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Nordine Oubaali makes easy work of Artur Villanueva

Artur Villanueva is overmatched against WBC bantamweight Nordine Oubaali in Kazakhstan
Nordine Oubaali
Nur-Sultan (Astana) • July 6

UNBEATEN Frenchman Nordine Oubaali eased to victory in the first defence of his WBC bantamweight title, halting Artur Villanueva in six rounds inside Barys Arena in Nur-Saltan (Astana), Kazakhstan.

Oubaali, who took the title from Rau’shee Warren in January, peppered the overmatched challenger from the opening bell but Villanueva appearing in a world title fight is more than a little perplexing. The Filipino had notched only two wins from his previous five outings and his most recent contest prior to landing this shot, back in November last year, ended in a 10-round draw with the unheralded Carlo Demecillo. The last time he fought at world class, almost two years ago, he was stopped in six by Luis Nery.

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