Viloria knows Chavez's anguish too well

In May, Brian Viloria defeated Ruben Contreras in a bout that has eerie parallels with what happened Sept. 17 between Jesus Chavez and Leavander Johnson.

Originally Published: September 20, 2005
By Michael Rosenthal | Special to ESPN.com

Editor's note: This story originally was published Sept. 20. On Sept. 22, Leavander Johnson died in a Las Vegas hospital from injuries sustained in a Sept. 17 loss to Jesus Chavez.

For Brian Viloria, the parallels are eerie.

A boxer collapses shortly after taking a beating, is rushed to the hospital and has emergency brain surgery before being placed in an medically-induced coma, at which point a very public prayer vigil commences.

Viloria was on the other end of such trauma ...

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