Heavyweight sluggers Vitali Klitschko and Chris Arreola have weighed in for their Saturday night WBC heavyweight title fight on HBO. The 38-year old Klitschko weighed in at 252 pounds. Arreola, 28, came in at 251.
Klitschko will have a 3 1/2-inch height advantage over the 6'4" Arreola, and three inches of reach, as well (80" to 77").
While Arreola's weight is what everyone will discuss, it shouldn't go without saying that 252 for Vitali Klitschko is the heaviest he has ever weighed on the scales. Danny Williams and Kirk Johnson both fought Klitschko at his previous highest weight, which was 250. It shouldn't be an issue, just a sidenote.
Arreola's 251-pound weigh-in is his lowest since he starched Chazz Witherspoon in June 2008. He's fought three times since then. He looked grossly out of shape for a stay-busy win over Israel Garcia (258 1/2), and got guff for his weights against Travis Walker (254, W-TKO-3) and Jameel McCline (255, W-KO-4). His weight is about what anyone should have expected. Getting him back down to 240 or perhaps lower just isn't going to happen, even if he gets ripped tomorrow, and even if it's a stamina issue that winds up causing it.
This doesn't promise to be a pretty fight. There probably won't be much sweetness or even much science out there on Saturday. And I'm hesitant to even believe or tell anyone that this will be an action fight, because whenever we expect a decent fight out of one of the Klitschkos, we either get a dominant wipeout where they jab and perhaps eventually close the show, or we get a methodical, one-sided 12-round yawner. But I offer this as a mild piece of hype for the curious and the casual: It probably ends inside the distance, and Arreola has always been fun to watch before.