Wilder overpowers Arreola to retain WBC title
WBC heavyweight champion Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) stopped fellow American Chris Arreola (36-5-1, 31 KOs) at the end of the eighth round on Saturday night at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.
Despite an injury to his right hand, Wilder dominated Arreola on the way to scoring his 36th KO and retaining his world title for the fourth time.
Wilder said he broke his right hand and tore his right biceps during the fight.
In the opener, the 6’7″ Wilder worked his jab and established his distance while Arreola hardly threw a punch.
Both began to exchange shots in the second which resulted in Arreola suffering a cut over his right eye.
Arreola charged forward as he attempted to get close. He got inside and landed to the body as Wilder grabbed him and gyrated his hips while playing to his home crowd before landing an uppercut.
Wilder rocked Arreola with a solid straight right at the end of the fourth and a couple more hard shots dropped Arreola.
The challenger beat the count and he did well to make the bell after taking more heavy blows.
Wilder barely used his right hand in the following rounds but he didn’t need it.
By the seventh, Arreola, while still trying, had very little left as Wilder punished him with left jabs and hooks.
Arreola's left eye was almost shut as he continued to take a beating, prompting his corner to pull him out at the end of the eighth.
Arreola, who has lost previous world title attempts to Vitali Klitschko and Bermane Stiverne, took the fight on short notice after Wilder's mandatory defence against Alexander Povetkin was called off in May because the Russian failed a drug test.
Now, Wilder, who won his WBC belt by outpointing Stiverne in January 2015, wants fights with WBA/WBO champion Tyson Fury and IBF champion Anthony Joshua as he aims to unify the division.
"Of course I want the Furys, of course I want the Joshuas. The question is: Do they want me?" said Wilder.