ARTHUR Villanueva is looking to complete unfinished business with Mexican counterpart Juan Jimenez when their paths cross again on September 24 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
The 12-round rematch follows their controversial May encounter in Bacolod City in which Villanueva was declared the winner after Jimenez fell semi-unconscious to the canvas following an accidental clash of heads in the fourth round.
But referee Dan Nietes counted the Mexican out and declared Villanueva the winner of their World Boxing Organization (WBO) Asia-Pacific bantamweight title match.
The Mexican camp protested the referee’s decision and asked for a rematch, which Cebu-based ALA Promotions subsequently granted by including the fight in the undercard of the Donnie Nietes-Edgar Sosa fight in Pinoy Pride 38.
Villanueva, currently ranked No. 1 by the WBO, vowed to leave no doubt as to the result of his return bout against Jimenez.
“I want to prove them I deserve the title and the win. This time, there’ll be no questions. I’ll win again,” said Villanueva (29-1-0, 15 KOs).
The first meeting between the two on May 28 at the St. La Salle gym in Bacolod City was an action-packed one.
Villanueva went down in the second round under a heavy barrage of punches by Jimenez. But the Filipino returned the compliment in the third by sending the Mexican on the canvas behind a solid left-right combination.
Then came the abrupt end in round four, the result of which the camp of Jimenez vehemently protested.
The fight card is the third US promotion of ALA in cooperation with TFC (The Filipino Channel) and ABS-CBN Sports.
Also seeing action in the undercard is unbeaten Filipino prospect Mark Magnifico Magsayo, who battles Mexican Ruben Garcia.