8. Arthur Villanueva (29-1-0, 15 KOs) Junior bantamweight (115 lbs.)
Formerly undefeated in 27 fights and is only 27 years old. Villanueva suffered his first defeat in controversial foul-filled fight that resulted to a technical decision loss in round 10 against McJoe Arroyo for the vacant IBF world junior bantamweight title.
Villanueva, suffered a cut over his right eye from an accidental headbutt and upon the advice of the ringside physician the referee stopped the fight in round 10. The decision went to the judges scorecards wherein Arroyo was ahead therefore getting the decision.
Villanueva complained on the stoppage as the cut didn’t bother him and he can still see and can continue the fight. The stoppage was disappointing for Villanueva because it seemed Arroyo was tired in round 10. Arroyo’s punch output declined in that round but Villanueva’s chance in the championship was cut short. Villanueva’s camp demanded a rematch, yet it is still remains to be seen.
Villanueva came back and fought in Philippines, won an explosive 4th round KO over Juan Jimenez of Mexico.