Williams punishes Phillips; Arreola takes Walker out
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Last Saturday night marked the first boxing event at the brand new Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario , California . In his first fight at 154lbs, former two-time welterweight champ Paul "The Punisher" Williams (36-1, 26 KOs) scored an 8th round TKO over Verno Phillips (42-11-1, 21 KOs ) for the vacant WBO interim 154lb title. Williams was cut over the right eye by an unintentional head butt in round one, but the blood did not stop his forward momentum.

While Phillips was competitive, Williams won each round, and gradually by a wider and wider margin as the fight wore on. After eight round, Phillips eye still seemed clear, but He was absorbing tremendous punishment, and the bout was waved off. It was Former 3 time champ Phillips’ first stoppage loss since 1988. Phillips later said at the press conference, he would likely have two more fights before retiring.

In an IBF eliminator for the #2 position, undefeated heavyweight Cristobal Arreola (26-0, 23 KOs) scored a 3rd round TKO over Travis Walker (28-2-1, 22 KOs ). Walker dominated round one, as Arreola was uncharacteristically cautious, feeling out his opponent. Walker continued his offensive prowess in round two, and he dropped Arreola to a knee with a big right hand. However, as Walker attempted to follow up, he got into harm’s way, and Arreola floored Walker twice in the same round with brutal barrages.

While still wobbly, Walker survived the round, but was down again only 13 seconds into the 3rd round from a big Arreola left hook, and the fight was stopped. Walker, whose only other loss was by early stoppage, protested, but it semed to be the correct call. Arreola wins the first of two IBF eliminators with the victory. The bout was also for the NABF and WBC Continental Americas titles. Afterwards, Arreola spoke to Stick and Move, and said he does not plan on doing the rope-a-dope strategy again, but added that he still “loves to get hit!”

Making his pro debut, 2008 Olympian Shawn Estrada needed only a minute to defeat Lawrence Jones (2-2-1, 1 KO) in a junior middleweight fight. Estrada pinned Jones to the ropes early, and unloaded until Jones collapsed in the corner, at which point the fight was waved off.

Unbeaten jr welterweight Michael Dallas Jr. (5-0-1, 1 KO) and Mexican toughman Jose Alfredo Lugo (10-5-1, 5 KOs ) fought to a six round majority draw. One judge had Dallas up 58-56, as did “Stick And Move’, as it seemed Lugo , of Los Mochis , SIN, MEX did not even start mounting an offense until round five. However, the other two judges each found another round to give him and handed in scores of 57-57. Dallas , of Bakersfield</ st1:City> , is managed by Jackie Kallen.

Heavyweight Manuel Quezada, of Bakersfield , CA (25-4, 15 KOs) scored a ten round decision over Teke Oruh, of Las Vegas by way of Africa (14-2-1, 6 KOs ). Scores were 98-92 across the board for Quezada. Stick And Move had it 97-93, in what was largely a glorified sparring session. Both men would hear boos from the crowd, and try to amp it up for a few seconds, before falling into a lull once again. Quezada’s work-rate was ultimately better, and he retained his WBC Cabofe belt (because when I think Carribean, I think freakin’ Bakersfield !).

Jr. Welterweight Josesito Lopez, of Riverside , CA (23-3, 1 4 KOs) scored a 2nd round TKO over Alex “Cubanito” Perez, of Miami , FL (23-32-4, 18 KOs ). The mismatch was waved off after Lopez floored Perez, and followed up with a 15 punch barrage.

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