UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- Hawaiian Brian Viloria
defended his North American Boxing Federation flyweight title for
the fourth time with a unanimous decision Friday night over Mexican
Juan Alfonso Keb-Baas at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Friday night.
Viloria (14-0), nicknamed "Hawaiian Punch," had the only two
knockdowns in the fight, in Round 8. All three judges scored it
"I got a little anxious after the knockdowns," Viloria said.
"I didn't put combinations together like I should have or else I
might have gotten him out of there earlier in the fight. I didn't
want to get tagged or get careless in the later rounds."
Viloria heated up early, landing a good counter left late in the
second round. He followed up with a flurry of punches, but failed
to wobble Keb-Baas (30-10-1). The counter left turned out to be the
most effective weapon throughout the fight for Viloria.
But it wasn't until Round 6 that Viloria put together another
good combination that had Keb-Baas backpedaling. Two rounds later,
Viloria scored his first knockdown with a left hook that put
Keb-Baas into the ropes. He also landed a right in the final
seconds of the round that forced Keb-Baas to one knee.
In Round 9, Keb-Baas threw his first real good flurry of
combinations, catching Viloria with two hard shots to the head. But
Viloria continued to land the harder blows.
A member of the U.S. Olympic boxing team in 2000, Viloria had an
amateur record of 230-8. He captured a gold medal at the 1999 World
Amateur championships in Houston.
Keb-Baas is now winless in his last five fights, three of which
were knockout defeats.