Roberto Arriaza takes out Sammy Valentin in One
By Hector Franco | Senior Writer and Editor
Published: March 17, 2018
TAMPA, FL- Last night at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC Auditorium in Tampa, Florida, All-Star Boxing showcased a night of action fights. The main event saw the return of local favorite Sammy “Hurricane” Valentin (13-2, 10 KOs) taking on Nicaragua’s Roberto Arriaza (16-0, 13 KOs).
The bout was for the WBO Inter-Continental welterweight championship. Valentin suffered his first loss in July of 2017 against Giovanni Santillan (23-0, 12 KOs) where he was stopped in the second round. The young Puerto Rican rebounded with a fifth-round stoppage over Alejandro Barboza (11-1, 7 KOs) in November of last year to win the vacant WBO title.
Coming out of his native Nicaragua, Arriaza would be making just his third fight in the United States. Both men are in their primes and known for their punching power. The audience in attendance was anticipating an action-packed back and forth affair. Arriaza decided to take matters into his own hands and made quick work of Valentin stopping him in the first 20 seconds of the first round. Ariazza landed a right hand that visibly shook Valentin and then unloaded a barrage of punches with the Puerto Rican in the corner. There was a seven-punch volley before the referee stepped in and put a halt to the bout.
The victory over Valentin puts the young Nicaraguan in the rankings for a possible title shot in the near future. If this performance is any indication, anyone who steps in the ring with Ariazza will have to be wary of his punching power.
For Valentin, the defeat is his second knockout loss in less than a year. Valentin at just 23 years of age has plenty of time to regroup and get his career back on track. Anything can happen in a boxing match no matter how well you prepare. Valentin will have to go back to the drawing board and make some changes moving forward to have a successful career.
Jimmy Rosario (3-5) TKO3 Jesus Gonzalez (0-2)
Rufat Huseynov (2-0, 2 KOs) TKO4 Emilio Rivera (0-3)
Ramon Melendez (1-1) TKO1 Mordecai Nagba Jr. (0-1)
Ivan Franco (3-0) TKO2 Emmanuel Roman (1-2)
(Feature Photo: Joseph Correa/Frontproof Media)