The tentative co-main for Canelo Alvarez vs. Avni YIldirim tonight is no longer tentative. Abraham “Choko” Rodriguez successfully arrived in Miami and made the flyweight limit last night, clearing him to fight McWilliams Arroyo for the interim WBC flyweight title after Julio Cesar Martinez’s withdrawal.
Rodriguez (27-2, 13 KO), a 26-year-old fighting out of Tijuana, generally spends his time at either minimumweight or light flyweight; he’s ranked 4th at 108 by the IBF, which would theoretically put him in position for a final eliminator to face Felix Alvarado since the top two spots are empty, and he sits at #15 and #3 in the WBC’s and WBO’s 105-pound rankings, respectively.
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He’s challenged for a world title once before, succumbing to the power of Angel Acosta in just four minutes back in 2018.
While obviously a less appealing opponent than Martinez, he’s about the best you could expect on two days’ notice, and it gets Arroyo (20-4, 15 KO) back in the ring for the first time in 14 months. I’ll take it.