After Pinoy Pride 42 win, Arthur Villanueva hopes to connect with Cebuano boxing fans

Santino Honasan on Sep 19, 2017 01:32 PM
Arthur Villanueva hopes to connect with Cebuano boxing fans
"Dito sa Cebu, gusto ko din mag-build ng pangalan, kasi parang kahit taga-dito ko, parang hindi pa ako masyadong kilala pa."

Following a rough start to 2017, former world title challenger 'King' Arthur Villanueva began his comeback tour with a fourth-round stoppage win forcing a gritty Richie 'Magnum' Mepranum to quit after the fourth round. 

While Villanueva was surprised with how the fight ended, a win is a win, more importantly, it was a decisive one. 

"Nung last minute nung fourth round, natamaan ko talaga siya eh, na-feel ko na masakit talaga yun." Villanueva told ABS-CBN Sports. 

Now that he's bounced back from his most recent loss, an interim title bout against Zolani Tete, Villanueva hopes to be able to work his way back up to another world championship opportunity.

Aside from chasing gold, 'King Arthur' also wants to build a name for himself, especially in the so-called 'Boxing Mecca of the Philippines'. 

"Dito sa Cebu, gusto ko din mag-build ng pangalan, kasi parang kahit taga-dito ko, parang hindi pa ako masyadong kilala pa."

While Villanueva is a native of Bago City, Negros, the 28-year old is as much at home in Cebu as he trains in the famed ALA Boxing Gym. Still, it's important that the Cebuanos see him compete, and prior to Pinoy Pride 42, Villaneuva's last fight in Cebu was way back in 2013. 

"Siguro minsan lang kasi ako lumaban dito sa Cebu. Last year, lumaban ako dalawang beses, sa Bacolod tsaka sa US, tapos UK this year."

If reintroducing himself to Cebuano fight fans is an objective for Villanueva, his impressive win at Pinoy Pride 42 was certainly a step in the right direction.

Guys like Donnie Nietes Milan Melindo, Mark Magsayo, and the Pagara brothers all have become household names for the Cebuano crowd, largely because of their success and partly because of their exciting styles, and Villanueva knows that if he wants to get the crowd behind him, he'll need to make them enjoy watching him fight. 

"Siguro yung style ko sa laban dapat mas-exciting, mas maganda tignan. Siguro yun yung dapat ko gawin para pag napanood nila yung laban, hahangaan talaga nila yung style ko."

With 17 knockouts under his belt, Villanueva knows how to put on exciting fights, it's just a matter of getting Cebuano fans to see him do it live. 

 

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