It’s time for McWilliams Arroyo | Boxing

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Latin and interim titles. That was the highest that veteran fighter McWilliams Arroyo has reached in his 11-year career.

But his story, one in which he has left a great taste in the mouth of the fans in the past, could change on Friday night when he faces what will be his third world title shot of his career.

For the former Puerto Rican Olympian, the third could finally be the charm.

Arroyo will challenge the flyweight champion of the World Council (WBC), the Mexican Julio César “El Rey” Martínez in the co-feature of a poster to be presented by DAZN at the SHNU Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire.

The 35-year-old fighter from Fajardo will seek to officially tie the belt he has temporarily carried around his waist after his victory over fellow Aztec Abraham Rodríguez last January in Miami.

“I feel good and now it’s a matter of getting the job done. We are in good spirits, ”said Arroyo, who posted 111.6 pounds at Thursday’s weigh-in. Martínez for his part set the Roman at 111.4.

“We know it is a strong fight, but here the one who is better prepared and who makes the adjustments is the one who will win. I feel good and for me it is a now or never. We know the type of fighter Martinez is because we’ve seen him fight multiple times. But the fighters know how to make their adjustments, “he added.

In 2014, Arroyo, who has a professional record of 21-4 and 16 KO’s, failed in his first attempt to be world champion when he fell badly by a split decision against the Thai Amnat Ruenroeng, at that time the fly holder of the International Federation of Boxing (IBF).

Two years later, in 2016, Arroyo fell by unanimous decision to WBC flyweight champion Román “Chocolatito” González, considered the best pound for pound at the time. The Puerto Rican gave a great boxing speech that later allowed him to return to the Los Angeles Forum to face Carlos Cuadras.

“This is a very special fight that comes at a pivotal moment in McWilliams’ career,” said Bryan Perez, CEO of Miguel Cotto Promotions, who currently run Arroyo’s career.

“He has several dreams and one of those is to become a champion at the same weight he fought in the Olympics. And the truth is that it comes with a lot of ‘chance’. He’s super experienced and that will suit him. I think the third time will be the charm for him. He has all the qualities to be a world champion. He has all the tools and we hope that Puerto Rico will have a new world champion, ”said Pérez.