It is amazing what one fight can do for a fighter. In the case of McWilliams Arroyo, not only one fight, but one punch as well.
While his brother McJoe Arroyo recently made headlines by stopping former flyweight beltholder Hernan Marquez, McWilliams Arroyo got the boxing world abuzz from one punch that will earn him a shot at the IBF 112-pound title.
Arroyo knocked out Filipino fringe contender Froilan Saludar in Round 2 at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico on Thursday night. The bout headlined a Golden Boy Live! card that was broadcast live on Fox Sports 1.
Arroyo was fighting for the first time since knocking out Miguel Tamayo in February of 2013. Saludar had fought three times during that span, but was taking a step up in competition against Arroyo.
Despite a six-inch reach advantage, Saludar took the fight to Arroyo, allowing the Puerto Rican fighter to land multiple combinations to the head and body of Saludar. It was a carbon copy in the second round, where both pressed the action.
With less than a minute left in Round 2, Saludar threw a combination, but dropped his hands. In sync, Arroyo landed a hard left hook to the face of Saludar, dropping him onto his back. Saluda struggled to get up, but was not able to beat the count from referee Genaro Rodriguez at 2:25.
Arroyo, from nearby Fajardo, improves to 15-1, 13 knockouts. Saludar, from Digos City, Davao Del Sur, the Philippines, falls to 19-1-1, 12 KOs.
In super bantamweight action, former world title challenger Cesar Seda won a one-sided 10-round unanimous decision over Alex Rangel.
Many fights between fighters from Puerto Rico and Mexico have produced memorable wars, but Seda-Rangel did little to inspire any comparison to those previous fights.
It was all Seda from the opening bell, as he easily outboxed Rangel during most of the exchanges. Seda, who lost by unanimous decision in his previous fight, would often switch from conventional to a southpaw stance.
As the bout progressed, Rangel, who tried to get on the inside of the taller Seda, slowed down considerably. That could be attributed to the body attack by Seda, who landed plenty in the first half of the fight.
Seda picked up the aggression in the Round 6, pressing the fight and keeping Rangel on the defensive. Rangel would back up against the ropes, trying to look to land one big punch.
Bleeding from the nose from Round 5 on, Rangel looked as though he was in survival mode in the last third of the fight. His corner threatened to stop the fight prior to the ninth round, but Rangel did little in the last two rounds, content to make it to the final bell.
All three judges scored the bout in favor of Seda, 99-91, 99-91, and 100-90.
Seda, from Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico, improves to 26-2, 17 KOs. Rangel, from Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico, falls to 15-3-2, 9 KOs.
In the opening bout of the Golden Boy Live! card, junior middleweight Pritchard Colon kept his unbeaten knockout streak intact, stopping Carlos Garcia in the fifth round.
After an even first round, Colon aggressively went on the attack on Garcia. His aggression was rewarded when he began to land more punches to the head of Garcia. To his credit, Garcia took them well, even landing a few punches of his own.
In Round 3, Colon landed an overhand right cross to the top of Garcia's head. The punch staggered Garcia and after attempting to grab onto Colon, Garcia fell to the canvas.
While Garcia was able to make it the final bell, he would fight more defensively, throwing one punch at a time. A minute into the fifth round, Colon landed a counter straight right that dropped Garcia to the canvas. Garcia got up and tried to fight back, but was overwhelmed by Colon, who dropped him a second time in the round. Garcia beat the count, but was in condition to continue, prompting referee Roberto Ramirez, Jr. to stop the fight at 2:24.
Colon, from Orocovis, Puerto Rico, goes to 10-0, 10 KOs, while Garcia, from Aguada, falls to 7-13-1, 7 KOs.