Brian Viloria had a long and frustrating history with Omar Nino, but as the member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic boxing team discovered, all's well that ends well.
Viloria stopped Mexican Omar Nino in the ninth round Saturday to retain his World Boxing Organization flyweight title in Pasig City, Philippines, finally putting to rest a long and frustrating six-year saga with the Mexican.
In 2006, the heavily favored Viloria lost his World Boxing Council junior flyweight title to Nino in Las Vegas. Later that year, they fought to a draw, but the result was changed to a no-contest when Nino failed a post-fight drug test, getting caught with methamphetamine in his system.
Brian Viloria celebrates his win over Omar Nino (AP)Even that drug test played a role in Saturday's fight. Nino had failed to pay an $11,250 fine to the Nevada Athletic Commission and, as a result, the WBO refused to sanction the scheduled March 31 bout. That pushed the bout back until Saturday in the Philippines.
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