One would hope, and I would put money on the table, that Saturday’s WBO Flyweight title fight at the Blaisdell Arena will be a sell out. The champion Julio Cesar Miranda will take on the challenge of former champion Brian Villoria in the challenger’s home city. But more importantly, fight fans know that this could very well be Villoria’s last fight in Honolulu.
At the age of 30, Villoria says he feels good and still finds the “fun” in the training and the preparation. But reality and history indicates that 30 is the unwritten magic number for professional athletes – you are at the twilight of your career and the end is near. For boxing, particularly in the lighter weight classes, age is more of a factor. Reflexes and quickness are more vital toward success and those skills fade with age.
The “Hawaiian Punch” will attempt to claim his 3rd belt and rumors abound as to how much longer he will continue to fight. Should he win the title it would be the perfect way to ride in the sunset. But that is rarely in a boxer’s DNA. Should he lose, the title opportunities will become fewer, if any come his way again. Promoters would be hard pressed to arrange another fight card in the Aloha State if Villoria is not deemed a big draw to offset the expenses.
Pressure is on the local product from Waipahu and former Olympian. But as long as he says that boxing is “fun”, who knows how long he will continue.
But get your tickets for Saturday.