Chris Arreola vs Seth Mitchell – A Clash Of Two US Heavyweight Hitters
By Niall Doran
Moving stateside. This Saturday in the Fantasy Springs Casino, California, will see an encounter between two American heavyweight hopefuls – Chris Arreola and Seth Mitchell.
This promises to be a really entertaining heavyweight match up mainly because of the nice clash in styles between these two men. There is also a lot at stake for the winner of this one too. The winner could conceivably face America’s rising heavyweight star Deontay Wilder in which the victor of a potential match with him would likely warrant a mandatory shot at one of the world champions.
Coming into this bout Arreola is coming off a defeat back in April via a 12 round unanimous decision at the hands of the excellent Canadian Bermane Stiverne. He will no doubt be fired up following on from this loss back in Arpril and will be bringing his usual ferocious levels of aggression and good punching power into this Saturday’s bout.
Seth Mitchell on the other hand is coming into this off the back of avenging his only loss of his career to Jonathan Banks, whom he beat on points in June just gone. Prior to that he had been stopped by Banks in the 2nd round of their first encounter which derailed a lot of the hype that was surrounding Mitchell. For me though, the fact he took an immediate rematch after such a devastating loss, and beat the man who handed him his first loss and knockout defeat, shows that he is a true fighter. Granted, he did have a stint in the NFL before becoming a boxer, but credit has to be given for the way he has persevered and come back after his TKO defeat to Banks in November 2012.
I’ve always been a massive fan of Arreola, a guy who comes to fight every single time and is hugely entertaining with his come forward in straight lines, walk you down, marauding and super aggressive style. Both he and Mitchell are also big hitters and have been known to put many men flat on their backs throughout the last few years. Physically there is not much between the two either, both are very similar in height and reach, which should make for a beautiful clash of orthodox heavyweight styles.
I just wonder though, having seen Mitchell’s more disciplined performance in the Jonathan Banks rematch, might we see this again and a little bit more of a boxing performance by Seth Mitchell. Maybe his camp are thinking that as Arreola likes to just come forward in straight lines a lot of the time, that if they employ some good footwork and movement as part of their game plan, that they could conceivable outbox Arreola and take a decision victory.
This is heavyweight boxing though, and as always one punch can change everything. That first jack hammer of a punch landed by either men could very well throw both combatants’ game plans straight out the proverbial window…
Having watched some interviews this week I just at the moment feel that Mitchell is the man keeping his composure a little bit better and is also the man with the momentum coming into the fight off a massive win avenging his loss to Banks. Arreola is his usual fired up self but I just wonder could this play into Mitchell’s hands in terms of sticking to a pure boxing game plan.
I know a lot of bookmakers have Arreola as a firm favourite this weekend and he is a tremendous fighter who will be highly motivated for this one.
But for me I just think that we could see a bit of a surprise here on Saturday night in what no doubt will be a back and forth battle. I’ve been right plenty of times but also wrong a few this year when picking fights. I just think that Mitchell could upset the apple cart in this one Saturday night and pull off the upset in what should be a great fight!
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