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Roman Gonzalez stops Brian Viloria in the ninth round

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New York, N.Y. — Roman Gonzalez rolls on.

The No. 1 fighter pound for pound and the WBC flyweight champion stopped veteran Brian Viloria 2 minutes, 53 seconds into the ninth round Saturday at Madison Square Garden, the Nicaraguan’s 10th straight knockout during his sensational run to the top of the sport.

Viloria (36-5, 22 knockouts) took the fight to Gonzalez (44-0, 38 KOs) at the opening bell and the first few rounds were close. Then, in the third, a short right sent Viloria to one knee and the Nicaraguan’s killer instinct kicked in.

That was the beginning of the end. Viloria, who gave a courageous performance, survived that round and lasted five-plus more but absorbed a lot of hard, accurate punches from a superior fighter.



Finally, after Gonazlez unloaded a punishing flurry that pushed Viloria to the ropes, referee Benjy Esteves mercifully jumped between the boxers and ended the fight.

A full report will follow shortly.

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