Report & Photos: Bob Caico
At the end of 2011 welterweight Vincent Arroyo (12-1, 7 KOs) of Amherst, NY was a hot topic in boxing circles. He had just won his second fight in a row as the headliner on ShoBox defeating Hector Sanchez. Five months earlier he decisioned unbeaten Willie Nelson, knocking him down three times in the process. In his last four fights his opponents were 57-1-2, he registered three wins and in his lone loss he had the then undefeated Mike Dallas almost out in the last round.
So here we are in the beginning of 2014 and we haven’t seen “Vinsanity” since. “I had some complications, the people I was working with were preventing me from fighting so I had to handle that the best possible way,” explained Arroyo. “Now Vincent Arroyo is back to put Buffalo back on the map and this is where I belong.” The 26-year old fighter had a bright future after his last win and he believes he still is on track for greatness. “It definitely set me back, but I assure you it’s in the past and there is more to come and I am excited for the future.”
With most of his legal and personal problems behind him Arroyo never lost hope or got out of shape. “I have been in the gym and I had to deal with the situation the best that I could, I’m trying to form a better team so we can get the job done in the future.” Is Arroyo ready to step back in with the elite of the division? That answer now will be determined in the ring, not outside. “If I take it slow I take it slow, I want to see how I do on the first two fights back and we will be able to tell where we are at.”
His comeback fight is scheduled for February 27th in nearby Niagara Falls NY on a card promoted by Pretty Girl Promotions. This will be Vincent’s first fight near his hometown. “I am looking forward to representing Buffalo, NY, Amherst, NY and it is great to follow the trail of “Baby” Joe Mesi but I have to do what I have to do to prove to Buffalo and my fans that Vincent Arroyo is not gone, he is here and ready to do his thing.”
The only worry is more legal issues that hopefully will not hamper a promising career. “I’m still going forward through Supreme Court because I’m not done and I want to get something out of this for my suffering and from keeping me from fighting.”
Promoter: Mercedes Vasquez-Simmons (Pretty Girl Promotions)
Venue: February 27, 2014 at The Conference and Event Center, Niagara Falls
Tickets: $30, $40, $50 and $100, call 585.330.0273.