Best Local Boxer (2006)

Juan Arroyo

Although his best fighting days are behind him, it's difficult to beat Arroyo for narrative arc. From rough roots in Allapattah, he became one of the best boxers Miami has ever seen. He's gone seven rounds with Hector Camacho, one of the all-time greats. He's been in Roberto Duran's inner circle. He's fought the world champion in his weight class, appeared on ESPN, and enjoyed a 21-bout winning streak. He also became a crack addict and serial robber who was in and out of jail for twenty years. Arroyo has since turned his life around, hasn't touched drugs in years, and at age 41, is still winning some fights.


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