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ALA eyes Villanueva-Arroyo rematch

ALA eyes Villanueva-Arroyo rematch

 Villanueva-Arroyo rematch













After losing in his first world title fight, Arthur Villanueva (right) could get the chance for a rematch in the Philippines early next year. (Sun.Star file photo)

By: Edri K. Aznar

Sunstar Cebu

ARTHUR Villanueva may get a shot at redemption as ALA Promotions is already working on a rematch with newly-crowned International Boxing Federation (IBF) super flyweight champion McJoe Arroyo.

The rematch of the controversial fight could be staged early next year and ALA Promotions, Villanueva’s promoter, hopes to stage it in the Philippines.

“The plan is for next year. Hopefully in the Philippines with the agreement that if Arthur wins, we fight in Puerto Rico,” ALA Promotions president Michael Aldeguer told Sun.Star Cebu. “(It’s) Still 50 percent if (it will be staged) in the Philippines. (It will either be) In Cebu or Bacolod. We don’t know, it could be in the US as we already have a license.”

But before the rematch, Aldeguer said that the 26-year-old Villanueva will first be fighting a tune-up, possibly in the boxing show headlined by World Boxing Organization and The Ring light flyweight king Donnie Nietes in Bacolod City in November.

“We are looking at that but depending if his cut in the eye will be healed and he’ll be ready,” said Aldeguer, who was at ringside in Villanueva’s fight against Arroyo.

Villanueva suffered his first defeat against Arroyo in his first world title fight. It was also his US debut last July 18 at the Don Haskins Convention Center in El Paso, Texas.

The fight was stopped in the 10th round by referee Rafael Ramos with the advice of the ring physician because of a gash on Villanueva’s right eyebrow.

The fight went to the scorecards with Larry Hazzard scoring it 98-91, Levi Martinez 98-91 and John Steward 97-92 all in favor of the 29-year-old Puerto Rican.

Villanueva was deducted a point in round six for leading with his head but in the later rounds, he was gaining momentum of the fight. Villanueva was the busier fighter and landed more according to the punch statistics. He landed 95 out of 494 punches, while Arroyo only connected 77 of his 278 punches thrown.

“It was disappointing,” said Aldeguer of Villanueva’s loss. “I really felt Arthur didn’t deserve the lopsided decision and the referee should not have stopped it as there was no blood. Arthur was already gaining momentum.”

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