Ever since the fight was made, it really annoyed me that premium cable networks HBO and Showtime made no effort whatsoever to buy one of the best little fights in boxing.
That would be the flyweight unification bout between Brian Viloria and Hernan "Tyson" Marquez, who throw down on Saturday night at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.
"It will be a great fight, a war," Marquez said. "Both of us come forward, so the results should be explosive. That is what we want to give: a great fight to the fans."
I couldn't agree with him more.
Thankfully, new boxing broadcaster WealthTV bought the rights to the fight and will air live coverage of the card beginning at 9 p.m. ET. It can also be seen on a live stream at www.wealthtv.com, which charges 99 cents per month to watch its fights.
WealthTV isn't widely available, but the network has been showing some good cards of late, including those headlined by Lucian Bute-Denis Grachev, Adonis Stevenson-Donovan George, David Price-Audley Harrison and others. The network also has a slew of upcoming shows, including the Dec. 14 card headlined by the return of former light heavyweight champ Jean Pascal, who will face Aleksy Kuziemsky.
Hawaii's Viloria (31-3, 18 KOs), who is Filipino, and Marquez (34-2, 25 KOs), of Mexico, will battle for 112-pound supremacy. I'm confident it will be an exciting fight and, as a bonus, Philippines versus Mexico has emerged as one of the best rivalries in boxing.
Viloria will be making the third defense of his belt, and Marquez, who is now trained by the red-hot Robert Garcia, will be defending his title for the third time.
"I feel physically and mentally like never before," Marquez said. "I'm desperate to stand before Viloria, give it all in the ring, and the victory will be mine. I have dreamed of confronting Viloria, and this fight will open new roads and big fights."
In the co-feature, junior flyweight titlist Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez (33-0, 28 KOs) of Nicaragua -- one of the best pure punchers in boxing -- will make his fifth defense, against Juan Francisco Estrada (22-1, 18 KOs) of Mexico. If Gonzalez wins, there is a good chance he'll move up in weight to challenge the winner of the main event.
"I would like Marquez to win, and I'm sure that I can knock him out, if that fight came to be," Gonzalez said. "I have the perfect style for him, but now is not the time to think about that. I'm focused on this Saturday night's fight."