Los Angeles, Ca.- In a very entertaining heavyweight championship bout, Chris Arreola’s life long dream ended on the second minute of the 6th round. Prior to the 6th round, Arreola seemed to be ahead by one round in the scorecards, 3-2. Throughout the fight, it was a give and take type fight where at times it seemed that Arreola was landing best and most cleaner punches. Up to that point the only visible flaw in Arreola’s offensive plan was the lack in body work investment. It was evident that Arreola had one thing in mind, and one thing only; A knockout victory. The majority of boxing fans love knockouts, but the only problem in boxing when a fighter goes into the ring with a knockout mentality, meaning being overly aggressive, sometimes it is that boxer who ends up getting knocked out. This was exactly what happened with Chris Arreola.
Chris was the fighter that was applying the pressure, setting the pace of the fight, and at times being overly aggressive while ignoring the body. On the other side of the ring, Bermane Stiverne was the “calm and collected” fighter, who for how ever long the fight lasted fought mostly on the ropes blocking and taking everything that Arreola dished out. Even though Stiverne seemed to be in trouble in several moments of the fight, he never seemed hurt by Arreola. It was quite evident that Stiverne was there in the ring studying his opponent’s movement to time him well. As history now has it, that is exactly how Stiverne ended that night, with a well placed, and well timed right hook up stairs. Arreola beat the count and went back at war with Stiverne only to succumb to more punishment and went down again. Arreola like a true warrior, got back on his feet, but at this point Arreola had nothing in him and was truly hurt. Stiverne went for the kill, landed some more vicious shots and the referee stepped in to stop the fight, crowning Bermane Stiverne as the new WBC heavyweight champion.
During the post fight press conference Arreola stated, “Shit I can’t get away from that right hand. I felt like I was up on the cards, but once again I got caught with that right hand. All credit to Bermane.” Arreola seemed at peace with his defeat and gave Stiverne all the his accolades for a well earned victory. Arreola ended by stating, “Once again, all credit goes to Bermane, his camp, congratulations champ, that belt looks beautiful around your waist. It would of looked better on mines though, but it is what it is…” Bermane Stiverne appeared to be emotionless and but very thankful to God for his victory. “All praise to the my lord Jesus Christ. I came with a mission. I wasn’t going to lose this fight.”
So there you go, we now have a new WBC heavyweight champ from the poverty stricken country of Haiti. As of now it all seems that Bermane’s first defense might be against Deontay Wilder. If this fight does happen, it’ll be an interesting fight on so many levels. It would most definitely be Wilder’s biggest test, as Stiverne is a big puncher, with a solid chin and good boxing skills. Lets hope it happens, and lets hope that this is a new era for the heavyweight division.
Till Next Time,
Rudy “Ruthless” Gutierrez