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Chris Arreola continues his title quest

Chris ArreolaBy John F. McKenna (McJack): Heavyweight contender Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (33-2, 28 KO’s) continues his quest to land another title shot when he faces Raphael Butler (35-11, 28 KO’s) Saturday night. The fight will be take place in Leon, Mexico and will be aired on Televisa.

Arreola is in the process of attempting to resurrect his boxing career after losing in a title bid in September 2009 against World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (43-2, 40 KO’s), then losing to Tomasz Adamek (44-2, 28 KO’s) in April 2010.

In the Klitschko fight Chris was totally outclassed as Vitali scored a TKO, when Arreola’s corner stopped the one sided contest after the 10th round. Although Chris pressed the attack it was clear from the outset that he was in over his head. Many boxing observers including this writer wondered how much better Arreola would have done if he had gotten rid of the excess flab around his middle. Many also questioned if getting a shot at the heavyweight championship of the world is not enough motivation to get into shape for a fight than what is?

When it was announced that Arreola was going to take on former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek in April 2010 most boxing observers gave him a very good chance to win the match. But again Chris showed up a good twenty pounds overweight and squandered any chance he had of winning.

Sometime after losing to Adamek, Chris had an epiphany of sorts. He slimmed down and stated that he was now going to take his professional boxing career seriously. Arreola said that part of his new found motivation was that he was tired of showing up at post fight press conferences wearing sun glasses to hide his swollen eyes.

Since his epiphany Arreola has won five fights in a row. He said that he wants to fight on a regular basis to help him stay in shape. It had been rumored that Chris was in line to be heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko’s next opponent. Frenchman Jean-Marc Mormeck was selected to fight Wladimir instead when Arreola trainer Henry Ramirez indicated that Chris would not be ready for Wladimir until 2012.

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