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Williams vs Ishida: Quotes From Main Eventers and Chris Arreola

Paul Williams, Tavoris Cloud and Chris Arreola are in action on February 18 in Corpus Christi.
Paul Williams, Tavoris Cloud and Chris Arreola are in action on February 18 in Corpus Christi.
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Showtime's February 18 card from Corpus Christi, Texas, will feature a 154-pound main event between Paul Williams and Nobuhiro Ishida, plus a light heavyweight title fight pitting IBF titlist Tavoris Cloud against Gabriel Campillo.

The show is also notable for being the first non-PPV effort with deep undercard coverage to be featured on Showtime Extreme. That portion of the broadcast will be headlined by heavyweight contender Chris Arreola, who will face Eric Molina in a 10-round bout.

Here are some quick quotes from Williams, Ishida, and Arreola.

Paul Williams

"I am happy to be getting back in the ring and honored to be fighting on Showtime and I know 2012 is going to be a good year for me. Just like in the gym, sometimes you have good days and sometimes bad days. I had a couple of bad days against Martinez and Lara, but I am much more focused now and I intend to show everyone in Corpus Christi.

"I know Ishida is a hungry fighter and a hungry fighter is a most dangerous fighter. Lara fought over his head against me and I am going to try not to let it happen again with Ishida. I am looking to get some belts in 2012 at 154 and 160 pounds."

Nobuhiro Ishida

"I'm coming with every intention to win, but I'm not underestimating my opponent. respect him, but I fight for the welfare of my family. Obviously, after winning this fight I'm looking for a shot at the world title. I'm really excited to fight in the United States again, so I will put it all on the line against Paul Williams."

Chris Arreola

"I am very excited about fighting on February 18 in Corpus Christi and being on Showtime Extreme. I remember seeing Fernando Vargas fighting in front of a full house here and I believe I will bring that type of excitement for these great fans. I am looking to build off a positive 2011 when I showed that I could get my weight under control and take my training and conditioning more seriously. This will be the first fight of what I predict will be a big and exciting 2012 for me and my career."

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