Earlier today it was announced that promising Filipino boxer-puncher Mark Anthony Geraldo (31-4-3, 14) would be getting an IBF Super Flyweight world title eliminator on December 20th. Unfortunately for the talented Pinoy that fight will come away from home as he has to travel to Purerto Rico, not only is the bout on the road but it's also a very tough one as he faces the unbeaten McJoe Arroyo (15-0, 8).
Arroyo is the twin brother of McWilliam Arroyo who recently fought for the IBF Flyweight title in Thailand, losing a close decision to Amnat Ruenroeng and looked sensational in his most recent bout as he stopped Hernan Marquez in 11 rounds. That performance was a real break out one from the Puerto Rican who has long been tipped as a future world champion that has been frustrating to follow.
Geraldo was last seen in the ring back in July when he defeated Efrain Perez in Macao on the undercard of Zou Shiming's bout with Luis De la Rosa. Early in that fight Geraldo looked exceptional though he spent the final few rounds looking exhausted, pedestrian and very disappointing, a stark contract to how he had begun the contest. Geraldo enters the bout unbeaten in 9 contests with wins over the likes of Jerwin Ancajas, Hirofumi Mukai and Inthanon Sithchamuang though this is a step up from those 3 men.
Interestingly this opportunity appears to have opened up for Geraldo after a move by British promoter Frank Warren, who has pushed his fighter Paul Butler away from the IBF champion Zolani Tete and towards a clash with the winner of the upcoming WBO world title bout between Japanese wunderkind Naoya Inoue and Argentinian veteran Omar Andres Narvaez.
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