How Tough Does Arnold Barboza Jr. Think Tony Luis Is?
Arnold Barboza Jr. is ready to embrace the co-headlining spot against a tough Tony Luis.
On August 29, Barboza Jr. and Luis will collide on a Top Rank card set to air live on ESPN+. Headlining the card will be a title bout between WBC and WBO Light-Welterweight Champion Jose Ramirez and Viktor Postol. The action will be held inside the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Top Rank has dubbed this location as “The Bubble.”
Speaking to The Ring ahead of fight night, Barboza Jr. heaped praise on Luis for showing grit and determination in his bouts.
“He’s a tough guy and he is coming to win,” said Barboza, who is ranked No. 8 by The Ring. “He wants to make the most of this opportunity and take my spot. Just like me, he’s going to come forward. It’s going to be an exciting fight.”
Barboza Jr. is taking Luis seriously and doesn’t want to think too far ahead.
“As far as who I am, I think I’m a top-10 fighter. I think there are a few fighters who I have fought and they’re ranked higher than me. In my 18th fight, I faced and beat Mike Reed and (he’d fought Jose Ramirez right before me). When I beat him, I already thought of myself as a contender.
“Out of respect to Luis, I can’t say who I want to fight. We’ll see what offers are there after the fight. We’ll sit down and talk with Top Rank and (promoter) Bob Arum on what would be next.”
Barboza Jr. has a perfect pro boxing record of 23-0. He is coming off a knockout victory over William Silva back on November 30, 2019. The 28-year-old can be one step closer to title contention for one of the major championships if he can take care of business this Saturday night.