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Dave Amos 20th Apr 2010 - 9:00

Adamek too much for overweight Arreola

Bill Werbeniuk, John Daly, William 'The Refrigerator' Perry, Andy Fordham, Ronaldo at the 2006 World Cup, Roy 'Big Country' Nelson, the latter-day Neville Southall, the everyday Micky Quinn - if those names mean anything to you, the connection should be an obvious one.

Saturday April 24, Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California USA.

In spite of the modern sportsman living in an age of high-tech facilities, the latest advancements in training techniques and an army of dieticians, conditioners and coaches ready to whip their charges into shape, there is still room for the more rotund figure to make advances into sports upper echelons.

Boxing is no exception, and whilst the men who make their living dragging their body weight down to particular limits can never come in looking too heavy, the big men of the sport have no such restrictions.

This means we can see massive giants like Nikolai Valuev taking on smaller, more mobile men, such as David Haye. However, when making a weight limit doesn't enter into your training regime, there is always the possibility for a fighter to come in, to put it bluntly, fat.

Chris Arreola is one such man. Weighing in at a blubbery 263 pounds for his last fight, (that's only three pounds shy of nineteen stone), he's the polar opposite of the athletic, sculpted fighter we see when we watch, for example, Wladimir Klitschko in action.

There is no need for him to weigh as much as he does. Stripped down to his shorts he looks like an everyday overweight guy who enjoys beer, burgers and barbecues.

In short, this gives his opponent a ready-made game plan; keep away from the big man's bombs early, and he's a dead-cert to tire as the fight goes on, leaving him wide open for a sustained attack or, at the very least, in no position to throw enough to win rounds.

From a 29 fight career, he's only been past the fifth round five times. His one venture past the eighth saw his only defeat, when Vitali Klitschko battered him into submission last September.

Tomasz Adamek is a very good boxer, and it's hard to see him being drawn into an early war with the heavy-handed Arreola.

He fought for many years at light heavyweight where he won the WBC world title, and since being beaten by Chad Dawson has moved up, first to cruiserweight were he claimed the IBF belt against O'Neill Bell, and now all the way up to heavyweight.

When looking to make a case for Arreola, I think there are two key areas which have to be questioned when we look at Adamek.

Firstly, there is no getting away from the fact that size-wise, he's by and large going to be the smaller man for the rest of his career. You don't tend to win titles at 175 pounds if you're naturally a heavyweight.

Secondly, having just stepped up, his recent opponents haven't been of the highest standard.

His last outing saw him claim a fairly laboured points win against Jason Estrada, prior to that he had faced a seriously dated Andrew Golota and, in his last fight at cruiserweight, Bobby Gunn.

British fans might remember Golota being annihilated by Lennox Lewis some years ago, whilst Gunn was hopelessly mismatched against Enzo Maccarinelli in a bout that prompted some to describe him as the worst world title challenger of all time.

However, I think the value here is with Adamek, who should have the ring savvy to stay clear in the earlier rounds, and make his conditioning count by peppering Arreola with jabs once the bigger man has been dragged into uncharted waters.

I have a gut feeling Arreola will have enough to last the distance, but I don't think the seasoned Adamek will let him get near enough to finish the job.

I think Arreola finds out what the bell sounds like at the end of the twelfth for the first time, but I also believe he will experience the second loss of his career.

Adamek to win a unanimous decision - Adamek to win is priced at 4/6.


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