A card in Puerto Rico scheduled for Saturday night has been postponed because two of the featured fighters are from the Philippines and were unable to get their visas in time due to the devastation from Typhoon Haiyan.
The card has been rescheduled for Jan. 25 at the same location, in Humacao, promoter Peter Rivera of PR Best Boxing Promotions said in making the announcement.
Puerto Rican flyweight McWilliams Arroyo (14-1, 12 KOs), a 2008 Olympian, was due to face Rocky Fuentes (35-6-2, 20 KOs) of the Philippines in the main event -- a title eliminator for the right to become the mandatory challenger for world titleholder Moruti Mthalane of South Africa.
In another bout on the card, Puerto Rico's Jose "Chelo" Gonzalez (22-1, 17 KOs) was due to meet Mark Acub (13-0, 10 KOs) of the Philippines in a scheduled 10-round lightweight contest, Gonzalez's first since May, when he was easily beating lightweight titleholder Ricky Burns on his home turf in Scotland and headed toward a major upset when he retired before the 10th round, citing a wrist injury.
"The issue is that two fighters in the main bouts won't be in Puerto Rico in time because the interviews for the visa are delayed in the Philippines and the fight between McWilliams Arroyo and Rocky Fuentes is an eliminator, and we can't change this bout," Rivera said. "So we postponed the card to Jan. 25, when we will present the same show that has been announced."
Also rescheduled is the junior bantamweight title elimination fight between McJoe Arroyo (13-0, 7 KOs), McWilliams' twin brother and also a 2008 Olympian, against Eliezer Aquino (15-0-1, 9 KOs) of the Dominican Republic.
The winner will move into the No. 2 position in line for a shot at the bantamweight world title that is presently vacant but is scheduled to be filled by the winner of the fight between South Africa's Vusi Malinga and England's Stuart Hall on Dec. 21 in Leeds, England.