THE team of World Boxing Organization (WBO) Asia Pacific bantamweight champion ‘King’ Arthur Villanueva finally arrived in United Kingdom on Sunday (April 16) for the April 22 fight against former IBF junior bantamweight champion Zolani Tete of South Africa at Manchester Arena in England.
The Bago City-native Villanueva (30-1, 16 KOs) will face Tete (24-3, 20 KOs) for a chance to return to the world title fight – and possibly challenge Filipino WBO bantamweight champion Marlon Tapales.
The 28-year-old Villanueva is hoping to deliver a good performance and eventually erase that history of defeat 2 years ago against McJoe Arroyo for the vacant IBF junior bantamweight title.
Villanueva said that his mind set is to win this fight. “The world championships is my motivation against Tete,” he reiterated. “I’m confident of my training and preparation as well as my team,” he said.
Joining Villanueva is veteran coach Edito ‘Ala’ Villamor and assistant coach Robert Etorma.*