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Brian Viloria set to regain crown as Romero tested positive of drugs

VIGAN CITY – Brian Viloria may yet regain his World Boxing Council light flyweight title after the reigning champion flunked a drug test conducted after their rematch in Las Vegas last Nov. 18.

Omar Niño-Romero tested positive for methamphetamine, an illegal substance, during the urinalysis.

Viloria said the test result “gave me justice on that night… and opened up a whole lot of answers or questions, how he (Niño-Romero) went about the fight” despite having been knocked down twice.

Gary Gittelsohn, Viloria’s manager, said Niño-Romero’s taking of drugs was an intentional violation of boxing rules and should be disqualified.

“Brian was denied the crown by unfortunate judging. But now, Niño-Romero is going to be fined and suspended. The title is not his and Brian deserves it,” Gittelsohn said.

In their rematch which was on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Erik Morales trilogy, Viloria and Romero battled to a majority draw that drew catcalls and boos from the thousands of fans that jampacked the Thomas and Mach Arena in Las Vegas.

Gov. Luis “Chavit” Singson said Viloria won the rematch in the eyes of the public except the three judges.

“Viloria clearly won the match as he knocked down twice his opponent. Unfortunately, he was a victim of a hometown decision,” Singson said.

“If you’re on drugs and you’re knocked down… your reaction is to just get back up… You don’t know what you’re capable of doing,” Viloria said.

As a result of the test, the Nevada Attorney General has reportedly filed a formal complaint against Niño-Romero.

Officials said the WBC will have to strip Niño-Romero of the championship belt and may award it to Viloria or order a bout between the Filipino-American boxing idol and the top contender.

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