Pinoy Pride 44: Former title challenger Arthur Villanueva added to undercard
Santino Honasan on May 04, 2018 06:33 PM
Arthur Villanueva returns to the ring on June 9th at Pinoy Pride 44 in Maasin, Southern Leyte
Former IBF and WBO world title challenger "King" Arthur Villanueva has been added to the upcoming Pinoy Pride 44 card in Maasin, Southern Leyte this coming June 9th.
The 29-year old Villanueva (31-3, 17 KO) is coming off a TKO loss in a non-title bout to WBC Bantamweight world champion Luis Nery in Tijuana, Mexico back in November of 2017, and will be looking to get back on track this year when he takes on Manila's Renren Tesoro in a ten-round bantamweight contest.
A native of Bago City, Negros, ALA Boxing's Villanueva began his career unbeaten, eventually earning a shot at the vacant IBF Super Flyweight World Championship in 2015 against Puerto Rican McJoe Arroyo.
While Villanueva would eventually come up short in his first shot at a world title, he'd eventually make his way back to the title picture after racking up three staight victories.
In 2017, Villanueva faced South African Zolani Tete for the interim WBO Bantamweight World title, but would again fall short, losing to Tete - who was eventually promoted to WBO Bantamweight World Champion - via unanimous decision.
26-year Renren 'Rainman' Tesoro is a former GAB Flyweight champion and is coming off an eight-round unanimous decsion win over Japan's Kyota Otsuka.
Villanueva will be joining fellow ALA Boxing stablemates Albert and Jason Pagara, as well as Jeo Santisima.
Pinoy Pride 44 takes place at the Maasin City Gym in Maasin, Southern Leyte on Saturday, June 9th.
Complete Pinoy Pride 44 Fight Card