Someone Has Got To Clean House ….. So Why Not This Guy ?

As many of you know, I’m a professed boxing fan. But over the past few years I feel that as a fan of the sport , and I think I can speak for all of us boxing fans . The sport has made its most earnest fans disenfranchised. So much so, that many of us have now find the fast and rising genre of MMA as a more compelling and appealing way to watch a combative sport that resonates with us all. And in UFC , as the governing body for the sport here, domestically. They have gone out of their way to make sure that the best fights are being staged and broadcast in earnest. Be it on PPV or via a cable outlet , most notably Spike TV.

Chris  Arreola   poses  for  an  HBO  publicity  print  advertizing  his  upcoming   challenge for the  WBC  heavyweight title  held  by  Vitali  Klitschko .     picture  appears  courtesy  of  hbo.com   ..... @ copyrighted  material    All  rights  reserved
Chris Arreola poses for an HBO publicity print advertizing his upcoming challenge for the WBC heavyweight title held by Vitali Klitschko . picture appears courtesy of hbo.com ..... @ copyrighted material All rights reserved

Well this Saturday , the 26th September , in perhaps the most anticipated fight of his career , Chris Arreola (27-0, 24 KO’s) takes on and challenges Vitali Klitschko(37-2-0, 36 KO’s) for his WBC heavyweight title at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. And with the state of the heavyweight scene being what it is at present , where the Klitschko brothers, Vitali and Wladimir, seemingly rule the roost alongside several East European fighters. It’s been the long held view that until there’s some semblance of decency within the heavyweight division. It will continue to be viewed as a three ringed circus act, being manipulated by certain promoters and the various international governing bodies. And with there being no prominent American heavyweight boxer who resonates with the fans , domestically or on the international stage. The heavyweight scene as we know it, will prove to be nothing more than a freak show for any disinterested party who cares to witness the mess therein.

Wladimir (left) and  Vitali  Klitschko  . Both  brothers  hold  a  separate  versions of the  world heavyweight  boxing title.   Fans are  aghast  that  the  two  refuse  to  face  each  other   in  the   ring  bring  and  about an  undisputed   heavyweight  champion  of  the  world.    picture  appears  courtesy of  EPA ......................
Wladimir (left) and Vitali Klitschko . Both brothers hold a separate versions of the world heavyweight boxing title. Fans are aghast that the two refuse to face each other in the ring and bring about an undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. picture appears courtesy of EPA ......................

Courtesy of Yahoo Sports :

Maibag:Heavyweight delivery anticipated

By Kevin Iole

For once, boxing’s heavyweight division has gotten it right. The best championship fight that could be made is actually the one that has been made.

Vitali Klitschko will defend his World Boxing Council belt at the Staples Center in Los Angeles against Cristobal Arreola in a fight that could turn out to be the finest heavyweight championship match since Klitschko and Lennox Lewis put on a classic in 2003.

That’s not to say, however, that Klitschko-Arreola, however appealing it may be, is the best heavyweight fight out there. That fight, however, simply can not be made.

That would be a match of the division’s two most talented men: Klitschko and his younger brother, Wladimir, the owner of the International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Organization belts.

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WBC  heavyweight  champion  Vitali Klitschko,  left,  stands  next  to  challenger   Chris Arreola   outside the  Staples  Center   ,  Los  Angeles,  California.   The  photo  shoot  was   taken  prior   to  their  press  conference   inside the  Nokia  Center  just  across   from   the Staples  Center,   venue  for   Saturday's   heavyweight  title  showdown.     picture appears  courtesy  of  ap/photo/  Damian  Dovarganes   .....................
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, left, stands next to challenger Chris Arreola outside the Staples Center , Los Angeles, California. The photo shoot was taken prior to their press conference inside the Nokia Center just across from the Staples Center, venue for Saturday's heavyweight title showdown. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Damian Dovarganes .....................

Arreola for his part, brings with him an unblemished record and a great deal of potential. But his overall experience pales in comparison when measured against the champion, Vitali Klitschko. However, he’s viewed as a champion in the making and quite possibly the most serious challenger that Klitschko has had to face currently. The potential is there for a great fight and quite possibly a newly crowned heavyweight champion of the world. God knows, we need the division to have some excitement once again and some real legitimacy added to it ! The division is now treated with such irreverence that in all honesty more excitement is liable to be created, were we to witness a celebrity boxing match up between Jose Canseco and Richard Simmons . Any takers for that one ? Come on now , there’s got to be someone who at least loves either Jose or Richard ?

Vitali Klitschko  on   his  way  to victory over  Samuel  Peter  of  Nigeria.    Klitschko   won  the  bout  with  an  eighth  round  TKO of  his  opponent.    The  venue  for   the  bout  was the  02 World  Arena  ,  Kreuzberg , Berlin , Germany.  As  the  victor   , Klitschko  was  immediately   recognized  as  the  WBC  champion.   Peter  was at the   time  the  interim  champion  and  holder  of the  WBC  title as  adjudicated  by  the  regime's  governing  body.    picture appears  courtesy of  ap/photo /   Herber Knosowski   ................
Vitali Klitschko on his way to victory over Samuel Peter of Nigeria. Klitschko won the bout with an eighth round TKO of his opponent. The venue for the bout was the 02 World Arena , Kreuzberg , Berlin , Germany. As the victor , Klitschko was immediately recognized as the WBC champion. Peter was at the time the interim champion and holder of the WBC title as adjudicated by the regime's governing body. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo / Herber Knosowski ................

Of the two Klitschko brothers , it has been Vitali, who’s thought to be the better of the two. And certainly over the course of his career, he’s had the more meaningful fights when measured against that of his brother’s resume’. Though it has been Wladimir who has remained the more active of the two. And that’s understandable , given the fact that Vitali had been away from the ring for almost two years , after suffering what was thought to a career threatening knee injury. Rather than opting for surgery , he chose to seek solace away from the ring , while rehabilitating and recuperating from his injury. However, upon his return to the ring in 2008, he successfully fought and defeated Samuel Peter and Juan Carlos Gomez. The decision over Samuel Peter , made him a claimant for the WBC title, at the time.

Chris  Arreola (r)  walks   aways  from  referee Tony  Weeks (center)  after  knocking  out  Jameel  McCline  in the  fourth  round  of  their  heavyweight  bout  at the Mandalay  Bay  Events  Center  in April  of  this  year.  picture  appears courtesy  of  getty  images/  Ethan  Miller  ..............
Chris Arreola (r) walks aways from referee Tony Weeks (center) after knocking out Jameel McCline in the fourth round of their heavyweight bout at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in April of this year. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Ethan Miller ..............

Both fighters here are adept and both have considerable punching power. Each being knockout specialists in their own right. Arreola if anything , might well be viewed as the more explosive of the two fighters in that particular category. With 24 of his victories coming by way of knockouts. If nothing else it might suggest to us , that either the quality of opponent faced wasn’t that good to begin with. Or in-fact Arreola is extremely dangerous as first suggested by those who have observed him in the ring professionally. And though in large part, Vitali Klitschko is the odds on favorite to win the fight outright. There’s nothing to suggest that it will be as easy as many prognosticators are making it out to be. The champion could very well be in for the fight of his life ,when he faces off against his young challenger.

Another   photo op   show   Klitcschko  (left)  along  with  Arreola  (center )  and  the  fight's  promoter  Dan   Goosen  ,  far  right    outside  the  Nokia  Center.    picture  appears   courtesy  of  ap/ photo/  Damian  Dovarganes   ..................................
Another photo op shows Klitcschko (left) along with Arreola (center ) and the fight's promoter Dan Goosen , far right outside the Nokia Center. picture appears courtesy of ap/ photo/ Damian Dovarganes ..................................

Arreola is looking to become the first fighter of Mexican American heritage crowned heavyweight champion of the world. We’ve often thought of gifted Latin fighters as primarily gaining fame and notoriety in the lighter weight divisions. Well, Chris Arreola looks to put that myth to rest by making that now a reality , rather than a wish. And should he achieve that distinction ,then it could very go a long way of bringing back a great deal of interest within the heavyweight division. The division lacks a champion that the fans can easily respond to. And the aficianados of the sport are merely kidding themselves in suggesting that the Klitschko brothers are the best thing that the division has to offer by way of talent and competitiveness. It smacks of complete idiocy on their part ! And it is if anything an insult to the fans of the sport. Especially when one considers that the Klitschko brothers refuse to fight each other, in order to give some semblance of credibility to the division in seeking an undisputed heavyweight champion.

Lennox   Lewis  on his  way to  defeating  Vitali  Klitschko and  the  retention  of the  undisputed   crown  as  heavyweight   champion    of  the  world.  The  fight   took  place at the  Staples   Center,  Los Angeles    ,  California  , June 21st   2003.  Lewis  would defeat  his  opponent  with  a  6th  round  TKO.   picture  appears  courtesy  of  getty  images .....................
Lennox Lewis on his way to defeating Vitali Klitschko and the retention of the undisputed crown as heavyweight champion of the world. The fight took place at the Staples Center, Los Angeles , California , June 21st 2003. Lewis would defeat his opponent with a 6th round TKO. picture appears courtesy of getty images .....................

Unfortunately for the sport that once reigned supreme, wherein the heavyweight title was once the most recognized , prestigious, and individual of sports prizes in the world. In the minds of many now, it’s merely seen as nothing more than moniker for someone claiming to be something that they are not. Being the heavyweight champion of the world ought to mean being the undisputed champion and not the holder of a version of the title. It has been almost a decade since there was an undisputed champion within the division. And since the reign of that champion, Lennox Lewis ended with his retirement . All that we’ve seen , has been the fragmentation of the division. Whereby, each of the international governing bodies of the sport has resulted with each having its very own champion. Clearly the sport and in particular the heavyweight division is awry with its disparities.

Lennox Lewis goes on to defeat Mike Tyson with an 8th round TKO in their meeting for Lewis’ defense of his undisputed crown. The venue for the bout was The Pyramid in Memphis , Tennessee. Date of the event 8th June, 2002.

With those disparities comes a lack of credibility , legitimacy but above all respect for the heavyweight division. It’s champions are now so lightly regarded that it becomes laughable when one talks about there being a heavyweight champion of the world. This has now become the farce of the sport and of the division as a whole. And the fans of the sport aren’t inclined to take an interest unless there is a fighter out there that they can respond to. It may well appear that Chris Arreola could very well be that fighter , should he dethrone Vitali Klitschko. Do you think that the challenger will be able to defeat the champion ? Your comments on this matter ought to make for a great topic of discussion.

NB: A list of the international sanctioning and governing bodies in the world of boxing are as follows.

World Boxing Association …… WBA
World Boxing Council ……. WBC
International Boxing Federation… IBF
International Boxing Organizatiion . IBO

NB: The bout will be televised by HBO -scheduled fight time 10:00 pm (ET). For further details click on link provided below.

World Championship boxing Vitali Klitschko vs Cristobal Arreola ……..

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16 thoughts on “Someone Has Got To Clean House ….. So Why Not This Guy ?

  1. I am not a boxing fan. I like the piece. Well done. It should be a good fight. I hope the place is packed. I hope this fight will turn boxing fortunes around. Good information. It would interesting to have the brotehrs fight for the title.

  2. bobbygee

    As the bout is being held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. I’m sure that there’ll be a plethora of supporters for Arreola. There’s going to be a massive contingent of Latin and Hispanic fans there. It bodes well for Arreola , I hope .

    Alan Parkins

  3. It’s pathetic that we have to be excited that Klitchko is fighting. I really don’t care about him much… I guess we’re far from having a heavyweight worth watching for awhile…

    1. chappy81

      I can tell you this all of the governing bodies with an assist from Don King and Bob Arum have made boxing become an absolute farce ! And that’s especially true of the heavyweight division. There’s not one really talented boxer there with charisma or personality that’d lure the avid fight fan back to the arenas . Much watch a PPV event.

      I can only hope that Arreola lives up the hype and expectation that has preceded him. If not then it’s back to the same hum-drum existence and predicament that the sport now find itself in !

      Alan Parkins

      1. Yeah, it’s pretty sad in the heavyweight ranks these days. Too bad Mayweather doesn’t have an extra 40 pounds on him, because he’d be the perfect blend of talk and good fighting! I can garuntee that I won’t be buying this fight!

  4. chappy81

    Mayweather would struggle at anything above the middleweight limit. At one time I thought that Roy Jones Jr was actually serious about being a dominant boxer within the division. Instead he became something of a minsomer , essentially decrying anyone who just wouldn’t put up with his antics.

    Alan Parkins aka …………..

  5. Speaking of cleaning house, if the FSU faithful don’t run Bobby Bowden out of town after this home loss to USF, then they should resort to sucking hind tit til he croaks.

    No disrespect to USF who obviously now has a real program, but this Daniels kid, who is burning FSU left and right is FROM TALLAHASSEE!!! How does FSU not close the deal on recruiting him?

    1. Chris Humpherys

      Like I said in the tweet to you. Did hell freeze over today? This has got to be the worse loss suffered by the Noles’ program in years ! Now’s the time for Bowden to step down. Not next week or next year but now as in immediately ! The program is going nowhere with him still handling the reins. And personally I for one don’t believe that there’ll be that much improvement under his own personally chosen successor in Jimbo Fisher. In essence it’ll be more of the same !

      Alan Parkins

  6. Can someone explain to me how it is that the WBC still now thinks that it reamins a credible entity after last night’s sham ofa fight and the postfight farce in terms of Arreola’s interview ?

    Alan Parkins

  7. Chris Humpherys

    The ‘noles’ program is in complete disarray. Bowden and his coaches are out of touch with what’s going on in today’s game. Two of my closest friends are alumni of the college and even they are feeling discontent in the program and the direction that it’s going in

    Alan aka theoraclesays

    1. Chris Humpherys

      And that’s my whole point ! Even with Fisher on the sidelines , I can’t see that things will improve all that greatly under his regime. It’ll just be more of the same .

      Alan Parkins

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