'King Arthur' gets love from Mexican fans in questionable loss to WBC champ Nery in Tijuana

'King Arthur' gets love from Mexican fans in loss to Nery
"Ako mismo bilang isang boxer, masaya din ako kasi naipakita ko yung abilidad ko sa laban na yun, tapos yung mga tao, na-appreciate naman yung ginawa ko at maraming nagandahan sa laban."

While Filipino boxer 'King' Arthur Villanueva put on a show, it was reigning WBC bantamweight world champion Luis 'Pantera' Nery that came away with his hand raised in his hometown of Tijuana, Mexico, Saturday evening. 

Nery stopped Villanueva via TKO in the sixth round of their non-title contest, in a stoppage that some have deemed early. 

The Mexican champion blitzed and stunned the Pinoy, and the referee quickly intervened, calling the fight in favor of Nery. 

Villanueva however, says that he wasn't out at all. 

"Hindi nawala yung isip ko, focus pa din ako sa laban, ganun. Yung na-feel ko una, parang nawala ng lakas yung paako, pero yung isip ko andun pa din." Villanueva shared with ABS-CBN News' Steve Angeles, who was in Tijuana for fight night. 

While Nery eventually took the W, it wasn't without a stellar effort from Villanueva, who had his moments in the match, including a fourth-round knockdown of the champion. 

Prior to the fight-ending combination from Nery, the ALA Boxing standout was finding his rythm and scoring. 

Villanueva's gutsy performance managed to win over the pro-Nery crowd in Tijuana, an impressive feat in itself. 

After the fight, the fans showed the Pinoy warrior some love. 

"Ako mismo bilang isang boxer, masaya din ako kasi naipakita ko yung abilidad ko sa laban na yun, tapos yung mga tao, na-appreciate naman yung ginawa ko at maraming nagandahan sa laban."

The Bago-City native had his third fight in the last seven months, two of them coming against champions in Zolani Tete and Nery, so 'King Arthur' will be taking some well-deserved time off to let his body get some rest. 

 

 

H/T: Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News

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