Harry Arroyo

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Harry Arroyo
Statistics
Real nameHarry Arroyo
Weight(s)
Height5 ft. 10 in. (178 cm.)
NationalityUnited States American
Born (1957-10-25) October 25, 1957 (age 62)
Youngstown, Ohio, USA
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights51
Wins40
Wins by KO30
Losses11
Draws0
No contests0


Harry Arroyo (born October 25, 1957) is an American former professional boxer who gained international recognition as the IBF lightweight champion 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] This was after Mancini had lost that organization's world title to Livingstone Bramble.

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]

Professional record summary
51 fights 40 wins 11 losses
By knockout 30 4
By decision 10 7
Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
Loss 41–11 United States Vinny Letizia UD 10 1993-02-26 Illinois Countryside, Illinois, United States
Win 41–10 United States Jerry Massey TKO 7 1992-05-29 Ohio Youngstown, Ohio, United States
Loss 40–10 Spain Javier Castillejo TKO 3 1992-04-10 Spain Leganés, Spain
Win 40–9 Homknokkor Som-Song PTS 10 1991-08-15 Spain Marbella, Spain
Loss 39–9 United States Tommy Small MD 12 1991-06-22 West Virginia Morgantown, West Virginia, United States Won WBF World Light Middleweight Title
Loss 39–8 France Valery Kayumba TKO 7 1991-04-17 France Paris, France
Loss 39–7 United States Carl Griffith UD 10 1990-08-24 Ohio Mayfield, Ohio, United States
Loss 39–6 United States Roger Brown UD 10 1989-05-04 Florida Hallandale, Florida, United States
Win 39–5 United States Bruce Strauss TKO 2 1989-01-26 New York (state) War Memorial Auditorium, Rochester, New York, United States
Win 38–5 United States Raul Torres SD 10 1988-11-19 Pennsylvania Quality Inn, Erie, Pennsylvania, United States
Loss 37–5 United States Loreto Garza KO 1 1988-04-22 California Sacramento, California, United States Lost WBC Continental Americas Light Welterweight Title
Win 37–4 Canada Rick Souce TKO 8 1988-02-23 Texas Dallas, Texas, United States Won WBC Continental Americas Light Welterweight Title
Win 36–4 United States Nick Parker TKO 5 1987-11-18 Ohio Youngstown, Ohio, United States
Win 35–4 United States Nick Parker KO 7 1987-08-28 Ohio Columbus, Ohio, United States
Win 34–4 United States Reggie Robinson UD 10 1987-07-03 Texas Harlingen, Texas, United States
Loss 33–4 United States Roger Brown MD 10 1987-02-19 Ohio Akron, Ohio, United States
Win 32–3 United States Derwin Richards MD 10 1987-01-17 Texas Harlingen, Texas, United States
Win 31–3 United States Rick Kaiser TKO 1 1986-11-25 Texas Tyler, Texas, United States
Win 30–3 United States Danny Ferris TKO 2 1986-11-01 New York (state) Latham, New York, United States
Loss 29–3 United States Vinny Paz UD 10 1986-05-18 Rhode Island Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Win 29–2 United States Paul Graham KO 8 1986-03-19 Ohio Warren, Ohio, United States
Win 28–2 United States Leo Simmons TKO 5 1986-02-04 Ohio Boardman, Ohio, United States
Win 27–2 United States Darrell Jacobs TKO 6 1985-12-04 Ohio Youngstown, Ohio, United States
Loss 26–2 Puerto Rico Sammy Fuentes KO 7 1985-10-09 New Jersey Trump Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 26–1 United States Jimmy Paul UD 15 1985-04-06 New Jersey Bally's Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Lost IBF World Lightweight Title
Win 26–0 Guyana Terrence Alli TKO 11 1985-01-12 New Jersey Bally's Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Retained IBF World Lightweight Title
Win 25–0 United States Charlie Brown TKO 8 1984-09-01 Ohio Struthers High School, Youngstown, Ohio, United States Retained IBF World Lightweight Title
Win 24–0 United States Charlie Brown TKO 14 1984-04-15 New Jersey Sands Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Won IBF World Lightweight Title
Win 23–0 United States Robin Blake UD 10 1984-01-14 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 22–0 United States Danny Avery TKO 9 1983-10-20 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 21–0 United States Steve Hilliard TKO 5 1983-10-06 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 20–0 Mexico Tomas Chavez TKO 9 1983-06-15 California Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, United States
Win 19–0 United States Roberto Garcia TKO 2 1983-04-03 Arizona Phoenix Civic Plaza, Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 18–0 United States Kelvin Lampkin PTS 10 1983-02-12 Alaska Anchorage, Alaska, United States
Win 17–0 United States Joe Manley SD 10 1982-10-30 New Jersey Sands Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 16–0 United States Arnie Wells UD 10 1982-08-30 Ohio Niles, Ohio, United States
Win 15–0 United States Kevin Austin TKO 5 1982-07-24 Ohio Warren, Ohio, United States
Win 14–0 United States Paul Hodge KO 1 1982-07-08 Ohio Idora Park, Youngstown, Youngstown, Ohio, United States
Win 13–0 Mike Soldier KO 2 1982-05-27 Ohio Idora Park, Youngstown, Youngstown, Ohio, United States
Win 12–0 United States Robert Moody TKO 10 1982-04-28 Ohio Youngstown, Ohio, United States
Win 11–0 United States Greg Young TKO 4 1982-04-17 New Jersey Harrah's Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 10–0 United States Sam Gervins TKO 6 1982-03-17 Ohio Niles, Ohio, United States
Win 9–0 United States Bruce Williams TKO 5 1982-03-13 New Jersey Playboy Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 8–0 Dominican Republic Blas Dechamps PTS 6 1982-01-26 New Jersey Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 7–0 United States Roberto Munoz TKO 2 1981-12-29 New Jersey Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 6–0 United States Ken Payton TKO 1 1981-12-23 Ohio Canton Memorial Civic Center, Canton, Ohio, United States
Win 5–0 United States Leon Gardner TKO 6 1981-10-29 Ohio Warren, Ohio, United States
Win 4–0 United States Kean McGill UD 6 1981-10-21 Ohio Niles, Ohio, United States
Win 3–0 United States Tim Murphy KO 1 1981-08-15 Pennsylvania Gannon College, Erie, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 2–0 Jesse Jackson TKO 2 1980-12-16 Ohio Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Win 1–0 United States Dale Gordon TKO 4 1980-09-30 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.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Scalzo, Joe (September 30, 2007). "Notebook: From Atlantic City". The Vindicator. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  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. ^ Swanson, Ray (September 2, 1984). "Arroyo still 'ring king', throttles Brown in 8th". The Youngstown Vindicator. p. D-1. Retrieved July 18, 2019 – via Google News Archive.
  8. ^ Kovach, John (September 25, 2007). "Former champs like Pavlik". The Vindicator. p. C-1. Retrieved July 18, 2019 – via Google News Archive.
  9. ^ Wilkinson, D. A (February 19, 2000). "Former champ helps bring God to ring". The Vindicator. p. B-6. Retrieved July 18, 2019 – via Google News Archive.

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Achievements
Preceded by
Charlie Brown
IBF lightweight champion
April 15, 1984 – April 6, 1985
Succeeded by
Jimmy Paul