McWilliams Arroyo Batters Abraham Rodriguez to Claim the WBC Interim Flyweight Title

Published 02/27/2021, 10:10 PM EST


The co-main event of the Alvarez vs Yildirim fight card between McWilliams Arroyo and Abraham Rodriguez proved to be a thunderous clash. The duo fought for the WBC interim flyweight title and rolled out one of the most exhilarating shows on the night. Arroyo came out on top in this fight and left everyone amazed with his performance as he overpowered Rodriguez in every department.

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However, ‘Choko’ surprised Arroyo with his slick combinations in the initial rounds. But, this didn’t deter the 35-year-old from his aim. Following a sublime tussle, the referee called off the fight in round 5, after Rodriguez’s corner asked to stop the fight.

Right from the first gong, the duo went for the knockout and battered each other with cosmic shots. Arroyo in particular traced his opponent’s movement to perfection and connected cleanly.

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Although the latter put his chin to display in the initial rounds, he fell prey to the heat coming off the Puerto Rican’s hands. In fact, in round 4, Arroyo knocked down Rodriguez with a mighty body shot and an uppercut.

After scoring a knockdown in round 4, the Puerto Rican pugilist didn’t relent. He sensed the finish and increased the pressure to such an extent that ‘Choko’s’ corner knew they had to step in to save their fighter.

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Is McWilliams Arroyo ready for Julio Cesar Martinez?

With a sensational win over Abraham Rodriguez, McWilliams Arroyo has cemented himself as the new WBC interim flyweight king. That said, this directly sets him up for a fight against the champion, Julio Cesar Martinez.

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Prior to facing ‘Choko’, Arroyo was scheduled to face the champion, but the latter pulled out of the fight. This left the 35-year-old with nothing else but to confront the stout contender, Abraham Rodriguez.

A win at this stage will only fill him up with confidence in his abilities and ensure that he gets re-booked against Martinez at the earliest. It’ll be intriguing to see how things play out in the next few months as both boxers and the fans would want to see the WBC flyweight title bout take center stage at the earliest.

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For now, though, Arroyo will savor in his glorious triumph. What did you make of the bout that unfolded in Miami?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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