On July 16, 2016, Deontay Wilder successfully defended his WBC Heavyweight title with an eighth-round stoppage victory against Chris Arreola at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama after Arreola’s corner put a stop to the fight.
The scheduled 12-round fight headlined the latest edition of PBC on Fox.
Although it was not completely known at the beginning of the fight, Wilder had injured his right hand, so he began the fight by unleashing his quick jab while Arreola circled to his right.
Arreola, unaware of Wilder’s injury, circled away from Wilder’s right hand before attempting to close the distance.
Wilder, however, was too quick and too big for Arreola, and began landing occasional right hands throughout the fight, though not to the extent seen in previous fights.
In Round 4, Wilder dropped Arreola and was ready to stop him in Round 5 as well. Arreola’s ability to take punishment and his courage, however, allowed him to stay in the fight for the next few rounds.
As the rounds progressed, it became more and more clear that Arreola had no chance and that he’d continue being a punching bag. Arreola’s trainer, Henry Ramirez, put an end to the fight in Round 8.
Wilder, a 30-year-old native of Alabama, continues his undefeated streak in a division that includes the likes of Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko. Another possible opponent is Luis Ortiz.
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Gabe Rivas has written for Round By Round Boxing since July of 2013. He studies Literature and Philosophy, tutors English, and teaches Boxing. Follow him on Instagram and on Twitter @GabeRivas03.