When: February 18, 2012
Where: American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas
Former IBF welterweight champion Paul Williams (40-2, 27 KO’s) will be looking to win impressively next month against 36-year-old middleweight contender Nobuhiro Ishida (24-6-2, 9 KO’s) in a scheduled 12 round bout at the AmericanBank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, for February 18 on Showtime. This fight was supposed to happen last summer, but HBO pulled the plug and Williams ended up fighting Erislandy Lara instead. The stakes couldn’t be higher for Williams who is looking to rebound from the Martinez loss and the Lara controversy. Williams, who is coming off of a bad second round knockout loss to Sergio Martinez, and an ugly robbery win over Erislandy Lara last July.
Paul Williams is a tall, lanky southpaw who is a busy fighter. To some that's a dangerous combination. At 6 feet 2 inches tall with an 82 inch reach Williams has a height and reach advantage over most guys he is fighting now since he has dropped down to welterweight after fighting 29 of his 33 fights in the light middleweight and middleweight divisions. Williams, who has fast hands and a high punch output also fights from a southpaw stance so his punches are coming from an unexpected place and from an unusual angle than what boxers are trained to expect. It's troublesome and awkward to defend yourself against a lanky southpaw, especially one that's a good boxer.
Ishida is looking for a third straight victory which would run his record to a very respectable 10-1 in his last eleven fights. The 36-year-old veteran Ishida, has enjoyed a decent career overseas, but hadn’t been considered a genuine threat in the U.S. market. Ishida, is best-known (perhaps only known) for his TKO-1 upset of James Kirkland on April 9, but don't put a ton of stock into that. He's not a puncher and isn't being booked here as a threat
Undercard: IBF Light Heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud (23-0, 19 Kos) defends against Gabriel Campillo (21-3-1, 8 Kos); Chris Arreola (34-2, 29 KOs) is slated to take on a yet to be determined heavyweight.
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