Arnold Barboza Jr.

Weightclass: Jr. Welterweight

  • 18wins

  • 0losses

  • 0draws

  • 6kos

AGE:
26
Birthplace:
Los Angeles, California
Height:
5'9"
reach:
72"
Managers:
Arnold Barboza Sr.
Trainers:
Arnold Barboza Sr.

fighter feed

Arnold Barboza Jr.

At the age of 26, Arnold is a four-year pro. A rising young prospect at 140 pounds, he stayed active with five fights in 2015, five in 2016, and three in 2017.

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. outslugged 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.”

AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Arnold said, “I was born in Los Angeles. I have one younger brother and two older sisters. My father works at a warehouse, and my mother stays home and takes care of my little brother. I’m the only boxer in my family, but my father used to be a professional kickboxer. He was 13-0.

“I started boxing when I was 5 ½ years old. My father started me off – he actually left his professional kickboxing career to train me. He said he saw something in me, so he quit and just focused on me the whole time. You have to be eight years old to box as an amateur, but my father would fight in ‘smoker’ fights – he would take me with him and I would fight there, too. It was a crazy experience! I did around 20 of them, from when I was around six years old until I was eight.

“I had around 95 amateur fights, with eight losses – not including the smoker fights. When I was little, I fought in the Silver Gloves and I won the Junior Golden Gloves, but I was too young to travel.

“I stopped boxing for a while, from the age of 13 until I came back around the age of 19 or 20. We were moving and a bunch of stuff was going on with our family. I was playing football at that time, too. I was a linebacker-fullback. I bulked up a lot – when I came back to boxing, I was weighing around 210 pounds. I used to lift a lot of weights.

“I’m naturally righthanded. I have a girlfriend and two kids – two little boys. One turned seven on July 13th, and the other one is three.”…

fight history

  • 2017

    Fight by Fight – 2017 – in his last fight on 8-5-17 in Los Angeles, CA, he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Jonathan Chicas (15-2): the bout was on the undercard of the Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Miguel Marriaga main event, and it was a good, close fight; Arnold scored a knockdown with a right hand that dropped Chicas flat on his back in the 3rd round, then rocked him with a left hook moments later, but Chicas came back and scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 4th; both fought at a fast pace in the following rounds – there were several good exchanges and both were rocked at times; scored 77-73, 76-74, 78-72…

    On 4-28-17 in Burbank, CA, he won by knockout (5th round) against Markus Morris (10-2): the scheduled 8-rounder was one of the co-features at the Marriott Convention Center; the early rounds were close and Arnold was cut over his left eye, but he stepped up his pace and scored two knockdowns in the 4th round, both with right uppercuts; Arnold scored another knockdown with a left hook to the body in the 5th, and the referee stopped the fight in mid-count at 0:46…

    On 1-27-17 in Studio City, CA, he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Johnny Rodriguez (8-1-1): the bout was co-featured at Sportsmen’s Lodge, and it was a good fight; Rodriguez gave a strong effort and had a few rallies, but Arnold consistently out-boxed and outworked him and dominated most of the fight; scored 79-73, 79-73, 78-74…

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  • 2016

    Fight by Fight – On 12-15-16 in Los Angeles, CA, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Martin Angel Martinez (17-9-1): the bout headlined at Exchange LA, and Arnold dominated the fight; he consistently outboxed and outworked Martinez, and won by shutout scores of 60-53 on all three scorecards.

    On 7-16-16 in Lancaster, CA, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against lefthanded John David Charles (9-7): the bout was one of the co-features at the Pioneer Event Center, and Arnold dominated the fight; he outboxed Charles, consistently landed the harder punches, and wore him down with body punches; scored 60-54 on all three scorecards.

    On 5-14-16 in Studio City, CA, he won by knockout (2nd round) against John Nater (15-7): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Saul Rodriguez Daulis Prescott main event, and Arnold quickly overpowered him; he scored two knockdowns in the 1st round – the first with a right hand, the second with a left hook to the body; he scored another knockdown with a right hand in the 2nd, and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 0:49.

    On 3-12-16 in Burbank, CA, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Maximiliano Becerra (8-2-1): the bout was on the undercard at the Marriott Convention Center; Becerra gave a determined effort, but Arnold dominated the fight; he pressed forward, consistently outworked Becerra, and landed the harder punches; Arnold staggered him with a left hook in the 4th round, and won by scores of 60-54, 60-54, 59-55.

    On 1-30-16 in Burbank he won by knockout (1st round) against Robbie Cannon (15-11-2): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard at the Marriott Convention Center, and Arnold quickly overpowered him; he rocked Cannon repeatedly in the 1st round and bloodied his nose – Arnold staggered him with a right hand late in the round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:59.

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  • 2015

    2015 – On 12-12-15 in Glendale, CA, he won by knockout (6th round) against Rony Alvarado (9-5): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Sullivan Barrera-Karo Murat main event, and Arnold dominated the fight; he outworked Alvarado and landed the harder punches, and Alvarado was cut under his left eye in the 4th round; Arnold rocked him with a series of punches in the 6th, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:23.

    On 7-25-15 in Hollywood, CA, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Lionel Jimenez (2-4): the bout was on the undercard of the Brian Viloria-Omar Soto main event; Arnold dominated the fight and won by shutout scores of 60-54 on all three scorecards.

    On 5-13-15 in Hollywood he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Brandon Adams (3-2): the bout was on the undercard at Florentine Gardens, and Arnold dominated the fight; scored 60-54 on all three scorecards.

    On 3-14-15 in Glendale he won by knockout (4th round) against James Harrison (3-6-1): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard at the Civic Auditorium; Arnold scored a knockdown in the 1st round; in the 4th, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:45.

    On 1-17-15 in Port Hueneme, CA, he won by knockout (1st round) against Taif Harris (1-2): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard at the Oceanview Pavilion, and Arnold quickly overpowered him; scored a knockdown with a series of punches in the 1st round, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:45.

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