The Forum, Inglewood, California – In a battle for the vacant WBA flyweight title, Artem Dalakian (16-0, 11 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Brian Viloria (38-6, 23 KOs). All three judges had it 118-109 for Dalakian.

Viloria (38-5, 23 KO), who turned 37 last month, missed all of 2016 following his TKO loss to Roman Gonzalez in the Golovkin-Lemieux co-feature. He went 2-0 in 2017, beating Ruben Montoya in Mexico and Miguel Cartagena on the undercard of the first “Superfly.”

Dalakian (15-0, 11 KO) was Ioka’s mandatory challenger and is fairly unproven as a pro, but this looks like a more winnable fight for him on paper than Ioka would have been. 37 is ancient for flyweight and Viloria’s had consistency issues in the past.

The belt became vacant with the retirement of Japan’s Kazuto Ioka.

After starting well in the first round, Viloria was wobbled by a good shot and punished a bit in second round before coming back in the final ten seconds. The action was very close in the next three rounds, with both doing good work.

After a close sixth round, Viloria rocked Dalakian with a solid right hand in the seventh. Dalakian was able to recover as Viloria pressed him. Viloria continued to rally in the eight round, with the more solid punches coming in.

Dalakian started off the ninth with a crushing hook to the body that made Viloria hold on. Dalakian then began to land some solid shots to the head of Viloria and was tagging the veteran pretty hard. The referee took away a point from Dalakian for pushing Viloria down.

The tenth round was another close scrap, with Dalakian boxing from the distance and Viloria coming forward trying to make them fight.


Ukranian fighter Artem Dalakian scores a unanimou decision victory against the Filipino Brian Viloria today February 25, 2018 (Manila time) at Forum, Inglewood, California, USA.

Round by Round Action:

Round 1: Ukranian very aggresive

Round 2: Dalakian hurts Viloria. Good round for Dalakian

Round 3: Still Dalakian round, very busy, and much accurate fighter!

Round 4: hard to score but I think Dalakian got it!

Round 5: Dalakian became more defensive,not much happen but round goes for Viloria

Dalakian got round 6, Viloria not throwing a lot of punches and the Ukranian has good footwork.

Round 7: Viloria hurt Dalakian with nice Hook but the Ukranian doing a right job to survive.

Round 8: Viloria hurts again Dalakian but no follow up. hard to score!

Round 9: Dalakian landed better shots this round and Viloria cant hit him but Ukranian got 1 point deduction for pushing down.

Round 10: Dalakian still the busy fighter, Viloria cant connect, coach said he needs to throws combinations.

Bloody Viloria in round 11, Dalakian throwing big punches.

Dalakian got the 12 round. now we are going on the Judges scorecard.

Artem Dalakian def. Brian Viloria (unanimous decision, 118-109, 118-109, 118-109)