Originally Posted by joe strong
welliver was 290 when he fought solis but now weighs in the 230s.he has worked hard with joe hipp & has been very active.welliver has 2 regional belts.one from the WBO(interim asia pacific) & WBC(continental americas).david tua(asian pacific)is #2 in WBO & welliver has been trying to exercise his right for a title shot at TUA's asian pacific title but has not been able to secure the fight.i'm surprised tua hasnt been stripped or forced to fight him.tua owns 2 WBO regional belts & has a plan to rematch barrett in the summer followed by a showdown with kali meehan.i think welliver vs arreola is a great idea.if welliver puts his 2 belts on the line it would give arreola a much higher ranking if he beat him.welliver can take a punch but i just dont think he is a top contender but he hasnt had any fights vs a namr other then solis.welliver has dropped 60lbs & desperately wants a fight on TV with a name opponent.give him credit for trying to get tua & arreola in the ring.he has worked hard to get himself in striking distance of a big fight & was smart to go after a couple regional belts.bermane stiverne has 3 belts & is in an WBC eliminator vs ray austin & he hasnt beaten anyone with a heart beat.id like to see these 2 fight but a welliver\stiverne fight would have been good to.
Agreed. Welliver has worked tirelessly to get himself back into contention. He was nowhere near as well-conditioned against Solis compared to his present-day fitness level. His technical skills are above average, in my opinion, and he mentioned on a previous show that Pernell Whitaker is his favorite fighter so that may have instilled a desire to enrich certain technical aspects of the game.