Arnold Barboza Jr.

Weightclass: Junior Welterweight

  • 22wins

  • 0losses

  • 0draws

  • 9kos

AGE:
27
Birthplace:
Los Angeles, California
Height:
5'9"
reach:
72"
Managers:
Arnold Barboza Sr.
Trainers:
Arnold Barboza Sr.

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Arnold Barboza Jr.

At the age of 27, Arnold is a five-year pro. A rising young contender at 140 pounds, he stayed active with five fights in 2015, five in 2016, three in 2017, and three in 2018.

He has had three scheduled 10-rounders and been the full distance two times. Arnold also stepped up in level of opposition in recent fights and gave impressive performances.

In his last fight on December 14 in Corpus Christi, Texas, he won a 10-round unanimous decision against Manuel Lopez.

ESPN.com’s Steve Kim reported [excerpts]: It was one-sided junior welterweight contest between Arnold Barboza and Manuel Lopez, as Barboza dominated from the very beginning and won every round (100-90 on all three judges’ scorecards) by consistently beating Lopez (14-3, 7 KOs) to the punch all night.

Lopez, if anything, showed his toughness in going the distance, but he was simply out-classed. [End Kim item]

In his post-fight interview, Arnold said, “I worked on everything, sparring lefties, righties, and at this point I couldn’t get him out of there, but I think I did a great job. I had good combinations coming.

“I want the best – we want Jose Ramirez. I think that will be a great fight and I’m with Top Rank and he’s with Top Rank, and I think they will make it happen.”

In an earlier interview, manager-trainer-father Arnold Barboza Sr. said, “We train at the La Puente Gym in La Puente, California. Arnold always stays busy in the gym.

“We’re going to be 100 percent ready. We don’t take any guys lightly.”

In an earlier interview, Arnold Jr. said, “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 right-handed.”…

AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS:

2013 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Spokane Washington, 152 pounds/elite division: in his first fight on 4-1-13 he lost a 2-1 decision against Hakim Bryant of Asbury Park, N.J….

STRENGTHS: Has good skills and movement…has good punching power…had a strong amateur background…has a strong family athletic background…

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 20 fights…106 total rounds…

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 5.3 rounds…

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 35 %…

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 10 rounds – 2 (2-0)…8 rounds – 2 (2-0)…

fight history

  • 2018

    WON NABF SL JUNIOR TITLE – in his last fight on 12-14-18 in Corpus Christi, TX, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Manuel Lopez (14-2-1): the bout was co-featured with the Gilberto Ramirez vs Jesse Hart II main event; Arnold dominated the fight – he consistently out-boxed and out-worked Lopez, and landed the sharper punches; scored 100-90 on all three scorecards…

    On 8-25-18 in Glendale, AZ, he won by TKO (5th round) against Luis Solis (24-8-4): the scheduled 10-rounder was on the undercard of the Jose Pedraza vs. Ray Beltran main event; Arnold landed the harder punches, and dominated the fight; Solis’ right eye became badly swollen, and the ringside doctor stopped the fight after the 5th round…

    On 3-10-18 in Carson, CA, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against left-handed Mike Reed (23-1): the bout was on the undercard of the Oscar Valdez vs. Scott Quigg main event, and it was a good, close fight; Reed pressed forward and had a number of rallies, but Arnold kept him off-balance with movement, scored repeatedly with his right hand, and out-worked him in several rounds; scored 97-93, 97-93, 96-94…

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  • 2017

    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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