According to Puerto Rican website http://www.elnuevodia.com the Arroyo twins are said to be targetting potential show downs with two Asian world champions.
The report suggests that McWilliams Arroyo (16-3, 14) may be heading up to Super Flyweight to get his third world title fight and take on Japanese sensation Naoya Inoue (13-0, 11) [井上 尚弥] in Inoue's next defense of his WBO Super Flyweight title. Although no news of this bout has been reported in Japan as of yet it does make sense in many ways, with the plan being for the bout to take place in the US on the under-card of the rematched between Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Roman Gonzalez, which is expected to take place in September.
The bout would see Inoue take on a man known for going the distance with Gonzalez, albeit at Flyweight, and give himself a great chance of making a statement on his US debut, however it's a bout that could be strongly criticised. For a start Arroyo is 0-2 in world title bouts, is a career Flyweight and hasn't fought in over a year, with his last win being more than 2 years ago, and in fact come September he would have scored just a solitary win in the last 3 years.
It's a bout that could be sold as Inoue taking on a man who had taken Gonzalez the distance, but equally it could be criticised very easily and may not pass the WBO rules for a title defense, with McWilliams currently being unranked by the organisation.
The other bout would see former IBF Super Flyweight champion McJoe Arroyo (17-1, 8) move down in weight to fight at Flyweight against WBO world champion Zou Shiming (9-1, 2) [邹市明]. It would be a tough bout for Shiming on paper, but McJoe has been a frustrating fighter to follow during his career, and hasn't fought since handing over the IBF title last September to Jerwin Ancajas, prior to that he had previously fought in July 2017 and looked disinterested at times during that fight. The Puerto Rican talent has never fought at Flyweight before, had been a real nightmare for Ancajas' team to deal with and pulled out of a world title eliminator with Teiru Kinoshita earlier this year, on very short notice.
Currently ranked #15 at Super Flyweight McJoe could challenge Shiming but with his history of being tricky to deal with and failure to have fought at Flyweight it's hard to see this bout coming off.
Although both bouts would be interesting, and are possible, we must admit there are better opponents for both men out there, and strangely McJoe Arroyo Vs Inoue and McWilliams Vs Shiming bout both seem to make more sense than the proposed contests.
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