Nietes eager to spar with Viloria
EDMUND Villamor, the trainer of World Boxing Organization light flyweight champion Donnie Nietes, said the longest-reigning Filipino world champion is eager to get to Los Angeles to begin sparring with two-division world champion Brian Viloria at the Wild Card Gym of Freddie Roach in Los Angeles.
Villamor told The Standard/boxingmirror.com that the handlers of Viloria, who is scheduled to face undefeated pound-for-pound No.1, World Boxing Council flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, are waiting for Nietes because as Viloria’s manager Gary Gittelsohn has pointed out, both fighters will benefit from the sparring.
Both will face tough opponents on the same day, Oct. 17, with Nietes defending his title against Juan “Pinky” Arago at the StubHub Center and Viloria going after the crown of Gonzalez at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
Nietes said he, too, wanted a crack at Gonzalez for some time now and would watch a tape of Viloria’s fight, while wishing him all the best in his fight to inflict the first defeat on the champ.
Meantime, while Nietes looked awesome in training at the ALA Gym in Quezon City on Wednesday, Viloria’s training is reportedly ahead of schedule as he prepares for the biggest fight of his life.
“Viloria is doing great in training and Brian is ahead of schedule,” said Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach’s assistant, Filipino Marvin Somodio, who revealed that Viloria is only four pounds over the flyweight limit and “is very motivated to get that green and gold World Boxing Council belt.”
He said Viloria has been sparring with former world champion, Filipino Rodel Mayol and a tough Mexican kid.