Heavyweight contender Cristobal Arreola will meet Eric Molina on Feb. 18 at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, in one of the featured bouts on the Paul Williams-Nobuhiro Ishida undercard.
"We've come to an agreement with (Molina promoter) Don King to have Molina challenge Cris," Dan Goossen, Arreola's promoter said Thursday. "Cris is a world class heavyweight and we'll find out where Molina is. We expect a good fight, a good challenge and we certainly believe Cris will come out on top. And between Molina, his camp and Don, they believe they will pull the upset."
Williams (40-2, 27 KOs) meets Japan's Ishida (24-6-2, 9 KOs) in the junior middleweight main event, which headlines a Showtime card with light heavyweight titlist Tavoris Cloud (23-0, 19 KOs) defending against former titleholder Gabriel Campillo (21-3-1, 8 KOs) in the co-feature.
Goossen said Arreola-Molina will be televised, but it has not been determined if it will be part of Showtime's broadcast or its telecast of undercard bouts from earlier in the evening on the Showtime Extreme platform.
Arreola, 30, of Riverside, Calif., is on track for his second title opportunity later this year if he keeps winning. Titleholder Vitali Klitschko stopped him in the 10th round of their fight in 2009. Arreola (34-2, 29 KOs) is now in the running for a shot against champion Wladimir Klitschko, Vitali's younger brother.
"The game plan is simple -- we're looking to fight for the world title this year, end of story," Goossen said. "Cris has every opportunity to make history and accomplish the goal that was set many years ago when he started out, to have him to be the first Mexican-American to hold a heavyweight championship."
Klitschko's team has spoken about Klitschko facing Arreola this year as well.
Molina (18-1, 14 KOs), 29, of Raymondville, Texas -- just a couple of hours' drive to Corpus Christi, has never faced a serious opponent despite achieving a high ranking in one of the sanctioning organizations. So Molina said he understands that this fight will show people where he belongs in the heavyweight hierarchy.
"This fight is very important because it will tell me where I'm at," Molina said. "If I win, it'll mean greater things ahead for me. If I lose, I'll know that I had my shot. But I don't plan to lose."
Dan Rafael covers boxing for ESPN.com.