Arreola Devastates Mitchell In Round 1 Knockout
INDIO, CA –
We all knew it wasn’t going to end well but we didn’t expect it to end THAT quickly…
On Saturday night at the Fantasy Springs Resort in Indio, California a bull went crazy in the china cabinet. Connecting with the second most discussed chin in boxing (Amir Khan being the first), Chris Arreola defeated Seth Mitchell by first round knockout in front of a capacity crowd.
Mitchell, who hoped to shed his image as a made champion, was anything but successful in his latest campaign to establish his legitimacy in the heavyweight division. On paper, he seemed like everything was going his way. Power in tact, slimmed down fitter physique, toned body, all the basic were there. He even seemed ready when he emerging from the corner round 1. But the improvements proved to be short lived. Mitchell, again, failed to move his head, use sufficient foot work and tie up properly. Throwing big left hooks to the head and the body, Arreola respected his power early. But the respect was short lived when ‘The Nightmare’ in return zeroed in on Mitchell’s questionable chin and chopped at it like woodchuck chucking wood.
Once Arreola landed the first blow landed, he couldn’t miss if he tried and continued to batter away. Knocking Mitchell down twice during the opening round, Arreola stalked his way to the corner like George Jefferson finding new money.
Beating the count after the first knockdown, Mitchell looked wounded but regained his footing. As he Mitchell moved in to tie up, Arreola continued to batter at the head and chin rendering him like a Bambi on a frozen pond. Walking Mitchell down, “The Nightmare” once again connected with the big right hand again and put Mitchell down for a second time in the opening round. Staggering to his feet for second time, he absorbed a few more blows from Arreola for good measure until the referee saw enough and ended the bout.
Crediting Mitchell’s power, Arreola thanked God, and himself (put not Al Haymon), for coming into the fight prepared and walking away with the heavyweight belt.
The evening’s co-main event, ushered in the end of an era. Efrain Esquivias defeated Rafael Marquez by knock out 19 seconds into the 9th round.
Esquivias controlled action from the onset of the fight. Backing down and connecting with uppercuts and jabs, Marquez had no answer for the youthful exuberance of Esquivias. Cutting off the ring, Esquivias’ found his grove at the start of round 3 and began to connect his signature right hand with regularity. Making a late round run, Marquez battled Esquivias back, but didn’t have enough to finish him off.
The undercard shocker of the evening came via Rico Ramos with a knock out victory over Carlos Velasquez in the 10th round. Bouncing back from another potential loss, Ramos devastated Velasquez in the pocket with a short left hook that left him Pacquiao’d on the canvas for roughly 5 minutes. When a potential fight ensued in the corner, members of the Velasquez family/corner had to be escorted out of the building.
Maurice Lee, Joet Gonzalez, Ronny Rios and hometown fighter Ryan Caballero emerged victorious by unanimous decision in their respective bouts.
Justin DeLoach remained undefeated by knocking out Carl Hill at the 2 min 50 second point of round 3. De Loach pressed action in round 1, punishing Hill with blows to the body and head. Refusing to fold, Hill managed to wage a short come back in round 2 but it was too little too late. De Loach devastated Hill mercilessly in round 3 until the referee had seen enough.
The nights opening bout featured Ricky Lopez of Oxnard winning by decision over Pablo Batres. Knocking Batres down early in the first round, Lopez dominated the remainder of the bout.