Gigil na ako -- Villanueva on his title bout in Pinoy Pride 34
Mark Escarlote on Nov 26, 2015 04:34 PM
Pinoy Pride 34 features eight exciting fight cards including the title bout between Arthur Villanueva and Mexican Victor Mendez.
LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu --- Promising Filipino pug Arthur Villanueva is feeling giddy and just couldn’t wait to let loose his smoking arsenal against Mexican rival Victor Mendez.
Coming off a crushing loss four months ago that dented his erstwhile undefeated record, the 26-year-old boxer is confident that he can get back on the winning track when he steps on the canvass on Saturday for a shot at the vacant WBC International Super Flyweight belt at stake in Pinoy Pride 34: “Back with a Vengeance” against an equally dangerous hard-puncher Mendez.
Fans are expected to fill the Hoops Dome in Lapu-Lapu City to the rafters to witness eight exciting bouts including the marquee fight between Milan “El Metodico” Melindo and undefeated Mexican Victor Olivo.
But all eyes will be fixed on Villanueva, the former IBF International Super Flyweight champion, former WBO International Jr. Bantamweight titlist, former WBO Asia Pacific Jr. Bantamweight belt winner and former OPBF Super Flyweight king, who is raring to put another belt on his waist after suffering a 10th round technical decision loss to Puerto Rican southpaw McJoe Arroyo last July 18 in El Paso, Texas.
“Talagang noong isang linggo pa parang gigil na talaga akong lumaban,” said Villanueva, who saw his 27-bout winning streak, including 14 knockout victories, come to a screeching halt, in the event’s press conference at the Fiesta Bay Restaurant Thursday.
“Gusto ko talagang bumawi, sana maging maganda ang kondisyon ko sa Sabado. Magandang laban ito,” added Villanueva.
But Mendez is one tough nut to crack.
The 22-year-old Sonora, Mexico slugger is a knockout artist with all but four of his 19 wins decided with his opponents kissing the canvass. He won his last five fights and 10 of his 15 KO victories did not last three rounds.
It has been more than a year since Mendez tasted defeat, the last of his two consecutive split decision losses. He has two draws in his fight record.
“With respect to the Philippines, it is also for our best interest to win the title and bring it to Mexico. We are here to give a good fight for the fans,” said Mendez through an interpreter.
Melindo, meanwhile, is also coming off a defeat – second in his career – last May against hometown bet Javier Mendoza in a 6th round technical decision loss in the IBF World Light Flyweight bout in Baja, Mexico. The 27-year-old fighter has 32 wins with 12 coming off knockouts.
Olivo, a late replacement when Carlos Fontes was forced out due to anemia, is undefeated in nine fights.
Meanwhile, AJ “Bazooka” Banal takes on Tanzanian Emilio Norfat while prospect Kevin Catajara goes for his second professional fight after a blazing debut when he clashes with Indonesian veteran Faris Nenggo.
The other bouts are between Rocky Fuentes and Indon Afrizal Tamboresi; Melvin Jerusalem and Crison Omayao; Criz Ganoza and Fabio Marfa while Christian Bacolod crosses fists with Delfin De Asis.
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