Amateur stars McJoe and McWilliams Arroyo will make their professional debuts February 27th at the Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. The main event will feature Puerto Rico’s Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. (17-0-1, 14 KOs) squaring off against former WBO super flyweight champion Marvin Sonsona of the Philippines (14-0-1, 12 KOs).
If one took a quick glance at the gentleman jumping rope in the picture your attention may stray to what appears to be his mirror reflection. However, that is no mirror reflection but actually twins McJoe and McWilliams Arroyo jumping rope simultaneously. The Arroyos were signed to a promotional agreement by PR Best Boxing last month. The dynamic duo entered the professional ranks with a wealth of international amateur experience behind them. Both have represented Puerto Rico in several amateur games where they won multiple medals. Games they participated in were the Central American, Panamerican, and World Games. McWilliams won the Gold Medal at the 2009 World Amateur Boxing Games in Milano, Italy. McJoe will debut against Giovanni Rivera in a maximum contracted weight of 120 pounds while McWilliams takes on Eliecer Sánchez in his debut in a maximum contracted weight of 114 pounds.
The duo spoke with Fightnews regarding their upcoming debuts.
How did you both start out in boxing?
(McJoe) We started boxing at 12 years old. We were playing basketball initially but both saw their wasn’t a long future for us in that sport but not far from that basketball gym where we played was a boxing gym. It was there where we started boxing and have been boxing ever since.
Which one of you is the elder brother?
(McJoe) McWilliams is slightly older. He beat me by a minute. We were competitive early. (laughing)
You both recently signed with PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera) whose stable includes world champions Ramon ‘Rocky’ Martinez, Ivan ‘Iron Boy’ Calderon, and Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ Lopez. How excited are you both to be joining such an experienced team of fighters and promoter?
(McWilliams) PR Best Boxing is proven, will keep us busy, and will put us in the position to fight for a world title when the time comes. We can’t ask for any better situation for our careers. The world champions on the team makes the situation just that much better with all the experience and advice that they can share with us.
How excited are you both about fighting in your homeland of Puerto Rico for your first professional bouts?
(McWilliams) We are both extremely excited about this opportunity as this is our homeland and we couldn’t think of a better place to start our careers off than at home.
The event titled ‘Making History’ is being presented by PR Best Boxing in association with All Star Boxing, Sampson Boxing LLC, and SGG Promotions.
Also featured on the televised card will be unbeaten 6’6 cruiserweight giant Carlos Negron of Puerto Rico (7-0, 5 KOs) vs. Roy Ashworth, Jonathan Oquendo (17-2, 11 KOs) of Puerto Rico vs. Mexican Álex Becerra for the WBO Latino junior featherweight title.
The pay-per-view event will begin at 9pm ET/6pm PT on both cable and satellite. The PPV cost will be $34.95 and available in Puerto Rico, U.S., Canada, Philippines, Central and South America. Tickets can be purchased by calling (787) 792-5000 or online at www.tcpr.com . Tickets are priced at $20, $40, $75, $125, $150 and $300.