A lively crowd representing both fighters' heritages arrived early at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California in eager anticipation of an action packed heavyweight bout between Poland's Tomasz Adamek and Cristobal Arreola. Poland's Adamek pulled out a hotly contested majority decision in front of a very lively crowd of 6,256.
It didn't hurt matters that the co main event featured another of Southern California's favorite action fighters in junior middleweight Alfredo Angulo defended his WBO strap against Colombian banger Joel Julio via 11th round KO. The concourse was full and the lines for drinks long as the partisan crowd lubricated themselves in preparation for the night of pugilism and pounding that lay ahead.
Joel Julio found himself tonight at a fork in the road, a win and he picks up a title and is back in the mix. A loss though would likely signal the end of the line for him as a relevant fighter. Meanwhile Angulo looks to continue his 2 fight winning streak since dropping his first professional fight to Kermit Cintron a year ago.
Julio entered first and looking very lively and well aware of the seriousness of the task at hand. Angulo came out next to a chorus of hometown cheers, and away we go. In the opening round, Julio boxed off the back foot as Angulo pressed forward with straighter shots. The straight righs continued to land in round 2.
Julio started to land more early in round 3, with straight rights to the head and body, including a nice left hook with a minute to go. The pace continued through the 4th, and the fight seemed to even up. Angulo continued his pressure and Julio continued to move and counter. Angulo caught him with the end of a left hook to end the 5th.
A series of body shots from Angulo punctuated the 6th, and the momentum appeared to swing his way. A combination bu Julio early in the 8th only brought out a smile on the title holder, and he continued to press and follow. He was following him so much that I think he would've followed him home if he could've. Julio seemed to have taken notice of the sense of urgency at this point and he stepped up the pace. It wouldn't matter. Julio bled on his right eyelid and Angulo was clearly the fresher of the two. Midway through the 11th Angulo caught Julio with a monster right hand on the chin as he ducked under a jab. Julio rose slowly, and referee Raul Caiz, Sr. waved the fight off. 1:39 of round 11 was the official time.
Adamek came out to the passionate adulation of his outnumbered fans, but the arena absolutely exploded upon Arreola's entrance. Adamek began looking for the soft and large target that is Arreola's midsection. It was a feeling out round, until the end when Arreola unleashed a combination with Adamek on the ropes with punches that missed as well and landed.
It was a scenario that would play itself out over and over throughout the fight. Arreola landed the harder more thudding shots, as Adamek boxed, moved, and landed the more accurate albeit less powerful punches. Adamek appeared to be hurt several times throughout the fight off of straight right hands, lead left hooks, and left uppercuts of Arreola, but he showed that although he may not possess heavyweight power, he has more than enough of a heavyweight chin and heart.
The tide turned late in the fight, as Arreola slowed, likely tired from all the chasing he was doing. Adamek finished the fight much the same way as he began it, with movement and accurate punching. Arreola stalked and stalked, but was never able to catch Adamek cleanly enough or enough times to get him out of there. Scores read 114 - 114, 115 -113, and 117 - 111.