McWilliams Arroyo (15-1, 13 KOs) will get his mandatory shot at the IBF flyweight title when he takes on current champion, Amnat Ruenroeng (13-0, 5 KOs) on September 14. ESPN reports that the fight has been confirmed and will take place at Liptapanlop Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.
My first reaction is, well, when have you ever heard of a guy whose first name is McWilliams? Perhaps McLovin' would have been a bit cooler in retrospect, but I digress. McWilliams' promoter, Peter Rivera, made the announcement of the title fight yesterday.
"We already confirmed and the fight will be on Sunday, Sept. 14, in Thailand, so McWilliams continues to be focused on his training and we will coordinate all matters relating to the date on which we will travel to this fight," Rivera said.
The fight went to purse bid where Jimmy's Boxing took the rights to promote the fight by bidding $202,000. That was more than enough to best the only other bidder, Golden Boy, who bid $70,150, by a handsome amount.
Both Ruenroeng and Arroyo are 2008 Olympians, but aside from that I don't have much of an insight on either man. My brief evaluation reveals that Arroyo is a bit more technically solid, and his fighting style looks remarkably similar to that of Danny Garcia's. Ruenroeng is more crude in his approach but doesn't seem to have a problem letting his winged shots fly. This could be an entertaining little scrap, though catching it on television might prove difficult.