by Mike Hanson
One of the toughest times in a boxing fan’s journey is when one of his favorite fighters loses. That was my case this weekend. I have been pulling for Chris Arreola since the day I first heard about him. Simply the fact that he is a Mexican-American Heavyweight was enough for me. But then add in that he is a fun-loving, foul mouthed, burrito eating, beer drinking, bear hug of a man just makes him all that more appealing.
You could accept his loss to Vitali Klitschko because he did what so many don’t when faced with a Klitschko and that is go down swinging. But losing to a blown up light heavyweight this weekend hurt. Now granted it was a highly skilled blown up 175 pounder, but still one had to think that the big man would eventually catch up to him.
The fight started out as I expected it to with Tomasz Adamek in full defensive mode from the opening bell. He did a good job of landing a shot and then moving away. Also as I expected every time Chris landed a shot it looked as though it hurt Adamek. In round 4 through 6 Chris took over the fight, there were several times when it looked as though one more shot would end the fight.
It was at this point that things took a weird turn. Arreola who is always out of shape but always throws punches, stopped throwing punches. We did find out later in the fight and after the fight that he hurt his bicep and hand sometime in the 5th round. Adamek easily won rounds 7 through 9. Once again though Arreola went on the attack in the 10th. About half way through the round Chris audibly yelled “Ow” and held his arm to his waist.
He came out throwing again in the 11th and at one point buckled over in pain. I can’t say I wouldn’t have stopped the fight due to an injury if I had been the referee. Despite his obvious pain and his swollen face, Chris tried his best down the stretch in the 12th but Adamek played keep away.
Without my homer hat on I gave Chris the 4th, 5th, 6th, 10th and 11th round. I thought he needed the 12th to get a draw and he lost it.
Chris gets his second loss and this one will hurt him more than the loss to Klitschko. The heavyweight division is very boring right now so personalities like Arreola and David Haye are always welcomed. Chris will get another chance and as much as I don’t want to take away from what makes him Cristobal Arreola, I would love to see him get serious about his training and come into his next fight around 240 pounds.
So I spent the whole wrap up talking about a personal favorite, so be it. I will raise a beer or 10 this coming weekend to a guy I would love to have a beer or 10 with. Great heart Chris, now show some great work ethic in the gym!