Unbeaten Junior Welterweight Contenders
Arnold Barboza Jr. & Danielito Zorrilla Face Off
Two undefeated junior welterweight contenders look to take a
giant step forward Friday evening at Pechanga Resort Casino.
Arnold Barboza Jr. (26-0, 10 KOs), from South El Monte,
California, will battle Puerto Rican standout Danielito
Zorrilla (16-0, 12 KOs) in the 10-round main event for the
vacant WBO Intercontinental belt.
In the eight-round lightweight co-feature, Southern
California's Raymond "Danger" Muratalla (14-0, 12 KOs) steps
up in class against Mexican veteran Jair Valtierra (16-1, 8
KOs). The televised opener will see the return of U.S.
Olympic silver medalist Richard Torrez Jr. (1-0, 1 KO)
against Roberto Zavala Jr. (2-1-1, 2 KOs) in a six-rounder
Barboza Jr.-Zorrilla, Muratalla-Valtierra and Torrez
Jr.-Zavala Jr. will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes
and ESPN+ at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
Undercard bouts will stream live and exclusively on ESPN+ (7
p.m. ET/4 p.m PT) and includes junior featherweight prospect
Floyd "Cashflow" Diaz (5-0, 1 KO) and rising heavyweight
Stephan "Big Shot" Shaw (16-0, 12 KOs).
At Wednesday's press conference, this is what the fighters
had to say.
Arnold Barboza Jr.
“I think this fight has all the makings of being another
great war between Mexico and Puerto Rico. I’m Mexican
American and he is Puerto Rican. This one will be a great
battle. Everyone knows my style, and he also likes to come
forward. I can’t wait for Friday night."
“All the hard work is paying off. I began my career fighting
on the small UniMás shows and now I’m the main event on
ESPN, but we are not satisfied. We want more!”
“It’s exciting to fight in front of friends and family in
California. It has been a while since I fought in Cali, but
now we are here, and we have a great matchup. We have a
tough and hungry fighter in front of us.”
“I feel happy and thankful for this opportunity. I’m
well-prepared physically and mentally. Everyone will see on
Friday night. I expect a lot from Barboza. He is a great
fighter and one of the best in the division. This will be a
very competitive fight. This will be a war!”
“Now I have former world champion, Rocky Martinez, in my
corner. He is a man that has a lot of experience. He is a
three-time world champion and knows what it takes to become
a champion. He has added a lot to my team. I think this
combination will benefit my career.”
“We are working hard to represent Puerto Rico. If the
opportunity presents itself for me to become the next big
Puerto Rican star, we will be ready for that and will take
it. That is what we are working for.”
“I love opportunities like this. I’m ready and can’t wait
for Friday night. Working at Robert Garcia’s Boxing Academy
is great. All the talent there is crazy. We have great
sparring sessions, and because of that, I know I’m ready. I
feel like I’m ready for the next step. I know I’m ready!”
“I had a great training camp, and I know I’m ready to come
out victorious. I know he is a strong fighter, but we have a
great strategy, and we are going to follow the game plan."
“I feel very excited about this opportunity. This is my
first fight in the United States. Now people around the
world will know about me. I hope to put on a great show for
all the fans.”
Richard Torrez Jr.
“I think that my professional debut put me through a lot of
things that I needed to learn as a pro. I had a cut and
there was also a mix-up with the referee. There were a lot
of different things going on that will help me in my future
“For this training camp, my team and I added a nutritionist.
We felt like that was missing. We added them to the team and
now I look and feel great. Right now, I’m here! I’m ready!
We are prepared for this fight! I’m ready for Friday night!"