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Photo: Sammy Valentin, Roberto Arriaza Ready For Battle

Unbeaten welterweight talent Roberto Arriaza (15-0, 12 KOs) goes up against world ranked contender Sammy Valentin (13-1, 10 KOs) this Friday night in the Boxeo Telemundo 10-round main event (11:30 PM ET).

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WEIGHTS

Sammy "Hurricane" Valentin 146 lb vs Roberto "Dinamita" Arriaza 146 lb
WBO Intercontinental Welterweight Title

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Arriaza, who is from Nicaragua but conducted his training camp in Los Angeles, is perhaps facing the toughest challenge of his young career.  Not only is he challenging a strong puncher in Valentin, but the featured bout has championship implications, as Valentin's WBO Intercontinental Title will be on the line.
 
"It's definitely a tough fight," said Arriaza, who signed with Thompson Boxing several years ago. "I need fights like these to prove myself in the welterweight division. There's a lot of talent and a win against a ranked boxer will make me stand out."
 
Valentin currently sits as the No. 12 ranked welterweight by the WBO and has bounced back nicely since losing his NABO title to Giovani Santillan last July (Santillan is promoted by Thompson Boxing). He knocked out the previously unbeaten Alejandro Barboza in November.
 
"I know this is a tough challenge ahead of me, but the Santillan loss taught me a lot," said Valentin, who is promoted by All Star Boxing, INC. "I will rise to the occasion."
 
"Hurricane" Sammy Valentin vs. Roberto "Dinamita" Arriaza is brought to you by All Star Boxing, INC., in association with Thompson Boxing Promotions.
 
The event takes place from the Bryan Glazer Center JCC in Tampa, Fla. Tickets are available for purchase at the box office, or by calling 813-454-7800. The Bryan Glazer Center JCC is located at 522 N. Howard Ave., Tampa, FL 33606.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by richardt on 03-16-2018

Valentin gets put in with one tough guy after another. This is like his 3rd unbeaten opponent in a row. He is not taking an easy path at all. He kinda reminds me a little of Mike Alvarado.

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