Blowout in Vegas as Arreola KOs McCline

Jameel McClineBy Ted Sares - Going in, I thought Jameel “Big Time” McCline’s best (and only) shot was to mug an “overweight” Chris Arreola early. One thing about McCline is that he is a reasonably fast starter while “The Nightmare” is not. With decent power and hand speed to go with his ring experience, he had the tools to get the job done. What he didn’t have, however, was a killer instinct which has been his Achilles Heel, something Aerreola does not lack.

On this night, a focused and determined Chris Arreola was not to be denied. After dominating the first two rounds with solid aggression, superior punch volume, and excellent body work, he showed he had good whiskers by taking three crunching left counters from McCline in the third. Then in the fourth, he used a signature left uppercut followed by a straight right to keep McCline at risk. A series of rights then hurt and finally decked “Big Time” who likely could have gotten up but decided discretion was the better part of valor.

One could call Chris “blubbery,” but if he is, it clearly hasn’t hampered him. Maybe that’s the right weight for him; after all, he has won four in a row while in the 250’s. With his exciting style and killer instinct, I now see him as a potential nightmare for anyone in the heavyweight division. All of a sudden, there now appear to be four in the top mix: Wlad, Vitali, David Haye and Cristobal Aerreola. All of a sudden, things are starting to look up.

Article posted on 12.04.2009

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