NO CONTROVERSIES. Arthur Villanueva knocks out Juan Jimenez in rematch
Santino Honasan on Sep 25, 2016 11:15 AM
AND STILL. Arthur Villanueva retains his WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight crown against Mexico's Juan Jimenez
Arthur Villanueva wanted to show the world that he had what it takes to beat Mexico's Juan Jimenez, and boy, did he do it.
Following the controversial end to their bout at Pinoy Pride 36 in Bacolod, Villanueva made sure that there were no questions and controversies in the rematch, knocking out Jimenez in the second round of their match at Pinoy Pride 38: Philippines vs. Mexico at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
The hard-hitting Jimenez came out strong in the first frame, landing solid shots to Villanueva who was still feeling things out.
Villanueva was the aggressor in the second round, coming out strong, but Jimenez connected on a few hard shots once again.
With less than a minute in the second round, the two sluggers met in the middle of the ring. With Jimenez uncorking a left hook, Villanueva weaved under and landed a still right hook of his own to the jaw of the Mexican challenger, sending him crashing to the mat.
Jimenez would not answer the ten-count, giving Villanueva the clean victory.
No more controversies here. Huge KO win for Arthur Villanueva. Caught Jimenez with a stiff left hook on the jaw. pic.twitter.com/VF1cimLHqo— Santino Honasan (@honasantino) September 25, 2016
"Pinag-aralan ko po talaga yung left hook niya," said Villanueva post fight. "Yun yung pina-practice namin ni coach, na pag mag-left hook siya, mag-weave ako tapos i-counter, eh nakgataon na sumablay yung left hook kaya in-overhand ko na lang ng diretso."
Villanueva said he was a little to excited during their last fight in Bacolod and told himself to be a little more patient this time around, which obviously paid off.
Villanueva retains his WBO Asia Pacific Bantamweight crown and improves to 26-1 in his professional career.