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Klitschko Defends WBC Heavyweight Title On SecondsOut Tv




By Michael Norby: WBC heavyweight world champion Vitali Klitschko easily defended his title on Saturday night, with a dominating ten round stoppage victory over the previously unbeaten American bright spark Cristobal Arreola at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Despite facing a man who many believe could be the next great American heavyweight, Klitschko 38-2 (27) was a heavy pre-fight favorite. He supported the forecasts of odds-makers and writers by controlling his powerful opponent from the opening bell with a typically controlled and damaging display of boxing.

Arreola 27-1 (24) determined and hungry and in slightly better physical shape than in recent fights, fought bravely but, after ten rounds of punishment, which became more severe in the second half of the fight, the challenger was distraught as referee Jon Schorle refused to allow the Californian to emerge for the eleventh.

Klitschko began the contest standing typically tall, pawing with his left hand jab from the center of the ring and shooting rhythmic and accurate straight right hands. Arreola moved well initially but slowed markedly midway through and allowed Klitschko to redden his face with spearing right hands from range.

This trend continued in the second as Klitschko’s superior range ensured a steady diet of right hands pinged against the dial of the American. Arreola bullied his way inside early in the round and shot off a brief combination to the champion’s body but Klitschko quickly moved away and returned to thumping Arreola with perfectly thrown hooks, jabs and straight right hands.

Arreola was tenacious and he was determined to keep pressure on the 38-year-old Ukrainian but his efforts were largely ineffective – proven by the 77 to 17 punch connect advantage enjoyed by the champion through two rounds. Klitschko continued to pepper his man with combinations to the body and head in the third as Arreola huffed and puffed his way in a fruitless pursuit of his taller, more powerful opponent.

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
Pic Harry Rosenbluth
Pic Harry Rosenbluth
Pic Harry Rosenbluth
Pic Harry Rosenbluth


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