The career of Arnold Barboza has followed the frustrating pattern of his contemporaries. Meaning, he rarely fights.
It was another cameo for Barboza in 2023, making it a third consecutive year that he’s fought just once. It wasn’t what he was hoping for, but he did manage to eke out a win against Jose Pedraza.
Up until now, beating the former multi-divisional champ is his best win, at least on paper. With that said, Barboza (28-0, 10 KOs) wants more. The 31-year-old is tired of facing fighters who simply don’t have it anymore and boxers who haven’t reached their peak. At this stage, if you aren’t notable in the boxing world or in possession of a world title, don’t even think about giving Barboza a call.
“If it’s not a belt, it has to be a big name,” Barboza told FightHype.com recently. “We’re being patient. We know our time is gonna come.”
In the midst of being “patient,” Barboza will kick his feet up, relax, and enjoy what will take place on December 9th. At the Chase Center in San Francisco, Regis Prograis will place his WBC title on the line when he faces off against Devin Haney.
Prograis, unsurprisingly, is as confident as ever. But, despite throwing countless threats in the direction of his man, Haney (30-0, 15 KOs) isn’t perturbed in the slightest. Having won every world title at 135 pounds, the 24-year-old doesn’t believe that he’ll have a difficult time fighting bigger men.
To a certain extent, Barboza agrees with him. Prograis (29-1, 24 KOs) is a great fighter in his own right and has the ability to knock anyone into next week. However, according to Barboza, skills pay the bills. Meaning, he expects Haney to get the nod come fight night.
“That’s a good fight, I just think Haney is gonna outbox him.”