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Anthony Villanueva

Full name: Anthony N. Villanueva
Gender: Male
Height: 5-4.5 (165 cm)
Weight: 126 lbs (57 kg)
Born: March 18, 1945
Died: May 13, 2014 in Cabuyao, Laguna, Philippines
Country: PHI Philippines
Sport: Boxing

Related Olympians: Son of José Luis Villanueva.

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

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Son of a 1932 Olympic bantamweight bronze medalist, José Luis Villanueva, Anthony Villanueva took up boxing at an early age. Nicknamed “Boy” due to his boyish looks, Villanueva was selected to the Philippine national team in 1962 after he had won his only Philippine amateur title. At the 1964 Olympics, Villanueva first defeated Giovanni Girgenti of Italy by split decision, then Tamar Ben Hassan of Tunisia by majority decision and Piotr Gutman by knockout to reach the semifinal against a pre-competition favorite, American Charlie Brown. Villanueva went on to win his semifinal by 4-1 decision and then lost the final to Soviet Stanislav Stepashkin by split decision to became the first Philippine athlete to win an Olympic silver medal. Villanueva turned professional after the Olympics, but with little success, finishing his professional career with a record of 1 win and 3 losses (KO 2). Villanueva then tried his hand in acting, but this career also turned out to be quite unsuccessful after three movies. Later Villanueva worked as a security guard at the Philippine consulate in New York and returned to the Philippines in 1988, where he died in May 2014, penniless and bedridden after several strokes in his last years.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Summer 19 Tokyo Boxing Men's Featherweight Philippines PHI 2 Silver

Men's Featherweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result JF J1S J2S J3S J4S J5S TJP MR R T
1964 Summer 19 Tokyo Boxing Philippines PHI Final Round Match 1/2 2 1964-10-23 Stepashkin (URS) , Villanueva (PHI) 2 58 59 59+ 59 58 293
1964 Summer 19 Tokyo Boxing Philippines PHI Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1964-10-21 Villanueva (PHI) , Brown (USA) 4 60 59 60 59 60 298 decision
1964 Summer 19 Tokyo Boxing Philippines PHI Quarter-Finals Match #2 1 1964-10-20 Villanueva (PHI) , Gutman (POL) referee stops contest 1 2:41
1964 Summer 19 Tokyo Boxing Philippines PHI Round Two Match #4 1 1964-10-17 Villanueva (PHI) , Ben Hassan (TUN) 4 60 59 60 58 60 297 decision
1964 Summer 19 Tokyo Boxing Philippines PHI Round One Match #7 1 1964-10-13 Villanueva (PHI) , Girgenti (ITA) 3 59 60 59 60 60 298 decision
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