Arreola-Minto officially announced
Heavyweight contender Chris Arreola's match with Brian Minto has been “done” for a few weeks but the 10-round bout, which will serve as the co-feature to the Paul Williams-Sergio Martinez on December 5, was formally announced via press release from the Californian's promoter Goossen Tutor on Monday.
The bout, which takes place at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, will be a part of HBO's live broadcast that includes Williams-Martinez and begins
at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT.
The Minto fight will be Arreola's first bout since his gutsy loss to THE RING's No. 1-rated heavyweight Vitali Klitschko on September 26.
It will also be the fifth (non-PPV) appearance on HBO for Arreola (27-1, 24 KOs), who engaged in thrilling shootouts with Chazz Witherspoon, Travis Walker, and Jameel McCline that aired on the cable network before he lost to Klitschko in what is HBO's top-rated boxing broadcast for 2009.
“I'm looking forward to getting back in the ring against Brian Minto on Dec. 5th,” said Arreola, an L.A. native who lives in Riverside, Calif. “I’m excited about fighting in Atlantic City and back on HBO again. I know Minto will come to fight, he has an all action style, but I will be ready and am looking to put on an explosive performance. I'm looking to end 2009 on a positive note and looking to challenge for a title again in 2010.”
Minto (32-4, 21 KOs), from Butler, Penn., started boxing late (at age 28) but made a name for himself by beating brawler Vinny Maddalone in a fight-of-the-year candidate in 2004 and by stopping Germany's beloved Axel Schultz in 2005. Minto has won seve bouts in a row since dropping a decision to former contender Luan Krasniqi.
“I was rooting for Arreola in his title fight with Klitschko,” said Minto. “He is extremely dangerous, and like myself, he fights with a great deal of determination, heart and skill. Ultimately, I feel that boxing fans and HBO are in for a very exciting and memorable heavyweight fight on Dec. 5th.”
“This is a very dangerous fight for Arreola so quickly after his bruising challenge against Klitschko. But on the other hand, he’s never backed away from a challenge and Minto will certainly give him one. A win puts Arreola right back into the top echelon of heavyweights and a loss, well we’ll just have to see,” said Arreola’s promoter Dan Goossen.