The Ship Be Sinking

Mouth Almighty

BAD 11/29/08

How dearly I wish I’d written my round predictions here before the fights, because as my roommate Sean might tell you, I actually got them both right on the night for the first time ever. The Williams fight was, a cut to the Punisher aside, almost exactly what I thought it would be; a bit more entertaining and slugfest-y perhaps, but ultimately a clear domination by the younger, stronger, bigger man. The Arreola fight however….

Embarrassing as it is to admit, this was my first time seeing Arreola in more than clips. Lemme tell ya: not impressed. He did a good job keeping his head and finishing, seems to have ok power, and his post-match promo was excellent. Beyond that- yikes. He called out the Klitschkos after his bout, and let’s be clear: either of them would axe-murder him if that were to be his next fight. Think Lewis-Tua, but worse. He’s slow, chubby, has an iffy jab, very little movement (head or otherwise), an “ehh” chin, and he’s criminally hittable. If he weren’t American, he’d be Some Guy; compare where he’s at and where Alexander Povetkin is at, and their relative HBO “push”, and see my point. it is possible that with intensive training in a year or two he might be able to give either K a contest, but I wouldn’t put much money on it.

As for the main event, I thought that was pretty much the best of Paul Williams. He was sitting down on his punches all night, seemed more focused on the body attack than ever before especially with a right hook, wasn’t rattled by the cut and fought in a measured, intelligent way all night. It’s anyone’s guess if that will help him land a serious money fight next time out, but on the basis of this performance you’d be a fool to say there’s anyone out there between 147 and 168 against whom he’d have no chance.

Next major card is DLH-Pacquiao, about which I’ll have much more to say as we get closer to fight time. Suffice to say, I’m one of the people very excited about this fight.


December 1, 2008 - Posted by | Boxing | , ,

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