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Paul Williams and Chris Arreola Impressive | Boxing Results

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Saturday night in Corpus Christi, TX, Chris Arreola and Paul Williams flexed their might and showed why they're still fighters to be reckoned with in their respective weight divisions.

Paul Williams UD 12 Nobuhiro Ishida

In what was being advertised as a crossroads bout for the former two-time world champion, Paul Williams (41-2, 27 KOs) proved that three tough outings versus crafty southpaws doesn't necessarily equate to a deterioration of skill.

The 30 year old Williams showed much improvement against a very game Nobuhiro Ishida (24-7-2, 9 KOs). The South Carolina banger lived up to his 'Punisher' moniker and recaptured some of his depleting persona by applying effective aggression and dictating the pace of the fight.

From the opening bell, Paul Williams pressed the Japanese fighter at a feverish pace while landing clean combinations to the body and head of the tall, lanky counterpuncher. The exchanges between the two combatants were very entertaining and provided a consistent flow of action throughout the entire 12 round contest.

Although Ishida was landing clean punches to the body and head of Williams, they were seldom in combination and didn't seem to detour the 'Punisher's' assault. The three division warrior threw 934 punches to Ishida's 671.

Pictured: Paul Williams speaks to the media at the post-fight presser
Courtesy of Adrian Hernandez, MyUniversalSports.com 


The judges at ringside scored the bout identically, 120-108, all in favor of Paul Williams.

"Ishida is a tough fighter but we worked hard and this is just a step towards the top of the game once again."

When asked if he wanted to face the winner of the Kirkland/Molina bout, Paul Williams had a very candid response.

"I want to face the bigger names. No offense, but Kirkland isn't the biggest name in the division. I want to face Alvarez, Cotto, or Chavez...the biggest names in and around the division. I want two or three more fights against the biggest names and then possibly retire."

Pictured: Paul Williams, right, unleashes on a defensive Ishida
Courtesy of Dan Brener, Goossen Tutor Promotions

Chris Arreola KO 1 Eric Molina

Although the WBC title eliminator between Chris Arreola ( 34-2, 29 KO) and Eric Molina (18-1, 14 KO) was scheduled for 12 rounds, it only took 2:30 seconds for "The Nightmare" from Riverside, CA, to become the mandatory opponent for Vitali Klitschko once again.

The 30 year old fought a very intelligent fight from start to finish, putting together his punches in combination and working effectively behind a quick, solid jab. But, the obvious difference between the two fighters was the experience factor.

During the last minute of the round, Molina cracked Arreola with a clean overhand right that shook the more experienced combatant. But with the California fighter's amateur experience and ability to think while under duress, Chris Arreola was able to stay calm and composed enough to launch a counter attack.

Chris landed a perfect counter left hook, which surprised the Rio Grande Valley warrior, and followed it up with a perfectly executed straight left hand, right cross combination that floored the 6'5" Texan.

Although Molina showed the heart and willingness to get up, he just wasn't able to think clearly when faced with the Chris Arreola brand of adversity.

"Texas has every reason to be proud of Molina tonight," professed Chris Arreola. "He is a very tough fighter who has a lot of power. He caught me with an overhand right that woke me up."

Pictured: Chris Arreola, left, with his promoter Dan Goosen at the post-fight presser. Goossen is President of Goossen Tutor Promotions
Courtesy of Adrian Hernandez, MyUniversalSports.com

While Chris became the mandatory opponent for the WBC Heavyweight King by stopping Eric Molina in the first round, most pundits are clamoring for a potential bout with Vitali's brother Wladimir.

The victor, Arreola, addressed the media with a mirrored sentiment.

"I'm ready for a Championship fight with Wladimir Klitschko. I'm going to put intelligent pressure on him from start to finish. My dream is to become the Heavyweight Champion and bring the title back to America."

Pictured: Chris Arreola, center and holding belt, with Goossen Tutor president Dan Goossen, left (in suit) and members of Team Arreola
Courtesy of Dan Brener, Goossen Tutor Promotions

Wladimir Klitschko has a March 3rd date with Jean Marc Mormeck and a potential bout with his IBF mandatory opponent Tony Thompson later this year.

The video of Arreola's first round knockout is below.

Tavoris Cloud SD 12 Gabriel Campillo

In what initially appeared to be a one-sided contest, IBF Light Heavyweight Champion Tavoris Cloud (23-0, 19 KOs) and former WBO 175 pound title holder Gabriel Campillo (21-3-1, 8 KOs) were two fighters who were exposed tonight. Cloud was exposed as a big puncher who displayed many weaknesses against a defensive boxer/puncher, and Gabriel Campillo was exposed as one of the best kept secrets in boxing.

In the first stanza of the scheduled 12 round fight, Campillo looked tight and ill-prepared to face a big orthodox puncher like Cloud. He was circling to his left and into the power hand of the defending IBF Champ.

Cloud rocked Campillo several times and put down the former champion with a crushing right hand. The Spanish born fighter beat the official's count but was in serious trouble. The Florida based fighter quickly jumped on top of Campillo, dropping him to one knee once again.

Pictured: Gabriel Campillo at the post-fight presser after his controversial split decision loss to Tavoris Cloud
Courtesy of Adrian Hernandez, MyUniversalSports.com


But to the shock and amazement of those at ringside, Tavoris Cloud never launched another effective assault throughout the remainder of the bout.

"El Chico Guapo" must have been caught cold in the opening round, because he put on an incredible display of ring generalship and gave the IBF Light Heavyweight Champion his toughest test to date. He slipped and countered Cloud with quick, effective combinations for the remaining eleven rounds, while Tavoris struggled to land any clean shots against the defensively brilliant Spanish fighter.

To Cloud's credit, the 30 year old title holder continued to press the action, although it seemed to be offset by Campillo's ability to roll away from Cloud's continuous but mostly ineffective assault.

During the twelfth and final round, Campillo used the entire ring and attempted to keep himself at a safe distance while occasionally raising his arm in celebration. Like most ringside observers, the title challenger felt that he possessed a well deserved victory in his hip pocket. So Gabriel Campillo gave away the final round, not realizing that the judges at ringside saw a much different fight than most in attendance.

When the ring announcer, Jimmy Lennon Jr, declared a split decision victory for the reigning IBF Champion, the thousands in attendance collectively echoed their disdain for the judges' verdict.

The scorecards read 111-115, 116-110, and 114-112, in favor of the winner and still IBF Light Heavyweight Champion Tavoris Cloud.

After the bout, the reigning champ felt that he had done enough to retain the IBF title.

"I pressed the action and was landing the harder punches. He didn't do enough to take a champion's belt. I was the aggressor and outworked him from start to finish."

Although most at ringside disagreed with the fighter formerly known as the most avoided man in the Light Heavyweight division, it will be interesting to see if the current title holder grants Campillo a much deserved rematch. 

Other Action 

In undercard action, Alfonso Lopez (22-3, 17 KOs) suffered a major setback by losing a unanimous six round decision to the dangerous but unheralded Justin Williams (4-5-1, 2 KOs) of Beaumont, TX.

The Corpus Christi native was floored by a crushing right hand in the second round and was consistently on the receiving end of the harder more effective shots throughout the contest. The judges at ringside scored the bout 58-55 twice and 57-56, all in favor of Justin Williams.

Also, Malik Scott (33-0, 11 KOs) had a successful comeback against Kendrick Releford (22-16-2, 10 KOs) by way of an eight round unanimous decision.

Photos below courtesy of Adrian Hernandez, MyUniversalSports.com 

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