The ‘King’ is back-A A +A
Saturday, March 8, 2014
BAGO City's pride and now WBO International super flyweight titlist “King” Arthur Villanueva is home after a tough fight of his career in “Pinoy Pride XXIV: The Future is Now” last March 1 at the Solaire Resort and Casino Grand Ballroom in Parañaque City.
Villanueva arrived last night in Bacolod from a short stop in Cebu City, the base of ALA Gym and ALA Promotions, which plans to send him for US training together with Albert "Prince" Pagara of Misamis City.
The "King" survived the unscouted substitute Mexican fighter Fernando Aguilar via a unanimous decision in the undercard match of the Genesis “Azukal” Servania-Alexander “El Explosivo” Muñoz title fight.
The undefeated champion, true to his apprehension and his adjusting against the replacement atop the ring, unexpectedly fought below par in what was supposedly a walk in the park. The champion fought toe-to-toe against Aguilar and has to use all the tricks in his bag until the last bell.
Villanueva had a point-deduction early in the third due to a low blow and later warned for a huge cut on Aguilar’s face caused by accidental head butt.
Things were not on Villanueva’s side until Aguilar too, was called for two low blows that eventually changed the match’s result.
“Those blows really affected my performance. It really hurts,” he said.
Villanueva, who at times was slow in getting out when cornered, pulled a victory after favorable scores from judges Gerald Tomeldan (94- 93), Gil Co (95- 92), and Atty. Danrex Tapdasan (96-91).
Bacolod pride and WBO Inter-Continental super bantamweight champion Genesis Servania will most likely to return to Bacolod this week from Cebu.
“Azukal" is resting and recuperating from the cut on his upper left eyebrow, which needed 10 stitches, inflected by an accidental head butt from Muñoz.
The champion retained his belt bravely brawling with a bloody face from Round 6 to cap a 12th round stoppage on Muñoz with 2:22 minutes in the final round.
Servania started with a commanding performance in the early rounds with heavy punches on the Venezuelan but the visitor stood firm, and managed to stand up despite hitting the canvas twice. He threw strong punches in the 10th and 11th rounds but Muñoz still managed to counter.
A hard right from Servania sent Muñoz for good forcing referee-lawyer Danrex Tapdasan to stop the contest.*
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on March 08, 2014.