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Arreola Knocks Out Mitchell in ONE!
Chris Arreola (36-3, 31 KOs) knocked out Seth Mitchell(26-2-1, 19 KOs) in an extremely important ‘crossroads’ heavyweight fight that lasted just 2:26 seconds into the first round of the main event of a special SHOWTIME Championship Boxing event last Saturday at the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino in Indio, CA.
The victory was Arreola’s 13th career-first round knockout.
Arreola cracked Mitchell with a solid right to the face before dragging him down to the mat within the first minute of the fight. Mitchell returned to his feet only to absorb more punishment and pummeled around the ring. Arreola’s powerful jabs and hooks cross Mitchell’s face proved too much. Mitchell was knocked down and utterly embarrassed, as Arreola’s assault proved too deadly.
Referee Jack Reiss stopped the one-sided beating, as Arreola easily proved that Mitchell was out of his league.
“I want to thank myself for putting the work in,” Arreola said. “I worked my ass off in Phoenix preparing for this fight. I respect Seth for his power, but the big difference for me was in training camp.”
Following the bout, Arreola disrespected Mitchell by doing pushups and flexing his muscles in his face. Arreola screamed ‘easy work,’ as Mitchell was gathering his senses.
Arreola is a hard-punching heavyweight contender that was on a recent downslide. Arreola has a well-documented history of having a poor work ethic while preparing for fights. Arreola has a reputation for partying, drinking, and simply not training in weeks prior to fights. That poor work ethic heavily contributed to his poor TKO defeat to WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klischko in September 2009. In April, Arreola’s seven-bout win streak was snapped when he lost a lopsided 12-round decision to Bermane Stiverne, who is now the No. 1-ranked contender to challenge Klitschko.
Arreola’s spectacular knockout of Mitchell, a former collegian football athlete, proves that he is still relevant in the heavyweight title picture. Mitchell
, however, needs to seriously need to reevaluate his career after having been severely knocked out in two of his last three fights.
“I got caught,” Mitchell said. “I am very disappointed. I was confident in my ability to win this fight. My heart just hurts right now. This was a big fight for both of us, a fight that I wanted. I didn’t want to step back after beating Jonathan Banks.”
In June, Mitchell avenged his October 2012 knockout loss to Jonathan Banks by winning a 12-round decision. However, Banks hurt his hand after badly hurting Mitchell early in the fight. Mitchell won that fight not because he was the better fighter, but because Banks barely threw any punches.
Mitchell has an impressive record on paper and at 6’ 2,” 240-pounds, is a strong puncher. However, his stamina is terrible and his ability to take a heavyweight shot is even worse. Mitchell’s negative reaction to punches could be a clear indicator that maybe he truly doesn’t have what it takes to be a heavyweight star.
Rafael Marquez KO’d
Rafael Marquez is the brother of Juan Manuel Marquez. Rafael has achieved high level of success as a fighter, similar to his brother. Rafael is a former undefeated IBF bantamweight champion and WBC super featherweight titlist. Marquez(41-9, 37 KOs) is best-recognized for his FOUR thrilling fights with Israel Vazquez. The future Hall of Fame fighter was showcased against Efrain Esquivia (17-2-1, 9 KOs), but was stopped in the ninth round of a scheduled 10-round clash.
The defeat was Marquez’ second consecutive by knockout dating back to last year. Esquivias was resilient to Marquez’s punches. Marquez’ speed and reflexes were slow and off-rhythm, as he looked like a badly faded fighter. It was sad to see so many people attempt to encourage Marquez forward; hoping to see something dramatic and memorable. But Marquez had nothing.
A lead right-hand put Marquez on the canvas, as referee Raul Caiz, Jr. immediately stopped the fight.
“”I am slow starter,” Esquivias said. “He caught me early, but I finished strong and that’s what matters.”
Esquivias, like everyone else in attendance, was a diehard Marquez supporter.
“He’s one of my favorite fighters,” Esquivias said. “When he beat Tim Austin I became a big fan of Rafael. Now, I am in the ring with him and it’s a huge honor. I am still his biggest fan. He’s a great champion.”
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