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Chris Arreola vs. Alonzo Butler on November 5th

LOS ANGELES (Oct. 4) - Mexican-American heavyweight knockout artist Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola (33-2, 28 KO's) will be heading south to Leon, Guanajuato to make his highly anticipated Mexican debut at the grand arena "El Domo" on November 5, 2011 headlining an event promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions and Promociones Del Pueblo and broadcast on Televisa.

In his last fight this past July in Atlantic City, Arreola scored a unanimous decision over Friday Ahunanya, in one of only four fights to go the distance in his 35-fight career. Currently riding a five-fight winning streak, Arreola has noticed a big payoff from his newfound dedication to training, having competed recently more than thirty pounds lighter than his showings in 2009 and 2010.

For Arreola, his Mexican debut is very special, as the thirty-year-old Riverside resident's mother was born in Sinaloa, Mexico, and his father in Durango, Mexico.

"Its hard to explain my feelings about fighting in Mexico," said Arreola. "Its like I'm thrilled because of their love for real fighters, but at the same time, it is important for me to put on a great show and live up to those expectations. It truly is a great honor to fight in Mexico and to box in a true Mexican environment. It's such a beautiful country, there's nothing like it as a fighter."

"I just need to go out there and win convincingly, and keep winning convincingly. It's a great feeling for Televisa's interest of having me fight in Mexico, in front of the many fans that I want to see that I'm a true Mexican warrior."

"As for my opponent, Alonzo Butler (28-2-21 KOs), I know he's got 21 knockouts in his 28 wins, and I have 28 KOs in my 33 victories, so you can bet it will be a wild swinging fight."

Goossen Tutor and Promociones Del Pueblo last teamed up September 15 in El Paso, Texas on a card that featured 2008 Olympian Javier Molina and WBC Featherweight World Champion Jhonny Gonzalez. "We have enjoyed a great relationship with the Goossen Tutor team for many years, and it is always a pleasure to do boxing shows together," says Oswaldo Kuchle. "November 5 at "El Domo" in Leon, Guanajuato we are bringing one of the hottest Mexican boxers today to Mexico for the first time."

Kuchle went on to say "It's a very exciting time for our company to have secured Cristobal Arreola to fight in Mexico. Arreola is a true Mexican boxer and has the hope and support from the Mexican community of being the first Mexican to capture a Heavyweight World Championship. Televisa, our broadcast partner, is also very excited to be showcasing his debut in Mexico."

Not to get lost in the hype of Arreola going to Mexico, Butler said this is the opportunity he needed to jump up into the higher echelon of heavyweights, "I understand one thing, I hit him on the chin clean, he will go down and out, and it changes everything in my life."

With a total of 49 knockouts between them, and close to 500 pounds in the ring, these are two big punching heavyweights and chances are it ends dramatically.

"I participated in the biggest boxing event ever held in Mexico when our fighter Greg Haugen challenged Julio Cesar Chavez," said promoter Dan Goossen, and it was one of the greatest experiences in my life with the fans and the media in Mexico." There is nothing like it anywhere else in the world and having Chris being showcased on Televisa and in front of a packed house, will be the next step in the growth and recognition of the exciting fighting style of Arreola. The fans will love him."

Also appearing in his first fight south of the border, will be hard-hitting world-rated lightweight John Molina, Jr. (23-1, 19 KO's) in a 10-round fight. Molina, a Mexican-American fighting out of Covina, CA, had agreed to fight Top Rank's Brandon Rios in December until Rios' camp declined the bout. Instead, Molina travels to Mexico in pursuit of his world championship goal.

Molina has put together a 5-fight winning streak knocking out all five along the way. "Obviously I was very disappointed Rios refused to fight me in Los Angeles; that was his choice," said Molina. "I'm on the path to fight and beat whoever is put in front of me, no matter who it is."

Other undercard bouts will be announced shortly.

The fights from El Domo, which is a short 45-minute flight from Mexico City, will begin at 7:30 p.m. CT and the Televisa broadcast will start at 10:30 p.m. CT/8:30 p.m. PT/11:30pm ET. Tickets are priced at 600, 500, 400, 300, 200 & 100 Pesos and are available at the El Domo box office.

Female Boxing Legend Christy Martin Featured on ESPN’s Season Debut of E:60, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 8 p.m.

She was the face of women's boxing when it first captured the nation's attention in the mid-1990's. West Virginia-native Christy Martin fought on several Mike Tyson undercards, capturing fans' attention by combining a brawling style in the ring with a dash of femininity outside it. Guiding Martin throughout her career was her trainer and husband, Jim Martin.

ESPN E:60’s Lisa Salters and Jim Martin

While they outwardly appeared to be a loving couple, privately, according to Christy, the Martin's were living a lie -- Christy was a lesbian. It was a lie that came to a head last November when Christy told Jim she was leaving him for another woman. It was then, according to Christy, that Jim attacked her, stabbing her, shooting her and leaving her for dead.

E:60's Lisa Salters interviews Christy Martin, who, for the first time on TV, talks about her relationship with her husband, the attack that nearly killed her, her battle with cocaine and her return to the boxing ring -- now as an openly gay woman. Also featured is an exclusive interview with Jim Martin, who reveals his story from the Florida prison where he awaits trial.

Excerpts from Lisa Salters-Jim Martin interview:

Lisa Salters: “Christy told me that you knew that she was gay when you guys got married.”

Jim Martin: “I knew that she had gay relationships, yes, before we got married.”

Salters: “How did that affect your thoughts about getting married, if at all?”

Martin: “She told me it was just due to circumstances, that she really wasn't gay.”

Lisa Salters: “Christy says that you stabbed her repeatedly and shot her. What's your response to that?”

Jim Martin: “I did not.”

E:60, ESPN’s award-winning news magazine, makes its Fall debut on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. ET. In addition to the Christy Martin story, tomorrow’s episode includes features on: last off-season’s most sought-after NFL free agent, Philadelphia Eagle Nnamdi Asomugha; former Cincinnati Bengal, Ickey Woods; and a look behind the making of ESPN The Magazine’s “Body Issue.”

Explosive Six Bout Fight Club OC Show Oct 13th

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After an explosive August 18th Fight Club OC show where four out of the five fights saw money thrown into the ring....fast forward now to our upcoming October 13th show where fight fans will again witness why Fight Club OC stands firm by its tagline... "Fights Guaranteed." With less than 50 tickets remaining we urge you to get your tickets before this one Sells Out!

Oct 13th featured boxing bout will see Chino's own 7-0 (3ko) Sammy Gonzalez looking to stay perfect as he sets his sights on 9-1-1 David Tabatadze who is coming off his exciting Fight Club OC win last show against Lester Gonzalez. Set for six rounds at 160 lbs bring your $$$ to wad up and throw into the ring as this fight is sure to raise The Hangar roof!

Boxing undercard bouts to feature Pasadena's fan favorite Danny Martinez now 2-1 as he looks to defeat Fight Club OC veteran Ricardo Garcia at 2-2 from La Habra. This fight is set for quick fast action at four rounds at 129lbs.

In other boxing action, two explosive debuters will do battle against each other in the 130 lb division over four rounds or less. Boasting similar impressive amateur backgrounds, Oxnard's Oscar Diaz will take on rugged Osman Rivera of Highland Park in what is sure to be a war.

Finally, highly skilled Middleweights each seek their first pro win in their second bouts, as Steven Ma of Hollywood meets John Worthy of Ontario.

MMA fight fans at the October 13th MMA show are in store as Huntington Beach is taking over Fight Club OC. First off its HB's fan favorite Mario Navarro as he will bring the hurt when he faces 8-10 Kana Hyatt out of Hawaii by way of Torrance. This is a fight of experience vs. youth. This matchup is set for 3x3 at 136lbs.

In the second MMA bout of the night John Mercurio now 4-3 and also out of Huntington Beach is looking to gain that 5th "W" against tough 6-2 Dave Terrel from Los Angeles. Set also for three rounds at 170lbs these two MMA bouts have a combined 21-15 record so..."Fights Guaranteed!"

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Article posted on 05.10.2011



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