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MACAU - Brian Viloria doesn't mind playing second fiddle to the show's main attraction Zou Shiming.

But Viloria feels he can steal the thunder when he defends his unified world flyweight title against rugged Mexican challenger Juan Francisco Estrada on Saturday night at the Venetian Hotel.

"I think I could take the limelight away (from Zou)," said Viloria, who will be staking his World Boxing Association and World Boxing Organization 112-lb belts at the CotaiArena.
Zou, a two-time Olympic champion and three-time world amateur titlist, is taking the spotlight even if he is only making his professional debut but Viloria's high-octane style and Estrada's aggression promise to bring fistic fireworks.

During Friday afternoon's official weigh in held in grand style at the Venetian Theater, Viloria tipped the scales at 111 lbs. Estrada, ten years younger at 22, came in at 112.
The pre-fight ritual was actually a formality for Viloria, who said he had already made the weight a few days ago.

"I am so excited," said Viloria, whose last fight was a sensational knockout win over Hernan 'Tyson' Marquez late last year in Los Angeles


While Estrada doesn't have enough world championship experience, Viloria thinks his rival remains a livewire foe.

"It'd be foolish to look beyond this fight," he said.

Assigned to referee the Viloria-Estrada encounter is Gene Rodriguez, while the three judges are Robert Hoyle, Michael Pernick and Raul Caiz Sr.

Top Rank is making its first foray in the Chinese market and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum is optimistic that there will be more shows that his company will hold here in partnership with his Chinese contacts.

Arum is thinking of bringing in Manny Pacquiao, who is eyeing a return to the ring in mid-September.

Three other Filipinos are also seeing action Saturday with Cebu hotshot Milan Melindo tangling with Tommy Seran of Indonesia in a ten-round flyweight match and the fighting Penalosa brothers--Dave and Dodie Boy Jr.--facing separate punchers from Thailand.
Dave meets Cheroenchai Sithsaithongin a four round super-bantam duel while Dodie Boy clashes with Nimithra Sithsaithong in a six-round feather showdown

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