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.”…