Harry Arroyo

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Harry Arroyo
Born October 25, 1957
Youngstown, Ohio

Harry Arroyo (born October 25, 1957) is a former American boxer who gained international recognition as the IBF Lightweight Champion of the World from 1984 to 1985.[1][2]

Early years[edit]

Arroyo, of Puerto Rican descent,[3] was born on the south side of Youngstown, Ohio, a steel-manufacturing center near the Pennsylvania border.[4] As a child, he reportedly told his 15 siblings about his dream of becoming a nationally known fighter.[4] 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.[5]

Boxing career[edit]

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.[6] Arroyo, a late substitute for Cornelius Boza Edwards, staggered Brown with two blows to the head, prompting referee Larry Hazzard to stop the fight.[6] On September 1, 1984, Arroyo successfully defended his title against Charlie "White Lightning" Brown, in a bout held in Struthers, Ohio.[7] The champion successfully defended his title once more before losing to Jimmy Paul on April 4, 1985.[1]

Professional boxing record[edit]

40 Wins (30 knockouts, 10 decisions), 11 Losses (4 knockouts, 7 decisions) [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 14-0-1 United States Vinny Letizia UD 10 26/02/1993 Illinois Countryside, Illinois, United States
Win 6-21 United States Jerry Massey TKO 7 29/05/1992 Ohio Youngstown, Ohio, United States
Loss 22-1 Spain Javier Castillejo TKO 3 10/04/1992 Spain Leganés, Spain
Win -- Homknokkor Som-Song PTS 10 15/08/1991 Spain Marbella, Spain
Loss 23-4 United States Tommy Small MD 12 22/06/1991 West Virginia Morgantown, West Virginia, United States WBF World Light Middleweight Title.
Loss 19-0-1 France Valery Kayumba TKO 7 17/04/1991 France Paris, France
Loss 12-1-1 United States Carl Griffith UD 10 24/08/1990 Ohio Mayfield, Ohio, United States 42-49, 45-48, 43-49.
Loss 10-11 United States Roger "Rabbit" Brown UD 10 04/05/1989 Florida Hallandale, Florida, United States
Win 74-52-6 United States Bruce Strauss TKO 2 26/01/1989 New York War Memorial Auditorium, Rochester, New York, United States
Win 6-1-2 United States Raul "Caipira" Torres SD 10 19/11/1988 Pennsylvania Quality Inn, Erie, Pennsylvania, United States 46-45, 45-46, 46-45.
Loss 19-1-1 United States Loreto Garza KO 1 22/04/1988 California Sacramento, California, United States WBC Continental Americas Light Welterweight Title.
Win 14-0 Canada Rick Souce TKO 8 23/02/1988 Texas 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 United States Nick "The Quick" Parker TKO 5 18/11/1987 Ohio Youngstown, Ohio, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:33 of the fifth round.
Win 14-14-1 United States Nick "The Quick" Parker KO 7 28/08/1987 Ohio Columbus, Ohio, United States
Win 3-6-1 United States Reggie Robinson UD 10 03/07/1987 Texas Harlingen, Texas, United States
Loss 8-7 United States Roger "Rabbit" Brown MD 10 19/02/1987 Ohio Akron, Ohio, United States
Win 14-3-1 United States Derwin Richards MD 10 17/01/1987 Texas Harlingen, Texas, United States
Win 14-7-1 United States Rick Kaiser TKO 1 25/11/1986 Texas Tyler, Texas, United States
Win 30-1-1 United States Danny Ferris TKO 2 01/11/1986 New York Latham, New York, United States
Loss 18-1 United States Vinny Paz UD 10 18/05/1986 Rhode Island Providence, Rhode Island, United States 41-49, 39-50, 38-49.
Win 7-22-1 United States Paul "Billy" Graham KO 8 19/03/1986 Ohio Warren, Ohio, United States
Win 4-6 United States Leo Simmons TKO 5 04/02/1986 Ohio Boardman, Ohio, United States
Win 1-12-1 United States Darrell Jacobs TKO 6 04/12/1985 Ohio Youngstown, Ohio, United States
Loss 9-2 Puerto Rico Sammy Fuentes KO 7 09/10/1985 New Jersey Trump Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Arroyo knocked out at 2:22 of the seventh round.
Loss 21-1 United States Jimmy Paul UD 15 06/04/1985 New Jersey Bally's Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States IBF World Lightweight Title. 138-146, 138-146, 141-142.
Win 24-3-1 Guyana Terrence Alli TKO 11 12/01/1985 New Jersey 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 United States Charlie "White Lightning" Brown TKO 8 01/09/1984 Ohio 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 United States Charlie "Choo Choo" Brown TKO 14 15/04/1984 New Jersey 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 United States "Rockin" Robin Blake UD 10 14/01/1984 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 6-2-2 United States Danny Avery TKO 9 20/10/1983 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 11-2-1 United States Steve "Opposite of Sex" Hilliard TKO 5 06/10/1983 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 0-2 Mexico Tomas Chavez TKO 9 15/06/1983 California Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 12-35-5 United States Roberto "Angel" Garcia TKO 2 03/04/1983 Arizona Phoenix Civic Plaza, Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 10-11-2 United States Kelvin Lampkin PTS 10 12/02/1983 Alaska Anchorage, Alaska, United States
Win 8-0 United States Joe Manley SD 10 30/10/1982 New Jersey Sands Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 11-1 United States Arnie Wells UD 10 30/08/1982 Ohio Niles, Ohio, United States
Win 7-0-1 United States Kevin "Tex" Austin TKO 5 24/07/1982 Ohio Warren, Ohio, United States
Win -- United States Paul Hodge KO 1 08/07/1982 Ohio 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 Ohio Idora Park, Youngstown, Youngstown, Ohio, United States
Win 3-17 United States Robert "Bo" Moody TKO 10 28/04/1982 Ohio Youngstown, Ohio, United States
Win -- United States Greg "The Egg" Young TKO 4 17/04/1982 New Jersey Harrah's Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 7-17 United States Sam Gervins TKO 6 17/03/1982 Ohio Niles, Ohio, United States
Win 9-0-1 United States Bruce "The Truce" Williams TKO 5 13/03/1982 New Jersey Playboy Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 1-4-1 Dominican Republic Blas Dechamps PTS 6 26/01/1982 New Jersey Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 1-0-1 United States Roberto "Bobby" Munoz TKO 2 29/12/1981 New Jersey Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 0-5 United States Ken Payton TKO 1 23/12/1981 Ohio Canton Memorial Civic Center, Canton, Ohio, United States
Win 5-0 United States Leon Gardner TKO 6 29/10/1981 Ohio Warren, Ohio, United States
Win 4-3-1 United States Kean McGill UD 6 21/10/1981 Ohio Niles, Ohio, United States
Win -- United States "Tiny" Tim Murphy KO 1 15/08/1981 Pennsylvania 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 Ohio Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Win 1-16 United States Dale "Flash" Gordon TKO 4 30/09/1980 Ohio Niles, Ohio, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:45 of the fourth round.

Retirement[edit]

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.[1][8]

Retired from the ring, Arroyo is married and has five children.[9]

Officiating career[edit]

After his retirement, Arroyo become a boxing referee, and has officiated dozens of fights, mainly in Ohio.

Preceded by
Charlie Brown
IBF Lightweight Champion
15 Apr 1984 – 6 Apr 1985
Succeeded by
Jimmy Paul

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External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c The Vindicator, September 30, 2007.
  2. ^ Bassetti, John (December 5, 1999). "Valley boxers, led by Mancini, ruled the ring". The Vindicator. 
  3. ^ Harry Arroyo - Boxrec Boxing Encyclopaedia
  4. ^ a b "Harry Arroyo Battles Unbeaten Foe on CBS-TV". The Youngstown Vindicator. October 28, 1982. p. 24. 
  5. ^ "Mancini 3rd, Arroyo is 7th". The Youngstown Vindicator. July 19, 1984. p. 22. 
  6. ^ a b "Harry Puts Brakes On 'Choo Choo' in 14th". The Youngstown Vindicator. April 16, 1984. p. 14. 
  7. ^ "Arroyo still 'ring king', throttles Brown in 8th". The Youngstown Vindicator. September 2, 1984. p. D-1. 
  8. ^ Kovach, John (September 25, 2007). "Former champs like Pavlik". The Vindicator. p. C-3. 
  9. ^ Wilkinson, D. A (February 19, 2000). "Former champ helps bring God to ring". The Vindicator. p. B-6.