Saturday, September 26, 2009

Comparing Klitschko and Arreola

With the fight happening tonight at 10pm ET/7pm PT (live on HBO), I thought I'd share a quick comparison of the current WBC heavyweight champ Vitali Klitschko and the WBC #1 contender Chris Arreola ahead of their WBC championship fight at the Staples Center in LA, CA.

Vitali Klitschko Stats

won 37 (KO 36) + lost 2 (KO 2) + drawn 0 = 37
Birth Date: 1971-07-19
Age: 36
Division: Heavyweight
Global ID: 7033
US ID: CA046088
Rating: 2/1095(worldwide) 2/25(Ukraine)
Height: 6' 7 1/2"
Nationality: Ukraine
Alias: Ironfist / Dr
Birth Place: Belovodsk, Kyrgyzstan
Residence: Los Angeles, California, United States
Birth Name: Vitali Wladimirovich Klitschko
Home Town: Kiev, Ukraine
Trainer: Fritz Zdunek
Manager: K2 Promotions *basically himself & his brother
Stance: Orthodox
Weight(average): 245 lbs (112 kg)
Reach: 80" (203.2 cm)
Chest (norm): 46 1/2" (118.11 cm)
Chest (exp): 48" (121.92 cm)
Biceps: 17 1/2 (44.45 cm)
Forearm: 17 (43.18 cm)
Waist: 35 1/2" (90.17 cm)
Fist: 11" (27.94 cm)
Wrist: 7 1/2" (19.05 cm)
Thigh: 23 1/4" (59.055 cm)
Calf: 17" (43.18 cm)
Neck: 18 1/4" (46.355cm)
Waist: 34" (86.36 cm)

Chris Arreola Stats

Cristobal "The Nightmare" Arreola
WBC #1 Contender
Global ID
sex male
birth date 1981-03-05
age 28
manager/agent ..
division heavyweight
rating 11 / 1095(globally) 3 / 418(nationally)
nationality United States
alias The Nightmare
residence Riverside, California, United States
birth place Los Angeles, California, United States
birth name Cristobal Arreola
stance orthodox
height 6′ 4″ / 193cm
reach 77″ / 196cm
US ID 068049
won 27 (KO 24) + lost 0 (KO 0) + drawn 0 = 27
rounds boxed 81 KO% 88.89

Vitali Klitschko Career Boxing Record

03-21 -- Juan Carlos Gomez, Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Halle, Stuttgart, Baden-W├╝rttemberg, Germany, WBC Heavyweight Championship, W TKO 9 Full Fight Video

10-11 -- Samuel Peter, 02 Arena Berlin, Germany, WBC Heavyweight Championship, W TKO 8 Full Fight Video

12-11 -- Danny Williams, Las Vegas, NV, W TKO 8
(Retained WBC Heavyweight Title) Video Highlights
04-24 -- Corrie Sanders, Los Angeles, CA, W TKO 8
(Won WBC Heavyweight Title) Video Highlights

12-06 -- Kirk Johnson, New York, NY, W TKO 2 Video
06-21 -- Lennox Lewis, Los Angeles, CA, TKO by 6
(For WBC Heavyweight Title) Video Highlights

11-23 -- Larry Donald, Dortmund, Germany, W TKO 10
02-08 -- Vaughn Bean, Braunschweig, Germany, W TKO 11

12-08 -- Ross Puritty, Oberhausen, Germany, W TKO 11
01-27 -- Orlin Norris, Munich, Germany, W KO 1 Video

11-25 -- Timo Hoffmann, Hannover, Germany, W 12
04-01 -- Chris Byrd, Berlin, Germany, L TKO 10
(Lost WBO Heavyweight Title) Video Final Rounds

12-11 -- Obed Sullivan, Hamburg, Germany, W TKO 10
(Retained WBO Heavyweight Title)
10-09 -- Ed Mahone, Oberhausen, Germany, W TKO 3
(Retained WBO Heavyweight Title)
06-26 -- Herbie Hide, London, England, W KO 2
(Won WBO Heavyweight Title) Video
02-20 -- Ismael Youla, Hamburg, Germany, W TKO 2

12-05 -- Francesco Spinelli, Kiev, Ukraine, W KO 1 Video *Same night as Wlad vs Puritty
10-24 -- Mario Schiesser, Hamburg, Germany, W TKO 2
08-11 -- Ricardo Kennedy, Miami, FL, W TKO 1 Video
06-05 -- Jose Ribalta, Hamburg, Germany, W TKO 2
05-02 -- Dick Ryan, Lubeck, Germany, W TKO 5
04-18 -- Julius Francis, Aachen, Germany, W TKO 2
03-20 -- Levi Billups, Frankfurt, Germany, W KO 2 Video
03-07 -- Louis Monaco, Cologne, Germany, W KO 3 Video
01-30 -- Alben Belinski, Munich, Germany, W KO 2 Video Highlights
01-17 -- Marcus Rhode, Berlin, Germany, W TKO 2

12-20 -- Anthony Willis, Offenburg, Germany, W KO 5
11-29 -- Herman Delgado, Karlsruhe, Germany, W TKO 3
11-08 -- Gilberto Williamson, Frankfurt, Germany, W KO 6
10-04 -- Will Hinton, Hannover, Germany, W KO 2 Video
06-14 -- Jimmy Haynes, Aachen, Germany, W TKO 2
05-10 -- Cleveland Woods, Frankfurt, Germany, W KO 2 Video
04-12 -- Derrick Roddy, Aachen, Germany, W TKO 2
03-08 -- Calvin Jones, Cologne, Germany, W KO 1
02-22 -- Troy Roberts, Hamburg, Germany, W KO 2 Video
01-25 -- Mike Acklie, Stuttgart, Germany, W KO 1 Video

12-21 -- Brian Sargent, Frankfurt, Germany, W TKO 2
11-30 -- Frantisek Sumina, Wiener Neustadt, Austria, W TKO 1 Video
11-16 -- Tony Bradham, Hamburg, Germany, W KO 2 Video

37 Wins(36 by KO), 2 Loss, 0 Draws, 39 Total Fights

Vitali Klitschko - Date of Birth: July 19, 1971

Chris Arreola Career Boxing Record

27 Wins, 0 Losses, 24 Knockouts

04-11 -- Jameel McCline, Las Vegas, NV, KO 4

11-29 -- Travis Walker, Ontario, CA, TKO 3
09-25 -- Israel Garcia, San Jacinto, CA, TKO 3
06-21 -- Chazz Witherspoon, Memphis, TN, W DQ 3
02-09 -- Cliff Couser, Temecula, CA, TKO 1

09-21 -- Thomas Hayes, Ontario, CA, KO 3
07-14 -- Derek Berry, Carson, CA, KO 1
05-04 -- Malcolm Tann, Las Vegas, NV, TKO 8
02-09 -- Zakeem Graham, Selden, NY, TKO 3

11-04 -- Damian Wills, Las Vegas, NV, TKO 7
08-19 -- Damian Norris, Reno, Nevada, TKO 4
05-25 -- Sedreck Fields, Temecula, CA, KO 7
04-12 -- Lee Manuel Ossie, Lemoore, CA, KO 1
03-03 -- Curtis Taylor, Temecula, CA, KO 1

10-21 -- Domonic Jenkins, Temecula, CA, TKO 5
09-23 -- Andrew Greeley, Los Angeles, CA, W 6
05-05 -- Kenny Lemos, Palm Springs, CA, TKO 4
02-17 -- Samuel Rodriguez, Hollywood, CA, TKO 4
01-21 -- David Cleage, Uncasville, CT, W DQ 3

12-09 -- Benjamin Garcia, Temecula, CA, TKO 1
08-20 -- Ed Mosley, Corona, CA, TKO 1
04-26 -- David Johnson, Ontario, CA, TKO 1
03-22 -- Jason Condon, Ontario, CA, KO 1
02-16 -- Semisi Bloomfield, Ontario, CA, TKO 1

11-10 -- David Johnson, Ontario, CA, KO 2
10-03 -- Jeremiah Constant, Laughlin, NV, TKO 1
09-05 -- Roosevelt Parker, Laughlin, NV, TKO 2

Chris Arreola Date of Birth: March 5, 1981

Vitali Klitschko's Recent Fights

Klitschko vs Gomez Round 1

*missing part of the round -- when I find a better substitute I will replace this..

Klitschko vs Gomez Round 2

Klitschko vs Gomez Round 3

Klitschko vs Gomez Round 4

Klitschko vs Gomez Round 5

*Gomez suffers cut above right eye

Klitschko vs Gomez Round 6

*Klitschko suffers cut on hairline from headbutt

Klitschko vs Gomez Round 7

*Gomez knocked down

Klitschko vs Gomez Round 8

Klitschko vs Gomez Round 9

*final round Klitschko gets strange warning/deduction maybe and floors Gomez once before Vitali Klitschko finishes via TKO!

This is a highlight video of the WBC heavyweight championship fight between "Dr. Ironfist" Vitali Klitschko vs. Samuel "The Nigerian Nightmare" Peter this last Saturday October, 11th 2008. The music is by AC/DC, and the song is called "Hell's Bells", which was Vitali's entrance music. Enjoy!

Chris Arreola's Recent Fights

Arreola vs McCline Part 1

Arreola vs McCline Part 2

Arreola vs McCline Part 3

Arreola vs Travis Walker Highlights

Vitali Klitschko Strengths

  • Tall & Uses Height Well

  • Strong

  • Usually has reach advantage

  • Hard To Hit

  • Hard Puncher

  • Good Finisher

  • Studies opponent before he fights them

  • Has heart

  • Always in great physical condition

  • Good Combos

  • Great Chin

  • Has never been down by an opponent

  • Has the highest KO percentages in heavyweight history

  • Determined--Wants brothers dream to be champions at same time

  • Confident

  • Experienced

Vitali Klitschko Weaknesses

  • Lacks body punching

  • Confident-- could be too confident

  • Aging-- could he grow old overnight

Chris Arreola Strengths

  • Has Good Heart

  • Determined-wants to be 1st Mexican Heavyweight Champion

  • Recovers Well -- went down hard and got back up in a previous fight to win

  • Great combos-- body punching uppercuts etc

  • Could be motivated to win more than ever

  • Young

Chris Arreola Weaknesses

  • Not in the best physical shape

  • Chin questionable

  • Stamina in question

  • Unknown how he will handle the biggest fight of his life

Klitschko Arreola Prediction

*from earlier post...

This is my prediction on how the WBC heavyweight championship fight will go this Saturday, September 26th at the Staples Center between current WBC champ Vitali Klitschko and Chris Arreola.

I think Arreola's best chance is to come out guns blazing in hopes to catch Vitali and not worry about running out of energy. I say this because I think any other tactic will be a for sure loss, and it's because of this I see Vitali winning this fight.

If Arreola does come out on fire at the very least if he loses he can show a valiant effort and have the excuse that he wasn't in the best shape possible to go all the rounds etc..

But, I don's see it happening like that, or at least having success at doing it if he does. I think Vitali will control him with his jab and footwork and although Arreola might have the plan to come in and go crazy he will soon become frustrated with getting hit with Vitali's shots and will start to go through the motions.

Vitali will start landing more right crosses by round 4 and by round 6 or 7 I think Arreola will be too tired to mount a proper offense or defense and will start getting hit at almost will. I see this being a TKO stoppage around rounds 7 through 9.

Good luck to Vitali tonight, and if anyone wants to chat with other fans worldwide you can go here during fight time at 10pm ET/ 7pm PT.


  1. I have to disagree with you on 1 thing Kfan.Where you listed body punching as 1 of Vitali's weaknesses I think out of the 2 brothers Vitali is the one who throws body punches if need be. As evidence in the Sanders fight and the Kirk Johnson fight. If his opponent has the gut and is making it available he'll take some shot's. Where as the last couple of Wladimirs opponents have been hiding their face behind both their gloves( Rahman and Chagaev)he rarely took a shot at best

  2. When I say body punching as a weakness, it's not necessarily something he needs -- anymore than his brother--- due to his height and style, but it's something that if he and his brother(especially Wladimir in the above mentioned fights) did use more they may be able to be even more successful at ending their fights sooner, or just be more successful in general(which is actually pretty scary to think about being even better). Right now their height and style make this weakness non-applicable but there could be a time if they fought a much taller opponent and/or skilled one(not saying nobody they have fought has been skilled of course) that having a better body attack would be good. If Vitali threw as many head shots as body punches and threw as many body punches as head shots I would say the exact opposite.

  3. I have a feeling that HBO is going to put the replay of Mayweather on before the fight. I hope it's the other way around. There's also some under card fights that I wouldn't mind seeing.Either way I still hate waiting for the main event.

  4. lol - yeah I'd rather them show the under card as I've heard the Marques Mayweather fight wasn't that exciting anyway. I'd like to see Ustinov the 300 lb 6'7" Ukranian fight and see how good he is for sure.

  5. Didn't see him on the card. I was talking about Boswell fight and Banks fight. Banks is or at least was part of team Klitschko.

    Johnathon Banks
    From Boxrec Boxing Encyclopaedia

    * Three time National Amateur Champion at 178 lbs
    * Has worked with Wladimir Klitschko for several years.
    * Won the IBO title in the Cruiserweight division.

  6. Knew it damn replay. another hour to go damn

  7. Ya that wouldn't be a bad fight to watch either


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