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.”