Unified world flyweight king Brian Viloria has been punishing himself the past few weeks in Los Angeles as he whips himself into form for his clash with ace challenger Juan Francisco Estrada of Mexico on April 6 at the Venetian Hotel in Macau.
Whether he is doing his morning roadwork or sweating it out at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood in the afternoon, Viloria, the reigning World Boxing Association and World Boxing Organization 112-lb ruler, is pushing himself to the limit.
Estrada, who is ten years younger at 22, "is a big threat," according to Viloria.
"He is a guy who comes at you. He loves to throw punches...the typical Mexican fighter," said the Hawaii-born puncher.
While it appears that Estrada is tailor-made for him, Viloria doesn't want to fall into a false sense of security.
"Now, I always go into a fight thinking that it's going to be a tough fight," said Viloria, who will enter the ring at the 15,000-seat CotaiArena with a 32-3-0 win-loss-draw record with 19 KOs.
Estrada is a genuine threat, having racked up a 22-2-0 slate with 18 KOs.
Although he lost his last fight - a 12-round decision to Nicaraguan heavy-hitter Roman Gonzalez - Estrada remains someone not to be messed with even for a highly-skilled fighter like Viloria.
Besides, the veteran Viloria admits he will be facing a young lion.