The Conclusion To The
Report & Photos By Ray Flores
The three and a half
inch reach and height was just too much for the shorter
Chris Arreola whose initial plan appeared to be to stay
in close and bang away. Vitaliís experience was very
apparent in this fight and he surgically took Arreola
apart. The spectacle drew an approximate 16,000 fans
from the Los Angeles Staples Center and most were hoping
that Arreola would bring the title back to the U.S. and
be the first Mexican-American Heavy weight champion.
Fighting out of the Blue Corner Chris Arreola came
charging out to do battle with at the sound of the first
bell. Klitschko met the challenger in the center of the
ring and immediately started banging away with his left
jab and an almost immediate right over the top.
Klitschko started to maintain the distance with the jab
trying to keep Arreola at bay and not allowing Arreola
to get in. Klitschko took great advantage of his reach
and height. Arreola tried to bang away at the body,
while Klitschko continued to bang away at Chrisís head.
At the end of the first round Klitschko was the dominate
The second round found Klitschko continuing to jab and
use lateral movement and side step each and every
Arreola attack. Chris was largely ineffective, but
trying very hard to get in and land some big punches.
Chris was constantly pursuing Vitali, being tempted to
come in by Vitaliís open stance and lowered hands.
Chrisís could only keep his hands up to avoid being
battered as he was being measured by Vitali. The second
round again went to Vitali.
Chris was making Vitali
work hard for the punches he was landing. Chris had some
small successes but they were not enough to win the
third round. Klitschko was taking Chris a part bit by
bit. Chris at this point was getting hammered. The
closer he got the more punishment he absorbed. Vitali
was schooling Chris, and not letting him have an inch of
At the start of the fourth round Chris was relentless in
his pursuit of Vitali doing everything he could do to
get on the inside and bang away at the taller Vitali. It
appeared that Chris was starting to wear down. The
steady left jabs followed by heavy rights from Vitali
were staring to frustrate Chris. The occasional Vitali
left hook was another effective method of keeping Chris
off him, although a short left hook from Chris in the
later part of the round found its target followed by a
roar from the crowd for their hometown hero.
The bigger man kept Chris form landing any effective
punches by using his height and reach advantage with
constant lateral movement in the fifth round. Chris
could not cut the ring down and was constantly pursuing
Vitali. Vitali was just too much of a moving target.
Klitschko was fighting a magnificent defensive fight,
proving that he had mastered the art of ďhit and donít
get hit.Ē Vitali was being very effective, and
maintained a coolness sticking to his game plan. This
fight was scheduled for twelve rounds and it was looking
more and more at this point like Chris was starting to
tire. His head was being used as a punching bag and his
face beginning to show the signs of it.
Round number 6 and 7
found more of the same. Arreola was constantly trying to
get inside the taller man with no real success,
consistently absorbing a steady diet of Klitschko
leather. Showing a degree of frustration, Arreola landed
a right hand to the kidney area on a clinch which the
referee warned him about. This fight was beginning to
boil down to who was the better conditioned and more
experienced skilled fighter.
At the sound of the bell for the eighth round, Vitali
absorbed four right hands to his left rib cage and
walked away like he had been swatting away a fly. One of
Chrisís better moments came in this round, with a couple
left jabs followed by a right hook momentarily shook up
Vitali but never really landed flush. The eighth round
was a good showing for Chris though he started bleeding
heavily from the nose and continued to absorb more
punishment, none the less showing extraordinary heart.
The ninth round found Vitali looking more confident that
he had this pretty much wrapped up. Chris was nailed
with two right hands that look like they took a toll on
him, followed moments later by a small left hook and
then a bigger right hook. Arreola continued to take
punishment. It was an exercise in futility. He was being
given a education in boxing by Vitali.
The tenth round found Klitschko ahead on all cards.
Chris continued to pursue Vitali, showing real heart but
it just wasnít enough. He was absorbing heavy
punishment, but still pressing the fight. Vitali at this
point was hitting Chris at will. The strategy of trying
to get inside was not working against the taller
Klitschko it was strictly an up hill battle from the
The fight came to a conclusion when Henry Ramirez the
trainer of Chris Arreola
felt his fighter had
absorbed enough punishment and for the safety of his
fighter ended the fight. Ramirez is to be commended for
his decision. Chris will fight again. Arreola became
very emotional and understandably so. His dream of
becoming the Heavy Weight Champion was over for the
moment. Never had he wanted a victory so bad, and to
make boxing history. He was just out classed by the
bigger and more experienced fighter.
Punch stats at the end of the fight showed Klitschko
throwing 802 thrown, 301 punches landed, compared with
Arreola throwing only 331 landing only 86. Total power
punches by Klitschko were 283 thrown landed 151,
compared with 107 thrown by Arreola and landing only 24.
At the post fight conference Vitali paid a lot of
respect for Chris Arreola and believes that with more
experience Chris will be a great champion. He was very
surprised at how Chris continued to press the fight and
absorb some of his best punches. He had nothing but
praise for Chris. Arreola stated: ďIím not going to let
this fight break me. Iím going to come back stronger
than ever. Iím not a loser.Ē Will these two ever meet
again? Who knows, but one thing is for certain, if Chris
is to become the champion he has to do more to perfect
his art. Saturday night he was just up against a bigger,
more experienced and skillful fighter. One loss does not
end a career, Chris will be back stronger, wiser and
with a vengeance. Who is next on the list for the giant
man from the Ukraine? We will anxiously wait and see.