Two of boxing’s top heavyweights square off on September 26, 2009, and predictions are provided by ProBoxing-fans.com
On September 26, the powerful Vitali “Dr. Ironfist” Klitschko will defend his WBC heavyweight title against the hard hitting and No. 1 ranked challenger Chris Arreola at the famous Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
Klitschko vs Arreola – Meet the Fighters
|Vitali Klitschko |
Record: 37-2, 36 KOs
|Chris Arreola |
Record: 27-0, 24 KOs
Klitschko vs. Arreola Preview:
Fresh off an unsuccessful run for the mayor of Kiev and for the Ukrainian parliament, the 38 year-old Klitschko used his “Champion Emeritus” status to secure a title shot and subsequently destroy then WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter. Klitschko then defended his title against over-matched mandatory challenger Juan Carlos Gomez in March of this year.
Arreola, 28, is a rare Mexican-American heavyweight contender and has benefited from a marketing push by HBO, which will televise the fight live. Arreola will enter the ring with an imposing undefeated record, which has come against not so impressive fringe contenders, such as Damian Wills, Chazz Witherspoon, Thomas Hayes, Travis Walker and four-time title challenger Jameel McCline.
Klitschko vs. Arreola Prediction:
Unless the 38 year-old Klitschko grows old over night, Arreola seems to be in for a long evening. Klitschko should be able to use his considerable height and reach advantage to keep the powerful Arreola at bay and land sharp, bone rattling combinations.
Arreola is a skilled big man and will have his moments, occasionally throwing powerful combinations and pushing Klitschko back, while electrifying the crowd. Arreola, like many fighters that face Klitschko, will become discouraged as the fight advances into the championship rounds.
Prediction: Klitschko over Arreola via 9th round KO
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