NEGRENSE Arthur Villanueva (27-0, 14 KOs) is ready to challenge No.1 ranked McJoe Arroyo of Puerto Rico (16-0, 8KOs) for the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) world super flyweight title Sunday at the Don Haskins Convention Center in El Paso, Texas.
Villanueva said he has been in tough preparation.
“I trained well and have been looking forward to win this title,” the reigning IBF International super flyweight champion said.
Although ALA Promotions International president/CEO Michael Aldeguer admitted that the fight is not a walk in the park for Villanueva, he said that he trusts the Negrense fighter will make it through because this is the best time for him to win the world championship.
Villanueva said: “I’m very excited for this fight. I want to take that championship belt. But coach Edito [Villamor] keeps on reminding me to relax and control my emotion and focus on training.”
He underwent training at the Wild Card gym of Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach in the United States.
Arroyo, the World Boxing Organization Latino super flyweight champion, defeated Mark Anthony Geraldo via unanimous decision for an IBF eliminator in December last year. In another IBF eliminator in June 2014, he won over Hernan Marquez via an 11th round TKO.
Villanueva won his last three fights on decisions. Last February the champion from Bago City defeated Mexican Julio Cesar Miranda via unanimous decision. He alo captured the IBF title over Nicaraguan Henry Maldonado in a split decision victory in Dubai last year. In April last year, Villanueva dominated another Mexican Fernando Aguilar in a 10-round clash at Solaire Resort and Casino in Paranaque City.
Villamor described Villanueva’s training as a tough one and he’s definitely ready for the fight.
“Arthur is well-determined to become a world champion. His skills and experience will be his edge over Arroyo,” he added.