By Armando Cabrera
Paul “The Punisher” Williams came out banged up plus he lost his WBO Welterweight belt to Puerto Rican Carlos Quintana on Saturday night in Temecula, Cal at Pechanga Resort & Casino in front of a near sell-out house.
Williams [33-1, 24 KO’s] making his first title defends against Quintana [25-1, 19 KO’s] was in shape for the fight, but Quintana had his own fight plan. He quickly landed a few good solid shots to put Williams, the champion, on alert that he was hungry for the title.
Williams with his height and reach advantage seemed to keep walking into Quintana’s left hand punches. In the third round Quintana was working the body with occasionally shots to the head of Williams, who by this time was fighting from the outside trying to land his long range punches.
By the fifth round Williams “The Punisher” was getting a taste of his own medicine… punishment that is.
Both boxers were going toe to toe from round to round exciting the crowd. In the eight round Williams suffered a cut above his upper left eye. The next round a cut above the right eye had opened up.
Bleeding above both eyes in the eleventh round, Williams fought his heart out as the challenger Quintana slugged it out with the champ to the final round. In the end the judges score it for Quintana winning a unanimous decision, becoming the new WBO welterweight champion.
Berto TKO Trabant in six
The Co-Main Event was a 10-round welterweight bout between Andre Berto [21-0,17 KO’s] versus Michael Trabant [43-3-1, 19 KO’s]
Berto took control of the fight early with his speed and punches. Trabant with his guard up protecting his face, making it hard for him to land punches. By the third round Trabant began to show signs of life by throwing punches. The faster Berto was outgunning him, hurting Trabant toward the end of the round.
As the fight went on you could clearly see Berto was out punching, out boxing, and out styling Trabant and at times it seemed like a sparring session rather than an actual fight. The six round is where Berto picked up the pace, landing a flurry of punches stunning Trabant. Once the round ended Trabant’s corner advised the referee that their fighter cannot continue. Berto wins a 6th round TKO.
Lowther unanimous against Lopez
This 6-round junior welterweight bout between Omri Lowther [10-1, 8 KO’s] and Braulio Lopez [6-7-1, 2 KO’s] was action packed from the start. Lopez proved he was a much better fighter than his record showed. Lowther hurt Lopez in the first round with his speed but Lopez survives the round and settles down in the following round.
Despite a cut opening up on Lopez’s right eye in the third round his punches were landing with more accuracy. Lowther fighting more cautious from the outside.
What seemed to be an easy fight for Lowther turned out to be a brawl that went the distance. A low blow to Lopez in the fourth round allowed him a few moments of rest by the referee but the toe to toe battle soon continued. In the end this two fighters put on a great fight.
The three judges scored it [59-55] for Lowther winning a unanimous decision. I scored it [58-56] for Lowther.
Arreola takes care of Courser
In a special attraction bout local favorite fighter from Riverside, CA undefeated Cristo-bal “The Nightmares” Arreola [21-0, 21 KO’s] faced Cliff Courser [26-15-2, 14KO’s] for a 10-rounder in the heavyweight bout.
Arreola started to exchange early as Courser moved back managing to brush off the flury of punches coming at him. Courser is hurt but stands in front of Arreola only to receive more powerful punches; then Courser decides to take a knee that’s when referee halted the bout. Arreola improved to 21-0 winning a first round TKO.
Biggs Jr. KO Mullis in three
Raymond Biggs Jr. [7-0, 6 KO’s] faced Bryan Mullis [4-3-1, 2 KO’s] in a 4-rounder junior middleweight bout.
In a fast active fight, Mullis had landed several good punches when he was dropped by a clean punch by Biggs in the first round. Mulls moving forward with limited aggression in the third round, then Biggs let him have it with a solid hard punch sending him to the canvas. Mulls gets up but referee halts the bout. Biggs remains undefeated winning a 3rd round Knock out.