Friday February 12th, 2016

WBC flyweight champion Roman Gonzalez (44-0, 38 KOs) will defend his title against ninth-ranked McWilliams Arroyo on April 23 at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., organizers announced.

“Having Roman paired with Gennady was a winning combination in 2015 as both fought in front of huge crowds in Los Angeles and New York City,” K2 Productions manager Tom Loeffler said in a statement.

Last May, Gonzalez scored a second-round knockout over former world champion Edgar Sosa. He followed that up by downing four-time world champion Brian Viloria​ with a ninth-round stoppage at Madison Square Garden in November.

Gennady Golovkin set to fight Dominic Wade on April 23

Arroyo is coming off a year in which he suffered a sixth-round loss to IBF flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng but later regrouped to defeat Victor Ruiz in the third round.

“I am very happy with this opportunity to fight for the world title again. We were confident that this fight would come and now is the time to continue training to bring this title to Puerto Rico,” Arroyo said in a press release. “We know that Roman Gonzalez is a great fighter, one of the best today, and we will get in the best condition to win that belt. It is our dream to be world champions, my brother (McJoe, IBF superflyweight champion) and I, and I know we will get it done.”

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