Brian Viloria to get vacant flyweight title shot – manager

By Ryan Songalia,


MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Brian Viloria will get an opportunity to become a 5-time world champion when he faces Artem Dalakian for the vacant WBA flyweight title in a fight that looks possible for February 24 at The Forum in Inglewood, California.

The news was confirmed by Viloria’s manager Gary Gittelsohn, who added “we will be issuing press releases shortly” on the fight, which is likely to be on the “SuperFly 2” card.

The show’s promoter Tom Loeffler of 360 Promotions tells Rappler that the fight is “not official yet, but that’s a fight I would like to add,” adding that it would not be a part of the US broadcast on HBO Boxing After Dark if it gets made.

Viloria (38-5, 23 knockouts), a Filipino-American now based in Los Angeles, is the number-two-rated contender while Dalakian (15-0, 11 KOs) of Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine is rated number one.

An email to the World Boxing Association seeking comment was not returned by the time of this story’s publication.

Viloria had previously held the WBA 112-pound belt during his time as unified flyweight champion, and has won 6 of his last 7 fights, with his 2015 stoppage loss to Roman Gonzalez being the lone defeat in that period.

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