by a fiery, courageous warrior who demonstrated a killer instinct.

The infamous Viloria fade was still there, but he doesn’t seem to be so maladroit anymore under pressure and demonstrated amazing recuperative powers especially in that fifth round.

It’s time to finally get that seminal Pinoy vs. Pinoy world championship fight. Milan Melindo vs. Brian Viloria could be our answer to Erik Morales-Marco Antonio Barrera.

Let’s make it happen, guys.

WATCH OUT. Remember this name: Adrien Broner. This guy has long generated a buzz among hardcore fans, and last Sunday was probably his coming-out party as he made mincemeat out of the formidable Antonio de Marco to capture the WBC lightweight title.

He’s undefeated like Floyd Mayweather Jr. and fights like him, too. But has more pop in his gloves with 21 KOs in 25 fights.

And, perhaps, he’s the only one who can exceed the “Pretty Boy” in the obscenely obnoxious narcissist department.

One time, he refused to proceed with the post-fight interview until someone brushed his hair.

You’ll love to hate this guy. But he’s good. And fun to watch.

VERBATIM. “Has to be in the top two.”—Brian Viloria on ranking his Marquez victory (maxboxing.com)

LAST ROUND. It’s on the Super Idols playing coach and IBP Cebu President Ferdinand Pepito who recently celebrated his birthday. Cheers!

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 20, 2012.

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