A 256 pound Chris “Nightmare” Arreola, 29-2, 25 KO’s, came into his bout with Manuel Quezada, 29-6, 18 KO’s, claiming that he is now focused and properly trained, but he looked very heavy and slow, struggling to take the 12 round unanimous decision. Arreola’s chin and strength were too much for his opponent.
Arreola kept following Quezada, looking to land the overhand right, which he seemed to be a sucker for. He didn’t find it until the 9th round when he dropped Quezada twice, but he arose courageously and fought hard, winning the tenth round. He just didn’t have enough to defeat a bloated Arreola.
The frustrating career of Arreola continues. He doesn’t take the sport seriously and he is his own worst enemy. He can beat up on guys like Quezada and Brian Minto if he comes into the ring at 300 pounds, but when he steps up to take on a top guy in the division, he will lose if he comes in at the 250 pound plus that he’s been entering the ring.
Arreola gave himself a C- grade for his performance and that is about right. Let’s hope he comes into his next bout in better shape. At 230, he would be a tough fight for any heavyweight. At 256, he will most likely lose badly to a Tony Thompson or Eddie Chambers.