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'Celebrity' Viloria ready for business against Aguirre

After near tragedy in the ring, Brian Viloria considered walking away from the sport. But a rededication and new focus has led made him a star in the Philippines.

Originally Published: February 15, 2006
By Steve Kim | MaxBoxing.com

In late May, as Ruben Contreras fought for his life, Brian Viloria -- who had faced the rugged Mexican at Staples Center in Los Angeles in that ill-fated bout -- was considering walking away from the game. But by early September, he would stop Eric Ortiz in stunning fashion in one round to capture the WBC junior flyweight title.

In the process, he became a Filipino star. Not that it's reached the levels of "Pac Man" fever, but he is now a fighter with a following in his native country, and ...

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