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Prospect Scotting Week 1

For many with an interest in the sport of boxing it’s all about the big high profile fights and the headline grabbing fighters. Though every fighter starts off as a lowly no one before climbing up the rankings to claim their respective places in the sport, many fighters are almost ignored until they’ve faced a faded former champion who is trying to collect one more pay day and are on the verge of a world title fight. Though that doesn’t stop a minority from jumping on a fighter at the early points in their career and seeing them go from no one to prospect to contender and with some luck, to champion. As part of a weekly feature on both Ringnews24 and my own personal blog, I’ll be looking at a young prospect from somewhere in the world and as a rarity I’ll be writing under my real name.

So for the first fighter to be featured in this segment (which still doesn’t have a name folks if you want to volunteer one that beats “Prospect Scotting”) we take a look at McWilliams Arroyo, one of a pair Puerto Rican twins who only started their professional careers at the start of this year. Both Arroyo brothers are 3-0 though it’s McWilliams that seems to be the more exciting of the two having stopped all 3 opponents so far (whilst twin brother McJoe Arroyo has 1 stoppage). The pair came to international prominence in the amateurs with McWilliams being the more impressive of the two. He would win Gold at the Central American and Caribbean Games in 2006 before adding the Gold at the 2007 Pan Am games and then his crowning glory, Gold at the 2009 World Boxing Cup. The victory over Tugstsot Nyambayar of Mongolia in the World Boxing Cup was a masterclass with a score of 18-2 in the final as Arroyo captured the first gold in the tournament for his nation in 35 years. 

Having been chased by several promoters both brothers would sign with PR Best Boxing and debut on a card in Bayamon, Puerto Rico on the undercard of Wilfredo Vazquez Jr’s triumphant WBO super bantamweight title fight. Both brothers would score KO’s with McWilliams needing just 106 seconds to make an impact on fellow debutant Eliecer Sanchez. Sanchez was flattened by a straight right which seemed to badly hurt his opponent who seemed out of it for quite a while. Since then McWilliams has been matched well for a young professional. His second bout for example came against the 4-1 (3) Francisco Rosario from the Dominican Republic a former national champion as a professional who had never been stopped. Having won the opening 2 rounds McWilliams would turn it on in the 3rd and force the stoppage against a capable opponent. Mexican Samuel Gutierrez went in with a 5-6-1 and came out with a 5-7-1record with McWilliams needing just over 1 and a half rounds to add to his growing reputation.

McWilliams Arroyo takes part in his 4th contest as a professional on 12th June only 2 weeks after having beaten Gutierrez., This will be the first time he has fought with out his brother on the card as a professional and also the first time he fights out side of his homeland as a pro. Facing off against unbeaten (1-0-1 (1)) Japanese fighter Takashi Okada in Madison Square Garden on the undercard of Ivan Calderon’s WBO light flyweight title defence against Jesus Iribe, Arroyo is almost certain to see his stock rise through the roof with an impressive win on American soil in front of the sports written media.

Whether the 24 year old super flyweight will ever manage to headline a card in “The Garden” is up for debate though if he continues doing what he’s done so far he may well become the Puerto Rican star many thought {jcomments on}Kenny Galarza was going to be. It’s always nice to see a technically able fighter, with fast hands and power, even more so when they are a little guy and the power is rather unexpected though in McWilliams Arroyo the lighter weights seem to have a real star in the making.

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