Sensational undefeated welterweight prospect Willie Nelson will ride deep into the heart of Texas this week for his network debut against New York City’s Vincent Arroyo on Friday night, April 8th.
A native of Cleveland , Ohio , Nelson, 15-0-1 (6KO’s) will face Arroyo at the Energy Center Arena in Laredo, Texas in an eight round battle as part of a Showtime’s acclaimed ShoBox “The New Generation” boxing series. Start time for the broadcast is 11pm ET/PT.
The 23 year old quick handed southpaw, promoted by Steve Smith’s Rumble Time Promotions of St. Louis, turned professional in May of 2006 and has become one of the most highly regarded prospects in the sport.
Said Steve Smith, “Willie’s truly ready for the spotlight of a fight on ShoBox. We feel he’s got a very bright future and is world championship material. Arroyo’s a very solid, hard punching kid but we’re very confident that Willie’s more than ready to take advantage of this opportunity.”
Prior to hitting the paid ranks at the age of 18, Nelson was a heralded amateur with 230 bouts, in addition to being ranked # 1 in the United States.
Most recently the 6’3” Nelson blasted out Quinton Whitaker in the first round on November 20th in Atlantic City , New Jersey. The knockout took place on the undercard to the HBO televised WBC Middleweight Title bout between Sergio Martinez and Paul Williams.
Against Arroyo, 10-1-0 (7KO’s), Nelson will be facing his toughest opposition. Also 23 years old, Arroyo last outing was an eight round stoppage of previously unbeaten Jeremy Bryan on April 17th.