By Elisinio Castillo
Unbeaten welterweight talent Roberto Arriaza (16-0, 13 KOs) demolished world ranked contender Sammy Valentin (13-2, 10 KOs) in less than 30 seconds of the first round in the main event of a Telemundo televised card, as part of an All-Star Boxing event in Tampa, Florida.
Arriaza walked out of the ring with the Intercontinental welterweight belt of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) on his right shoulder.
Twenty seconds into the first round, when the muscles were still cold, Arriaza placed a right hand on the chin of Valentin, making his legs look like an accordion, and immediately activated his killer instinct and finished him off with seven punches to the face - which forced the referee's early intervention.
Arriaza, with power in his fists, may have secured a world ranking after his drubbing of Valentin - who is ranked at number twelve in the welterweight division under the WBO.
"I had promised a war, that's why I worked hard. I gave him my best punch, he stood there and I took the opportunity to finish it. I know I have the wood to do make it a good race, I only have to work harder and put everything in the hands of God," said Arriaza, when interviewed after the fight.
"This belt is dedicated to my mother and my sister, who have always supported me."
In the front row, watching the match, was Francisco "Paco" Valcárcel, president of the WBO, and the retina of his eyes were delighted with the performance of the Nicaraguan.
"Arriaza is very good, he impressed me, he has a natural strength, hits well, moves well, looked like an excellent champion and also has the size for the division. If he takes care of himself he can go a long way," the boxer said.
Arriaza is from Nicaragua, but he did his training camp in Los Angeles. He signed with Thompson Boxing several years ago.
"I need fights like these to prove my worth in the welterweight division, there's a lot of talent and a victory against a qualified boxer will make me rise in the standings," he said.