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    By Ted Sares

    Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola is an emotional and very likable guy. Over the course of his career, there have been ups and downs providing the grist for a compelling story if one were inclined to write it. He’ll kiss a beaten opponent (Joey Abell) or cry if beaten (Vitali Klitschko) and his language during a post-fight interview is, well it’s special.

    After his corner stopped the fight following the 10th round with Klitschko, and with tears streaming down his cheeks, he thanked the fans (as is his wont) and later, while being interviewed in the ring, said "F--k that, I'm coming back.”

    It was his first loss after 26 straight wins out of the professional gate. For that “terrible” indiscretion, he was punished by the selectively politically correct World Boxing Council. WBC president José Sulaimán proposed a six months ban for vulgar language and the ban was approved by the WBC Board of Governors.

    Arreola, who rarely uses filters, was brutally candid again after his first round KO over Erik Molina in 2012. The Nightmare cut loose on Don King, Molina’s promoter, calling him a “f—ing a–hole and a racist,” causing Showtime’s Jim Gray to terminate the post-fight interview forthwith. “Honestly Don King called me a wetback, and other Mexicans,” Arreola told Fightnews.com. “That’s a strong word. It’s like me dropping N bombs. You don’t say things like that.”

    No ban this time.

    Arreola’s weight varies but when he is fit and ready (and under 250), he is a very dangerous heavyweight, especially in the early rounds. Once he has his opponent hurt, there are few boxers who can close as well as this Southern California Mexican American tough guy who was an accomplished amateur fighter and knows his way around the ring.

    His level of opposition has been stiff. In fact, his five losses have been to fighters who have held world titles at one time or another. Bermane Stiverne had Chris’s number and beat him twice—the second time by way of a nasty knockout. However, he has a number of solid wins over the likes of Malcom Tann, Chazz Witherspoon, Travis Walker, Jameel McCline, Brian Minto, Curtis Harper --yes, that Curtis Harper who gave Chris all he could handle -- and many others who came in with fine records. His first round blowout of once promising Seth Mitchell was quintessential Arreola. Mitchell retired after the fight.

    In July 2016, The Nightmare was stopped by Deontay Wilder in yet another title bid but he did not disgrace himself. He then took off for over two years to assess whether he wanted to continue. Boxing fans pretty much forgot about him. Few took notice when he came back to stop the very stoppable Maurenzo Smith on the Wilder-Fury undercard on Dec. 1 of last year.

    Fast Forward

    Last weekend, on the undercard of the huge Errol Spence Jr. vs. Mikey Garcia PPV fight in Dallas, “The Nightmare” was matched against unbeaten but unheralded Jean Pierre Augustin (17-0-1).

    Chris, now 38, came in at a svelte 237 pounds and looked fit and ready to go. The weary look on Augustin’s face during the announcement said it all. True to form, Arreola was in blowout mode and stopped the Haitian who simply was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    Arreola wobbled Augustin with a brutally hard jab that connected flush to his face in the third round. After more heavy shots, a bloodied Augustin went down and upon getting up, was battered until the referee halted matters. Chris closed things like he had done on so many other occasions and in front of millions of fans tuning in around the world.

    With a female interviewer, the elated “Nightmare” was polite during the post-fight ceremonies and, holding his daughter, signaled that he is BACK! That’s good news for boxing fans because when Chris Arreola is fit and focused, he is entertaining and very competitive.

    With a current record of 38-5-1 with 2 ND (the “no-contests” resulting from Chris‘s apparent affinity for non-medicinal marijuana), a fight with someone like Adam Kownacki would be a boxing fan’s dream.

    Ted Sares is one of the world’s oldest active power lifters and Strongman competitors and plans to compete in at least three events in 2019. He is a lifetime member of Ring 10, and a member of Ring 4 and its Boxing Hall of Fame. He also is an Auxiliary Member of the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA).

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  • #2
    Good for Chris.

    I knew the name of his opponent rang a bell.

    A couple years ago I covered him on the undercard of a Jose Antonio Rivera show in Worcester, Mass. Here's what I wrote about the heavyweight hopeful with dreams of Hollywood: "Haitian heavyweight Jean Pierre Augustin, 219, 8-0-1 (3), Lawrence, MA., decisioned Jose Humberto Corral, 214, 19-23 (12), Sonora, Mexico, over a tedious six round distance. Augustin, an aspiring movie actor, played boxing champion Gilbert Dele in the recent Vinny Pazienza biopic Bleed For This. How about that? According to Augustin, he is also slated to appear on screen soon in a film portrayal of former heavyweight champion Big John Tate. “Thank God that’s over,” said referee Steve Clark at the final bell; echoing the sentiments of the crowd and the Nation. All three judges scored the fight 60-54 for the colorful winner, coming soon to a theater near you."

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    • #3
      Some people you just like ...they have a honesty about them ..Chris is one of them ..hope he gets another shot and makes some cash

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      • #4
        I saw Chris fight live three times in SoCal. Each time he found himself in mucho trouble. Chris is entertaining at that; however, at 38-years-old, we've seen the best of him.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by KO Digest View Post
          Good for Chris.

          I knew the name of his opponent rang a bell.

          A couple years ago I covered him on the undercard of a Jose Antonio Rivera show in Worcester, Mass. Here's what I wrote about the heavyweight hopeful with dreams of Hollywood: "Haitian heavyweight Jean Pierre Augustin, 219, 8-0-1 (3), Lawrence, MA., decisioned Jose Humberto Corral, 214, 19-23 (12), Sonora, Mexico, over a tedious six round distance. Augustin, an aspiring movie actor, played boxing champion Gilbert Dele in the recent Vinny Pazienza biopic Bleed For This. How about that? According to Augustin, he is also slated to appear on screen soon in a film portrayal of former heavyweight champion Big John Tate. “Thank God that’s over,” said referee Steve Clark at the final bell; echoing the sentiments of the crowd and the Nation. All three judges scored the fight 60-54 for the colorful winner, coming soon to a theater near you."
          That's one for the memory bank.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by JohnnyTango View Post
            I saw Chris fight live three times in SoCal. Each time he found himself in mucho trouble. Chris is entertaining at that; however, at 38-years-old, we've seen the best of him.
            While I suspect you are correct, I hope not. When he is in shape, he can be a load. But that's a big "when."

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            • #7
              Originally posted by teaser View Post
              Some people you just like ...they have a honesty about them ..Chris is one of them ..hope he gets another shot and makes some cash
              Exactly. What you see is what you get and it's 100% genuine, Very rare these days.

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              • #8
                I wouldn't mind a fight with Kownacki. Another guy that comes to mind in that same mode is Andrey Fedosov. Fedosov's promoter, Banner Promotions, has recently taken to social media and put out press releases pitching for an opportunity for Fedosov. Either Kownacki or Fedosov would make for quite entertaining fights with Arreola.

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                • Kid Blast
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                  Agreed. But Kownacki would be mega interesting. Non-stop puncher vs, high volume puncher with far more skills. Wow. I'd love to see thtat one.
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