No one can say they have seen what Mark F. Villanueva has seen, or certainly done what he has about it.
Living most of his life in the Philippines, Mark Villanueva, a boxing trainer and journalist has been forced to cringe at the sight of the city’s youth on the streets as his worldly domain gradually depleted. It’s now time someone takes a stand! With his heart on his sleeve and a dream in his pocket Mark F. Villanueva is spending every day working to get young life-fighters off the streets and into a boxing gym.
Why boxing? That’s the easiest question one can ask Villanueva, a man born and raised in a boxing family. Locally, basketball is the sport you’ll see children and young adults pursuing. Even though Villanueva never participates as a fighter, as a trainer and as writer he has a special place in his heart for the fight game – and deep memories of these close times with his deceased father lie within.
What is Mark’s goal? His drive? That tingle in his head that tells him he isn’t aiming for a lost cause? The people. Growing up in IloIlo City his life philosophy is based on a Muhammad Ali quote “Service to others is how you pay rent for your room here on earth”. Many children view themselves as a lost cause, starving on the streets, being absorbed in gang violence that places them in unimaginable dilemmas.
For years Mark Villanueva committed to making heart liquefying and hosting charity events. He became discouraged citing the long-term nullification they had. So now he is on the front lines. Working with individuals as he himself takes inspiration from some supporting names in boxing including promoter Lou Dibella, Boxing writer Wilson Pitts, former world champion Wayne McCullough, and many more.
His current campaign is based off of many factors. He is currently expanding and renovating the “Mark Villanueva Boxing Academy” in Iloilo City, Philippines. This gym will be open to ALL youth in poverty throughout the surrounding areas. Prior to that the academy needs much renovation though. With damaged ceilings, exposed wiring and various structural damage this gym is still too hazardous to use. So Mark needs your help.
Mark had an estimate done on the needed renovation needed, it will cost about $4,000 USD (160,000 PHP). There are 20 days left in his groundbreaking campaign with just over $1,,000 needed to go! If this goal is reached Mark will be one step closer to saving hundreds of suffering children in the Philippines. And your spare change can do it all.
Not $1 will be used for personal gain. If the goal amount is broken prior to the end date of April 29th the remainder of the money will be used for new gym equipment to further improve the gym environment.
Not many people would dare to step their feet into this task. The common man may yield to the pressure placed upon him. That man is not Mark Villanueva. A man who dares to dream. A man who willfully works two full time jobs just to keep his dream afloat. Life is a fight, and Villanueva will not take a knee until he leaves with a knockout.
Ermano Fegatilli is all set for active 2013
On Friday March 29th, Ermano Fegatilli (27-5-0 5 KO’s) needed to make a statement – and boy did he deliver with a lopsided 8 round thrashing of French veteran Karim Chakim (25-9-0 11 KO’s) at the Topsporthal in Liege, Belgium.
Chakim lied on the retreat from the opening bell, eating Ermano’s sharply angled punches at will. After the final bell went off, Chakim looked a defeated man, unable to land any substantial blows on the actively adjusting Fegatilli.
For Fegatilli this finally exerted revenge, Chakim beat Fegatilli in a 2006 bout, which Fegatilli did later avenge with an edgy split decision verdict. This was conclusive, and it punctuated on “ll’Dottore” and his massive improvements in the last near-decade.
It’s a new era for Ermano Fegatilli, he is reaching for the stars. To fully embrace the fighting spirit, he has already scheduled his next three bouts. The first fight will be on May 31st in Antwerp, Belgium for six rounds. The next will be on June 22nd in Grammont, Belgium, Scheduled for eight rounds. Finally, on the 23rd of August in Ostend, Belgium he is set for another eight-rounder.
After this phase of phase of vigorous momentum throttling activity Ermano Fegatilli will be ready to participate on the WBC tournament sometime in the middle of fall. Not much can be released on that subject as of now although it is known his first opponent will be Benin-based Justin Savi (27-2-0 18 KO’s). If he would win this tournament he’d but at the doorstep of titlist Gamaliel Diaz and mandated for a world title shot.
Ermano Fegatilli realizes at 28 he is likely about to hit his physical peak. With an intelligent boxer-puncher craft he may not always spark the highlight reel but he will show his opponent who is the best man in the ring. When it is all said and down – that’s all that matters for him to rise to greatness.
Ermano wants to thank his manager Mirco Giuliani, he really does a great job (With his career). His promoter Claude Van Heede and Olivier Orlans who organize great fights with him, and of course his coaches, Albert Syben, Renald de Vulder and Sandro Menconi! Ermano will be returning from a short vacation to Cuba very soon to begin training camp for his May 31st bout.