At the age of 25, Arnold is a four-year pro. A rising young prospect at 140 pounds, he stayed active with five fights in 2015 and five in 2016.
He’s given consistently impressive performances and made excellent progress.
In his last fight on August 5 in Los Angeles, he won an eight-round unanimous decision against Jonathan Chicas. The bout was on the undercard of the Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Miguel Marriaga main event, and it was fast-paced and exciting.
ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported from ringside [excerpts]: In a tremendous action battle, junior welterweight Arnold Barboza Jr. out slugged Jonathan Chicas for a unanimous decision victory. The judges had it 78-72, 77-73 and 76-74.
Barboza landed a right hand to knock Chicas down flat on his back in the third round, and later in the round badly rocked him with a left hand to the head. Chicas rallied in the fourth round, landing a clean overhand right that dropped Barboza.
The action continued during a blazing seventh round in which both guys were hurt, as they went toe-to-toe for most of those three minutes; they finished strong in the eighth and final round, with both fighters believing the fight was still on the table. [End Rafael item]
Arnold said, “Right now, we train at the La Puente Boxing Gym in La Puente, California. My sparring depends on the opponent I’m fighting, but we’ve sparred some really good people in the area – we sparred Ruslan Provodnikov and we sparred Viktor Postol.
“My style, I adapt to what my opponent’s doing, with what the game plan is. I can either box or brawl – I’ve done both in fights – but I prefer to box. I like to box – you know, use my jab, keep my distance.”