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Chris "Nightmare" Arreola has been somewhat of an enigma. He's a fighter blessed with tremendous power, a solid chin, and, when motivated, good boxing skills and technique.
Yet he has a tendency to blow off parts of his training, lacks discipline with diet, often fights visibly overweight and occasionally seems uninterested while in the ring.
Arreola punched his way to a title shot against Vitali Klitschko in September 2009 by scoring impressive knockout victories against Israel Garcia, Travis Walker and Jameel McCline. That shot ended in a lopsided beat-down at the hands of the dominant Klitschko, in spite of a brave performance by Arreola.
A seemingly refocused Arreola increased his activity in 2011, fighting five bouts that year, including two in May. Arreola looked to be building on each fight, constantly applied pressure to his opponents and seemed to benefit from not having long periods off between fights.
Could it Happen?
2012 has been a slow year for Arreola. He has fought just once so far, defeating Eric Molina by first-round knockout in February. Arreola is currently slated for his next bout in early November, but as no opponent has been named, it is possible he could delay that return if a bout with Fury came up for December 1.
Arreola is a legitimate top 10 heavyweight who has faced one of the Klitschko brothers already. When motivated, he possesses good boxing skills, carries power to every bout he's in and is a very durable fighter.
Defeating a fighter who would be viewed as a big threat would elevate Fury's status and help win bigger bouts in the future.
Could Fury Win?
Chris Arreola's punching power makes him a big threat to anybody he faces. His durability limits the chances of somebody stopping him early, meaning they often have to absorb his power for the duration of the fight to win. With Fury having a history of switching off in fights, like when Pajkic put him on the canvas last year, Arreola could end the fight at any time.
Once again, Fury's focus will be a big factor in whether he can win. His strong jab-and-cross should bring him success in the fight as Arreola is not the most difficult fighter to catch. What effect they will have is a different matter, Arreola stood in front of everything Klitschko threw at him until his corner, and the ref stopped the fight between the 10th and 11th round.
This is a fight that brings a huge risk for Fury, but definitely one he has the potential to win—if he can stay away from Arreola's power.