Arreola came into training camp at 295 for Adamek fight
Jan Sanders/Goossen Tutor Promotions – By Jason Kim: Heavyweight Chris Arreola gives new meaning for the word heavyweight, as he came into his training camp for tomorrow’s fight against Tomasz Adamek, weighing a hefty 295 pounds, according to the Los Angeles Times. To Arreola’s credit, he’s taken off a lot of the weight, some 45 pounds to get down to a skinny 250 for his fight against the 33-year-old Adamek on Saturday night. However, Arreola was hoping to get down even lower, and wanted to get down in the 230s. The problem is Arreola came into training camp way too big and needed to take off a massive amount of weight just to get back down to 250, which is roughly 10 pounds higher than his best weight of 240.
As such, Arreola’s training camp was pretty much a fat farm for him. Any time a fighter takes off 40 pounds or more during training camp there is a danger of them being weight drained. That’s a lot of weight for a fighter to take off in such a short period of time and you can only imagine that Arreola is probably a lot weaker than he was before he started to trim off all the fat. His face looks incredibly thin, as does his upper body.
You can tell that Arreola lost a lot of lean muscle tissue along with a massive amount of fat. Ideally, Arreola should have started his training camp at least a month or two earlier, so that he could have taken off the weight more slowly and would have been able to get down in the 230s like he wanted to. Arreola doesn’t look strong in his photos. He has the look of someone that took off a lot of weight, but did it too quickly.
It remains to be seen whether this will hurt him on Saturday night against Adamek. If Adamek is timid like he was against Jason Estrada in his last fight, then Arreola could do okay. But if Adamek goes after Arreola, forces him to fight hard for a prolonged period of time, Arreola could wear out quickly and end up getting stopped once again. I think Arreola made a huge mistake by coming into camp at 295.
That’s far too much weight to take off in a three month period of time in the proper manner. Ideally, a fighter should be within 10 to 15 pounds of their fighting weight when they enter training camp to avoid the camp from turning into a glorified fat farm. In this case, Arreola came in much heavier than he probably should have and he looks like he over did it with taking off the weight in such a short time.
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