Promoter Dan Goossen told RingTV.com that while heavyweight contender Chris Arreola will face an opponent to be determined “the first week of November,” he does not expect three-time titleholder Paul Williams to return to the ring until early 2011.
Goossen also said that should WBC featherweight titlist Jhonny Gonzalez (49-7, 43 KOs) get beyond Rogers Matagwa (27-14-2, 19 KOs) on Sept. 15, he could pursue a match up opposite former titleholder Yuriorkis Gamboa (20-0, 16 KOs), who faces Daniel Ponce de Leon (41-3, 34 KOs) on Saturday night.
Gamboa scored a second round TKO against Mtagwa in January of last year.
In addition, Goossen said that should unbeaten junior welterweight Javier Molina (8-0, 4 KOs) get beyond John Revish (10-4-2, 8 KOs) on Sept. 15, he will appear on the undercard of the IBF heavyweight eliminator between southpaw Tony Thompson and Eddie Chambers in Atlantic City on Oct. 28.
The 6-4 Arreola (33-2, 28 KOs) has won five straight fights, including three by knockout, and is coming off of a unanimous decision over Friday Ahunanya in July.
Arreola weighed 251, and, 250, respectively, during his only losses — by 10th-round knockout to 40-year-old WBC titleholder Vitali Klitschko (42-2, 39 KOs) in September 2009, and by majority decision to Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KOs) in April of last year.
But since falling short against Adamek, Arreola has steadily dropped weight, tipping the scales at 236 pounds for each of his past two fights.
“Arreola will fight again in November. We’re looking at the first week in November. I should have more details on his opponent early next week,” said Goossen.
“I know that at 235 pounds, Chris Arreola is doing something right,” said the 67-year-old Steward in July. “He’s clearly become more serious with his training and he would make Wladimir fight.”
Williams (40-2, 27 KOs) is coming off of last month’s disputed majority decision win over southpaw junior middleweight Erislandy Lara (15-1-1, 10 KOs), a fight that most ringside media believed Lara won.
Once considered to be among the sport’s most feared fighters, Williams has struggled against fellow southpaws — a dominant decision over former beltholder Winky Wright notwithstanding.
Williams has split match ups with left-handers Carlos Quintana and Sergio Martinez, knocking out Quintana in their welterweight rematch, but getting knocked out himself in the second round of a middleweight return bout with Martinez, against whom he had earlier won a majority decision.
Williams could fight at welterweight, junior middleweight or middleweight when he returns, said Goossen.
“We’re open to anything from 147 to 160, so we’ve had conversations about different possible challenges up to 160. No specifics really that I can mention right now, but some of them have titles attached to them,” said Goossen.
“Where we are right now with Paul is that we’re looking at getting him as good and as big of a fight as we can. But right now, I just believe that Paul’s not going to be fighting until the first quarter of next year.”
Gonzalez of Mexico City scored his ninth straight knockout over Tomas Villa of in the fourth round in July. Prior to facing Villa, Gonzalez had dethroned Houzumi Hasegawa by fourth round TKO in Japan.
“It’s a big fight for Jhonny. There’s been talk of a few different world championship challenges that we can do with him with a victory,” said Goossen.
“Certainly, Jhonny comes from the old school of fighting anybody out there that’s worthy, so obviously, if Gamboa is successful this weekend, that’s a fight that we would look at.”
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