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Title success may mean bigger, better things for Viloria

By Billy Hull

LAST UPDATED: 10:29 p.m. HST, Aug 5, 2011

There weren't going to be any more mountains to climb.

No more fights in parking lots or swap meets or any of the other venues Brian Viloria has had to go through to become a world champion.

Saturday night's World Boxing Organization flyweight title fight was either going to be a crowning moment — or the end of a career.

And Viloria isn't finished quite yet.

The 2000 Olympian won his third world title — and first at 112 pounds — with a unanimous decision over Julio Cesar Miranda in the main event of Island Assault 2 at the Blaisdell Arena.

Badly cut over his right eye, Viloria (29-3) survived a late charge from Miranda to add the WBO flyweight belt to a career that includes IBF and WBC light flyweight titles, Golden Gloves championships and U.S. amateur titles.

"When Brian decided he wanted to continue fighting after losing his (IBF) world title, I explained to him how serious this was," Viloria's manager, Gary Gittelsohn, said after the fight. "This was his last rodeo.

"If Brian had lost this fight, I think it would have been the end."

Instead, it's the beginning of a third title reign that Viloria hopes lasts a lot longer than the first two.

He lost both the IBF and WBC titles in his second defense following thrilling knockout victories to win the belts.

Against Miranda, Viloria looked on his way to doing it again, dropping him in the first round.

It was the only knockdown of the fight, but Miranda seemed close to hitting the canvas in the fifth and seventh rounds after thunderous body shots took the win out of the former champion.

"I hit him with my best shots," Viloria said. "And I felt his power. He fought his heart out and I also fought my heart out because I really wanted this."

TV5, which broadcast the fight in the Philippines, wants Viloria to do appearances to help promote his next fight, which will likely take place there.

Gittelsohn said he expects to hear from the WBO this week about Viloria's mandated challenger.

Former WBO and WBA light flyweight champion Giovanni Segura (28-1-1) didn't take long to throw his name in the hat, telling that he was promised a title shot against the winner.

"Brian should celebrate his victory now, but he needs to remember that he has to fight me next," Segura told the website. "Brian trains in our gym (Azteca Boxing Club) and I kick his ass all the time. He used to train at the Wild Card, but he knows where the real action is at."

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