Viloria beats Miranda to win WBO flyweight title



HONOLULU (AP) — Brian Viloria won a unanimous decision over Mexico’s Julio Cesar Miranda on Saturday night to win the WBO flyweight championship.

The Hawaiian Punch controlled the fight from the start, flooring Miranda in the opening minutes and landing body blow after body blow throughout the fight.

Viloria, who grew up about a half-hour west of Honolulu in a blue-collar, former sugar-plantation town of Waipahu, was badly bloodied but walked away with the belt.

Judges Robert Hoyle (98-91) Ruben Garcia (96-93) and Tamotsu Tomihara (97-93) favored Viloria (29-3, 16 KOs), who claimed his first title at 112 pounds. He previously held the IBF and WBC light flyweight titles at 108 pounds.

Miranda (28-4, 16 KOs) was making his fourth title defense since beating stopping Richie Mepranum to win the title in June 2010.