Chris Arreola knows what he must do Saturday to hang with Deontay Wilder

Chris Arreola

Chris Arreola/Photo courtesy of Premier Boxing Champions


Chris Arreola had one chance to beat Vitali Klitschko when the two tangled for Klitschko’s heavyweight world title in September 2009 at Staples Center – get inside on the 6-foot-7 Klitschko. Arreola couldn’t, and he was stopped after 10 rounds.

Arreola this Saturday is challenging another champion standing 6-7 – Deontay Wilder. They will square off at Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Ala. (on Fox).

Arreola (36-4-1, 31 KOs), who stands 6-3, was asked during a recent conference call if he learned anything fighting Klitschko that could help him against Wilder.

“The main thing is I got to move my head, man,” said Arreola, of Riverside. “Vitali Klitschko clobbered me with jabs left and right. I believe he threw the most punches he had thrown in his career against me, and that’s because I just kept coming with the pressure.

“And the thing about it, I’ve just got to be a lot smarter and I’ve got to be more athletic about it because Deontay is a more athletic fighter than Klitschko is, a lot more athletic. And he moves a whole lot better around the ring.”

Arreola said he must keep Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) on his heels.

“And that’s going to be a big task in itself,” Arreola said. “And just come hard behind the jab and not get caught with that dangerous right hand he has.”

Arreola will be trying for the third time to become the first fighter of Mexican descent to win a heavyweight world title. He was stopped in the sixth round by Bermane Stiverne in his second try in May 2014.
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