Carlos Cuadras vs McWilliams Arroyo
In California, on the undercard of Srisaket Sor Rungvisai vs Juan Francisco Estrada, as part of 'Superfly 2', former world champion, Carlos Cuadras takes on former world title challenger, McWilliams Arroyo.
Cuadras is a heavy favourite, as the younger fighter, assumed the more suited to the weight, and the fighter with the higher achieving past.
The fight begins very competitively, as Arroyo moves well, without being bullied by Cuadras, but Cuadras, having plenty of success of his own in the early rounds.
As the minutes go by, people are surprised, Cuadras is made to look old, clumsy, as a confident, controlled Arroyo seems to pick up the points, have the more speed, method, and a lot more snap behind his punches.
Late, Cuadras, likely to have been told to be his trainer, Abel Sanchez, tries his best to rally, he has success, but for the majority of the closing 9-12 minutes, Arroyo is the one who has the better of the exchanges.
Arroyo is confident, Cuadras seems dejected, it seems Arroyo has boxed extremely well, and should be declared the winner.
Fernando Villareal, surprisingly declares the fight level, whilst Tony Crebs declares Arroyo a winner by a comfortable margin, and Pat Russell scores the Puerto Rican the winner by a landslide. Arroyo shocks Cuadras with a fantastic victory, by majority decision, leaving Cuadras, disappointed, and with his career remainder in question, and for Arroyo, likely to be close to a world title opportunity.