Arroyo TKOs Rodriguez for WBC interim fly belt

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In a clash for the vacant WBC interim flyweight champion, McWilliams Arroyo (21-4, 16 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over late sub Abraham Rodriguez (27-3, 13 KOs). Rodriquez stepped in on two days’ notice when WBC champion Julio Cesar Martinez pulled out with an injury. Arroyo dropped Rodriquez in round four and continued to punish him in round five prompting Rodriguez’ corner to pull their man out. Time was 1:41.

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  • Can someone please put the mute button on Garcias mouth, what an absolute jerkoff. Cant wait for tank to knock him out

  • Everyone associated with this contest should be ashamed of themselves. Boxing was badly served. For the WBC to sanction a fighter coming up 2 divisions on 12 hours notice speaks volumes about thier greed and although I am a big fan of Matchroom this was a sordid step back.

    • Coming up two made up divisions to flyweight which was the lowest division when being a champion was meaningful.

  • I see the “tailor” Mauricio was on hand to personally outfit Arroyo for his “Interim” green belt. Rodriguez did good for getting a day notice. I hope he was compensated well for that beatdown. Mauricio should have made him a belt too..

  • Arroyo was just too big and strong and was even more polished than Rodriguez. It was a total mismatch and the bigger fighter won. Martinez would have been a totally different story. Martinez is a relentless attacker with power in both hands and a non-stop engine. He throws punches from all angles. Too bad his hand injury cancelled the fight against Arroyo. I’ve got Martinez in the future matchup, if it ever gets made.

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