By Michael De Vera
INGLEWOOD, California — Azerbaijan’s Artem Dalakian (16-0, 11 KOs), 111.4 lb, captured the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) Flyweight title after taking a unanimous decision win over former world champion Brian Viloria (38-6, 23 KOs), 111.4 lb, Saturday night at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
The scores of the judges were identical at 118-109, including the point deducted against Dalakian for intentionally pushing Viloria’s head down in the 9th round.
Aside from dirty tactic of pushing down, the 30-year old Azerbaijani prevented Viloria’s counter punches with his good body shots and variety of punches to the face.
A right elbow from Dalakian in close exchanges caused an inch and deep horizontal cut on Viloria’s forehead in the 11th round.
The shorter American almost lost his balance towards his left and nearly touched his glove the canvass.
The referee immediately stepped in, stopped the action and declared a clashed of heads took place.
While blood was flowing profusely from the nasty cut, Viloria slowed down a bit and seems affected by it.
Dalakian fired multiple combinations but failed to catch his 7-year older opponent with any of intended finishing blow.
Viloria’s face was bloody mess in the final round. Dalakian sneaked some scoring strikes in his effective outpunching of the unfazed American of Filipino decent.
Following the defeat, the father of a boy from Waipahu, Hawaii is contended to be known as a two-time junior flyweight titleholder and former unified flyweight champion.