It was the clash of the titans yesterday on July 16 in the match set between, ‘The Nightmare’, Chris Arreola and ‘The Bronze Bomber’, Deontay Wilder in Alabama. With the two heavyweight boxers of similar impressive records vying for the WBC heavyweight title, it was a highly anticipated match in the Premium Boxing Championship.
The fight concluded with Wilder standing tall and victorious through a TKO in the 8th round. The local hero Wilder, dedicating the bout as a tribute to the legendary Muhammad Ali, successfully defended his title for the fourth time.
On the contrary, the loss was Arreola third failed championship attempt.
The Clash of the Heavy Weights:
The bout was set between these heavyweights with an ulterior motive to promote other fights besides the highly rated Welterweight championships like the recent one between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. So, the championship was held among more than 11,000 spectators in the Legacy Arena, Alabama.
Many of the spectators were keen to see a win by a knock-out with both the boxers being KO specialists. But Arreola seemed less interested in the KO from the beginning which was clearly reflected on the scorecards with Wilder dominating on every round. Arreola may have landed 52 punches, but it was not enough compared to the mammoth 152 deadly ones connected by Wilder.
Even in the 8th round, Wilder seemed to be unharmed while Arreola was already swollen and bleeding. But still, Arreola took the beating and continued till the 8th round till his corner finally called off the fight.
The fighters, even after the gruesome match, ended the match showing their respect to each other. They also said some good things about each other in the Post-Match interview.
Lot of Respects
Caption: Wilder and Arreola hugging it out after the match in Legacy Arena
The Pre-Match Statistics:
Arreola had + 1400 odds on his side as compared to -5000 odds on Wilder, possibly because of Arreola’s habit of winning over players (like Wilder) faster and fitter than him. However, analytical statistics had clearly sided with Wilder.
Furthermore, Wilder, 30, had an age advantage against Arreola, 36. Finally, standing at 6 foot 7, Wilder also had 7 inches reach advantage over 6 foot 3, Arreola, 35.
Ready to get in the Ring:
Caption: A face-off picture between Wilder and Arreola that clearly shows their physical differences
However after the match ended, Wilder too seemed a little shaken up. After the match, he showed his badly disfigured right arm to the media. He had said that it happened after "a funny punch" he landed in the 4th round. Later the promoter, Lou DiBella, confirmed through the physicians that Wilder’s hand was broken with biceps probably torn. He was sent to the UAB hospital for an MRI.
Arreola has a little more match experience than Wilder. Out of 44 games that Arreola has fought, he has won 37 with 36 through K.Os, lost 5 and drawn 1. Whereas, Wilder has won all 37 matches with 36 K.Os in his professional career.#boxing