Rising star “King” Arthur Villanueva will have a new Mexican opponent in Pinoy Pride XXII: “The Revenge” after Jose “Matador” Cabrera of Mexico pulled out due to visa problems.
Villanueva, 24, will now face Mexican Edgar “Chololo” Martinez on October 26 at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu City for the vacant World Boxing Organization International super flyweight title.
“Arthur (Villanueva) will have no problem in dealing against a new Mexican rival. He is ready and 100 percent in good condition,” ALA promotion vice president Dennis Canete told The Manila Times in a phone interview. “We can’t do anything about it.”
Villanueva, unbeaten in 23 fights with 13 knockouts, said he can fight anyone right now since he feels comfortable and strong at his current weight.
“My conditioning and cardio exercises went really good. I think I’m ready to fight anyone,” said the present WBO Asia Pacific super flyweight champion Villanueva, who is trained by ALA chief trainers Edito and Edmund Villamor.
Martinez, who has a 16-7 win-loss slate with 10 knockouts, is touted to be a slugger who likes to move forward. He won his last five bouts via knockouts.
Villanueva (22-0, 12 KOs), won the OPBF title in his division last year and added another regional crown – the WBO Asia Pacific title – last July by beating Arturo Badillo of Mexico by 4th round TKO at the Solaire Resort and Casino.
WBO Asia-Pacific Super Bantamweight champ Genesis “Azukal” Servania (22-0 with eight knockouts) will face Rafael “El Torito” Concepcion (18-6 with eight knockouts) of Panama in the main event.
JOSEF T. RAMOS