Ex-Olympic boxing medalist thanks Villanueva

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Monday, May 19, 2014


NEGRENSE boxer Roel Velasco, 1992 Barcelona Olympics bronze medalist, said that he was saddened by the death of 1964 Tokyo Olympic silver medalist Anthony Villanueva.

Villanueva, who died last week at the age of 69, was bedridden for two years after his third heart attack.

“It’s a sad reality that we have to accept. But we thank him [Villanueva] for winning that silver medal and brought honor to the country,” Velasco said.

Velasco of Bago City, who now serves as the Philippine Boxing Team coach, stressed that Villanueva has also been their inspiration in the national team.

Villanueva was believed to have been robbed of the Olympic boxing championship after he lost in a controversial decision against Russian Stanislav Stepahshkin.

Villanueva was among the 19 sports heroes scheduled to receive an award on June 12 during the Philippine Independence Day rites at the Resorts World Hotel. (HGD)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on May 19, 2014.

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