Chris Arreola vs. Deontay Wilder: What Really Happened?

Published 04/30/2021, 12:59 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 18: Deontay Wilder looks at the crowd and celebrates after knocking out Dominic Breazeale in the first round during their bout for Wilder’s WBC heavyweight championship at Barclays Center on May 18, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Anthony Geathers/Getty Images)


Chris Arreola ranks among the most prominent heavyweight boxing faces of this generation. In his extensive career, Arreola has confronted several hotshots of the sport. But a contest that accrued everyone’s attention was when he locked horns against the ex-WBC heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder.

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The hard-hitting heavyweights took up the ring space against each other in 2016. This fight was for the WBC heavyweight title, as ‘The Nightmare’ earned his title shot after vanquishing many opponents from his way.

Many expected the then 35-year-old to hand the Alabama native his first pro-boxing loss. However, the latter’s power was too much to handle for Chris Arreola.

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The fight began on a light note for both the pugilists, as they wanted to keep their composure until the very end. Wilder threw jabs in the initial rounds and Arreola entered an abrupt defense mode. Despite putting his defensive skills to the test, Arreola tried going toe to toe against the intimidating knockout artist.

As the fight progressed, ‘The Bronze Bomber’ increased the pace and began showcasing his genuine power. His height and reach were more than that of ‘The Nightmare’ and he used it to its full extent.

In the later rounds, Wilder’s power was too much to handle for the California native. This fight turned into a one-sided affair and as a result, the referee ended proceedings after round 8. Arreola already took a lot of damage and he couldn’t really showcase his true prowess in this clash.

Can Chris Arreola elevate his boxing career once again?

Chris Arreola is one true veteran of the game who has kept himself in the heavyweight picture for a while now. But with a lackluster run, he hasn’t succeeded in staying in the mix for a heavyweight title shot.

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INDIO, CA – SEPTEMBER 7: Chris Arreola (C) celebrates his victory over Seth Mitchell as referee Jack Reiss (R) holds his hand up for the WBC International Heavyweight Title at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino – Special Events Center on September 7, 2013 in Indio, California. (Photo by Alexis Cuarezma/Getty Images)

‘The Nightmare’ holds an exuberant track record of 38-6-1 and is looking forward to continuing his stint.

Looking at his boxing run until now, it’s safe to say that Arreola has every ability to get his career back on track. Yet, to achieve the same, he will have to uncover an altogether new version starting from his upcoming fight against Andy Ruiz Jr.

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It’ll be interesting to see how Chris Arreola competes in the twilight of his career.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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