Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team

Boxing Champions |  Boxing Schedule |  Boxing Video  |  Boxing History   |  Pound For Pound  | The Wire |  Audio  |  Arcade
Chris Arreola-Seth Mitchell: Pre-Fight Report Card - Boxing News
Advertisement
BoxingScene Archive
• Boxing Articles
• Boxing Interviews
• Breaking News
• Boxing Press Releases
• Boxing Results
• World Boxing News
Follow BoxingScene
 
Search BoxingScene

>>>Advanced Search<<<
• Register A Free Account
• Account Login
• Boxing Schedule
• Boxing Champions
• Boxing Downloads
• Boxing Forums
• Boxing News Wire
• Boxing Photos
• Boxing History
• Boxer Search
• Fantasy Betting
• Feedback
• Fitness and Health  
• Free Homepage
• Mixed Martial Arts
• Pound For Pound
• Upcoming Fight Archive
                                                                                                                                                            ...............

 Last update:  9/7/2013       Read more by Cliff Rold         
   
Chris Arreola-Seth Mitchell: Pre-Fight Report Card
Share Click Here To Email Printable version Search BoxingScene Database 

By Cliff Rold

They can’t all be champions.

Even in this watered down era of beltholders and interim beltholders, some guys never get a strap.  It might be by way of management’s course or timing.  It might also be the thickness at the top.

In the confines of the Heavyweight division, that means Klitschko with a side of Povetkin.  It’s not an easy ceiling to bust through.

Chris Arreola had a shot at Vitali Klitschko a few years ago and while he showed guts there was little hope of victory from early on.  Seth Mitchell, buzzed bad in each of his last three fights and stopped in the first of two with Jonathan Banks, doesn’t look like any sort of threat to the stop of the class.

So what?

What Heavyweight has missed more than anything during a largely down period is awesome scraps.  We’ve been getting more lately.  Steve Cunningham lost his last two fights moving up from Cruiserweight, but his rematch with Tomasz Adamek and scrap with Tyson Fury were both fun. Povetkin-Marco Huck was both controversial and thrilling.  Both Tony Thompson-David Price fights were memorable.

This Saturday, for as long as it lasts, could be an awesome scrap or at least a memorable one.  It’s unlikely the winner will exit with any chance of beating a Klitschko.  We’ll make do with being entertained.     

Let’s go to the report card.

The Ledgers

Chris Arreola
Age: 32
Title/Previous Titles: None
Height: 6’3
Weight: 242 lbs.
Average Weight – Last Five Fights: 240.9 lbs.
Hails from: Los Angeles, California
Record: 35-3, 30 KO, 1 KOBY
Rankings: #10 (ESPN)
Record in Major Title Fights: 0-1, 1 KOBY
Current/Former World Champions Faced: 2 (Vitali Klitschko TKO by 10; Tomasz Adamek L12)
 
Vs.

Seth Mitchell
Age: 31
Title/Previous Titles: None
Height: 6’2
Weight: 242 lbs.
Average Weight – Last Five Fights: 241.95 lbs.
Hails from: Brandywine, Maryland
Record: 26-1-1, 19 KO, 1 KOBY
Rankings: #9 (BoxRec)
Current/Former World Champions/Titlists Faced: 0

Pre-Fight: Speed – Arreola B-; Mitchell B
Pre-Fight: Power – Arreola B+; Mitchell B
Pre-Fight: Defense – Arreola C-; Mitchell D+
Pre-Fight: Intangibles – Arreola B; Mitchell C

Both men enter the bout with questions marks after recent form.  Mitchell’s questions marks are bigger.  He was rocked badly but survived in a bout with Chazz Witherspoon and the second bout with Jonathan Banks.  He was stopped period the first time through with Banks.

What happened in the rematch to change the outcome?

The most obvious thing people saw was Banks quit throwing punches after early success in the bout.  Less obvious was what Mitchell did to encourage his backwards steps.  Mitchell appeared to land some big stuff after being hurt that caught Banks’ attention and froze him up.  Later reports also indicate hand issues for Banks but his reaction to being stunned said something about the outcome.

At some point, Banks fought like the man more afraid of being stopped than Mitchell.  It spoke to Mitchell’s character fighting through adversity in all three fights and not giving up on himself.  It also spoke to something obvious: Mitchell can crack.

It did not speak to a beard suited for the upper echelons of big men.

For all the chatter about what’s wrong at Heavyweight, one still needs a chin, especially without a deep technical background in the sport.

Arreola, though flawed, has that solid background.  He appears to be in better shape for this fight relative to the Arreola scale of preparedness.  In shape, his technical qualities are sharper.

One of the things that remains appealing about him is his ability to throw combinations in a time when too many Heavyweights seemingly rest on orthodox one-two boxing.  And Arreola has shown a better chin.  Yes, he’s been hurt, but he recovers well and his lone stoppage loss was a beating at the hands of Klitschko.

While deeper in background, Arreola still struggles sometimes with balance and an awkward right hand.  He makes up for it with a left hook that can hurt anyone if it lands right and he’s a decent finisher.  If he gets Mitchell in trouble, he can get him out of there.

Can Mitchell box enough to keep Arreola at bay?  Berman Stiverne, who dropped and defeated Arreola in his last outing, boxed well and didn’t engage recklessly.  If Mitchell can tuck his chin, jab, and select his spots, he can win rounds.  

The Pick

One guy appears to have questionable whiskers.  The other has had questionable professionalism and a level of attention far outstripping a career that has gone on about a decade without a single win of any real note.  Mitchell appears the fare Arreola typically feasts on.  There's no reason to consider either guy a serious contender regardless of outcome, but it might make for a fun short fight before Arreola lowers the boom.  Look for Arreola to score the knockout anytime between the second and fourth rounds.

Report Card Picks 2013: 34-20

Cliff’s Notes…

Overseas, the fight of the day may take place well before the big men take the ring.  Ricky Burns (36-2, 11 KO) defends the WBO Lightweight belt in what could be a tough one.  Raymundo Beltran (28-6, 17 KO) is a hard luck veteran who has seen some close ones go against him.  In what should be a competitive fight, heartbreak could be the order of the day and the raucous Scottish crowd will make it hard on the judges to ignore what Burns does right.  In a nailbiter, the edge goes to the home team.  Look for a close, maybe controversial, decision win for Burns.        

Cliff Rold is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene and a member of the Transanational Boxing Ratings Board, the Yahoo Pound for Pound voting panel, and the Boxing Writers Association of America.  He can be reached at roldboxing@hotmail.com

Tags: Chris Arreola , Seth Mitchell , Arreola-Mitchell , Arreola vs. Mitchell


 

 User Comments and Feedback (must register to comment)

comment by M4RK, on 09-07-2013
Wow what prediction on the burns beltran fight. Pretty much fortune telling Cliff!

comment by PAC-BOY, on 09-07-2013
As soon as there is an exchange and counters are thrown and landed...Chris will get the better of it and Seth will get clocked. Lights out.

comment by freudianslip, on 09-07-2013
I always end up rooting for Arreola and he continues to fall short. Just when you think he's going to show up for his biggest fights he loses. So I'm going to say Arreola in 3 but I can see a UD or KO for mitchell. Depending on how safe Mitchell plays it.

comment by sinontec, on 09-07-2013
Canelo by KO

comment by Bushbaby, on 09-07-2013
I think this fight will be exciting as hell tbh. I lol at people who want exciting build ups to boxing. my primary concerns when watching boxing is who fights who inside the ring. I've spent to many years watching both hbo and showtime to know that hbo had stars fighting bums for too long while s...

Post A Comment/View More User Comments (10) 

   
 Top Headlines
 Advertisement
 
 MMA Headlines
 
 Related Articles
  BoxingScene Ratings Update: Sal...
  Omar Narvaez-Felipe Orucuta II:...
  Stats: Floyd Mayweather Jr. - L...
  BoxingScene Ratings Update: Bro...
  Mayweather Stays, Roman Rises: ...
  Mayweather-Maidana 2 and More: ...
  Mickey Bey, Miguel Vazquez Land...
  Maidana Threw Nearly 300 Less, ...
  Mayweather's Last Twelve: Compu...
  Santa Cruz-Roman CompuBox Histo...

 Latest Active Forum Threads
Latest Active Threads
 Advertisement

 


Advertisement



Privacy Policy - Submit News - Feedback - Site Map - Advertise with Us

Copyright © 2003-2014 BoxingScene LLC. All rights reserved.