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  Arreola’s Loss Is His Biggest Gain
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 fights.

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 this experience.

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 at him.”

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 fight.


Be safe and God Bless,
Viva La Raza,
Barb.



 

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