Puerto Rican contender McWilliams Arroyo will travel next Tuesday to California, where he will challenge the World Boxing Council (WBC) flyweight (112 lbs) champion, Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, on Saturday, April 23, at The Forum in Inglewood, in the co-feature of the show headlined by the middleweight world monarch Gennady “GGG” Golovkin against Dominic Wade on HBO.
The 2008 Olympian Arroyo (16-2, 14 KOs) will leave the island on Tuesday, April 19, along with his trainer Anthony Otero, also trainer Alex Caraballo, his manager Orlando Piñero and the Vice-President of PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP), Peter Rivera.
For Arroyo, ranked #10 by the WBC and #9 by the World Boxing Organization (WBO) in the flyweights, the clash against Nicaragua’s Gonzalez (44-0, 38 KOs), a former world champion also in the 105 and 108 pounds, will be his second for a world title. In 2014, the Puerto Rican lost a disputed and controversial fight against International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng in Thailand.
The fight between Arroyo and Gonzalez, on April 23, will open the HBO show at 10:00 pm, followed by the clash between Golovkin (34-0, 31 KOs) and Wade (18-0, 12 KOs) for the World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) middleweight (160 lbs) belts.