Klitschko retains WBC title with Arreola victory

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – Vitali Klitschko retained  his WBC heavyweight title with a 10th round TKO over previously  undefeated challenger Cristobal Arreola on Saturday.
Arreola, who was outclassed by the taller and more mobile  Ukrainian, did not answer the bell at the start of the 11th  round.

The victory was Klitschko’s third since returning to the  ring in 2008 following an injury-induced retirement in 2005.

“This fight was much more difficult than it looked for me,”  Klitschko told reporters in a ringside interview. “Cristobal is  a tough opponent.”

Los Angeles-born Arreola, who was vying to become the first  heavyweight champion of Mexican descent, sat dejected on his  stool when the referee signalled the end of the fight before  the start of the 11th round.

He then burst into teats and apologised to his hometown  crowd, who had cheered wildly for him throughout the fight.

“I’m sorry guys,” Arreola said. “I just couldn’t get to  him; whatever I did he would counteract. He just found a way to  win.” The 38-year-old Klitschko outclassed Areola throughout,  fighting with his hands at his waist and keeping the  28-year-old at a distance by using his reach advantage to land  jabs at will. Arreola was forced to chase the Ukrainian, who then simply  used his superior footwork to dance out of any danger and  frustrate the challenger, who was bleeding and notably fatigued  by the end of the eighth round.

Klitschko, who had last defended his WBC crown in March  with a ninth-round TKO of Cuban Juan Carlos Gomez, improved to  38-2,  while Arreola slipped to 27-1.

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