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McWilliams Arroyo Targets Sor Rungvisai Showdown

By Francisco Salazar

INGLEWOOD - Former flyweight titleholder McWilliams Arroyo (17-3, 14 KOs) of Puerto Rico won a 10 round majority decision over former titleholder Carlos Cuadras.

It was another classic battle between fighters from Mexico and Puerto Rico. Both fighters stood in the pocket, exchanging combinations that looked to favor Cuadras early on. A right hand seemed to stun Arroyo near the end of the second round, but Cuadras was not able to follow up.

The action slowed, where the pace seemed to favor the more-methodical Arroyo. By the middle rounds, Arroyo was the more effective boxer, outlanding Cuadras from the outside.

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Cuadras (36-3-1, 27 KOs) looked as though he was a step slower than usual. His offense was stagnant during the last couple of rounds, while Arroyo did just enough to win rounds.

One judge scored the bout 95-95, while the other two judges scored the bout 98-92 and 97-93 for Arroyo, who had not fought in almost two years. His last bout was a decision loss to Roman 'Chocolatito' Gonzalez on Apr. 23 of 2016.

"I'm very happy with my performance," said Arroyo. "People underestimated me because I've been off for two years, but I've been in the gym the entire time training."

"I'm ready for [Sor Rungvisai] and I will beat them also, and show I'm the best fighter in the business."

Arroyo landed 140 out of 713 total punches (19.6 percent). Cuadras, who hails from Mexico City, connected with 127 of 776 punches (16.4 percent).

"I felt very tight all night long," said Cuadras, who has now lost three of his last four bouts. "I couldn't get off like I wanted to."

"Arroyo fought a very smart fight," said Cuadras' trainer Abel Sanchez. "He controlled the rhythm of the fight and never let Cuadras get off."

Francisco A. Salazar has written for Boxingscene.com since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper, RingTV.com, and FightNights.com. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by HI-TECH Boxing on 02-26-2018

I was impressed by Arroyo against Cuadras. Arroyo is probably the best Puerto Rican amateur post 1996. He won everything, other than an Olympic medal (which he got close to, as he lost in the quarterfinals), so he is definitely…

Comment by aymokay on 02-25-2018

Give us the Rungvisai vs Ancajas fight, the world's no.1 and no.2

Comment by aymokay on 02-25-2018

McWilliams should fight Jerwin Ancajas, the reigning IBF superfly champion instead so he can avenge the defeat of his brother McJoe from him. This is another Filipino champion who US viewers have not seen. Rungvisai vs Ancajas would be a…

Comment by STREET CLEANER on 02-25-2018

[QUOTE=Mexican_Puppet;18517580]Nobody want to see that. This guy is mediocre. He is not in the same League. Cuadras yesterday was puré trash, changed his style to a brawler when he is a slick boxer that fights in the large distance. First…

Comment by Mammoth on 02-25-2018

WBC said the winner of Cuadras vs Arroyo would become mandatory to the Rungvisai vs Estrada winner.

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