By Michael Norby: Undefeated American heavyweight prospect Chris Arreola
is quickly rising to the heady heights of world title contendership and he inched closer to achieving that goal on Saturday night as he knocked out experienced former world title challenger Jameel McCline
in the fourth round of a scheduled twelve at The Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Arreola 27-0 (24) took full advantage of a high profile slot as chief support to the Wright vs. Williams battle on HBO’s World Championship Boxing to showcase his raw aggression to a nationally televised audience against his most recognized opponent to date. Granted, the 28-year-old did seem overweight and he started slowly but, after stepping on the gas from the second round onward, he overwhelmed McCline 39-10-3 (23) and knocked out the veteran with an uppercut, right hand combination in the fourth round.
Weighing in at 255lbs, Arreola was carrying the proverbial spare tire and did very little to begin the opening round. McCline, also sporting a mushy midsection, tried to control distance with his left jab and was able to keep the undefeated rising star at bay for much of the frame. Arreola soon got wise, however, and connected with a scattering of body shots and a hard right hand upstairs midway through the round and began to push the veteran back with a handful of combinations late in the three minutes.
McCline reverted to his jab in the second but his opponent had settled by now and constantly searched for a way inside – just missing with big punches early before finding success by to the body with thumping combinations as the round progressed. McCline responded with a two punch sequence upstairs and momentarily stopped the 28-year-old from attacking, but Arreola was clearly winning the round and was catching his man with heavy right hands behind his jab more frequently now.