TV5 calls on all boxing fans to tune in this Sunday, July 17, as it airs two exciting bouts in its Bigtime Bakbakan. For the main feature, the Philippines’ own Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria will be gunning for the WBO flyweight title against its current holder, the Mexican Julio Cesar Miranda. As a bonus, TV5 will also air on the same day the fight of Manny Pacquiao’s next opponent, Juan Manuel Marquez, who will test his power punches against Colombian fighter Likar Ramos.
The Kapatid Network airs Marquez-Ramos fight from 11am to 1pm before Pinoy Samurai this Sunday, July 17. Viloria’s big fight will be aired at 3pm after Paparazzi. Simulcast broadcast of the fight will also be on AksyonTV (Channel 41 in Metro Manila; Channel 29 in Davao and Cebu). Back-to-back primetime replay of the fights will start at 6:30pm on AKTV on IBC channel 13.
With a record of 28 wins and 3 losses, the 30-year-old Viloria is the former IBF and WBC Light Flyweight Champion. Believing that he still has what it takes win another title, he hopes to be a world title holder again after winning two straight fights. He won in a split decision against Omar Soto last July 10, 2010 and took on Leimpetch Sor Veerapol of Thailand, knocking the latter out in the seventh round last November 5, 2010.
Meanwhile, the 31-year old Miranda won the WBO world title when he knocked out Filipino Riche Mepranum last June 12. He was able to defend his title against another Filipino, Arden Diale last, February 26.
Viloria promises to give his best for this fight. “Each fight, I treat it the way it’s supposed to be treated: real serious. It’s no different for this one. The way I look at it, there’s more motivation for me. There’s a lot of things riding on this fight; it’s a world title. I’m coming into the last few legs of my career so it’s that much more important for me to do well and win another one,” he said.
Meanwhile, the 37-year-old Marquez tests his mettle against the southpaw Ramos who is much younger at 25 years old. Having last fought in November 27, 2010 against Michael Katsidis, he hopes to shake the rust before going up against Pacquiao in their Las Vegas fight in November. He is raring to avenge his 2008 loss against Pacquiao and hopes that this fight will prepare him for the bigger fight.
A left-handed fighter like Pacquiao, Ramos currently has a streak of three wins, all by knockout. This is the first time that he will be going against a big-name fighter like the Mexican legend Marquez.
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