TWO of Arthur Villanueva’s last two fights weren’t exactly picture perfect wins. In fact, he was fighting for his life in both bouts.
Villanueva wants to erase that in the minds of everybody with a notable victory against a very credible opponent in former world champion Julio Cesar Miranda.
“This is the toughest fight of his career. It is very important that he wins this fight impressively to make up for his last two fights that were not that impressive and also to keep his spot in the ratings. And also so that sir ALA (Antonio L.
Aldeguer) and sir Mike (Michael Aldeguer) can plan his next fight and if that he is ready to become a main event fighter in the Pinoy Pride series,” ALA Gym head coach Edito Villamor told Sun.Star Cebu yesterday.
Villanueva and Miranda are trading leather in a 10-round fight in one of the featured bouts of Pinoy Pride 29 – “Fist of Fury” on Feb. 7 at the University of Southeastern Philippines in Davao City.
“Arthur’s preparation is going really well. This is Arthur’s biggest test,” said Villamor.
The 26-year-old Villanueva, 26-0 with 14 knockouts, fought last minute replacement Fernando Aguilar in March 1 of last year. He got more than his money’s worth and was in all sorts of trouble but did enough to walk away with a unanimous decision win and two swollen eyes.
In his second fight last year, Villanueva was dropped in the second round by tough Henry Maldonado but survived and was awarded a split decision in Dubai.
Against a tough experienced Mexican former world champion, Villamor expects this fight to be the defining moment of Villanueva’s career.
“This is going to be war,” said Villamor. “He is a former world champion and he is not to be taken lightly. That is why we are preparing him well in conditioning training and we are studying on a good strategy to use in the ring.”
The 34-year-old Miranda is a former World Boxing Organization (WBO) flyweight champion and has a 38-11-2 slate with 29 knockouts. He has fought the likes of Moruti Mthalane, Brian Viloria, Hugo Cazares, Rodel Mayol and Ponsaklek Wonjongkam.