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Paul Williams' Ontario fight will be title shot

October 20, 2008 |  2:24 pm

Paul Williams after beating Santos Pakau of New Zealand in 2006 by TKO. Promoter Dan Goossen just announced that his world welterweight champion fighter Paul Williams will fight next month in Ontario for the International Boxing Federation junior middleweight belt owned by 38-year-old Verno Phillips.

Phillips, who'll be 39 on fight night Nov. 29 at the new Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, has held a junior middleweight title three times.

He's fought since 1988 and has taken on the likes of Lupe Aquino and Gianfranco Rosi, losing 10 times (including twice to Kassim Ouma and once to Ike Quartey).

Williams (35-1, 26 knockouts) is coming off two early knockout victories, one to recapture his World Boxing Organization welterweight belt and another at middleweight.

Also on Nov. 29, Riverside's Chris Arreola (25-0, 22 KOs) will fight NABF heavyweight champ Travis Walker (28-1-1) and Los Angeles' Olympian Shawn Estrada will make his professional debut.

-- Lance Pugmire

Photo: Paul Williams after beating Santos Pakau of New Zealand in 2006. Credit: Ethan Miller / Getty Images