Arreola’s Loss Is His Biggest
As He Stops Abell In First
By Barbara Pinnella
Photos: William Trillo
A loud, sold-out crowd
at Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California
was on hand to witness the scheduled 10-round
Heavyweight bout between Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola
(30-2, 26 KO’s) facing off against Joey “Minnesota Ice”
Abell (27-5, 26 KO’s). And while this was the main
event, the Goossen Tutor card was stacked with good
But I must begin with the Arreola / Abell match, the
main event of the evening. At the start of round one of
the main event, both men were exchanging good shots, but
it was a barrage of punches by Arreola with 2:18 in the
first round that put an end to the contest. The very
partisan crowd really never got warmed up, but it was an
exciting win for Chris.
At the press conference a lot of talk was made about
Chris getting under the 250 pound mark. “It wasn’t tough
at all to get under the 250. I feel better now than I
have in a long time. But damn, I hate that stair wheel,
that thing you climb. But if you want to get in shape,
that will do it. My ideal weight would be low 40’s high
30’s. My biggest problem is that I love to eat!
“My job isn’t to worry about who I fight, I just fight,”
he continued. “The goal is to get a World Title. I love
boxing, I truly love boxing, and I have to prove to the
fans that I love it.”
Trainer Ronnie Shields said that they really worked on
his balance. “Tonight was a good test. He came out with
the head movement we worked on. He caught him with the
right hand, and then, most important for a heavyweight,
he used combinations.”
In another 10-round
contest, this time for Junior Welterweights, the popular
Josesito Lopez (29-3, 17 KO’s) went up against Michael
Dallas, Jr. (17-1-1, 7 KO’s). This was the first
televised bout of the evening for ESPN. Would Dallas be
able to continue his winning ways?
In the early seconds of the first round Dallas clinched
Lopez and both men fell to the ground. The pair of them
seemed a bit tight for most of that first round. Lopez
suffered a cut to what appeared to be just above his
left eye, I believe to be from a head butt.
Round two still very sloppy by Dallas, with more
clinching. Lopez appeared to get more and more angry,
and seemed to just want Michael to fight. Round three
finally saw more fighting and less grabbing, but because
of that Josesito took a lot more control. He was more
accurate and faster.
The fourth and fifth rounds finally saw Dallas relax and
begin to connect with punches. Both men were coming now,
and we got to see the real Michael. Unfortunately for
Dallas, so did Lopez. Josesito hit Dallas behind the
head, but he tended to dive in low as Lopez was throwing
and creating the problem for himself.
Round six was really strong for Lopez. He was hitting
Dallas almost every punch he threw. In the seventh round
the experience and strength of Josesito proved to be too
much. His relentless attack did the job, and the fight
was waved off at 1:47 of the seventh round. Must also
note here that Dallas slipped and fell to the canvas so
many times I lost count. This was Michael’s toughest
opponent yet, and I can only assume he will learn from
After the fight, Lopez had this to say. “The fight was a
rough match, but just what we trained for. It was what
we expected. It was a tough, tactical match. He was fast
and skilled.” When asked about the cut that he received
over his left eye in the first round, he remarked, “I
went through the tough storm and I’m here with the
victory. I managed to stay focused.”
When asked how it felt to be the Champion, Lopez
replied, “It’s the first step. It’s a work in progress.
I’ll take a rematch, whatever fight’s out there.”
Dallas had this to say at the press conference after the
event. “I know I can beat him, and I want a rematch. I
rocked him in the third round. I would love another shot
Lopez is now the new NABF Junior Welterweight Champion.
The hard-hitting Shawn
Estrada (11-0, 10 KO’s) faced off against Jon Schmidt
(10-2, 6 KO’s) in a scheduled six round Super
Middleweight fight. This fight was also shown on TV for
ESPN. After knocking down the much out-classed Schmidt
twice, the third time was the charm for Estrada, as a
swinging right hand caught Jon, and for the third and
final time Schmidt ate the canvas – down and out at 1:48
of the first round.
After the fight he said, “I thought he was going to give
more, because he had a great record, but I stopped him.”
Matthew Villanueva (5-0, 5 KO’s) tried to keep both of
his streaks alive when he stood opposite Jose Luis
Cardenas (5-12-1, 3 KO’s). This fight was for a
scheduled four rounds in the Super Flyweight division.
Cardenas was dropped twice in the first, once by a left
hand and then by a straight right, but he managed to
fight back and last out the round. A left hand in the
second put Jose down again in the second, and as the
referee waved the fight off at :47 of that second round.
In a Super Featherweight fight scheduled for four, Kevin
Hoskins (4-0, 3 KO’s) had the same job as Villanueva, as
he tried to protect his record against Ramon Flores
(3-10-2, 3 KO’s). We saw a very active first round with
both fighters throwing a lot of punches. Round two saw a
very wild Flores trying his best to catch Hoskins with a
punch. If he did so, it might have spelled the end, but
Kevin did a great job of blocking the shots.
Much of the same in the third, although Flores was
slowing down a bit, and no wonder. He kept coming like a
pit bull, even after being hit with some solid punches
by Kevin. Fourth round, roughly the same thing. Flores
really won over the crowd with his aggressive style.
This was a super little fight. In the end the judges saw
it 39-37 Flores, 39-37 Hoskins, and 39-37 Hoskins – it
was Hoskins in a split decision. But what a great job by
Ramon of not giving up and causing the split decision.
Joseph Elegele (9-0, 7 KO’s) and Manuel Aguilar (6-1, 4
KO’s) were dance partners in a Welterweight contest that
was scheduled for six rounds, and it opened up the
evening. It is always fun to see to men with a “0” next
to their names to face off. A slick right hook followed
a left jab and made for an early night for Aguilar, as
the fight was stopped with 2:18 in round one. Make it
10-0 with 8 KO’s for Elegele.
In all, what appeared to be a great card proved to be
just that. What a great night of boxing. I just have to
say that I have seen Arreola fight several times now,
and never has he impressed me as much as he did tonight.
He was strong and quick, and I look forward to his next
Be safe and God Bless,
Viva La Raza,