|Born||October 25, 1957
Arroyo, of Puerto Rican descent, was born on the south side of Youngstown, Ohio, a steel-manufacturing center near the Pennsylvania border. As a child, he reportedly told his 15 siblings about his dream of becoming a nationally known fighter. In the 1980s, he became one of the most recognizable boxers on television and regularly appeared on the covers of boxing magazines. In 1984, Arroyo, with fellow Youngstown native Ray Mancini, was listed among the nation's top 10 contenders by the World Boxing Association.
Arroyo fought for nine years as an amateur boxer, winning several Golden Glove tournaments as well as eight AAU Regional Tournaments. As an amateur he had 110 wins and 15 losses. He worked up a record of 40 wins and 11 losses as a professional, and won the title by beating Charlie "Choo Choo" Brown in the 14th round on April 15, 1984. Arroyo, a late substitute for Cornelius Boza Edwards, staggered Brown with two blows to the head, prompting referee Larry Hazzard to stop the fight. On September 1, 1984, Arroyo successfully defended his title against Charlie "White Lightning" Brown, in a bout held in Struthers, Ohio. The champion successfully defended his title once more before losing to Jimmy Paul on April 4, 1986.
Professional boxing record
|40 Wins (30 knockouts, 10 decisions), 11 Losses (4 knockouts, 7 decisions) |
|Loss||14-0-1||Vinny Letizia||UD||10||26/02/1993||Countryside, Illinois, United States|
|Win||6-21||Jerry Massey||TKO||7||29/05/1992||Youngstown, Ohio, United States|
|Loss||22-1||Javier Castillejo||TKO||3||10/04/1992||Leganés, Spain|
|Win||--||Homknokkor Som-Song||PTS||10||15/08/1991||Marbella, Spain|
|Loss||23-4||Tommy Small||MD||12||22/06/1991||Morgantown, West Virginia, United States||WBF World Light Middleweight Title.|
|Loss||19-0-1||Valery Kayumba||TKO||7||17/04/1991||Paris, France|
|Loss||12-1-1||Carl Griffith||UD||10||24/08/1990||Mayfield, Ohio, United States||42-49, 45-48, 43-49.|
|Loss||10-11||Roger "Rabbit" Brown||UD||10||04/05/1989||Hallandale, Florida, United States|
|Win||74-52-6||Bruce Strauss||TKO||2||26/01/1989||War Memorial Auditorium, Rochester, New York, United States|
|Win||6-1-2||Raul "Caipira" Torres||SD||10||19/11/1988||Quality Inn, Erie, Pennsylvania, United States||46-45, 45-46, 46-45.|
|Loss||19-1-1||Loreto Garza||KO||1||22/04/1988||Sacramento, California, United States||WBC Continental Americas Light Welterweight Title.|
|Win||14-0||Rick Souce||TKO||8||23/02/1988||Dallas, Texas, United States||WBC Continental Americas Light Welterweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:59 of the eighth round.|
|Win||14-15-1||Nick "The Quick" Parker||TKO||5||18/11/1987||Youngstown, Ohio, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:33 of the fifth round.|
|Win||14-14-1||Nick "The Quick" Parker||KO||7||28/08/1987||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Win||3-6-1||Reggie Robinson||UD||10||03/07/1987||Harlingen, Texas, United States|
|Loss||8-7||Roger "Rabbit" Brown||MD||10||19/02/1987||Akron, Ohio, United States|
|Win||14-3-1||Derwin Richards||MD||10||17/01/1987||Harlingen, Texas, United States|
|Win||14-7-1||Rick Kaiser||TKO||1||25/11/1986||Tyler, Texas, United States|
|Win||30-1-1||Danny Ferris||TKO||2||01/11/1986||Latham, New York, United States|
|Loss||18-1||Vinny Paz||UD||10||18/05/1986||Providence, Rhode Island, United States||41-49, 39-50, 38-49.|
|Win||7-22-1||Paul "Billy" Graham||KO||8||19/03/1986||Warren, Ohio, United States|
|Win||4-6||Leo Simmons||TKO||5||04/02/1986||Boardman, Ohio, United States|
|Win||1-12-1||Darrell Jacobs||TKO||6||04/12/1985||Youngstown, Ohio, United States|
|Loss||9-2||Sammy Fuentes||KO||7||09/10/1985||Trump Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Arroyo knocked out at 2:22 of the seventh round.|
|Loss||21-1||Jimmy Paul||UD||15||06/04/1985||Bally's Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||IBF World Lightweight Title. 138-146, 138-146, 141-142.|
|Win||24-3-1||Terrence Alli||TKO||11||12/01/1985||Bally's Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||IBF World Lightweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:16 of the 11th round.|
|Win||23-0||Charlie "White Lightning" Brown||TKO||8||01/09/1984||Struthers High School, Youngstown, Ohio, United States||IBF World Lightweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 0:21 of the eighth round.|
|Win||23-2-1||Charlie "Choo Choo" Brown||TKO||14||15/04/1984||Sands Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||IBF World Lightweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:07 of the 14th round.|
|Win||22-1||"Rockin" Robin Blake||UD||10||14/01/1984||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||6-2-2||Danny Avery||TKO||9||20/10/1983||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||11-2-1||Steve "Opposite of Sex" Hilliard||TKO||5||06/10/1983||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||0-2||Tomas Chavez||TKO||9||15/06/1983||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Win||12-35-5||Roberto "Angel" Garcia||TKO||2||03/04/1983||Phoenix Civic Plaza, Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Win||10-11-2||Kelvin Lampkin||PTS||10||12/02/1983||Anchorage, Alaska, United States|
|Win||8-0||Joe Manley||SD||10||30/10/1982||Sands Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||11-1||Arnie Wells||UD||10||30/08/1982||Niles, Ohio, United States|
|Win||7-0-1||Kevin "Tex" Austin||TKO||5||24/07/1982||Warren, Ohio, United States|
|Win||--||Paul Hodge||KO||1||08/07/1982||Idora Park, Youngstown, Youngstown, Ohio, United States||Hodge knocked out at 1:35 of the first round.|
|Win||--||Mike Soldier||KO||2||27/05/1982||Idora Park, Youngstown, Youngstown, Ohio, United States|
|Win||3-17||Robert "Bo" Moody||TKO||10||28/04/1982||Youngstown, Ohio, United States|
|Win||--||Greg "The Egg" Young||TKO||4||17/04/1982||Harrah's Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||7-17||Sam Gervins||TKO||6||17/03/1982||Niles, Ohio, United States|
|Win||9-0-1||Bruce "The Truce" Williams||TKO||5||13/03/1982||Playboy Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||1-4-1||Blas Dechamps||PTS||6||26/01/1982||Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||1-0-1||Roberto "Bobby" Munoz||TKO||2||29/12/1981||Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||0-5||Ken Payton||TKO||1||23/12/1981||Canton Memorial Civic Center, Canton, Ohio, United States|
|Win||5-0||Leon Gardner||TKO||6||29/10/1981||Warren, Ohio, United States|
|Win||4-3-1||Kean McGill||UD||6||21/10/1981||Niles, Ohio, United States|
|Win||--||"Tiny" Tim Murphy||KO||1||15/08/1981||Gannon College, Erie, Pennsylvania, United States||Murphy knocked out at 1:46 of the first round.|
|Win||--||"Reverend" Jesse Jackson||TKO||2||16/12/1980||Cleveland, Ohio, United States|
|Win||1-16||Dale "Flash" Gordon||TKO||4||30/09/1980||Niles, Ohio, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 1:45 of the fourth round.|
Arroyo has expressed disappointment over the fact that he never had a chance to meet fellow Youngstown pugilist Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini in the ring. The possibility of a matchup between the two fighters emerged in the early 1980s, but circumstances intervened. Arroyo won the IBF title just two months before Mancini's first loss to Livingstone Bramble. Mancini took a break from boxing for several years after losing his title, and by the time he re-entered the ring, Arroyo's career had waned considerably. Both men were on hand, however, when fellow Youngstown native Kelly Pavlik took the WBC and WBO middleweight world championship in Atlantic City on September 29, 2007.
Retired from the ring, Arroyo is married and has five children.
After his retirement, Arroyo become a boxing referee, and has officiated dozens of fights, mainly in Ohio.
|IBF Lightweight Champion
15 Apr 1984 – 6 Apr 1985
- List of Famous Puerto Ricans
- List of IBF world champions
- List of Puerto Rican boxing world champions
- The Vindicator, September 30, 2007.
- Bassetti, John (December 5, 1999). "Valley boxers, led by Mancini, ruled the ring". The Vindicator.
- Harry Arroyo - Boxrec Boxing Encyclopaedia
- "Harry Arroyo Battles Unbeaten Foe on CBS-TV". The Youngstown Vindicator. October 28, 1982. p. 24.
- "Mancini 3rd, Arroyo is 7th". The Youngstown Vindicator. July 19, 1984. p. 22.
- "Harry Puts Brakes On 'Choo Choo' in 14th". The Youngstown Vindicator. April 16, 1984. p. 14.
- "Arroyo still 'ring king', throttles Brown in 8th". The Youngstown Vindicator. September 2, 1984. p. D-1.
- Kovach, John (September 25, 2007). "Former champs like Pavlik". The Vindicator. p. C-3.
- Wilkinson, D. A (February 19, 2000). "Former champ helps bring God to ring". The Vindicator. p. B-6.