- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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Twins McWilliams and McJoe Arroyo, both members of the 2008 Puerto Rican Olympic team, are set to take major steps in their professional careers as both are scheduled to box in title elimination fights on a card they will share Dec. 7 in Humacao, Puerto Rico.
Promoter Ivan Rivera of Puerto Rico Best Boxing Promotions announced that headliner McWilliams Arroyo (14-1, 12 KOs), also a 2009 world amateur champion, will face Rocky Fuentes (35-6-2, 20 KOs) of the Philippines in a flyweight eliminator. The winner will become the mandatory challenger for titleholder Moruti Mthalane of South Africa.
McJoe Arroyo (13-0, 7 KOs) will face Eliezer Aquino (15-0-1, 9 KOs) of the Dominican Republic in a junior bantamweight elimination bout. The winner will move into the No. 2 position in line for a shot at the bantamweight belt that is presently vacant but will 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.
In another undercard fight, Puerto Rico's Jose "Chelo" Gonzalez (22-1, 17 KOs) will fight Mark Acub (13-0, 10 KOs) of the Philippines in a scheduled 10-round lightweight contest.
The fight will be 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, claiming a wrist injury.
The card won't be televised in the United States, but is available via DirecTV pay-per-view in Puerto Rico.