Klitschko, Arreola speak!
Postfight report by Edgar Gonzales
Photography by “Big” Joe Miranda
It front of 16,000 live boxing fans and millions on HBO, WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (38-2, 37 KOs) successfully defended his world title against previously undefeated No. 1 ranked contender Cristobal Arreola (27-1, 24 KOs), Saturday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
After ten rounds of one-sided pugilism, Arreola’s corner told the referee that they have seen enough, waving it off and giving “Dr. Ironfist” a tenth round TKO victory.
“Plain and simple, he beat my ass,” Arreola said at the post-fight press conference. “Whatever it was that’s his style, it works for him. He knows how to use his distance he pulls back and counters with it.
“I was trying not to fall into that but I did couple of times and he got me with right hands and over hooks. That’s his style and that’s how he fights. He’s strong. He made me fight his fight and every time I thought I had an upper hand, his experience showed in the ring. He found a way to move around, and for me to chase him. I have a bitter taste in my mouth. I am not happy with this lost.”
When asked about the number of punches that actually landed (86 of 331), Arreola said:
“He kept running back and I kept missing because he moved a lot. I tried to move from behind his jab, but he moved too well and I couldn’t catch him. He adapted to the fight better than I did. I wasn’t able to do the things I wanted to do, plain and simple.”
After the fight Arreola leaked out his emotions to Larry Merchant during his interview. With tears running down his face he apologize to all his boxing fans. When asked why he was so emotional, he replied:
“I don’t like losing, I hate losing. I don’t have the heart to lose and that’s why I was crying, because it really hurt. Vitali did what he had to do and he beat me.
“I want to get back in the ring as soon as possible, maybe December or January. I have a biter taste in my mouth and I want to show everyone that I can be a champion.”
Klitschko was surprised on the number of hits Arreola absorbed, but his win came as no shock.
“His left hook, his left hook is so strong,” said Klitschko. “By round four, he had the same move. By round six, I knew his movements, but I was very surprised with his chin. He can take a hit. He has a big heart and he gave me a tough fight.
“Before the fight I told Arreola he has all the skills to be a world champion. He has a big heart and a big punch – but he doesn’t have experience. Experience is the main point in any job. You can be a journalist or a boxer but you have to understand experience comes with time.”
Arreola is known for his power punches and when Klitschko was asked if he was ever hurt or if he hits hard, he replied:
“He was landing some great body shots. He had a big punch and I felt his power, but I didn’t let him punch me so I can’t say he hurt me.”