Arreola vs. Ahunanya on Saturday night
By Dan Ambrose: Heavyweight contender Chris Arreola (32-2, 28 KO’s) is hoping to continue his comeback winning streak on Saturday night against Friday Ahunanya (24-7-3, 13 KO’s) in a 10 round bout at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The Arreola-Ahunanya fight will be taking place on the undercard of Paul Williams vs. Erislandy Lara bout.
However, because of Arreola’s come forward style of fighting and Ahunanya tendency to want to mix it up, this fight will likely far outshine the main event between the slapping Williams and the hit and run Lara. Arreola needs this win to stay in the running for a fight against champions Vitali Klitschko and Wladimir Klitschko.
Arreola probably won’t be selected by Vitali any time soon, but Wladimir has already said that he’s possibly interested in facing Arreola before the end of the year. As such, Arreola really needs to shine against Ahunanya and not struggle like he did against Tomasz Adamek and Manuel Quezada in 2010. Arreola has been looking really thin in recent photos for the Ahunanya fight and hopefully that means that Arreola will be coming to put on a lot of pressure and impress.
However, you never know what you’re going to get with Arreola because sometimes he can look really good and then other times he’s slow and flat. He’s probably the best fighter in the United States in the heavyweight division, but he’s so far behind Wladimir and Vitali in terms of skills that it’s embarrassing.
It’s unclear why Wladimir is interested in fighting Arreola when he’s not all that popular in the U.S and really only has any kind of following on the west coast. Wladimir wants to fight Arreola in New York, which would seem like a really bad idea given that Arreola has no fan real fan base. Wladimir would be better off taking on Alexander Povetkin, Denis Boytsov or the winner of Tyson Fury vs. Dereck Chisora in Germany rather than taking on Arreola.
Arreola will easily beat Ahunanya without too many problems. Ahunanya will have his moments because he’s got some decent power and Arreola will be there to be hit, but this is a fight that suits Arreola’s style. He won’t have to chase Ahunanya down like he was forced to do against the constantly moving Adamek in 2010.