The American managed to land a pair of hard right hands and a left hook upstairs to begin the fourth and he began to pour it on a surprised Klitschko through the first half of the round. He still received a lot in return but at least he was scoring and harassing the champion more effectively. Klitschko set himself in the final minute, however, and he regained control with a series of slicing punches as a perhaps over-eager Arreola surged forward.
The American certainly made Klitschko work for his pay this evening and, in the middle rounds, he surged forward looking to coral the champion against the ropes. Klitschko looked a little uneasy at times, but he retaliated to the challenger’s tactics in the fifth by planting one twos and sort left hooks against Arreola’s jaw as the 28-year-old came forward. With his hands at his sides, he controlled the sixth in much the same fashion – sneaking in digging right hands to the body in the process.
Arreola’s pressure waned a little in the seventh and Klitschko began to thump the younger man with more deliberate punching to further weather the Californian’s face. In the eighth, however, Arreola reached down into his petrol reserves and bounded forward – catching Klitschko with a series of meaningful punches on the inside in what was his best round of the fight thus far.
Blood seeped from the American’s swollen nose as he emerged for the ninth but he also displayed a renewed sense of purpose. Surely well behind on the scorecards, he raced forward behind his jab trying to close the distance but, as his attacking became reckless, he walked into numerous sharp right hands and left hooks throughout the frame. At the end of the round, a weary, bloodied and disjointed Arreola shuffled back to his corner as an unmarked and dominant Klitschko confidently returned to his stool.
Klitschko was virtually flawless tonight and he continued to batter a brave but overmatched Arreola in the tenth. After the round, as the American sat beaten on his stool, Schorle mercifully stopped the fight, much to the disappointment of a weeping Arreola.
Time of stoppage: End of tenth round.
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September 27, 2009