Inspired by teammate Milan Melindo's rise, Arthur Villanueva looks to write own comeback story

Santino Honasan on Sep 16, 2017 12:13 PM
Arthur Villanueva looks to write own comeback story
"Sabi ko kung kaya ni Milan, Kaya ko din."

The journey of 28-year old Arthur Villanueva looks pretty familiar. 

30 wins and only two setbacks, both coming from world title shots. 

A little research will show that one other ALA Boxing product has a similar record, and he goes by the name of Milan Melindo, the current reigning IBF light-flyweight champion of the world. 

Much like 'King' Arthur, Melindo was an impressive talent who dispatched every challenge put in front of him, with the exception of world title opportunities. 

Before finally capturing the IBF world title back in May, Melindo came up short in two previous title shots, one for the WBO and WBA world titles against Juan Francisco Estrada back in 2013, and one for the IBF flyweight title against Javier Mendoza in 2015. 

The third time was the charm for Melindo, and Villanueva the same will ring true for him as well. 

"Kaya ko, yun din yung tingin ng manager ko, na hindi lang talaga ako sinuwerte." Villanueva told ABS-CBN Sports. "Talagang mayroon pa akong pag-asa."

Seeing his stablemate finally capture the big one only served as motivation for the Bago City, Negros native. 

"Sabi ko kung kaya ni Milan, Kaya ko din."

In his most recent title shot, Villanueva came up short against Zolani Tete, who now holds the WBO world bantamweight championship. 

"Dun sa laban ko kay Zolani Tete, hindi ko nabigay yung dapat kong gawin, kasi nahirapan ako sa style niya."

All that's in the past now, and Villanueva sets his sights on writing his own comeback story, one similar to Melindo's. 

To do that, he says he needs to show people what 'King Arthur' can really do inside the ring. 

"Nitong last year, na-feel ko naman sa sarili ko na medyo malaki yung na-improve sa akin. Mayroon pa akong gustong ipakita na hindi ko nagawa nung huling mga laban ko."

Arthur Villanueva makes his return to the boxing ring when he takes on Richie Mepranum at Pinoy Pride 42: Clash for Glory this Saturday, September 16th at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu City. 

 

Catch Pinoy Pride 42: Clash For Glory on Sunday, September 17, 3:30 PM on ABS-CBN channel 2 and 6:30 PM on S+A channel 23. 

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