On Nov. 17 in Los Angeles, Filipino-American Brian Viloria will find himself in the ring with a flyweight version of heavyweight bad boy Mike Tyson.
Viloria faces hard-hitter Hernan 'Tyson' Marquez, who has vowed to put an end to Viloria's recent domination of fellow Mexican fighters.
On the line will be Viloria's World Boxing Organization title and Marquez's World Boxing Association crown in one of the year's most awaited showdowns among small men who hit big.
''I feel great and I am motivated for this fight with Viloria,'' Marquez (34-2-0 with 25 KOs) told the Mexican media during a break in his massive buildup at the Oxnard Gym owned by one of boxing's rising trainers, Robert Garcia.
Viloria (31-3-0 with 18 KOs) has racked up three straight wins over Mexicans Julio Cesar Miranda, Giovani Segura and Omar Romero, prompting some members of the boxing fraternity to label him as the 'Mexicutioner.'
Marquez is displeased and wants to put a halt to Viloria's winning ways.
But Viloria, who is back training at the Wild Card Boxing Club of Freddie Roach, doesn't have intentions of losing that coveted tag as he is punishing himself in training.
Viloria is one of four reigning Filipino world champions. The others are WBO light-fly king Donnie Nietes, WBO super-bantam ruler Nonito Donaire and International Boxing Federation light-fly titlist Johnreil Casimero.
Meanwhile, Mexican banger Jorge Arce will have an ace up his sleeve when he challenges pound-for-pound fighter Nonito Donaire on Dec. 15 in Houston, Texas.
Arce has acquired the services of Hall of Fame trainer Ignacio 'Nacho' Beristain, the maker of over 20 Mexican world champions, including the Marquez brothers Juan Manuel and Rafael.
Mindful of Donaire's skills, Arce is hooking up with Beristain to help him nullify or even cut back on the Fil-Am puncher's overall advantage in craftsmanship.
''With Beristain in my corner, I will be even more confident because (his presence in my corner) is the best I can possibly have,'' said the 33-year-old Arce as quoted by the Mexican media.
Arce said he understands his role as the huge underdog in his 12-round showdown with Donaire at the Toyota Center but is using it as a motivation.
''I fight a lot better when I am the underdog,'' said Arce, who boasts of a 61-6-2 win-loss-draw record with 46 knockouts.
Arce has actually been training the past few weeks at the Romanza Gym in Mexico City under Beristain's eyes.
Donaire, fresh from beating up Japanese Toshiaki Nishioka four weeks ago, has a 30-1-0 card with 19 knockouts.
Donaire and Arce are going to face off Thursday (Friday in Manila) when Top Rank head Bob Arum hosts a press conference at the Toyota Center to formally announce the marquee matchup.
Donaire, who turns 30 on Nov. 16, has so far won three fights this year.