Arreola vs. Abell handout for Friday night’s fight

January 26, 2011 No Comments

When yours truly first met Cristobal "The Nightmare" Arreola back in 2008, we shook hands and my hand disappeared. Photo credit: Benny Ricardo

Twenty-six knockouts in his 27 wins would qualify calling Joey Abell (27-4, 26 KOs) a “Knockout Artist.”  This Friday night, the “Knockout Artist” looks to make a big heavyweight statement when he takes on his toughest and most notable opponent of his career in world-rated contender Cristobal “The Nightmare” Arreola at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, CA.  The scheduled 10-round co-main event will be televised on ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights.”


We go “Inside the Mind” of the hard-hitting southpaw known as “Minnesota Ice” with “Six Questions” concerning this showdown:

QUESTION #1: Best training camp?

ABELL: “Definitely! It went really well.  With many of my other fights, I really didn’t get enough time in between to have a real heavyweight training camp. This camp no excuses.  I had much longer to prepare this time and got in lots of sparring and really worked on my endurance and got everything I needed to win.”

QUESTION #2: Physically, mentally, where are you two days before the fight?

ABELL: “Good!  I get nervous like any other fighter before a fight.  Since finding out about the opportunity for this Arreola fight, I’ve been excited and anxious to get going.  I found the best way to get over the nerves is to keep working as hard as I can until my nerves settle down.  I have worked harder than ever for this fight, and mentally and physically I’m better than I’ve ever been.”

QUESTION #3: The biggest fight of your career, yes or no?

ABELL: “Nothing comes in a close second.  Running, sparring, mentally, I’ve been pushing myself and putting personal things aside to solely focus on the biggest fight of my life and the opportunities a win would open.”

QUESTION #4: Your biggest improvement for Arreola?

ABELL: “If I had to pick one, it would be my endurance.  I have been able to run longer than I have before and my endurance in sparring is the highest it’s ever been. With the added endurance I’ll be able to throw my bombs at a consistent level throughout the bout.   Whatever it takes to win, I’m ready.”

QUESTION #5: The bell rings, and it’s only you and Arreola tell the fans how you see it from here?

ABELL: “I don’t think anything is going to be that different with him. I know a lot of people think he will come in out of shape again, but that doesn’t matter because he has proven he can still go ten rounds.  But I expect he will come forward and throw punches and try to catch me with one of his big shots.  But I am not going to just stand there in front of him.  I will move around, but I will hit him back and crack him when he leans forward.  He leaves a lot of openings.  I’m going to look to put his “Lights Out!”

QUESTION #6: Prediction?

ABELL: “I predicted when the fight was announced that I was going to win and it’s not going the distance and I’ve only become more confident since.”

Tickets prices start at $35 and are available at, directly at the Pechanga Box Office daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., or by calling 1-877-711-2WIN.  Doors open at 5:00 p.m.  First Bout is at 6:00 p.m.

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