April 17, 2009

America’s top heavyweight is... Chicano

By Steve Galindo III

Last Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, 28-year-old Mexican-American Cristobal ‘The Nightmare’ Arreola staked his claim as America’s best heavyweight with a four-round thrashing of veteran Jameel ‘Big Time’ McCline. Fighting for just the 27th time in his professional career, Arreola would go on to leave a lasting impression on the meager crowd of 5,425 by overwhelming the 6’6” Mc-Cline with an explosive display of combinations, and body shots.


The thrill of victory- Cristobal “The Nightmare” Arreola celebrates his fourth-round Knockout victory over Jameel “Big Time” McCline. photo credit: Getty images

To his credit, McCline made a strong showing in the third stanza connecting with two hellacious left hooks that momentarily stunned the nightmare. Arreola responded with a fury in the fourth round, and exhibited the non-stop relentless pressure that has made him such a fixture in the division. The assault proved to be too much for McCline, as Arreola would go on to send him to the canvas and into retirement -compliments of a big right hand to the temple in the 2:01 mark.

With the win, Arreola improved his record to 27-0-24 KOs, but more importantly, he defeated his most established opponent to date- a veteran that has competed for a world title on four different occasions. The fact that he was able to defeat McCline with such ease has many buzzing about the prospect of “the nightmare” competing for a world title later this year.

“I’m ready to fight whoever they want me to fight” Arreola said afterwards. “I want to be considered the best, so I could fight the best, the Klitschko brothers you know, if they think I’m not ready for them then here goes another fight.” Ready or not, a fight with WBC titlist Vitali Kilitschko might be on deck for Arreola. Last month, in an interview with SI.com. Vitali indicated that he would like nothing more than to face Arreola at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Should the match with Vitali come into fruition, it would present Arreola with the opportunity to contend for a world title, and a chance to become the first heavyweight champion of Mexican descent. Arreola is hoping that his plight to make history will inspire others. “I want to be the next Jack Johnson” Arreola said. “I feel like me getting this opportunity-me being able to make history, a lot more heavyweights that are from Mexican descent are going to come out and start making noise in the heavyweight division.”

Arreola to endorse local company

Last week it was announced that Carlsbad based Who’s Your Daddy Inc. energy drink had reached an endorsement deal with Arreola. In a press release the company stated “As a Mexican Heavyweight, he has a chance to make history and we want to be associated with him as he continues his quest to become the first Mexican Heavyweight Champion of the world.” As part of the deal, Arreola will wear the company’s logo on his trunks. Arreola will also allow the company to use his likeness on their website.

Mexican Tyson?

Although he aspires to be like Jack Johnson, many are beginning to draw comparisons between Cristobal and another hard hitting heavyweight. “Reminds me of Mike Tyson” said Arreola’s promoter Dan Goosen. “Both he and Mike have the same attitude going into the ring-and that is to knock the living crap out of their opponents” added Goosen.

While it might be a little too premature to anoint Cristobal as the next Mike Tyson, there is no denying the fact that since his debut nearly 6 years ago-the nightmare has been a force to be reckoned with. Arreola boasts a Knockout percentage of 90% with 22 of his 24 Knockouts coming within the first four rounds.

EL GRAN CHISME

Notes and Quotes from the world of Boxing

“Boxing is my passion, boxing is what I was born to do, and when I can’t do it anymore-when I can’t compete at the highest level, it’s not fair. It’s not fair to me; it’s not fair to the fans. I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s over.”-Oscar De La Hoya on why he retired

“I’m not saying Manny can’t knock me out, but if anyone is going to win in three rounds, I think I would be the safer bet to do that to him.”- Ricky ‘Hitman’ Hatton on his upcoming bout with Manny Pacquiao. - The Telegraph

“From this day forward, Evangelista Cotto will no longer be a part of my corner, just know that I will continue to work tirelessly for my next battle in June, when I will defend with success and much pride my title for all of the Puerto Ricans.”- Miguel Cotto on parting ways with his uncle and trainer Evangelista.- El Nuevo Dia

“If Juan Manuel Marquez wants to fight Manny Pacquiao again, fight this guy first.”- Promoter Bob Arum on a potential fight between Juan Manuel Marquez and rising star Edwin Valero

Marquez: thanks but no thanks.

Nacho Beristain has indicated that his pupil Juan Manuel Marquez is not interested in a bout with Edwin Valero. According to Beristain if a bout with Floyd May-weather Jr. cannot be made- then Golden boy Promotions has its sights set on a match between Marquez and fellow Mexican legend Tijuana’s own Erik “EL Terrible’ Morales.”- Esto

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