By Manuel Perez: I’m frankly speechless after former WBC light flyweight champion Brian Viloria (25-2, 15 KOs) pulled off a huge upset by stopping International Boxing Federation (IBF) light flyweight champion Ulises Soils (28-2-2, 20 KOs) in the 11th round tonight at the Araneta Coliseum, in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines.
Viloria, 28, with the huge Filipino audience giving him a lot of encouragement, knocked Solis down with a huge right hand to the head in the 11th.
The bout was then stopped by referee Bruce McTavish at 2:56 of the round. Both fighter traded big shots from the beginning, but Viloria was able to land the harder shots and ended up quickly cutting Solis up over both eyes.
The win was a huge upset, as Viloria, ranked only at number #9 in the IBF, hadn’t fought any top fighters in two years since losing to Edgar Sosa in April 2007. During the last two years, Viloria looked slow and lethargic in the ring, hardly the type of fighter that could pull off an upset like this.