Upset of the Year Candidate: Viloria Stops Segura in Eight

By JM Siasat: In a Boxing shocker, the Ring’s #9 ranked pound for pound fighter Giovanni Segura (28-2-1, 24KO’s) suffered his second professional defeat at the hands of Brian Viloria (30-3, 17KO’s) by 8th round TKO. Segura came in the fight as a huge favourite with a promise to knock out Viloria as he challenges for the WBO world flyweight title.

Segura wasted no time putting pressure soon as the fight started while Viloria looked cautious as he gauged and felt the distance in the opening seconds of the first round. Midway through the round Viloria started to land his counter left hooks. Viloria finished the round strong as he connected the harder, cleaner punches..

In some moments in the bout, Viloria looked like he was fighting Segura’s fight but was getting the better of it as he lands his left hooks at will building a huge lump on Segura’s left part of the head. Viloria never looked bothered while taking punches from Segura who used to be a bantamweight early in his career.

Viloria boxed wise preserving his energy. There were several moments in the fight where Segura looked hurt but Viloria would rather take his time and pick the challenger apart.

In contrary to what many experts predicted, Viloria had more than enough gas in the tank and did more damage as the fight went on. Viloria was very selective with his punches, throwing the right hand only when necessary. Midway through the fight Viloria started to dig the body, doing a good job mixing his punches backing down the challenger.

It was all Brian Viloria from there on. The lump on Segura’s head has gotten too huge so upon taking another big shot on the same spot in round eight, referee Samuel Viruet was forced to stop the fight. Viloria successfully defended his WBO world flyweight title in his greatest career win to date.

The fight exceeded all expectations, it was a pleasure watching both warriors. It was hard to understand how both fighters from the lower weights hit so hard, I can hear the pop from my seat a few feet away from the ring.

Segura has been a courageous warrior. He won the support and respect of the Filipino boxing fans by being humble, compassionate and down to earth. And while Segura will definitely be back, it’s most likely that he gets taken off the prestigious Ring’s pound for pound list. It remains to be seen if Brian Viloria would fill a spot in.

The challenger was not able to attend the post fight press conference since he needed to be in the hospital immediately due to the Hematoma caused in the fight. And while I feel for Segura, please allow the Filipino fans to celebrate the victory of Brian Viloria.

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Article posted on 11.12.2011

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