A loss this Sunday afternoon would feel very much like the end of the world for Brian Viloria, who faces youthful Mexican Hernan 'Tyson' Marquez in a unification world flyweight title showdown at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.
"There's nothing for me (down the road) if I don't win this fight," Viloria said in a teleconference call with Filipino scribes yesterday afternoon, exactly a week before he puts his World Boxing Organization crown and guns for Marquez's World Boxing Association jewels.
Viloria is up against a formidable foe in Marquez, who has earned the menacing nom de guerre owing to a very obvious trait: punching power.
Still, Viloria (31-3 with 18 KOs), who turns 32 on Nov. 24, is unfazed.
"I wish the fight is tomorrow," said Viloria, who was born in Hawaii to parents originally from Narvacan, Ilocos Sur. "I've got power, too. And I think he's going to think twice once he feels it."
Viloria is in the final stage of his training at the Wild Card Boxing Club and although ring master Freddie Roach won't be in his corner, the Fil-Am puncher said Roach gave him lots of pointers.
"Freddie watched some of Marquez's fights on video and he told me a few things," said Viloria, who will be assisted by long-time trainer Ruben Gomez and Roach understudy Marvin Somodio.
Marquez (34-2 with 25 KOs) is also getting premium teachings from a renowned cornerman in Roberto Garcia, who used to be in Viloria's corner.
But Viloria insists he has undergone a complete makeover and said he is no longer the same fighter as before.
"I have corrected a lot the last three years and I am excited to show everyone how I had become since then."
Viloria has been on a roll over the last year, scoring huge wins over Mexicans Giovani Segura and Omar Romero.
Before getting another lease on life, Viloria had been counted out a few times after suffering devastating losses.
But these days, Viloria said the interest is high on him and his upcoming fight.
"A lot of people are calling me out for tickets," said Viloria.