Saturday, November 17, 2007
Joey Abell (right) connects with a punishing right hand to the head of Teke Oruh (left) en route to a 10-round majority decision. Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime
ST. LUCIA – Two previously undefeated fighters were handed their first loss on Friday night in paradise.
In the main event, hard-hitting heavyweight Joey Abell (18-1, 1 NC, 17 KOs) of Minneapolis, won a 10-round majority decision over previously undefeated Teke Oruh (14-1-1, six KOs) of Nigeria.
The judges at ringside scored the bout 98-92, 96-94 and 95-95 in favor of Abell, who was a last- minute replacement for Mexican heavyweight contender Chris Arreola. Two weeks ago, Arreola withdrew from the fight after his close friend was shot and killed.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Photo: Jan Sanders/Goossen Tutor Promotions
CARSON, Calif. – No. 1 contender Paul Williams captured the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title with a 12-round unanimous decision over champion Antonio Margarito before a sold-out crowd of 8,023 Saturday at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The event was presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions and televised on HBO “World Championship Boxing.”
In other action, Cristobal Arreolla and Andre Ward remained perfect with TKO victories. Arreola destroyed Derek Berry in less than one minute of the first round, while Ward recorded a third-round stoppage of Francisco Diaz. Ricardo Cortes opened the evening by earning a six-round unanimous decision over Jose Spearman.
After Williams dominated the initial six rounds of the action-packed affair by putting on a virtual clinic of jabbing, moving and outworking the popular Margarito (34-5, 1 NC, 24 KOs), the champion rallied in the late rounds to plead his case. Despite the late surge, the judges scored the bout in favor of Williams (33-0, 24 KOs), 116-112 and 115-113 twice.
Friday, July 13, 2007
On Saturday, July 14, 2007, in the outdoor tennis stadium at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., undefeated and World Boxing Organization (WBO) No. 1 welterweight contender Paul “The Punisher” Williams (32-0, 24 KOs) looks to commemorate the holiday of Bastille Day by ending another reign of terror – that of WBO Welterweight Champion Antonio “The Tijuana Tornado” Margarito (34-4, 1 NC, 24 KOs).
Cristobal Arreola (20-0, 18 KOs), of Riverside, Calif., via East Los Angeles, will take on Derek Berry (12-8-1, five KOs), of Rialto, Calif., while Ward (12-0, 7 KOs), of Oakland, Calif., will face Francisco Diaz (16-1, eight KOs), of Shawnee Mission, Kansas.
Billed as “Pride N’ Punishment,” the long-awaited, highly anticipated 12-round confrontation between arguably the hardest-punching, most bitter rivals in the 147-pound division is presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions and will be televised on HBO “World Championship Boxing.”
“The winner of this fight is the preeminent welterweight in the world—and that includes (Miguel) Cotto or anyone else in the 147-pound division,” the event’s promoter, Dan Goossen, said.
The fight card will will start at 5:30 p.m. PT. The WBO world title fight will start at approximately 7:45 p.m. PT and doors to the stadium will open at 5 p.m.