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Arreola: Wilder Was Much Better Fighter, Couldn't Figure Him Out

BIRMINGHAM, AL - Undefeated heavyweight world champion Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) finished three-time world title challenger Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola (36-5-1, 31 KOs) after the eighth round of the main event of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on FOX and FOX Deportes from Legacy Arena at the BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama.
 
In front of a hometown crowd of 11,974, Wilder controlled the fight from bell to bell, dropping Arreola in the fourth round, and dominating the battle tested challenger. Despite a broken right hand and a torn bicep muscle, Wilder managed to persevere and secure the stoppage.
 
Televised action opened with Olympic Gold medalist Felix Diaz Jr. (18-1, 8 KOs) defeating Sammy "The Sergeant" Vasquez Jr. (21-1, 15 KOs) by unanimous decision (96-93, 95-94, 95-94) in an exhilarating 10-round welterweight showdown.

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The second televised bout featured unbeaten rising star Erickson "Hammer" Lubin (16-0, 11 KOs) scoring a unanimous decision (80-72, 80-72, 80-72) over Ivan Montero (20-2, 8 KOs) in an eight-round junior middleweight bout.

"When he started taunting in the eighth round I knew it was all just part of boxing. No big deal. The fourth round knockdown was a situation where he just hit me with the perfect shot. Nothing I could do about it," Arreola said.
 
"(Deontay's) movement was really tough. He moved perfectly behind his jab. It's not that it's even frustrating; it was just I had to catch up to him on runs like that, but it was a fun fight. He just kept me on the outside, I couldn't figure him out -- plain and simple. I have to give him all the respect in the world because he was just a much better fighter."

"Let's be honest, man. It takes a real fighter to be in the ring with someone like him. He's a big man. We're in the heavyweight division, man, this is the hurt business. You have to know how to deal with adversity. I get punched, I'm going to get back up. I have to give him credit for using his distance, using his jab and just keeping me at bay."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by theface07 on 07-19-2016

[QUOTE=HURTFEELINGS;16877592]this is where alot of you so called "boxing experts" inconsistencies become obvious...you never blame lil g for his opponents but you blame wilder for his opponents...:ugh:[/QUOTE] There's a big difference. Golovkin actually wants to get the best in his…

Comment by HURTFEELINGS on 07-18-2016

this is where alot of you so called "boxing experts" inconsistencies become obvious...you never blame lil g for his opponents but you blame wilder for his opponents...:ugh:

Comment by SuperHanz on 07-18-2016

Arreola was awful, even when he managed to get inside his punches lacked any kind of snap. When a boxer with a glass jaw like Wilder is taking your best punches and laughing at you, it's time to pack it…

Comment by HURTFEELINGS on 07-18-2016

[QUOTE=boxingfan4life;16877540]Credit to Arreloa for giving respect to Wilder and making no excuses. I wonder if Wilder will be out for the remainder of the year after his surgeries.[/QUOTE] NO WAY! Salt water swimming, he'll be back in no time, no…

Comment by boxingfan4life on 07-18-2016

I don't know why haters keep blaming Wilder for this fight. If a certain somebody hadn't been popped for a banned substance (ahem Povetkin) we would have had a better fight.

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