by Ronnie Nathanielsz
Former two division world champion Brian Viloria says “training is going great” as he prepares for what may be an ultimate showdown with undefeated WBC flyweight champion and pound for pound No. 2 Roman Gonzalez of Nicaragua at Madison Square Garden on October 17.
Viloria told the New Standard/BoxingScene.com that he will begin sparring in the first week of September as he continues training at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles.
He said celebrated trainer Freddie Roach, his Filipino assistant Marvin Somodio and longtime trainer and friend Ruben are all working together in his preparation, pointing out “the whole gang is helping out.”
Viloria said his baby son “is one of my biggest inspirations” as he chases the biggest fight of his career against Gonzalez. Viloria has been chasing him for the past two years.
Viloria, who has a record of 36-4 with 22 knockouts, and "Chocolatito" Gonzalez (43-0, 37 KO’s), met for the first time last week at the Conga Room to promote their fight which will be on the undercard of the Gennady Golovkin-David Lemieux middleweight unification.
The WBC reported that Viloria was the first to talk, thankful for the opportunity of contesting the WBC flyweight crown.
He said “I am grateful for this opportunity of fighting Gonzalez. It will be great for all fans. Thank God for all the support you gave me. You will see the best version of Viloria. My training has been just like at the beginning of my career. I have hunger to prove who I am, and what I can do."
For his part Gonzalez commented:“ We will dish up a great fight On October 17. This is the fight of my life, so I'm getting perfectly prepared for this fight. Being in a card starring Gennady Golovkin is an extraordinary blessing. I hope that you enjoy this bout and I want to promise Nicaragua and my family that you will have victory I am thankful to God, that I got the chance to fight against Brian Viloria”.