Is ‘King’ Arthur ready for world title dispute?

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Friday, February 13, 2015


AFTER successfully keeping his record clean against erstwhile champion Julio Cesar “Pingo” Miranda of Mexico, “King” Arthur Villanueva is under scrutiny whether he is ready to fight big time and for a world title.

The reigning World Boxing Organization and International Boxing Federation International junior bantamweight champion is still undefeated with 27 wins with 14 knockouts after getting a unanimous decision over the Mexican.

Villanueva said in an interview he feels that he’s ready for the “big fight.”

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“I think I’m ready for the world title given the chance,” he said.

Veteran coach Edito Villamor said the champion’s performance against Miranda is a gauge that he’s ready for the world title fight.

“If we have the go signal [for the world title], we will immediately prepare Arthur to ensure he is conditioned,” he said.

Describing the fight against Miranda, Villamor said the Bago City pride made lots of adjustments because the Mexican fought a different style.

“We knew Miranda as a slugger but he fought differently that night,” the veteran mentor said.

ALA Promotions International president/CEO Michael Aldeguer, however, saw it the other way around.

“I think Villanueva still need another big fight. I think he learned a lot in this fight against Miranda. We were expecting that Miranda will fight toe-to-toe but he played around instead. Still it’s a great experience for Arthur. The more they learn, the better for them,” Aldeguer said.

Meanwhile, a world title fight is being eyed for Bacolod pride Genesis Servania after defending his WBO Intercontinental junior featherweight belt against Mexican Juan Luis “PerlaNegra” Hernandez.

“Azukal" has kept his unbeaten record at 26-0 with 11 knockouts.

Despite Servania’s chances to beat easily the Mexican, veteran coaches Edmund and Edito Villamor explained that due to Hernandez’s style, the boxing champion was advised to be cautious.

“We saw that Hernandez was always on a defensive position, hence we advised Servania not to engage too much to avoid possible ‘lucky’ punch from his opponent,” Villamor said.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on February 13, 2015.

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