Late on Thursday night fans in Puerto Rico saw Filipino puncher Froilan Saludar (19-1-1, 12) suffer his first career defeat as he was knocked out, in the second round, by McWilliams Arroyo (15-1, 13) in an IBF Flyweight Eliminator.
Saludar look very good in the first round letting his jab go in a busy fashion and easily winning the round whilst Arroyo defended himself in what was clearly a round for him to get used to the speed and tics of Saludar. This worked well for Arroyo in round 2 as he began to let his hands go and finally landed with a beautiful left hand that dropped Saludar for the count.
The result for Arroyo means he is next in line to fight Thailand's unbeaten IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (13-0, 5) with that fight likely to take place later this year. Whilst Arroyo's victory was eye catching it didn't suggest he'd have much luck against Ruenroeng who is a tricky, slippery and technically awkward fighter. Saludar was caught bouncing on his toes with relatively open defence, something that Ruenroeng doesn't do and with that in mind it's hard to see how Arroyo would take his success here and make it count against the Thai.
For the Arroyo family this victory book ends a wonderful week which began when McWilliams's brother McJoe beat former world champion Hernan "Tyson" Marquez in an IBF Super Flyweight eliminator. Interestingly that set McJoe up for a fight with either Teiru Kinoshita or Japan or Zolani Tete of South Africa, who meet later this year. An Arroyo world title double header may be worth American promotional powerhouse Golden Boy Promotions pulling out all the stops to make come the winter in what could be a very memorable night for Puerto Rican boxing fans.
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