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Manager: Viloria win is best birthday gift to me

THE manager of former two-division world champion Brian Viloria told The Standard/boxingmirror.com that the best birthday gift will be a victory by the Filipino over undefeated No. 2-ranked pound-for-pound World Boxing Council flyweight champion Roman Gonzalez of Nicaragua.

Gittelsohn, who was greeted by the World Boxing Council on its internet site on Wednesday, said Viloria was like a son to him.

“Brian and his wife Erika are a wonderful couple and I feel privileged that they are part of my life,” Gittelsohn said.

Referring to Viloria’s training at the Wild Card Gym of Freddie Roach, Gittelsohn said: “It’s going terrifically and that Brian looks motivated, is  fast and is doing really well in the gym. Viloria will pick up the sparring a little more, but even now has a bit of spring in his legs because he is the challenger.”

Gittelsohn confirmed that ALA Gym trainer Edito “Ala” Villamor had spoken to longtime friend and part-time trainer of Viloria, Ruben Jimenez, and that they had worked out a schedule for sparring between Viloria and World Boxing Organization light flyweight champion Donnie Nietes when he arrives in Los Angeles in mid-September.

“The sparring is going to be great for both of them,” said Gittelsohn as both have title fights on Oct. 17, with Nietes headlining “Pinoy Pride 33” at the StubHub Center in Carson City, California and Viloria featured on the supporting bout on the Gennady Golovkin-Lucas Matthyse showdown at New York’s famed Madison Square Garden.

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