Preliminary Fight Report
One and Done!
By Carlos Cordoba
Photos: William Trillo
Is the “The Nightmare”
committed to the sport of boxing? Fans and boxing
pundits alike ask the same question. Leading into
tonight’s main event, the narrative seemed to mirror
that of Cristobal Arreola’s previous bouts. Albeit, the
Riverside native did everything in his power to dispel
any concerns about his dedication to the sport – both in
and out the ring.
There were two very
vivid changes in Cristobal Arreola’s camp leading into
tonight’s ESPN Friday Night Fights telecast. Even the
most novice fight fan would be able to spot the pugilist
slight physical transformation and the new addition to
his corner - famed trainer Ronnie Shields. The changes
proved to make a significant difference not only on his
waistline but also in his attitude. Did the changes
With a virtual home
crowd, Cristobal "The Nightmare" Arreola (30-2, 26 KO’s)
was able to make quick work of Joey “Minnesota Ice”
Abell (27-4, 26 KO’s) at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in
Temecula, California. The heavyweight bout was scheduled
for 10 rounds.
In the blink of an eye,
“The Nightmare” was able to end the bout quick with a
straight left that seemed to pierce through Abell’s jaw,
sending his massive body against the ropes and his head
out the ring. Arreola then proceeded to end the sparring
session with a combo that forced referee Tony Krebs to
stop the bout at 2:18 into the first round.
Arreola came in and did
exactly what he had to do, destroy his less skilled
opposition. Did tonight’s fireworks provide fans and
boxing pundits the opportunity to truly see a more
mature boxer in Arreola? No! But what the fight did was
signal to improvement in the way he approaches the rest
of his professional boxing career.
In the midst of his
opening round knockout and the jubilation that it
produced Arreola said “2011 is my Year.” In the same
emotionally provoked rant Arreola stated that 2010 was
his worst year ever, and that it was his entire fault.
Some men live their entire life and never admit their
faults. He did!
Michael Dallas KO’d , Lucky
Number 7 for Josesitio
In the televised opener
Riverside's own Josesito Lopez (29-3, 17 KOs), knocked
out Michael “The Silent Assassin” Dallas Jr. (17-1, 7
KO's) to earn the vacant NABF light welterweight title.
Michael Dallas Jr. came in the slight favorite despite
being matched against the hometown favorite and having a
less impressive resume than his counterpart. His last
two bouts have been against mediocre opposition and that
should have been off some concern to his camp. While
Dallas Jr. was raking in victories against the likes of
Lenin Arroyo (20-13-1) and Devarise Crayton (6-10-2),
Josesito Lopez Jr. fought and won two perilous bouts
against Colorado amateur legend Marvin Cordova Jr.
(21-1-1) and Sergio Rivera (25-5-2). Experience counts!
This fight was a
throwback clash of two fighters with different styles
and different strategies. Michael Dallas Jr. began the
fight on the outside sticking his left jab with Josesito
Lopez Jr. attempting to get inside. Consequently, both
fighters ended up on the canvas in the opening seconds
of the bout as Lopez Jr. attempted to work his way in
Dallas’ Jr. guard. Michael Dallas Jr. then attempted to
tie up his opponent but that scenario landed both
fighters on the canvas. The rounds that followed were
strikingly similar to a chess match.
Michael Dallas Jr, began
to dictate the pace of the fight from the outside. He
would throw his stiff left jab, and follow through with
some quick and sharp combos. While Dallas worked the
outside, Josesito attempted to force a fight in the
middle of the ring and at times was really successful
when he had Dallas Jr. against the ropes.
Eventually Josesito Lopez
Jr. was able to checkmate Michael Dallas Jr. Although, he
first had to endure several head bunts and a cut caused by
one head bunt that figured to be precisely above his left
eye brow. This is especially true in round three, a round
that saw Dallas Jr. control the pace from the outside and
skillfully outmaneuver his less athletic opponent. It seemed
like Michael had figured out the hometown favorite. But,
that stopped mid way into the fourth round. Josesito Lopez
Jr. was able to get inside Dallas’ Jr. guard and land a
straight right that hurt him in the latter part of the same
The fighters went on to
split the 5th and sixth rounds, and then came the
seventh round. The stalemate was broken when Josesito
connected with a left hook that sent Dallas back against
the ropes, forcing referee Raul Caiz Jr. to stop the
bout at 1:47 of the seventh round.
In the post fight interview, Josesito Lopez Jr. said “it
was a tough tactical fight, but we knew it was going to
be that way.” Checkmate!
Estrada continues to
Shawn Estrada (11-0,
10KOs) stepped up to better competition tonight, yet his
opposition continues to get the same result. Jon
Schmidt’s (10-2, 6KOs) night ended just like Estrada’s
first nine opponents – he was knocked out in the first
round. The super middleweight bout was originally
scheduled for six rounds.
Having been almost three
months removed from his only unanimous decision victory,
the East Los Angeles native was able to do what he does
best. At the 1:48 mark of the opening round, Estrada
caught Schmidt with a vicious right that sent him to the
canvas. THE END!
Matt Villanueva (5-0,5KOs)
dominated Jose Luis Cardenas (5-12, 3KOs) by utilizing a
left hook to score his first knock down, then a right hook
to score his second knockdown in the first round. Villanueva
was then able to connect with a crisp right hook followed by
a left uppercut that forced a stoppage :47 into the second
Kevin Hoskins escapes
with a victory
In the only truely bad
decision of the night, Kevin Hoskins (4-0,2KOs) was
gifted a split decision victory against the game Ramon
Flores (3-10-3KO). Two judges scored the bout 39-37 in
favor of Hoskins, while one judge scored the bout 39-37
in favor of Ramon Flores.
proves to be a hot prospect.
Joseph Elegele (10-0, 8
Kos) completely outclasses fellow undefeated prospect
Manuel Aguilar (5-1, 4 KOs). Joseph worked behind his
stiff left jab, eventually ending the bout with a right
hook at 2:18 mark of the first round.