Chris Arreola

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Chris Arreola
Arreola in 2011
Real name Cristobal Arreola
Nickname(s) The Nightmare
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Reach 76 in (193 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1981-03-05) March 5, 1981 (age 35)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 44
Wins 36
Wins by KO 31
Losses 5
Draws 1
No contests 2

Cristobal "Chris" Arreola (born March 5, 1981) is an American professional boxer.[1] He has challenged for the WBC heavyweight title three times, in 2009, 2014 and 2016.

Early life[edit]

Arreola was born in Los Angeles, California to Mexican parents. As a child he met boxer Julio César Chávez a couple of times. Arreola said of it "I had a chance to go to his house in Culiacán because my father was from near there and my aunt lived in Culiacan. I used to go and watch him train."[2]

Amateur career[edit]

Arreola grew up in East Los Angeles. His father was a boxer and started him boxing at the age of eight with trainer Hector Rodríguez. At 16, he had "about 200 amateur bouts" before losing interest and quitting. In 2001 at 20 he got back into boxing and after only three months of training managed to win the National Golden Gloves at the Light Heavyweight division, to win Chris beat Dallas Vargas who had about 300 amateur fights at the time.[3]

After another hiatus from boxing, this time for two years, he tried to come back for the 2003 Golden Gloves but arrived shortly after the check-in deadline prompting him to turn pro.[4]

Professional career[edit]

In 2003, Goossen-Tutor promoted him and turned him pro at heavyweight with little fanfare. Looking back he says: "I really didn't know if boxing was going to be my career. I wasn't sure about turning pro and once I did, I just took it one fight at a time. But then I starting knocking guys out and I gradually started thinking, 'Hey, maybe I can make some money doing this'."[this quote needs a citation]

In 2005 he fought Domonic Jenkins who despite his record of only 6-3 held a win over Malcolm Tann (and later KOd amateur stars Victor Bisbal and Carlos Barnett). After trailing for six rounds he turned the fight around and won by KO.[citation needed]

In 2006 he stopped Sedreck Fields, Cuban Damian Norris (who later defeated the unbeaten Roderick Willis) and in a match of unbeaten Californian prospects Damian Wills (coming in at 22-0-0-0).[citation needed]

In 2007 he KOd former amateur star Zakeem Graham (11-0). He was scheduled to fight undefeated Olympian Devin Vargas, brother of his amateur foe Dallas Vargas, but knocked out late sub Malcolm Tann when Vargas got injured in training, in May 2007 on ShoBox. He KO'd Thomas Hayes (record 27-0-0-0) in September 2007, in round 1.

On June 21, 2008, Arreola faced fellow undefeated prospect Chazz Witherspoon (23-0) and defeated him via disqualifaction. In the third round, Arreola landed a barrage of punches that was capped off by a chopping right that sent Witherspoon to the canvas. The bell rang early in the count, prompting Witherspoon's corner to begin entering the ring. This was ruled by the referee to be a disqualification since the round is not technically over until the count is over. But many, including HBO commentator Max Kellerman, believed that the fight would have been stopped and ruled a TKO regardless.

On November 29, 2008, Arreola faced Travis Walker. During the 1st round Arreola was overwhelmed by Walker's power and was outboxed. Arreola came back late in the 2nd round after nearly being knocked down to his knees; Arreola knocked Walker down twice afterwards, eventually knocking Walker out early in the 3rd round improving Arreola's record to 26-0.

Arreola is currently ranked in the top 10 by all four major governing bodies.[5]

His coach Henry Ramirez is only 28 years old. "I had other trainers but they didn't fit my style. I'm a banger... Henry was always giving guys confidence and I liked that." said Arreola of his trainer.

Arreola defeated the previously retired heavyweight veteran Jameel McCline (40-8 23 KO's) on April 11, 2009, with a knockout at 2:01 of the 4th round. Arreola put McCline down with a combination consisting of an uppercut and right cross, and McCline was out cold. The fight was shown on the undercard of the Paul Williams vs Ronald "Winky" Wright bout on HBO Championship Boxing.

Vitali Klitschko vs Arreola for WBC heavyweight title[edit]

After his win, Arreola was the number one contender to challenge Vitali Klitschko for his WBC Heavyweight title belt.[6] Arreola was happy with his draw when it was announced they would fight in Arreola's home town.[7] The match took place on September 26, 2009, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. It was broadcast on HBO. Klitschko was a heavy favorite in the days leading up to the fight. The fight had Klitschko dominating Arreola with pawing jabs, hard straight rights and body shots which prevented Arreola from closing the gap. Arreola's corner and the referee stopped the fight before the start of the 11th round, giving Klitschko a 10th-round RTD (TKO) victory. The final scorecards read 99-91, 99-91, and 100–89, all for Klitschko.[8]

After Klitschko fight[edit]

Soon after his first career loss, Arreola fought Brian Minto as an undercard for the Paul Williams vs. Sergio Martínez fight. Chris landed well with his straight right hand and eventually floored Minto in the 4th round; Minto got up at 8 and continued to get hit with right hands before being dropped again. The referee stopped the fight when Minto rose at 9 and appeared to be in no condition to proceed with the fight.[9]

Arreola lost his next fight, to former two-division world champion Tomasz Adamek, by majority decision on 24 April 2010. Arreola was again looking out of shape for a professional boxer at the time of the fight.[10]

Arreola in his next fight defeated Manuel Quezada in Ontario, California by a 12-round unanimous decision. Quezada was down three times in the fight: twice in the 9th round and once in the 12th. The scores (117–108) and two judges had it (118-107). Before the fight Arreola had an interview on ESPN saying that his last two defeats were because he did not train well (as well as skipping days) and stepped into the training camp weighing nearly 300 pounds. He said that he now knew how to prepare for a fight, and realizes he needs to take the training camp seriously. He came in at 256 pounds (he fought the best at 230–240, and lost his previous two weighing over 250 pounds) and fought sluggishly against a tough opponent. At the end of the fight, Arreola said he gave himself a C− for overall performance.[11]

After his knockout over American Joey Abell on ESPN,[12] Arreola took out title contender Nagy Aguilera in the third round. This bout was televised on Showtime's Andre Ward vs. Arthur Abraham undercard.[13] Thirteen days after the fight with Aguilera, Cristobal knocked out tough veteran Kendrick Releford in the seventh round, as the main-event on ESPN.[14][15] He has since then won by a 10-round unanimous decision against Friday Ahunanya on July 9, and a third-round TKO over Raphael Butler on November 5, 2011, in Guanajuato Domo De La Feria, Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico.

Arreola's next fight was on the Paul Williams vs. Nobuhiro Ishida undercard at the American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas, on February 18, 2012. The opponent was heavyweight contender Éric Molina. Arreola won the fight by first-round KO. [16] After the knockout, Arreola created some stir in the post fight interview when he referred to Molina’s promoter Don King as a “f—ing a–hole and a racist,” prompting Showtime’s Jim Gray to immediately terminate the interview. “Honestly Don King called me a wetback, and other Mexicans,” Arreola told “That’s a strong word. It’s like me dropping N bombs. You don’t say things like that.” [17]

Arreola vs Stiverne I & II[edit]

Arreola had a chance at a rematch with Vitali Klitschko in April 2013 when he faced Bermane Stiverne. Although a favorite to win the fight, Arreola was knocked down in the third round and wound up losing a unanimous decision.[18] On September 7, 2013, Arreola beat Seth Mitchell in a single round.[19] After Klitschko vacated the title in December 2013, Arreola was signed to fight Bermane Stiverne for the vacant title. On May 10, 2014, Stiverne won the title after a sixth-round knockout.[20]

On March 13, 2015, Arreola made his return to the ring to face heavyweight Curtis Harper. The fight took place during the first Premier Boxing Champions on Spike TV broadcast at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA. Arreola was awarded a victory by unanimous decision following 8 rounds of boxing. [21]

On July 18, 2015, Arreola fought to a ten round draw with Fred Kassi. The scores were 96-94 for Arreola, 95-95 on the remaining two cards.

Arreola's tight 12-round split decision victory over Travis Kauffman on Dec. 12 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio was changed to a no-decision on Jan. 5, after Arreola tested positive for marijuana.[22]

Professional boxing record[edit]

44 fights, 36 wins (31 knockouts), 5 losses (3 knockouts), 1 draw, 2 no contests[23]
Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
Loss 36-5-1
2 NC
United States Deontay Wilder RTD 8 (12) 3:00 July 16, 2016 United States Legacy Arena, Birmingham, Alabama For WBC Heavyweight title.
NC 36-4-1
2 NC
United States Travis Kauffman SD 12 December 12, 2015 United States AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas Originally a split decision victory for Arreola; later changed to a no contest after he failed a drug test.
Draw 36-4-1
1 NC
Cameroon Fred Kassi MD 10 July 18, 2015 United States Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas
Win 36–4
1 NC
United States Curtis Harper UD 8 March 13, 2015 United States Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California
Loss 35–4
1 NC
Canada Bermane Stiverne TKO 6 (12) 2:02 May 10, 2014 United States Galen Center, Los Angeles, California For vacant WBC Heavyweight title.
Win 35–3
1 NC
United States Seth Mitchell KO 1 (12) 2:26 September 7, 2013 United States Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California Won WBC International heavyweight title.
Loss 34–3
1 NC
Canada Bermane Stiverne UD 12 April 27, 2013 United States Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California For WBC Silver heavyweight title.
Win 34–2
1 NC
United States Éric Molina KO 1 (12) 2:30 February 18, 2012 United States American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas
Win 33–2
1 NC
United States Raphael Butler TKO 3 (10) 0:55 November 5, 2011 Mexico Domo De La Feria, Leon, Guanajuato
NC 32–2
1 NC
Nigeria Friday Ahunanya UD 10 July 9, 2011 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 32–2 United States Kendrick Releford TKO 7 (10) 2:43 May 27, 2011 United States Reno Events Center, Reno, Nevada
Win 31–2 Dominican Republic Nagy Aguilera TKO 3 (10) 1:58 May 14, 2011 United States Home Depot Center, Carson, California
Win 30–2 United States Joey Abell TKO 1 (10) 2:18 January 28, 2011 United States Pechanga Resort and Casino, Temecula, California
Win 29–2 United States Manuel Quezada UD 12 August 13, 2010 United States Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California Won WBC FECOMBOX Heavyweight title.
Loss 28–2 Poland Tomasz Adamek MD 12 April 24, 2010 United States Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California For IBF International Heavyweight title.
Win 28–1 United States Brian Minto TKO 4 (10) 2:40 December 5, 2009 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Loss 27–1 Ukraine Vitali Klitschko RTD 10 (12) 3:00 September 26, 2009 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California For WBC Heavyweight title
Win 27–0 United States Jameel McCline KO 4 (12) 2:01 April 11, 2009 United States Mandalay Bay Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 26–0 United States Travis Walker TKO 3 (12) 0:13 November 29, 2008 United States Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California NABF and WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight titles.
Win 25–0 Puerto Rico Israel Carlos Garcia TKO 3 (10) 1:11 September 25, 2008 United States Soboba Casino, San Jacinto, California Retained WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight title
Win 24–0 United States Chazz Witherspoon DQ 3 (12) 3:00 June 21, 2008 United States FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tennessee Retained WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight title
Win 23–0 United States Cliff Couser TKO 1 (10) 1:22 February 9, 2008 United States Pechanga Resort, Temecula, California
Win 22–0 United States Thomas Hayes KO 3 (10) 1:45 September 21, 2007 United States Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California Won WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight title.
Win 21–0 United States Derek Berry KO 1 (10) 0:57 July 14, 2007 United States The Home Depot Center, Carson, California
Win 20–0 United States Malcolm Tann TKO 8 (8) 1:07 May 4, 2007 United States Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 19–0 United States Zakeem Graham TKO 3 (10) 2:42 February 9, 2007 United States Suffolk Community College, Selden, New York
Win 18–0 United States Damian Wills TKO 7 (10) 2:17 November 4, 2006 United States Mandalay Bay Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 17–0 Cuba Damian Norris TKO 4 (8) 2:59 August 19, 2006 United States Reno Events Center, Reno, Nevada
Win 16–0 United States Sedreck Fields KO 7 (8) 1:41 May 25, 2006 United States Pechanga Resort, Temecula, California
Win 15–0 Liberia Lee Manuel Ossie KO 1 (6) 1:33 April 12, 2006 United States Tachi Palace Hotel, Lemoore, California
Win 14–0 United States Curtis Taylor KO 1 (6) 2:28 March 3, 2006 United States Pechanga Resort, Temecula, California
Win 13–0 United States Domonic Jenkins TKO 5 (8) 2:38 October 21, 2005 United States Pechanga Resort, Temecula, California
Win 12–0 United States Andrew Greeley UD 6 September 23, 2005 United States USC Lyon Center, Los Angeles, California
Win 11–0 United States Kenny Lemos TKO 4 (4) 1:49 May 5, 2005 United States Spa Resort Casino, Palm Springs, California
Win 10–0 United States Samuel Rodríguez TKO 4 (6) 1:26 February 17, 2005 United States Avalon Hollywood, Hollywood, California
Win 9–0 United States David Cleage DQ 3 (4) January 21, 2005 United States Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut
Win 8–0 Mexico Benjamin García TKO 1 (6) 0:21 December 9, 2004 United States Pechanga Resort, Temecula, California
Win 7–0 United States Ed Mosley TKO 1 (4) 0:59 August 20, 2004 United States Omega International, Corona, California
Win 6–0 United States David Johnson TKO 1 (4) April 26, 2004 United States Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California
Win 5–0 United States Jason Condon KO 1 (4) 2:33 March 22, 2004 United States Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California
Win 4–0 Tonga Semisi Bloomfield TKO 1 (4) 2:40 February 16, 2003 United States Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California
Win 3–0 United States David Johnson KO 2 (4) 1:21 August 10, 2003 United States Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California
Win 2–0 United States Jeremiah Constant TKO 1 (4) 0:27 October 13, 2003 United States Edgewater Hotel & Casino, Laughlin, Nevada
Win 1–0 United States Roosevelt Parker TKO 2 (4) 1:25 September 5, 2003 United States Edgewater Hotel & Casino, Laughlin, Nevada


  1. ^ Professional boxing record for Chris Arreola from BoxRec. Retrieved May 27, 2016.
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  5. ^ ESPN - Nightmare dreams of becoming first Mexican heavyweight
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  21. ^ Premier Boxing Champions - Arreola vs Harper Results & Highlights | March 13th, 2015
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