Rumors today circulated media avenues suggesting McWilliams Arroyo (16-3 14 KOs) would be the opponent for reigning super flyweight boss, Naoya Inoue (13-0 11KOs) in his American debut this September on the Roman Gonzalez undercard. As of now, they’re just that: rumors. No new news from Japan or the U.S. on the opponent had been made as of publication time as it would be premature before Gonzalez and Rungvisai had even finalized their own bout. Should Gonzalez not face Rungvisai in a rematch, he could easily get another title shot from Inoue in a more preferred fight for boxing geeks.
Arroyo last fought over a year ago against Gonzalez and was soundly defeated. Between his inactivity and lack of experience at the super flyweight limit, his choice as an opponent would be a mistake for Inoue whose fans are eager for stronger competition. Inoue tried to rope McJoe Arroyo, the brother of McWilliams into a fight in 2015 but like most others, Arroyo avoided the test.
If a rematch is made between Gonzalez and Rungvisai, and both Gonzalez and Inoue win their respected bouts, expect a showdown between the two pound for pound giants. If not, Inoue has his eyes set on bantamweight boss Shinsuke Yamanaka this December.