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article imageOp-Ed: Rematch with Juan Estrada is best option for Brian Viloria

By Leo Reyes     Jul 29, 2015 in Sports
After dispatching Omar Soto in two rounds via knockout last Saturday at the Florentine Garden in Hollywood, Brian Viloria has set his sight on a lucrative fight against unbeaten WBC flyweight champion Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzales.
While a clash against Gonzales would be a career-defining fight for Viloria, the unbeaten Nicaraguan WBC flyweight titlist is more interested on the monetary aspect of the potential fight which could prevent it from happening.
“I want to fight with Viloria but the issue is getting paid well because I will not fight just to fight. I am not running from anyone.I am ready to face anyone but all I want is a good purse." Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez said he may fight in the undercard of the Golovkin-Limieux fight on Oct 17 at the Madison Square Garden but it has yet to be confirmed. He also mentioned Giovani Segura as his next possible opponent.
Gonzalez' handlers said they have yet to get an offer from Viloria's camp and if they don't get one, they won't include Viloria in their shortlist.
For his part, Viloria said he has been chasing Gonzalez but he seems to be dodging him for various reasons.
“I know I have what it takes to defeat a fighter like Gonzalez. He’s been dodging me the last couple of years,” Viloria said.
“We’ve been wanting to get a match against him but his people have been saying he’s not ready yet, or he doesn’t want to commence in talks to get us together. Hopefully my manager [Gary Gittelsohn] can do something and get him to commit to a fight against me close to the end of the year or in the next couple of months.” he added.
The looming Gonzalez-Viloria fight has been on the drawing board even before Viloria's Saturday opening-round KO win against Soto.
Everyone would agree that the Viloria-Gonzalez fight is going to be a flyweight blockbuster especially if the fight is held at the Madison Square Garden as planned.
But when the purse becomes a contentious issue in the talks, it could lead to nowhere.
While the talks are ongoing for the Gonzalez fight, it would be better for Viloria's handlers to commence talks with Juan Franccisco Estrada for the long-awaited rematch.
Viloria succumbed to Estrada in 2013 at the Venetian Resort & Casino in Macau, China where he lost his WBO and WBA flyweight titles.
Although the Estrada fight will be less lucrative than the Gonzalez fight, it would be more rewarding for Viloria if he can reclaim his WBA and WBO flyweight titles.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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