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Roach to Train Filipino Prospect Lorenzo Villanueva

By Ryan Maquiñana

Unbeaten featherweight Lorenzo Villanueva will work with Freddie Roach at his famed Hollywood Wild Card Boxing Club, according to a report from Manny Piñol of the Manila Times that was confirmed by sources at the gym.

The 25-year-old Villanueva, a 5’7’’ southpaw from Midsayap, North Cotabato, Philippines has earned his “Thunderbolt” nickname by starting his pro career 21-0, with all but one bout ending inside the distance.

The current WBO Oriental 126-lbs. titleholder was introduced to Ariza and Roach by Piñol, who discovered Villanueva through a boxing program that the former founded when he was governor of North Cotabato.

Ryan Maquiñana is the boxing correspondent at Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America.  E-mail him at [email protected] , check out his blog at www.maqdown.com or follow him on Twitter: @RMaq28.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by kfcfloydiots on 08-10-2011

We are waiting to see if Roger Mayweather will accuse this kid of being on something too. Then Uncle Roger can get off the crack pipe now before he starts claiming that bullets can bounce off of filipinos.

Comment by TheMexHurricane on 08-09-2011

[QUOTE=BIGPOPPAPUMP;10964249]Unbeaten featherweight Lorenzo Villanueva will work with Freddie Roach at his famed Hollywood Wild Card Boxing Club, according to a report from Manny Piñol of the Manila Times that was confirmed by sources at the gym. [[URL=http://www.boxingscene.com/?m=show&id=42457]Click Here To Read…

Comment by bluetuazon on 08-09-2011

nah..this is not good...roach has too much in his pocket right now.....

Comment by Pinoy4ever on 08-09-2011

Roach is the coach.

Comment by JSS on 08-09-2011

Saw some of Villanuevas fights on YouTube; this cat is "raw." h He needs ALOT of time with Roach before he makes his debute in American soil. He gases out in the 3rd-4th rds - so Ariza needs to put…

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