Brian Viloria is now in stable condition after being rushed to the San Juan De Dios Hospital when the deposed champion complained of chest pains and a headache after his 12-round title match against Carlos Tamara of Colombia.
The Hawaiian Punch suffered a shocking 12th round TKO loss against his Colombian challenger to surrender the International Boxing Federation (IBF) world light-flyweight title belt to Tamara Saturday in the main event of the “Boxing at the Bay: Collision Course" at the Astrodome.
Viloria was a no-show during the post-fight press conference and was rushed to the San Juan De Dios Hospital, which is a few minutes away from the Astrodome, for a routine check-up.
He was later transferred to the Makati Medical Center since San Juan De Dios did not have the proper equipment to treat his injuries. Viloria is now in stable condition but still complaining of headache.
Even fellow Filipino champion Nonito Donaire Jr., the reigning World Boxing Association (WBA) super flyweight interim world champion, wished for Viloria’s speedy recovery in his Twitter account.
The former IBF world champion was in control for most of the match, showing patience and choosing his combinations well waiting for any possible opening from Tamara’s defense.
The crowd’s chants of “Viloria, Viloria" pumped up Viloria as the Hawaiian Punch turned up the pressure on Tamara and at times even pounded the Colombian challenger into a corner.
But Tamara, who did not stop throwing punches, showed incredible stamina and guts as he engaged Viloria in several strong exchanges that brought wild cheers from the pro-Filipino crowd.
Referee Bruce McTavish stopped the fight after Viloria, wobbly and on the verge of going down, received 14 unanswered punches from Tamara. The official time was 1:45 in the 12th round.
There were also reports that Viloria collapsed inside the dugout. Viloria even felt some chest pains inside his dugout after the fight, although he was already supposedly feeling well while on his way to the hospital.
Games and Amusements Board boxing chief Nasser Cruz said that the chest pain might be more psychological than physical on Viloria’s part