Wilder vs. Arreola Preview

By Robert Ecksel on July 15, 2016
Wilder vs. Arreola Preview
Chris Arreola’s abilities pose little to no threat to the reigning and defending titleholder.

To stay busy means more than getting another tattoo. It means finding someone who has shown little inclination to fight to the best of his ability…

It may no longer matter who he fights. So long as he knocks guys out, however qualified they may or may not have been to fight for the heavyweight title in the first place, it appears to be more than enough for undiscerning fight fans to start slavering.

Deontay Wilder’s May 21 defense of his WBC belt against Alexander Povetkin went gone down the tubes after the Russian tested positive for Meldonium. Wilder and DiBella Entertainment, his promoter of record, have filed a multimillion dollar lawsuit against Povetkin and Andrey Ryabinskiy for breach of agreement.

The wheels of justice move slowly, when they move at all, and Wilder is dead set on staying busy while the world waits for the winner of the Fury-Klitschko rematch to challenge Wilder to a unification bout.

To stay busy means more than getting another tattoo. It means finding someone who has shown little inclination to fight to the best of his ability. It also means that the particular someone’s abilities, such as they are at this point, pose little to no threat to the reigning and defending titleholder.

To show that there are no hard feelings, despite the aforementioned lawsuit, when it comes to fighters that fail drug tests, Wilder and his team have selected Chris Arreola, himself the proud possessor of a failed drug test or two, to be the next notch on Wilder’s holster.

On Saturday, July 16, at the Legacy Arena at the BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama, WBC World heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs), fighting out Tuscaloosa, Alabama, will defend his title against Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (36-4-1, 31 KOs), from Escondido, California.

“I’m always excited about coming home and being in front of my people where I’m the most comfortable,” said Wilder. “I’ve been traveling a lot, going over to Sheffield, England to train before I was supposed to fight Alexander Povetkin in Moscow. But because of his decision to use a banned substance, the fight didn’t happen. I’m disappointed about that, but it’s not going to stop me from being an active heavyweight world champion. It has also given me the opportunity to again defend my title before my hometown fans. It’s always good to come home.

“This is the longest stretch that I’ve been out of the ring and I’m anxious to get back in and continue my quest to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. This is another fight in that process. I respect Chris Arreola for getting into the ring with me, but we all know who the real champion is and I’m going to prove it. I’ve been training long and hard for a fight and now I’m going to take it out on Arreola on July 16.”

Arreola may be in for some punishment. He needs a win, having won only two of last six fights, but it’s not likely to be at Wilder’s expense.

“I’m thankful to Deontay for this opportunity,” said Arreola. “He has proven a great deal by winning the heavyweight title and by defending it three times. I’m very excited to step into the ring with him, put on a great show, be victorious and make history by becoming the first Mexican heavyweight world champion.”

We’ve heard that before and will no doubt hear it again. But Arreola, however Mexican he might be, has his work cut out for him.

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  1. bikermike 03:11pm, 07/21/2016

    Looks like this guy wilder has some push behind him ....financially speaking….
    couldn’t help but remember Clay beating up on Archie Moore….and some other name fighters of that era…who weren’t the same…cleveland williams…etc


    Wilder ..37 and 0….with a string of victories of some questionable talent….goes up against a one time name fighter….Chris Arreola…...

    now chris…is either training like a sombitch….or not…...

  2. bikermike 03:01pm, 07/21/2016

    Pete the sneak….....

    gotta agree with you pal….....one….maybe two rounds….. Mexican eclipse will go all out…..as long as he can…...maybe ninety seconds…

  3. bikermike 02:57pm, 07/21/2016

    OLD YANK…absofknlutely right…

    Chris Arreolo has done well ....but unless he starts to run a mile or so…at four AM…eats and lives clean….begins a two work out a day regime….over two months…with lots of sparring…....he is what he is…..a punching bag with a lottery ticket of a chance

    personally…I thin he’ll take his advance….and get laid several times a day by several nice ladies….and call that his cardio .....he’ll eat rare steak…to maintain stamina .....and the only muscle he’ll develop is between his legs….


    the mexican eclipse has done well….

    others will follow….

    Yank…got some health problems   age gets us all

  4. Eric 06:47am, 07/16/2016

    I guess they are counting consecutive knockout WINS only because Shavers had a few losses along the way.

  5. Eric 06:42am, 07/16/2016

    Flashy records and knockout records mean little. LaMar Clark holds the consecutive knockout record of 44 and some guy named Ali Raymi holds the consecutive 1st round knockout streak. Raymi recorded 21 straight 1st round knockouts. Here is a list of the top consecutive knockout artist in boxing history.

    1. LaMar Clark-44
    2. Billy Fox-43
    3. Don Steele-42
    4. George Gunther-40
    5. Deontay Wilder-34
    6. Bob Allery-33
    6. Rodofo Gonzalez-33
    8. Wilfredo Gomez-32
    Earnie Shavers doesn’t pop up until the number 18 slot with 27 consecutive knockouts. Most of Clark’s opponents were making their pro debut. My guess is that Wilder’s imposing record isn’t at all what it is cracked up to be.

  6. Old Yank 01:08pm, 06/20/2016

    Should be a good stare-down before the bell…then Arreola will gas-out walking back to his corner.

  7. Pete The Sneak 04:50am, 06/17/2016

    Heck, should be a good 2-3 Rounds of action till Chris gets caught, but fun nevertheless. I’ll watch it.,,Peace.

  8. ZaraFarmington 07:07pm, 06/16/2016

    I’m still rooting for WIlder here.
    Trainings - https://www.youtube.com/user/mannypacquiaofficial/videos?sort=p&view=0&flow=grid

  9. Eric 06:09am, 06/15/2016

    “we all know who the real champion is…” Yeah, and it taint you.

  10. AkT 02:48am, 06/15/2016

    Arreola winning would be the biggest boxing upset of the last 10 years. He is made to measure for Wilder. A warrior’s heart means he likes to trade a lot more than box (a major let down of his against Bermane Stiverne). This fight won’t go the distance.

  11. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 05:51pm, 06/14/2016

    No slavering here, only dribbling instead of a nice strong stream causing a minor tsunami in the toilet bowl.

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