We're assuming those reading this have clicked because they don't know who Anthony Villanueva is, or rather was. That's a shame as he holds a really important place in boxing history, and is a figure who deserves a lot more attention than he gets.
Whilst Villanueva didn't make much of an impact in the professional ranks he was a major figure for Filipino amateur boxing. He holds the distinction as the second ever Filipino fighter to win an Olympic medal, winning a silver medal at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, and there was a feeling he deserved the gold medal following a controversial loss to Stanislav Stepashkin.
1-Having began this by mentioning that Villanueva was the second Filipino boxer to win an Olympic medal it's worth beginning these facts by looking at who was first. That was his father José Villanueva, who won bronze at the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles. He was also the first Filipino to bring home an Olympic silver medal, in any sport.
2-Despite Villanueva's amateur success, and it's worth noting that he won his medal as a teenager, his professional career never really got going. He would fight 5 times as a professional, and go 1-3-0-1. Notably his single professional win, a majority decision over Shigeo Nirasawa, was deemed incredibly controversial it's self.
3-As well as his boxing career Villanueva took part in a number of other activities. These included acting. IMDB have him listed as having 2 acting credits, though it appears that his IMDB is incomplete and sources report he was in several other things, with reports being that he featured in 5 movies.
4-Following his boxing and acting careers Villanueva would take up a number of jobs. These included being a security guard at the Philippine consulate in New York.
5-Prior to passing away in 2014 Villanueva was pretty much ridden for the last 2 years of his life following multiple medical issues. He reportedly had multiple strokes and heart attacks, and was in dire financial problems. In the years before his passing he had attempted to sell his Olympic medal to have some funds.
Thinking Out East
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