Luis Arias

Cuba

BOXER: LUIS ARIAS

NICKNAME: CUBA

DIVISION: MIDDLEWEIGHT

AGE: 25

DATE OF BIRTH: JUNE 12, 1990

HEIGHT: 5’11”

STANCE: ORTHODOX

BORN: MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN

LIVES: BOCA RATON, FLORIDA

RECORD: 16-0 (8 KOs)

A native son of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, undefeated middleweight prospect Luis “Cuba” Arias describes his boxing style as that “not of a boxer-puncher but a puncher first.” He has an aggressive, crowd-pleasing approach with “the mindset to always knock someone out, but with the tools to box” when required. Arias, who takes great pride in his Cuban heritage, chose his nickname in homage to his father’s homeland and its people, honoring them each time he steps into the ring.

 

Despite his difficult beginnings, Arias aspired at a young age to emulate the toughness and perseverance of his idols Oscar De La Hoya, Roberto Duran, and Felix Trinidad. He began boxing at the age of seven and compiled an amateur record of 140-25, earning USA Boxing’s number one junior ranking in 2006, the number one Men’s Under-19 ranking in 2008, and the number one Men’s amateur ranking in 2010. He captured the USA. Men’s Under-19 National Championship in 2008 and two USA Men’s National Championships in 2009 and 2010. After an administrative setback kept him off the 2012 Olympics team, Arias turned professional.

 

Arias’s professional debut took place on November 10, 2012 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, where he defeated Josh Thorpe via a four-round unanimous decision. He began 2013 with three victories, all by knockout, which were followed by a majority decision win over DonYil Livingston on May 4 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. He closed the year with three more victories including a second-round knockout of Cameron Allen in his first scheduled eight-round fight. On August 30, 2014 at the Palms Casino and Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, Arias defeated Angel Martinez by way of unanimous decision, furthering his record to 9-0 despite some adversity during the fight. “This was my best moment so far,” Arias said, “surviving the cut I received. Some people don’t know how to react when they see their own blood, but I always knew I could persevere and I proved myself right.”

 

Arias has two major passions outside the ring. One is his performance in the classroom where he is working toward fulfilling a promise he made to his mother that he would graduate from Marquette University where he is majoring in corporate communications and public relations. The second is his beloved daughter who was born on September 29, 2014, the date which he refers to as “the best day of my life.”

 

In February 2015, Roc Nation Sports signed Arias to an exclusive promotional agreement.

 

Since joining the Roc Nation Sports boxing banner, Luis Arias has remained undefeated as a fighter with an early round knockout of Tony Brinson at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California on the undercard of BET’s first ever televised fight featuring Andre Ward and Paul Smith on June 20, 2015. This was followed by a first round knockout of Yoryi Estrella at Mana Studios in Miami, Florida on August, 15, 2015. Arias concluded 2015 with an eight-round majority decision over Dionision Miranda on December 12 at Osceola Heritage Center in Kissimmee, Florida.

 

Arias opened 2016 with a ten-round unanimous decision over Gilberto Pereira dos Santos of Brazil on March 4 at Lifestyle Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio. On June 4, Arias made a highly anticipated return to Milwaukee to fight Mexican journeyman Jorge Silva at the Wisconsin Center. In front of hometown fans, Arias laid the foundation for a technical knockout at the 2:38 mark of the third round when Silva’s corner threw in the towel.

 

On August 20, 2016, Arias returned home for the second time, to capture the vacant USBA Middleweight title at the Milwaukee Center with a stoppage of Detroit’s Darryl Cunningham at the 1:11 mark of the fourth round. Arias who advanced his record to 16-0 (8 KOs), overwhelmed Cunningham (33-9) from the opening bell, attacking non-stop and forcing Cunningham at times to simply hold in order to survive. Arias finally dropped the brave Cunningham early in the fourth round, following with an attack that convinced the referee to stop the match.