Viloria defends NABF flyweight title

Updated: February 23, 2004, 1:03 AM ET
Associated Press

UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- Hawaiian Brian Viloria defended his North American Boxing Federation flyweight title for the fourth time with a unanimous decision Friday night over Mexican Juan Alfonso Keb-Baas at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Friday night.

Viloria (14-0), nicknamed "Hawaiian Punch," had the only two knockdowns in the fight, in Round 8. All three judges scored it 119-107.

"I got a little anxious after the knockdowns," Viloria said. "I didn't put combinations together like I should have or else I might have gotten him out of there earlier in the fight. I didn't want to get tagged or get careless in the later rounds."

Viloria heated up early, landing a good counter left late in the second round. He followed up with a flurry of punches, but failed to wobble Keb-Baas (30-10-1). The counter left turned out to be the most effective weapon throughout the fight for Viloria.

But it wasn't until Round 6 that Viloria put together another good combination that had Keb-Baas backpedaling. Two rounds later, Viloria scored his first knockdown with a left hook that put Keb-Baas into the ropes. He also landed a right in the final seconds of the round that forced Keb-Baas to one knee.

In Round 9, Keb-Baas threw his first real good flurry of combinations, catching Viloria with two hard shots to the head. But Viloria continued to land the harder blows.

A member of the U.S. Olympic boxing team in 2000, Viloria had an amateur record of 230-8. He captured a gold medal at the 1999 World Amateur championships in Houston.

Keb-Baas is now winless in his last five fights, three of which were knockout defeats.


Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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