Arroyo tops Dec. 20 Puerto Rico card


PR Best Boxing Promotion on Wednesday announced a notable card on Dec. 20 at the El San Juan Resort and Casino in Carolina, Puerto Rico. It will be televised on DirecTV in Puerto Rico.

In the main event, Puerto Rico’s McJoe Arroyo (15-0, 8 KOs) and the Philippines’ Mark Anthony Geraldo (31-4-3, 14 KOs) will meet in a final eliminator to determine who gets a shot at junior bantamweight titlist Zolani Tete (19-3, 16 KOs) of South Africa.

Arroyo is coming off an impressive 11th-round knockout of former titlist Hernan “Tyson” Marquez in a semifinal eliminator in June. Geraldo has won nine fights in a row and will be fighting outside of Asia for the first time.

The card will also include the return of former two-time junior lightweight titlist Roman “Rocky” Martinez of Puerto Rico. He will face an opponent to be determined in a 10-round lightweight contest. Martinez (27-2-2, 16 KOs) been out of action since being knocked out in the eighth round by Mikey Garcia and losing his 130-pound belt in November 2013.

In a third bout on the card, former featherweight world title challenger Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez (22-1, 17 KOs), also of Puerto Rico, will face an opponent to be named in a 10-rounder at lightweight. Gonzalez has been out of action since May 2013, when he traveled to Scotland and quit on his stool with a wrist injury in a world title fight he was winning easily against Ricky Burns.