Last night, after all the injuries, all the illnesses, and after all the excuses, Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (35-3, 30 KOs) finally met up in the ring with Bermane Stiverne (23-1-1, 20 KOs) for their WBC Heavyweight elimination shot at boxing’s ultimate glory. Both boxers fought for a shot against Vitali Klishkov for the WBC Heavyweight Championship. This fight took place at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California.
The fight itself was a very entertaining match. Both guys gave it their all the entire 12 rounds that the bout lasted. The first two rounds of the fight is safe to say that Arreola had in his pocket. Arreola showed quicker hands and was landing a lot more than Stiverne. The determining factor of the fight came at the end of the 3rd round. Arreola had Stiverne backing up to the corner, Arreola threw a lazy jab, and Stiverne counters with a looping over-hand right that lands on Arreola’s face bringing him to the canvas and breaking his nose.
Blood kept pouring like a waterfall and from there on it was all Stiverne. Arreola kept fighting like a warrior, but it was obvious that he never recovered from the over-hand right that knocked him down. At the end of the fight, Stiverne was rightfully awarded a unanimous decision, and is now on route to possibly face Vitali Klitchkov.
In all honesty, Stiverne actually saved Arreola from another humiliating beat down. Arreola has an “impressive” record, but skillfully, he is no where near a decent level to compete against either of the Klitchkov brothers. Arreola came at this fight weighing 248 pounds, which again, shows and proves that his discipline is no where near a championship level. To be fair and unbiased, I don’t even think that Stiverne’s discipline is all there, too. It was stated that Stiverne’s team wanted him to weigh-in at 240 lbs and showed up at 243 lbs on the weigh-in. Even though Stiverne out boxed, out classed, and out punched Arreola, I still don’t think he has enough to bring Vitali’s heavyweight reign to an end. In his post fight interview, Stiverne said he hopes Vitali doesn’t retire until he fights a “true heavyweight.” If that fight happens, I sure hope he brings his “A” game because he will need it.
Now, what’s the actual result of this fight? If both of these two heavyweights were ranked top 5 in the division, where Arreola was ranked number 1, that alone should show us the poor state of the heavyweight division. With this type of “competitive level,” I find it hard to believe that any top ranked heavyweight has the “it” factor to beat either Klitchko. If anything, “USS” Cunningham, who isn’t a natural and true heavyweight, is currently one of the most athletic heavyweights with good skills, but even then, as seen last week, the size differential is crucial in the heavyweight division. Arreola might have the size, but doesn’t have the skills and possibly the hunger to end Vitali’s reign. For this definitive motive, I think that Stiverne actually did Arreola a favor. We all know what happen several years ago, and quite frankly, I am not up for that type of embarrassment, again.
Let me know what you think. Am I being a bit harsh? Feel free to speak your boxing opinion in the comments section below.
A Humble Boxing Fan
Rudy “Ruthless” Gutierrez