Viloria stops Marquez to unify flyweight titles


Brian Viloria stopped Hernan Marquez in the 10th round Saturday in Los Angeles to add Marquez’s World Boxing Association flyweight world title to his own World Boxing Organization belt.

Filipino-American Viloria knocked down Marquez with a right late in round one and continued to dominate the early rounds.

Mexico’s Marquez came alive in the fifth, unleashing a battery of blows but Viloria weathered the storm and sent Marquez to the canvas again.

When Viloria sent Marquez down a third time in the 10th with a left to the head, Marquez’s corner threw in the towel and the referee stopped the bout at 1:01 of the round.

Viloria, coming off a technical knockout victory over Mexico’s Omar Romero in the Philippines on May 13, stretched his winning streak to six fights since a defeat to Carlos Tamara in 2010.

He took his record to 32-3 with 19 wins inside the distance, while Marquez fell to 34-3 with 25 knockouts.

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In an action-packed bout on the undercard, Nicaragua’s Roman Gonzalez retained his WBA light flyweight title with a 12-round unanimous decision over Juan Francisco Estrada.

Gonzalez remained unbeaten, taking his record to 34-0 with 28 knockouts.

One judge scored it 118-110 while two others saw it 116-112 in favor of the champion.

Mexico’s Estrada fell to 21-2 with 18 knockouts.

With the win, Gonzalez may have given himself a chance to step up in weight and take on Viloria.

“We’ll see,” Viloria said. “We’ll take a rest first and see what happens after that.”

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