BAGO City native and world No. 3 "King Arthur" Villanueva will challenge Puerto Rico's ranked No. 1 McJoe Arroyo for the International Boxing Federation (IBF) world super flyweight title on July 16 in the United States.
The 26-year-old Negrense earned the title shot against Arroyo after erstwhile South African champion Zolani Tete refused to accept a title defense against the Puerto Rican and decided to vacate the belt.
Villanueva is undefeated with a record of 27-0 including 14 knockouts.
He won his last fight via a unanimous decision over former world flyweight champion Julio Cesar Pingo Miranda last February 7. He also had a split decision victory over Henry Maldonado of Nicaragua in a battle for the vacant IBF international title in September last year.
Arroyo earned a shot at the IBF flyweight title with a stunning second round TKO of previously unbeaten Filipino Froilan "Sniper" Saludar in June last year. He suffered a split decision loss, however, against Thailand's world champion Amnat Ruenroeng. (HGD)