Jaime Arboleda vs Jonathan Victor Barros Preview Aug. 19th, 2021
The vacant WBA Fedebol Super Featherweight Title is on the line in Bella Vista, Panama this Thursday, August 19th as Jaime Arboleda of Panama will be taking on former world champion Jonathan Victor Barros of Argentina. The 10-round bout will be broadcast live on Sampson Boxing. Arboleda last fought in December when he was stopped in the 11th round by Chris Colbert in a shot at the WBA interim Super Featherweight Title. Barros last saw action in February when he beat Jorge Barrios via a 10-round unanimous decision.
Arboleda vs Barros Betting Odds
- Jonathan Barros +450
- Jaime Arboleda -700
The 26-year-old Arboleda of Curundu, Panama now fights out of Miami, Florida. He’s got plenty of power in his hands with a mark of 16-2 with 13 Kos for an impressive knockout ratio of 72.2 per cent. He made his pro debut in 2014 and has boxed 75 rounds since. His first defeat came at the hands of Recky Dulay via a third-round TKO in July, 2017 with his second loss coming to Colbert in his last outing which means he’s been stopped in both defeats.
Arboleda stands just over 5-feet-9-inches tall with a 72-inch reach. He beat Tony Gomez by a nine-round unanimous decision in September, 2015 for the vacant WBA FedaCaribe Super Featherweight Title after both fighters were knocked down in the first round and Gomez down again in the second. He also won the vacant WBA Fedelatin crown a year later by stopping Eder Espetia in the fifth round. Arboleda has also beaten the likes of Jayson Velez, Kenin Betancourt, Jose Saant, Victor Betancourt and Augusto Pinilla.
The 37-year-old Barros is a 17-year veteran with a mark of 43-7-1 with 22 Kos and 316 rounds of pro experience under his belt. He’s 5-feet-6-inches tall with an unlisted reach which means he gives up three inches in height to Arboleda. He’s not known as a KO artist as his knockout ratio currently stands at 43.1 per cent. His seven losses have been to Lee Selby and Yuriorkis Gamboa in world title fights by unanimous decision in 2017 and 2010 respectively. He also dropped unanimous decisions to Celestino Caballero in 2011 and Juan Carlos Salgado in 2012 in world title fights and was stopped by Mikey Garcia in the eighth round in 2012.
Barros was stopped by Miguel Berchelt in another title fight in the third round in 2018 and dropped a 10-round unanimous decision to Alfredo Santiago the same year in his very next fight. He has a decent chin though as Garcia and Berchelt were the only men to stop him. Barros lost three fights in a row to Selby, Berchelt and Santiago before bouncing back with wins over Guillermo Soloppi and Barrios in his last two contests. He also lost three bouts in four fights in 2011/12.
Barros won the vacant WBA Featherweight Title in 2010 with a seventh-round TKO over Irving Berry. He then defended it against Miguel Roman and Caballero by a unanimous and split decisions respectively before losing it to Caballero in a rematch in 2011. His loss against Salgado in 2012 was for the IBF Super Featherweight Crown. Barros’ other top wins have been against Victor Hugo Paz, Carlos Rodriguez and Satoshi Hosono. Barros is a tough customer who has the skills to beat most opponents if he’s at his best but he’s now past his prime.
Arboleda can’t afford to understimate the skills and toughness of Barros, because he could be in trouble if he does. But as long as he’s well prepared and focused in the ring, Arboleda should be able to beat the aging veteran.
I like Arboleda’s edge in power and the fact he’s 11 years younger than Barros.
Play: Arboleda -700 @ BetOnline.ag
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