Chris Arreola | Back in NovemberWritten by Lee Cleveland
Heavyweight contender Chris Arreola (35-2, 30 KO's) is looking to return to the ring in November.
His next opponent has yet to be selected.
Arreola, rated No.1 by the WBC and No. 5 by FightSaga, was last in action February 18th against Eric Molina (then 18-1, 14 KO).
In the bout, Molina cracked Arreola with a monstrous right that more than got the Californian's attention. However, Chris Arreola was able to stay calm and composed enough to gather himself and launch a counter attack.
Moments after getting jolted, Chris landed a sweet counter left hook, which appeared to have surprised Molina. Arreola then followed-up with a perfectly executed left-hand, right cross combination that floored his 6'5" foe. Although Molina showed the heart and willingness to get up, he wasn't able to convince the referee he could continue and the bout was stopped.
Since losing via majority decision to Tomasz Adamek in April 2010, Arreola has reeled off seven straight victories, including five knockouts, against mediocre or untested opposition.
- TKO 1 Eric Molina (then 18-1)
- TKO 3 Raphael Butler (then 35-11)
- UD 10 Friday Ahunanya (then 24-7-3)
- TKO 7 Kendrick Releford (then 22-14-2)
- KO 3 Nagy Aguilera (then 16-5)
- KO 1 Joey Abell (then 27-4)
- UD 12 Manuel Quezada (then 29-5)
Chris Arreola changed his diet and his outlook towards training and its paid huge dividends. The 30 year old fighter from California weighed a sluggish 256 lbs in his 12 round decision victory over Manuel Quezada in August 2010 and was 249¾ lbs when he KO'd an over-matched Joey Abell in January 2011.
For his May 2011 bout against Aguilera, Arreola tipped the scales at 234 lbs - His lowest weight in four years. He weighed 236lbs against Releford and Ahunanya last summer and 240½ for Raphael Butler in November. But this year, the outspoken American was back up to 245lbs for the Molina bout.
Although Arreola is the mandatory opponent for the winner of Vitali Klitschko vs Manuel Charr on September 8th, most pundits are clamoring for a potential bout with Vitali's brother Wladimir.
If Vitali defeats Charr and retires to run for governor of Kiev as many believe he will, Wladimir vs Arreola might be a strong possibility. If Wladimir is not immediately available and Vitali retires as champion next month, expect Arreola to face WBC No. 2 heavyweight Bermane Stiverne or the organization's No. 3 contender Denis Boytsov for the organization's vacant heavyweight title... Provided there are no upsets.
"I'm ready for a Championship fight with Wladimir Klitschko. I'm going to put intelligent pressure on him from start to finish. My dream is to become the Heavyweight Champion and bring the title back to America," said Arreola in February.
Pictured: Chris Arreola, left, with his promoter Dan Goosen at the post-fight presser. Goossen is President of Goosen Tutor Promotions
Courtesy of Adrian Hernandez, MyUniversalSports.com
"Mentally, the loss to Vitali Klitschko was devastating," admits Chris Arreola. "As a kid, I had always dreamed of having that green belt. I can remember meeting Julio Cesar Chavez for the first time when I was 9 years old and seeing him holding that beautiful green championship belt. So it had become a dream of mine to get that green belt and become a WBC Champion like Chavez."
"To say that I came up short that night would be an understatement. I fell flat on my face. Klitschko royally kicked my ass. He was the smarter fighter and the better man that night. The only thing I can take out of that fight is experience and knowledge; knowing that I was in there with the best and could compete at the highest level of the sport."
Lee is Managing Editor of FightSaga.com, a student of the Sweet Science and longtime boxing fan.
A gym rat in the 1990s, Lee was trained by 1976 Olympic Silver Medalist Charles Mooney and several retired seasoned pros. He was also a sparring partner for former WBA Super Middleweight Champion Steve Little who upset Michael Nunn for the WBA Super Middleweight Title in '94.
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