Hawaii Beat

Star-Bulletin Staff

Monday, July 21, 2003

Viloria ready to defend NABF title on the beach

Brian Viloria said with a laugh that California beaches aren't exactly up to the standards of his native Hawaii but he's going to the shore tomorrow anyway.

The 2000 Olympian from Waipahu will face veteran Luis Doria of Colombia in a ring set up in the sand at Pismo Beach in a nationally televised bout on ESPN2.

"It'll feel almost like home," Viloria said.

Viloria (12-0, seven KOs) and his handlers believe Doria (17-8-2, 10 KOs) is a significant test, although Doria has had a spotty career against some big names but he hasn't fought since September.

Irons falls at South Africa

For reigning world champion Andy Irons, this year's Billabong Pro at Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa, was too much like last year's.

Irons, who has won three of five events this season, scored 13.5 points but lost to Sean Holmes, who scored 14.66, yesterday. Holmes, the only South African remaining in the contest, ousted Irons in the third round of last year's contest.

"I had a bad heat, he beat me and it's over," Irons said in an ASP release. "I don't know ... everyone was cursing me, wanting me to lose, and it happened. J-Bay is a great wave, but I don't do well over here and it's never given me any luck."

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