Los Angeles, CA - Consensus #1 Pound-for-Pound Fighter and World Boxing Council Flyweight Champion, Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez will defend his title against world ranked Puerto Rican McWilliams Arroyo on Saturday, April 23 at the Fabulous Forum in the co-featured bout to the World Middleweight Championship between Gennady "GGG" Golovkin and Dominic "Lights Out" Wade, it was announced today by K2 Promotions. Both bouts will be televised Live on HBO World Championship Boxing® beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Tickets for the April 23rd event priced at $400, $300, $200, $100, $60 and $30, will go on-sale Tuesday, February 16 at 12:00 p.m. PT through Ticketmaster (Ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000) and the Forum Box Office. Gonzalez vs. McWilliams is presented in association with Teiken Promotions and PR Best Boxing.
The 28-year-old Gonzalez, 44-0-0 (38KO’s), captured the passion of boxing fan’s worldwide in 2015 making his HBO debut and fighting in front of over a combined 33,000 fans in Los Angeles and New York City.
On May 16, Gonzalez scored a second round knockout over former world champion Edgar Sosa at the Forum in Los Angeles, an electrifying performance that was hailed as star-making by the boxing media.
Debuting in New York City on October 17 at a sold-out Madison Square Garden, Gonzalez dominated four-time world champion Brian Viloria heading towards a ninth round stoppage. Displaying world class skills and outstanding combinations, Gonzalez thrilled the crowd throughout the fight.
Twin brother of IBF Super Flyweight Champion, McJoe Arroyo, the Fajardo, Puerto Rico native McWilliams brings a record of 16-2-0 with 13 knockouts into his second world title fight.
On September 10, 2014, Arroyo traveled to Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, to challenge IBF Flyweight Champion Amnat Ruenroeng. Despite dropping the champion in the sixth round, Arroyo was denied the title in a very close, controversial split-decision.
Arroyo followed up the world title fight by stopping Victor Ruiz in the third round on April 11, 2015 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.