November 29th the Inland Empire city of Ontario, CA
PREVIEW: Goosen Tutor banking on Williams, Arreola, and new Arena.
The real story surrounding this Saturday's fight at the new Citizen's Business Bank Arena isn't what is happening inside or outside the ring. It is the rings itself.
That ring is located in a new the state-of-the art stadium of Ontario California. “The Bank,” if you will, is an 11,000 seat event center with a continuous concourse and variable seating with different configurations for concerts, hockey or basketball.
This local architectural wonder is home to a new minor league hockey team, played host to an exhibition game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
This Saturday's card will be the arena's first boxing event. The trend in sports stadiums these days is to cut down on general seating and add 36 luxury suites and a VIP Club. The fans who head out to see the new arena will also see an amazing card this Saturday night. This Saturday November 29th fight card will co-feature Paul Williams vs. Verno Philips and Chris Arreola vs. Travis Williams.
Having a hometown favorite like heavyweight Chris Arreola (25-0, 22KOs) should help fill some of those seats. Chris Arreola has lived up to his "Nightmare" nickname by knocking out 22 of his 25 victims. Saturday's fight with Travis Walker (28-1-1, 22KOs) is in theory an IBF title eliminator and both Arreola (WBC Continental Americas) and Travis Walker (NABF are putting their titles on the line in this one).
WHAT TO EXPECT: Both of these guys are 6'4" journeyman heavyweights who can punch. Advantage Chris Arreola who has been in with more experience competition and come out ahead. All signspoint to a great training camp too. Expect an Arreola TKO victory
The Co- Main Event will feature Paul "The Punisher" Williams (35-1, 26KOs) vs. Verno Philipis(42-10-1, 21KOs) for the WBO Interim Junior Middleweight title.
Paul Williams has vacated his WBO Welterweight title to take on Verno Philips. Philips fight was really not a top choice for Paul Williams. Williams team had been angling for a fight with Kelly Pavlik the for the Middleweight Championship. When Pavlik bolted to fight Bernard Hopkins, Williams was left with little choice.
If Paul Williams wants to move up after this fight, the sky is the limit. He stands a commanding 6'1" and has a reach of 82 inches. Greater than either of the Klitschko brothers. Sony Liston who had the greatest reach of any Heavywieght had a reach of 84 inches. Verno Philips most recent losses were back to back losses to Ike Quartey an Kassim Ouma probably two of the greatest African fighters of the decade.
Since these outings he has only fought limited competition. With little options on the table the WBO Interim Junior Middleweight titlist took this fight with Paul Williams fight.
What to expect: This one is a lock. I have seen Paul Williams fight twice before in California and indeed he has been popular on fight cards in the state, eiight of his last twelve fights have been in California including his loss to decision loss Carlos Quintana which he avenged via first round knockout. Expect Paul Williams despite being the welterwieght to be the bigger man in this fight and win via TKO in round four or five.
Gooseen Tutor which is known for putting on really great fights with cards full of action
has also thrown on the pro-debut of Middleweight Shawn Estrada a Beijing Olympian against a fighter named Lawerence Jones who is 2-1-1.
Estrada hails from East Los Angeles and styles himself as a power-puncher so his style may be more suited for the pro ranks than the Olympics.
What to expect: Expect an instant fan favorite whose Olympic pedigree is the classic "local kid" makes good story which drove Oscar De La Hoya to such instant popularity.
Estrada should come out swinging and earn a quick knockout in his fight first as a professional
In summary this Saturday's card offer the fight fan:
An Olympian's pro debut, a rising young Latino heavyweight and one of the most avoided champions in boxing. With probable knockouts in all three of the marquee match-ups it sounds like Goosen Ttor has put together another winning fight card that you can take to the "bank!"
Joe Nixon plans to be ring side for Latinboxing.com for this one on Saturday. Expect a good write up and maybe even some photos.