Lem Satterfield

Lem’s latest: Arreola’s ring return pushed back until fall

Plans for heavyweight contender Chris Arreola to return to the ring in September have been scrapped, according to his promoter Dan Goossen.

"We were going to have him fight on Sept. 15," said Goossen, "but we decided to hold off until later on in the year."

The 30-year-old Arreola (33-2, 28 knockouts) has won five consecutive fights, three of them by knockout, since being out-pointed by Tomasz Adamek last April.

Arreola's weight has been steadily dropping as a result of improved training habits. Arreola stepped into the ring at 236 pounds for last month's one-sided decision over Friday Ahunanya, which was his third fight in less than two months.

"He sort of fought at a measured pace that fight and maybe he could have looked a little better," said Ramirez. "But Friday Ahunanya is a survivor who has fought everybody and nobody really gets him outta there."

Ramirez said that Arreola was scheduled to face former contender DaVarryl Williamson in September.

"We have kept him very active, but we just thought from a training standpoint that it was just better to have him relax a little," said Goossen.

"We will try to have him come back a month or two later, but he'll definitely fight again before the end of the year."
    Arreola was knocked out by WBC beltholder Vitali Klitschko in September of 2009. Vitali's younger brother, Wladimir Klitschko, holds four title belts.

Arreola has been mentioned as a potential fall opponent for Wladimir Klitscho by Wladimr's trainer Manny Steward.

Asked if he would consider a chance to face Wladimir Klitschko, Goossen said, "Of course. There would be nothing there that we wouldn't entertain."

ROACH OR NO ROACH?

While it appears that Freddie Roach will work the corner of WBC middleweight beltholder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. for next month's defense against Ronald Hearns in Culiacan, Mex., it is unlikely that he will have been Chavez's lead trainer for more than a week leading into the Sept. 17 fight.

Roach and assistant Alex Ariza, a strength and conditioning coach, have worked with the 25-year-old Chavez (43-0-1, 30 knockouts) for his past three bouts.

Ariza has promised to be present as Chavez prepares for Hearns, but the availability of Roach still is undetermined, according to Chavez's manager, Billy Keane.

"We're still trying to work it out," said Keane. "But it appears that Freddie will only be available toward the end. Freddie has some prior commitments, so we're still trying to work out how much he can be there."

In Roach's absence, Keane said that three others are being considered, including longtime camp member Vladimir Baldenevro.

"Julio has always had an assistant trainer named Vladimir, a Mexican trainer who is capable and who has been training with Julio since he was a young kid," said Keane.

"Vladimir may not have the experience or the knowledge that Freddie has, but he's a very good trainer and capable and Julio's comfortable with him until Freddie gets there."

Keane also acknowledged that another who could step in is former titleholder Jose Luis Lopez.

"Julio is comfortable with Vladimir, but he made need a little more," said Keane. "So there's been a bunch of names floating around of people who could help Julio  while he's here in Mexico. There's been three or four names that have been circulating."

Part of the conflict for Roach is that he is scheduled to participate in Top Rank Inc.'s promotional plans for an early September press tour for the third bout between WBO welterweight beltholder Manny Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 knockouts) and WBO and WBA light weight titlist Juan Manuel Marquez (53-5-1, 39 KOs).

Pacquiao-Marquez III is slated for Nov. 12 in Las Vegas. Thee tour's ending won't happen until around Sept. 10 or 11.

"Freddie's got a tight schedule with the stuff that he's doing, so it's inconclusive when Freddie is going to be there for Julio's fight," said Keane.

 "Keep in mind that this fight wasn't even a full go until less than a week ago. I'm going to meet with Freddie when I get back to Los Angeles soon and possibly have something more conclusive."

THE SNIPER

Not only does light weight Jose Pedraza have a tremendous following in his native Puerto Rico to go with wicked power and a cool nickname — "The Sniper" — but the 22-year-old's opponents do not last very long.

Pedraza will be after his fourth straight first-round knockout in as many victories without a loss when he meets Pedro Antonio Salcedo in Ponce, Puerto Rico on Friday night.

"The kid is worshipped in Puerto Rico. He's already been on the cover of a magazine as well as on a cereal box," said Pedraza's promoter, Gary Shaw.

"They thought that he was going to represent Puerto Rico in the 2012 Olympics,  but I turned him pro. The thing is, he's just a kid, but he's got a great future ahead of him."

As an amateur, Pedraza was Puerto Rico's most accomplished fighter since Wilfredo Gomez, whom he seemed ready to surpass as the nation's first-ever Olympic gold medalist.

"With his credentials in the amateur ranks, the Department of Games and Recreation here in Puerto Rico and the Olympic Committee here was telling everyone in the media that he was supposed to be the first one to win an Olympic gold medal," said Ricardo Rodriguez, a publicist for Shaw.

"Pedraza has the same number of gold medal as an amateur that Wilfredo had, but Wilfredo was more of a pure puncher who knocked out everyone, where Pedraza is more of a boxer-puncher."

THE CUBAN MEXICAN

Welterweight prospect Yordenis Ugas of Miami rose to 9-0 with Saturday night's six-round, unanimous decision over Fernando Rodriguez in Atlantic City, N.J.

Although Ugas failed to score his fifth knockout, his manager, Luis DeCubas Jr., was pleased with the 25-year-old's performance.

"We're working with [Top Rank's] Brad Goodman who has done all of his fights and who is arguably the best match maker in boxing, so we're going to just take it one step at a time," said DeCubas.

"We're going to build up to doing eight rounds two or three times max, and then I think we're going to take him right into 10 rounders. I think that we'd like to get him to fight at least two more times this year to get him up to 11-0."

As an amateur, Ugas compiled a record of 305-15, won gold medals at the world amateur championships in 2005, the carribbean championships in 2006 and the Pan American games in 2007.

Ugas was also a title winner in the Cuban championships from 2005 to 2008, and owns two wins over Pedraza.

"In the ring, he's not like a lot of the guys in the Cuban tradition who are known as being counter-punchers and boxers. Yordenis is a kid that likes to get in there and to bang, you know? I joke with him all the time and tell him that he's a Cuban Mexican," said DeCubas.

"But Yordenis is a very colorful kid, he dresses like a movie star and has a great smile and has all of the star qualities outside of the ring. He's also a kid who really loves to talk boxing."

 

Lem Satterfield can be reached at lem.satterfield@gmail.com

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