Deontay Wilder Picks Apart Chris Arreola
July 16, 2016 Share

Deontay Wilder Picks Apart Chris Arreola

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña

Saturday evening at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama The WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder, 36-0, 35 KO’s took on the tough Mexican Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola, 36-4-1, 34 KO’s. Wilder was supposed to fight Alexander Povetkin last month in Russia, but the fight was postponed by the WBC after Povetkin tested positive for a banned substance. The Legacy Arena was electric as Wilder made the ring walk. Deontay fighting in front of his home crowd wore a special outfit honoring the late great Muhammad Ali. The first round was a very slow paced round with both fighters trying to find a comfort zone in the ring. In round 2 Wilder began to find his range with his jab landing it solid on the face of Arreola, then at the end of the round Wilder landed his first solid hand on to the face of Chris cutting Arreola on the bridge of the nose. In round 3 Arreola began to pressure the champion and took his confidence into the 4th. At the end of the 4th Wilder landed a huge short right hand flooring Arreola. Chris survived the round stumbling back into his corner. Round 5 had Arreola continuing to pressure Wilder, and Deontay countering every time Chris would get inside. With no pop on his punches in the middle rounds Deontay let Arreola hang around then at the end of 7 Chris was nailed with a solid uppercut sending him back to his corner hurt for the second time in the fight. In round 8 Arreola’s face began to look bad with both eyes swollen shut and Wilder continued to land solid jabs Chris had no answers. As Chris went back to the corner his trainer Henry Ramirez called a halt to the bout. Deontay stated after the bout that he broke his right hand and tore a muscle in his right arm. “My goal is to unify the division, I’m one of the baddest, hardest hitting men in the business right here from Alabama, I’ve came along way and want those belts. “I don’t play boxing, of course I want the Fury’s, of course I want the Joshua’s but the question is, is do they want me? Punch stats showed Wilder landed 152 of 346 (44%) and Arreola landed 52 of 188 (28%). Wilder moves to 37-0, 36 KO’s

In the co-main event and after a wild first television bout Unbeaten rising star Erickson “Hammer” Lubin, 15-0, 11 KO’s returned to the ring to battle once-beaten brawler Ivan Montero, 20-1, 8 KO’s in a super welterweight bout. The highly decorated amateur Lubin took control of the fight early showcasing his skills and power as he dominated Montero throughout the early rounds. The middle round gave fight fans lots of action by both fighters and although Ivan was a very game opponent, Lubin stayed one step ahead of the slower Montero. After 8 all three judges scored the bout 80-72 for the undefeated Lubin. The final punch count showed Lubin landing 154 of 350 punches (44%) and Montero landing 90 of 328 (27%). Lubin moves to 16-0, 11 KO’s.

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To open up the PBC event on Fox, Sammy Vasquez, 21-0, 15 KO’s took on the 2008 Dominican Gold medalist Felix Diaz, 17-1, 8 KO’s. Diaz is coming off a majority decision disputed loss to former junior welterweight titlist Lamont Peterson on October 30th . Vasquez, was originally supposed to face former welterweight world titleholder Luis Collazo, but he suffered a torn calf muscle in training two weeks ago. In the 1st round both fighters started slow, as round 1 was feeling out round. In round 2 and 3 Diaz forced the pressure on Vasquez as Sammy continued to back pedal and boxed Diaz using counter rights and jabs to try to control Felix. In round 4 Diaz landed several power shots while both fighters exchanged throughout the round in a fight that was very hard to score. Through rounds 5 and 6 Diaz seemed to catch Vasquez and control the pace of both rounds landing effective hard shots to the face of Vasquez. After 8 rounds Diaz was in clear control of the fight as Sammy stayed on the defensive while Felix landed bombs to the face Vasquez. In round 9 Sammy engaged into a toe to toe battle with Felix to take the round and did much of the same in the 10th but was deducted point due to excessively losing hit mouthpiece. After 10 solid round of boxing the Judges had it 96-94, Diaz and 95-95 twice for a majority draw. As soon as the scorecards were announced the Alabama State Athletic Commission went to recalculate the cards after the recalculation the scores were 96-93, and 95-94 twice for the winner Felix Diaz. After the recalculated scorecards were announced Vasquez applauded and pointed toward Diaz. Vasquez moves to 21-1, 15 KO’s after suffering his first defeat.



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