By Marc Livitz: McWilliams Arroyo made quick and easy work of Froilan Saludar this evening by way of an early knockout win in the second round of an IBF Flyweight championship eliminator at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The island resident fighter from Farjardo, P.R. improved his impressive record to now include thirteen knockouts out of fifteen victories against just one defeat. The 2008 Olympian hardly broke a sweat against his Filipino opponent, who himself was handed his first loss as a professional.
Saludar tried to push the action in the opening moments of round one with his snapping left jab and attempted follow up rights as well. McWilliams kept his guard high and didn’t let his foe from Polomolok, Philippines wreck his cool approach. Froilan remained aggressive and continued to fire off successive lefts and rights. He tasted a meaningful left jab from Arroyo just before the bell sounded. The trend continued into the second. Saludar kept on firing. His Puerto Rican adversary disrupted his rhythm somewhat with a quick left hook about thirty seconds into the period.
The two fighters used the ring. McWilliams was content to walk while Froilan danced and moved. Just inside the round’s final minute, Arroyo tagged him with a looping left hook. He followed up with two more, the second of which landed squarely on the bridge of Saludar’s nose. The Philippine combatant’s legs bucked, after which he swayed slightly forward before crashing backwards onto the canvas.
A few seconds passed before "The Sniper" regained a trace of his senses. He couldn’t beat the count of Referee Genaro Rodriguez, however. His first trip to the mat as a pro would in turn prove to be the worst kind. His record now stands at (19-1-1, 12 KO’s).
McWilliams Arroyo was the victor with a KO win at the 2:25 mark.
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June 19, 2014