Luis Arias

Cuba

BOXER: LUIS ARIAS

NICKNAME: CUBA

DIVISION: MIDDLEWEIGHT

DATE OF BIRTH: JUNE 12, 1990

HEIGHT: 5’11”

STANCE: ORTHODOX

BORN: MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN

LIVES: BOCA RATON, FLORIDA

RECORD: 18-0 (9 KOs)

Luis “Cuba” Arias is the current USBA Middleweight Champion that hails from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

 

Arias, who is Cuban and Nicaraguan descent, chose his nickname to pay homage to his father’s Cuban roots. As an amateur, Arias certainly made a name for himself on the boxing circuit, compiling a 140-25 record and earning USA Boxing’s No. 1 junior ranking in 2006, the No. 1 Men’s Under-19 ranking in 2008 and the No. 1 men’s amateur ranking in 2010.

 

By 2010, Arias had padded his résumé with several amateur accolades, winning the USA Men’s Under-19 National Championship in 2008 and two USA Men’s National Championships in 2009 and 2010. In 2012, Arias was poised to make the U.S. Olympic team, but an administrative setback ultimately derailed his chances and prompted him to focus on a professional career.

 

He made his pro debut on November 10, 2012 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, where he defeated Josh Thorpe via a four-round unanimous decision. Five of Arias’ next seven fights took place in the Las Vegas limelight, where he tallied two unanimous decision wins, a majority decision victory and knockouts over Joshua Robertson and Arsenio Terrazas.

 

After peeling off 10 straight victories to start his professional career, Arias inked an exclusive promotional agreement with Roc Nation Sports in February 2015. He opened his tenure with Roc Nation Sports with an early knockout of Tony Brinson on the undercard of BET’s first-ever televised fight featuring Andre Ward and Paul Smith at Oracle Arena on June 20, 2015.

 

Three victories later, Arias found himself in prime position to capture the vacant USBA Middleweight title – in front of his hometown fans at the Milwaukee Center at that. From the opening bell, Arias overwhelmed Detroit’s Darryl Cunningham before dropping him at the 1:11 mark of the fourth round to secure the title.

 

On March 31, 2017, Arias made his first successful title defense with a 10-round unanimous decision win over Virginia’s Scott Sigmon, settling a long-standing grudge between the two. He triumphantly defended his belt again on June 17, 2017, knocking out Arif Magomedov as part of the HBO Pay-Per-View undercard of the Andre Ward-Sergey Kovalev light heavyweight championship rematch.

 

The Milwaukee native is currently preparing for his highly-anticipated fight against Daniel Jacobs at NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York on Saturday, November 11, 2017. The middleweight clash will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

 

Outside of the ring, Arias has two major passions – his beloved daughter and working toward a degree in corporate communications and public relations at Marquette University. Arias is committed to eventually earning his degree to fulfill a promise he made to his mother.