By Haxel Ruben Murillo, notifight.com
Former world champion Brian Viloria (36-4, 22 KOs) is a very dangerous opponent, says Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez's trainer Arnulfo Obando.
While Viloria is 34-years-old, Obando does not feel he's aged like Mexican veteran Edgar Sosa, who was easily knocked out by Gonzalez earlier this year. Viloria lost his titles in 2013 by way of a split decision to Gonzalez's rival Juan Francisco "Gallo" Estrada of Mexico.
The bout between Gonzalez (43-0, 37 KOs) and Viloria will take place on October 17th as part of the Gennady Golovkin vs. David Lemieux HBO Pay-Per-View from New York's Madison Square Garden.
"It's a difficult fight," Obando said. "Although a lot of people are talking about the age of Viloria, we can not forget that he's a very dangerous man who is experienced, hits hard, has excellent combinations. He will be coming to fight. I do not think Viloria will run, because he is under pressure to leave a good image to HBO."
"I saw Viloria as he knocked out Marquez. He really hits hard with the left, he does a lot of damage with that hand. Viloria is the best opponent that Roman could face. The Mexican Giovanni Segura is a good fighter, but after watching his last fights he's not the same. He was a great fighter at one time, but now his conditions are not the same. Viloria made a great fight against Juan Francisco Estrada despite the defeat, and I think that he is one of the strongest fighters in 112 pounds."
"We're going to be [in Big Bear] for about five weeks, and then around the fight week we will travel to New York. The important thing is to go to Big Bear around that period because during October in New York it will be a little icy, may even snowing, that's why we chose this place for the altitude and cold."