Goossen Tutor is putting the finishing touches on a couple of heavyweight cards on back-to-back weekends which will feature their top entrants into the division Chris Arreola, Eddie Chambers, and Tony Thompson.
The Chambers vs Thompson fight for October 28 at Bally's in Atlantic City is still on, despite the fact that Goossen was packaging that as a weekend double-header with the next night's Andre Ward vs Carl Froch bout at Boardwalk Hall. Ward pulled out of the date with a cut suffered in sparring.
Chambers (36-2, 18 KO) and Thompson (36-2, 24 KO) are fighting an IBF eliminator. The winner would be in line to face Wladimir Klitschko next year, something both have already done. Both were knocked out by Klitschko, Thompson in 2008 and Chambers in 2010.
The next weekend, Chris Arreola (33-2, 28 KO) will be in action on November 5, making his debut in Mexico. Televisa will televise the bout. He has no opponent named, but don't expect much. Arreola, who lost to Vitali Klitschko in 2009 by one-sided stoppage, has been in much better shape this year, getting his weight on the scales down to around 235 pounds. He's dominated all four of his fights in 2011, but he also hasn't faced a wrecking crew of opposition, either.
November 5 is shaping up to be a very busy day indeed for the sport. HBO and Golden Boy are trying to put together an Alfredo Angulo vs James Kirkland fight, while Showtime has Lucian Bute vs Glen Johnson, along with a tape delay replay of Mikkel Kessler's fight from Denmark with Robert Stieglitz. Also, Ricky Burns and Michael Katsidis will meet at Wembley Arena, with George Groves on the undercard.
As for Klitschko, who all of these fighters are hoping to face next year, he's likely fighting Jean Marc Mormeck in a lousy mismatch on December 10.