“It’s time for us to return to California to put on a great show,” said Top Rank’s boss Bob Arum as he opened a press conference on Monday Afternoon at a plush Biltmore Hotel in downtown, Los Angeles to announce a December 4th line up at Honda Center in Anaheim, California:” December 4th will be the first time in 2 years that Top Rank will be doing a show in California. Every fight on the card will be a great, exciting fight.”
Dubbed “In Harm’s Way” and televised live on Pay Per View from Anaheim’s Honda Center the evening will feature four great fights with Julio Cesar Chaves Jr. and Alfonso Gomez headlining the night in a twelve round contest for WBC silver middleweight championship contracted to fight at a catch weight of 157 pounds. In other action one of the top pound for pound fighters Nonito Donaire is moving up to bantamweight to face a real tough challenge in a face of a former champion from Ukraine, Wladimir Sidorenko. Coming off of the best win of his career in September Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios will be back in action facing tough as nails Mexican Noe Bolanos in a ten round lightweight scrap. And finally, the WBC lightweight champion Humberto Soto will be defending his title against number one contender from Maywood, California, Urbano Antillon.
Tickets, priced at $200, $100, $50 and $30, will go on sale on this Friday, October 8 at 10 a.m. PT, and will be available at Ticketmaster.com, via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone (800-745-3000), and all Ticketmaster retail locations. Seats will go on sale at the Honda Center box office, beginning Saturday October 9.
“Alfonso Gomez was my favorite fighter on The Contender. I always rooted for him,” said Chavez Jr (41-0-1,30KO):” He is a great fighter. He always comes prepared. That gives me extra motivation. I am very happy to fight in California.”
Last time out in San Antonio, Texas; under the guidance of a new trainer Freddie Roach, Chavez looked much improved fighter when he dominated tough John Duddy over ten rounds. “People are going to enjoy the fight because of styles of myself and Alfonso,” continued Chavez, 24:” I promise you I am going to look better than I did last time.”
Very popular Southern California fighter, Alfonso Gomez (22-4-2, 11 KOs) has matured leaps and bounds since his contender days; surprisingly, he dominated a veteran Jesus Soto Karass last December in Las Vegas until the bout was stopped on cuts and Gomez was declared a winner. Earlier this year in Dallas, Texas Alfonso dominated and stopped former lightweight king Jose Luis Castillo. Sensing an opportunity of a life time he treated media and fans in attendance to a rap song that he made up about this fight wit the son of a legend.“I feel alive,” said Gomez, 29:” My heart has not beaten this fast in a long time. When I was ten years old I wanted to be like Chavez Sr. He is lucky to have him as a dad. And now I am going to fight his son.”
According to Bob Arum, with the win against Noe, Brandon Rios, who won the hearts and souls of many fans destroying a previously unbeaten Anthony Peterson last month in front of millions of fans on HBO, would get to fight the winner of Humberto Soto versus Urbano Antillon bout.
“I had a good fight on September 11th and I am ready for another good fight!” exclaimed Rios (25-0-1,18KO’S), who’s new wife is expected to have a baby girl in December:” I am just ready to get it on. I am looking forward to my baby being born. She might be born on the day of the fight.”He is planning to name her Mia honoring a female fighter Mia St. John.
Would Rios be fighting the current champion Humberto Soto who will be defending his title on the same night against very strong contender Urbano?
“Antillon is a very good person, said the WBC lightweight champion Humberto Soto (53-7-2,32KO’S):” And our fight is going to be sensational!”
Twenty eight year old Antillon, who after loosing a title shot to Acosta in Mexico last year, knows that he might not get many more opportunities like that again. According to his trainer Abel Sanchez Urbano has been in the gym for three weeks and ready to take his training into a higher gear.“I have been dreaming about this fight forever,” said Antillon (28-1,20KO):“I couldn’t fall asleep when I got the news. I know I am going to be a stronger fighter in there.”
“This event at the Honda Center is really going to be spectacular. Julio César Chavez Jr. vs. Alfonso Gomez is one of the most anticipated fights,” said Bob Arum. “Each of the other fights on his card would stand by itself as a main event. We’re calling this ‘In Harm’s Way’ which is an excellent title because every fight on this card has a chance of going either way.”