Chris Arreola walked through fire against Eric Molina tonight in Corpus Christi, and ended things in the first round after getting rocked himself, continuing his winning streak.
Molina (18-2, 14 KO) did rock Arreola (35-2, 30 KO) with a right hand, and Arreola didn't deny that he was hurt.
"Everybody in Texas should be proud of (Molina), he's a strong fighter," said Arreola of the local favorite. But it was just after Molina pushed Arreola back with a big shot that Arreola held on, gathered his senses, and charged forward, knocking out Molina moments later.
It's the seventh straight win for Arreola, dating back to August 2010, with five of the wins coming in 2011. He's on a roll right now, and looks locked in in the ring. But the real news from this fight may have come after the fight, when Arreola again turned heads with his post-fight interview.
Note: If you're offended by profane language, don't click the jump.
After the fight, Arreola apparently shocked all of mankind by calling Don King "a fucking asshole and a racist," an odd reaction considering this is boxing on a premium network that shows boobs and sex scenes and violent films and all kinds of stuff, but then I always find the reaction to normal profanity odd. Is anyone surprised that Arreola dropped an F-bomb? Really?
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If anyone's wondering about the "racist" comment, King recently used the term "wetbacks." From caller.com in Corpus Christi:
"We even brought in a Mexican-American to give him a chance to get out and be at the front of the forefront. No more wetbacks running up and down picking the fruits and things. Now, we're rolling, you know what I mean," King said, drawing more than a few gasps from the assembled media and supporters of the Sweet Science. "That's what makes this country so great, you know what I mean? Yesterday's nobody is tomorrow's somebody. So I'm very thrilled and I'm humbly honored to be in Corpus Christi. Texas, hear my cry. V-I-C-T-O-R-Y. Victory is ours."
Arreola, who expressed the requisite amount of respect toward Molina, heard King's cry but wasn't in a celebratory mood.
"I do take offense on that wetback thing because both of my parents are wetbacks and I'm proud of being a wetback myself. I am honored to be Mexican, 100 percent," said Arreola, who is scheduled to meet Molina in a 10-rounder. "So if you don't take offense by him saying wetback, I sure do. And this wetback right here, it's going to be a great, great honor to shut your mouth Saturday night. When we get to this arena we're going to put on a great show for these people."
King later tried to clarify the remark, saying, "Chris you may have gotten the wrong intent . . . because we're all wetbacks, baby."
It is, at the least, a poorly-worded statement in 2012, but Don King's Don King, and just like Arreola cursing, what more can you really expect?