Chris Arreola

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Chris Arreola
Arreola in 2011
Real name Cristobal Arreola
Nickname(s) The Nightmare
Weight(s) Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Reach 76 in (193 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1981-03-05) March 5, 1981 (age 36)
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 Arreola (born March 5, 1981) is an American professional boxer who has challenged three times for the WBC heavyweight title.

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."[1]

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.[2]

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.[3]

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.

By June 2008, Arreola was ranked in the top 10 by all four major governing bodies.[4]

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.

WBC heavyweight title challenge vs. Vitali Klitschko[edit]

After his win, Arreola was the number one contender to challenge Vitali Klitschko for his WBC Heavyweight title belt.[5] Arreola was happy with his draw when it was announced they would fight in Arreola's home town.[6] 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.[7]

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.[8]

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.[9]

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.[10]

After his knockout over American Joey Abell on ESPN,[11] Arreola took out title contender Nagy Aguilera in the third round. This bout was televised on Showtime's Andre Ward vs. Arthur Abraham undercard.[12] Thirteen days after the fight with Aguilera, Cristobal knocked out tough veteran Kendrick Releford in the seventh round, as the main-event on ESPN.[13][14] 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. [15] 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.” [16]

Arreola vs Stiverne I and 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.[17] On September 7, 2013, Arreola beat Seth Mitchell in a single round.[18] 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.[19]

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.[20]

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.[21]

Arreola vs Wilder[edit]

Arreola made his third challenge for the WBC heavyweight title when he travelled to Birmingham, Alabama on July 16 2016 to face champion Deontay Wilder. The fight represented a huge opportunity for Arreola to revive his career and become the first Mexican-American heavyweight world champion. Arreola fought a very brave an aggressive fight against the much taller knockout artist but ultimately found himself on the receiving end of some punishing power punches. Wilder continued to work steadily on a gutsy Arreola lining him up with repeated power punches. Wilder eventually won by 8th round retirement to retain his title.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
44 fights 36 wins 5 losses
By knockout 31 3
By decision 3 2
By disqualification 2 0
Draws 1
No contests 2
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
44 Loss 36–5–1 (2) United States Deontay Wilder RTD 8 (12), 3:00 Jul 16, 2016 United States Legacy Arena, Birmingham, Alabama, U.S. For WBC heavyweight title
43 NC 36–4–1 (2) United States Travis Kauffman SD 12 Dec 12, 2015 United States AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas, U.S. Originally an SD win for Arreola, later ruled an NC after he failed a drug test
42 Draw 36–4–1 (1) Cameroon Fred Kassi MD 10 Jul 18, 2015 United States Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas, U.S.
41 Win 36–4 (1) United States Curtis Harper UD 8 Mar 13, 2015 United States Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California, U.S.
40 Loss 35–4 (1) Canada Bermane Stiverne TKO 6 (12), 2:02 May 10, 2014 United States Galen Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S. For vacant WBC heavyweight title
39 Win 35–3 (1) United States Seth Mitchell KO 1 (12), 2:26 Sep 7, 2013 United States Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California, U.S. Won WBC International heavyweight title
38 Loss 34–3 (1) Canada Bermane Stiverne UD 12 Apr 27, 2013 United States Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California, U.S. For WBC Silver heavyweight title
37 Win 34–2 (1) United States Éric Molina KO 1 (12), 2:30 Feb 18, 2012 United States American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S. Won WBC–USNBC heavyweight title
36 Win 33–2 (1) United States Raphael Butler TKO 3 (10), 0:55 Nov 5, 2011 Mexico Domo de la Feria, León, Mexico
35 NC 32–2 (1) Nigeria Friday Ahunanya UD 10 Jul 9, 2011 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Originally a UD win for Arreola, later ruled an NC after he failed a drug test
34 Win 32–2 United States Kendrick Releford TKO 7 (10), 2:43 May 27, 2011 United States Events Center, Reno, Nevada, U.S.
33 Win 31–2 Dominican Republic Nagy Aguilera TKO 3 (10), 1:58 May 14, 2011 United States Home Depot Center, Carson, California, U.S.
32 Win 30–2 United States Joey Abell TKO 1 (10), 2:18 Jan 28, 2011 United States Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, U.S.
31 Win 29–2 United States Manuel Quezada UD 12 Aug 13, 2010 United States Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California, U.S. Won WBC FECOMBOX heavyweight title
30 Loss 28–2 Poland Tomasz Adamek MD 12 Apr 24, 2010 United States Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California, U.S. For IBF International and vacant WBONABO heavyweight titles
29 Win 28–1 United States Brian Minto TKO 4 (10), 2:40 Dec 5, 2009 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
28 Loss 27–1 Ukraine Vitali Klitschko RTD 10 (12), 3:00 Sep 26, 2009 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S. For WBC heavyweight title
27 Win 27–0 United States Jameel McCline KO 4 (12), 2:01 Apr 11, 2009 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC Continental Americas and NABF heavyweight titles
26 Win 26–0 United States Travis Walker TKO 3 (12), 0:13 Nov 29, 2008 United States Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California, U.S. Retained WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title;
Won NABF heavyweight title
25 Win 25–0 Puerto Rico Israel Garcia TKO 3 (10), 1:11 Sep 25, 2008 United States Soboba Casino, San Jacinto, California, U.S. Retained WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title
24 Win 24–0 United States Chazz Witherspoon DQ 3 (12), 3:00 Jun 21, 2008 United States FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. Retained WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title;
Witherspoon disqualified after his cornermen entered the ring too early
23 Win 23–0 United States Cliff Couser TKO 1 (10), 1:22 Feb 9, 2008 United States Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, U.S.
22 Win 22–0 United States Thomas Hayes KO 3 (10), 1:45 Sep 21, 2007 United States DoubleTree, Ontario, California, U.S. Retained WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title
21 Win 21–0 United States Derek Berry KO 1 (10), 0:57 Jul 14, 2007 United States Home Depot Center, Carson, California,U.S.
20 Win 20–0 United States Malcolm Tann TKO 8 (8), 1:07 May 4, 2007 United States Pearl Concert Theater, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
19 Win 19–0 United States Zakeem Graham TKO 3 (10), 2:42 Feb 9, 2007 United States Suffolk County Community College, Brookhaven, New York, U.S.
18 Win 18–0 United States Damian Wills TKO 7 (10), 2:17 Nov 4, 2006 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
17 Win 17–0 Cuba Damian Norris TKO 4 (8), 2:59 Aug 19, 2006 United States Events Center, Reno, Nevada, U.S.
16 Win 16–0 United States Sedreck Fields KO 7 (8), 1:41 May 25, 2006 United States Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, U.S.
15 Win 15–0 Liberia Manuel Ossie KO 1 (6), 1:33 Apr 12, 2006 United States Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, Lemoore, California, U.S.
14 Win 14–0 United States Curtis Taylor KO 1 (6), 2:28 Mar 3, 2006 United States Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, U.S.
13 Win 13–0 United States Domonic Jenkins TKO 5 (8), 2:38 Oct 21, 2005 United States Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, U.S.
12 Win 12–0 United States Andrew Greeley UD 6 Sep 23, 2005 United States USC Lyon Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
11 Win 11–0 United States Kenny Lemos TKO 4 (4), 1:49 May 5, 2005 United States Spa Resort Casino, Palm Springs, California, U.S.
10 Win 10–0 United States Samuel Rodríguez TKO 4 (6), 1:26 Feb 17, 2005 United States Avalon, Hollywood, California, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 United States David Cleage DQ 3 (4) Jan 21, 2005 United States Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, U.S. Cleage disqualified for repeated fouls
8 Win 8–0 Mexico Benjamin García TKO 1 (6), 0:21 Dec 9, 2004 United States Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 United States Ed Mosley TKO 1 (4), 0:59 Aug 20, 2004 United States Omega International, Corona, California, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 United States David Johnson TKO 1 (4) Apr 26, 2004 United States DoubleTree, Ontario, California, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 United States Jason Condon KO 1 (4), 2:33 Mar 22, 2004 United States DoubleTree, Ontario, California, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 Tonga Semisi Bloomfield TKO 1 (4), 2:40 Feb 16, 2003 United States DoubleTree, Ontario, California, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 United States David Johnson KO 2 (4), 1:21 Aug 10, 2003 United States DoubleTree, Ontario, California, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 United States Jeremiah Constant TKO 1 (4), 0:27 Oct 13, 2003 United States Edgewater Hotel and Casino, Laughlin, Nevada, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 United States Roosevelt Parker TKO 2 (4), 1:25 Sep 5, 2003 United States Edgewater Hotel and Casino, Laughlin, Nevada, U.S. Professional debut


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Sporting positions
Amateur boxing titles
Arthur Palac
U.S. Golden Gloves light heavyweight champion
Allan Green
Regional boxing titles
Title last held by
Tony Thompson
WBC Continental Americas heavyweight champion
September 21, 2007 – September 26, 2009
Lost bid for world title
Title next held by
Chauncy Welliver
Preceded by
Travis Walker
NABF heavyweight champion
November 29, 2008 – September 2009
Title next held by
Johnathon Banks
Title last held by
Humberto Soto
WBC FECOMBOX heavyweight champion
August 13, 2010 – June 2011
Title next held by
David Rodriguez
Preceded by
Éric Molina
WBC–USNBC heavyweight champion
February 18, 2012 – September 2012
Title next held by
Magomed Abdusalamov
Title last held by
Seth Mitchell
WBC International heavyweight champion
September 7, 2013 – March 2014
Title next held by
Tony Thompson