Luis Arias started boxing when he just 7 years old. Things weren’t always easy for Arias and his mother. He credits his drive to wanting a better life. Arias had a stellar amateur career racking up a record of 140-25 and wanted to take a shot at the Olympics. There was a setback that didn’t allow him to join Team USA in 2012. At that stage in his career he felt that he had come too far and was determined to continue his journey. From that point he set his sights on turning professional.
Arias is now one of Mayweather Promotions’ rising talents. A flash back to fifteen months ago offers a different story, as he was then unsigned and adjusting to his transition to Las Vegas following a bold move to the city in hopes of jumpstarting his professional career. About a week and a half after his move, Arias found that his moment would come soon. “It was my time,” said Arias. Mayweather expressed to Arias that he wanted to help his career and he wanted him to join the team. Arias remembers that moment of feeling honored for the opportunity that was presented to him.
Arias’ professional debut took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA on November 10, 2012 against Josh Thorpe, where the 4 round bout was won by unanimous decision. He had a hot start to 2013 with 3 wins all by KO. On May 4th 2013 he had his first opportunity to show his skills on the big stage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena where he was featured on the Mayweather vs. Guerrero undercard. That night he earned a majority decision victory over DonYil Livingston. On July 19th, 2013 Arias continued his winning streak with a defeat over Latif Mundy by unanimous decision.
There are two current champions that Arias looks up to, Floyd Mayweather Jr. & Ishe Smith. “Floyd took over boxing in his own way. He literally changed the game just with him & his team,” says Arias. He credits Ishe Smith for having overcome so much adversity in his own career, becoming a champion, and always being there for him as a mentor.
Luis is trained by Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, Rafael Ramos, & Bob Ware. His goals for 2013 are to be close to 10-0 by the end of the year and ranked in the top 20 in his division.