Chris Arreola
Chris Arreola

Chris Arreola

“The Nightmare”

RECORD

36 - 5 - 1

KOs

31

Weight 246 lbs (111.82 kg)

Age 36

Home Escondido, California,

Complete Stats

A big puncher with an even bigger personality, Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola is striving to become the first heavyweight champ of Mexican heritage. Read Bio

Last Fight

loss vs Deontay Wilder

Jul 16, 2016 / Legacy Arena, Birmingham, Alabama

Arreola was game for eight rounds but couldn't withstand the champ's power.

Latest News

Latest
Jimmy Young and George ForemanPBC Boxing Video
Mar 13, 2017 / History, Andre Berto, Josesito Lopez, Shawn Porter, Chris Arreola

This Week in Boxing History: March 13-19

This week in boxing history, PBC recalls the final chapter of a thrilling heavyweight trilogy, our second-ever fight card and three Fights of the Year, including one deemed the best bout of the 1990s.

Deontay Wilder and Chris ArreolaPBC Boxing Video
Jul 16, 2016 / Wilder vs Arreola, Deontay Wilder, Chris Arreola

Wilder overcomes injury to stop Arreola, retain heavyweight title

Deontay Wilder was so impressive Saturday defending his world heavyweight title against Chris Arreola, he didn’t even need both hands to finish the job.

Deontay Wilder and Chris ArreolaPBC Boxing Video
Jul 15, 2016 / Wilder vs Arreola, Deontay Wilder, Chris Arreola

Wilder ready to end ring hiatus, defend title against Arreola

He’s 6-foot-7, more than 220 pounds and has a chiseled physique. He also has 35 knockouts in 36 career fights. So, yeah, it’s pretty easy to view Deontay Wilder as superhuman with superhuman power.

Fights

Fights

LOSS vs Deontay Wilder

Jul 16, 2016 Legacy Arena, Birmingham, Alabama

Deontay Wilder WINS against Chris Arreola by TKO in Round 8 of 12

No Contest vs Travis Kauffman

Dec 12, 2015 AT&T Center, San Antonio

Chris Arreola Travis Kauffman by NC in Round 12 of 12

Draw vs Frederic Kassi 18-3-0

Jul 18, 2015 Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas

Chris Arreola DRAWS with Frederic Kassi by MDR in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Curtis Harper

Mar 13, 2015 Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California

Chris Arreola WINS against Curtis Harper by UD in Round 8 of 8

LOSS vs Bermane Stiverne 23-1-1

May 10, 2014 USC Galen Center, Los Angeles, California, USA

Bermane Stiverne WINS against Chris Arreola by TKO in Round 6 of 12

WIN vs Seth Mitchell 26-1-1

Sep 07, 2013 Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, USA

Seth Mitchell LOSES to Chris Arreola by KO in Round 1 of 12

LOSS vs Bermane Stiverne 22-1-1

Apr 27, 2013 Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California, USA

Bermane Stiverne WINS against Chris Arreola by UD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Eric Molina 18-1-0

Feb 18, 2012 American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas, USA

Chris Arreola WINS against Eric Molina by KO in Round 1 of 12

Win vs Raphael Butler 35-11-0

Nov 05, 2011 Domo De La Feria, Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico

Chris Arreola WINS against Raphael Butler by TKO in Round 3 of 10

No Contest vs Friday Ahunanya 24-7-3

Jul 09, 2011 Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA

Chris Arreola Friday Ahunanya by ND in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Kendrick Releford 22-14-2

May 27, 2011 Reno Events Center, Reno, Nevada, USA

Chris Arreola WINS against Kendrick Releford by TKO in Round 7 of 10

Win vs Nagy Aguilera 16-5-0

May 14, 2011 Home Depot Center, Carson, California, USA

Chris Arreola WINS against Nagy Aguilera by KO in Round 3 of 10

Win vs Joey Abell 27-4-0

Jan 28, 2011 Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, USA

Chris Arreola WINS against Joey Abell by KO in Round 1 of 10

Win vs Manuel Quezada 29-5-0

Aug 13, 2010 Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California, USA

Chris Arreola WINS against Manuel Quezada by UD in Round 12 of 12

LOSS vs Tomasz Adamek 40-1-0

Apr 24, 2010 Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California, USA

Tomasz Adamek WINS against Chris Arreola by MD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Brian Minto 34-2-0

Dec 05, 2009 Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA

Chris Arreola WINS against Brian Minto by TKO in Round 4 of 10

LOSS vs Vitali Klitschko 37-2-0

Sep 26, 2009 Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, USA

Vitali Klitschko WINS against Chris Arreola by RTD in Round 10 of 12

Win vs Jameel McCline 39-9-3

Apr 11, 2009 Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino, Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Chris Arreola WINS against Jameel McCline by KO in Round 4 of 12

Win vs Travis Walker 28-1-1

Nov 29, 2008 Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California, USA

Chris Arreola WINS against Travis Walker by TKO in Round 3 of 12

Win vs Israel Carlos Garcia 19-1-0

Sep 25, 2008 Soboba Casino, San Jacinto, California, USA

Chris Arreola WINS against Israel Carlos Garcia by TKO in Round 3 of 10

Win vs Chazz Witherspoon 23-0-0

Jun 21, 2008 FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Chris Arreola WINS against Chazz Witherspoon by DQ in Round 3 of 12

Win vs Cliff Couser 26-14-2

Feb 09, 2008 Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, USA

Chris Arreola WINS against Cliff Couser by TKO in Round 1 of 10

Win vs Thomas Hayes 26-1-0

Sep 21, 2007 Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California, USA

Chris Arreola WINS against Thomas Hayes by KO in Round 3 of 10

Win vs Derek Berry 12-8-1

Jul 14, 2007 Home Depot Center, Carson, California, USA

Chris Arreola WINS against Derek Berry by KO in Round 1 of 10

Win vs Malcolm Tann 23-2-0

May 04, 2007 Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Chris Arreola WINS against Malcolm Tann by TKO in Round 8 of 8

Win vs Zakeem Graham 10-1-1

Feb 09, 2007 Suffolk Community College, Selden, New York, USA

Chris Arreola WINS against Zakeem Graham by TKO in Round 3 of 10

Win vs Damian Wills 21-0-1

Nov 04, 2006 Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Chris Arreola WINS against Damian Wills by TKO in Round 7 of 10

Win vs Damian Norris 8-1-0

Aug 19, 2006 Reno Events Center, Reno, Nevada, USA

Chris Arreola WINS against Damian Norris by TKO in Round 4 of 8

Win vs Sedreck Fields 21-27-2

May 25, 2006 Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, USA

Chris Arreola WINS against Sedreck Fields by KO in Round 7 of 8

Win vs Lee Manuel Ossie 32-5-0

Apr 12, 2006 Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, Lemoore, California, USA

Chris Arreola WINS against Lee Manuel Ossie by KO in Round 1 of 6

Win vs Curtis Taylor 13-15-1

Mar 03, 2006 Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, USA

Chris Arreola WINS against Curtis Taylor by KO in Round 1 of 6

Win vs Domonic Jenkins 6-3-1

Oct 21, 2005 Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, USA

Chris Arreola WINS against Domonic Jenkins by TKO in Round 5 of 8

Win vs Andrew Greeley 10-8-2

Sep 23, 2005 USC Lyon Center, Los Angeles, California, USA

Chris Arreola WINS against Andrew Greeley by UD in Round 6 of 6

Win vs Kenny Lemos 8-1-1

May 05, 2005 Spa Resort Casino, Palm Springs, California, USA

Chris Arreola WINS against Kenny Lemos by TKO in Round 4 of 4

Win vs Samuel Rodriguez 0-3-0

Feb 17, 2005 The Avalon, Hollywood, California, USA

Chris Arreola WINS against Samuel Rodriguez by TKO in Round 4 of 6

Win vs David Cleage 2-4-1

Jan 21, 2005 Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, USA

Chris Arreola WINS against David Cleage by DQ in Round 3 of 4

Win vs Benjamin Garcia 6-4-0

Dec 09, 2004 Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, USA

Chris Arreola WINS against Benjamin Garcia by TKO in Round 1 of 6

Win vs Ed Mosley 3-6-0

Aug 20, 2004 Omega Products International, Corona, California, USA

Chris Arreola WINS against Ed Mosley by TKO in Round 1 of 4

Win vs David Johnson 1-6-2

Apr 26, 2004 Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California, USA

Chris Arreola WINS against David Johnson by TKO in Round 1 of 4

Win vs Jason Condon 1-0-1

Mar 22, 2004 Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California, USA

Chris Arreola WINS against Jason Condon by KO in Round 1 of 4

Win vs Semisi Bloomfield 1-2-1

Feb 16, 2004 Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California, USA

Chris Arreola WINS against Semisi Bloomfield by TKO in Round 1 of 4

Win vs David Johnson 1-4-2

Nov 10, 2003 Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California, USA

Chris Arreola WINS against David Johnson by KO in Round 2 of 4

Win vs Jeremiah Constant 0-2-0

Oct 03, 2003 Edgewater Hotel & Casino, Laughlin, Nevada, USA

Chris Arreola WINS against Jeremiah Constant by TKO in Round 1 of 4

Win vs Roosevelt Parker 2-1-0

Sep 05, 2003 Edgewater Hotel & Casino, Laughlin, Nevada, USA

Chris Arreola WINS against Roosevelt Parker by TKO in Round 2 of 4

Stats

Chris Arreola “The Nightmare”

  • WINS 36
  • LOSSES 5
  • DRAWS 1
  • KOs 31

Weight 246 lbs (111.82 kg)

Height 6'3" (1.91 m)

Reach 76" (193 cm)

  • Born

    March 05, 1981
  • Age

    36
  • Country

    USA
  • Born in

    Los Angeles, CA
  • Trains in

    Escondido, CA
  • Stance

    Orthodox
  • Rounds Boxed

    201
  • KO Percentage

    70%
  • Boxing Hero

    Julio Cesar Chavez

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Bio

Bio

Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola started boxing at the age of 8. At 16, he walked away from the sport after about 200 amateur bouts, only to return at 20 and win a Golden Gloves championship. He’s been putting opponents on the mat regularly since then, winning the vast majority of his fights by knockout. Now he seeks the ultimate prize that’s twice eluded him: a heavyweight title.

Throwback Thurday. 1989 first time I met my idol Julio Cesar Chavez... From that day forward my life was never the same!

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Arreola grew up around the ring, watching Julio Cesar Chavez and Oscar De La Hoya train at the Resurrection Boxing Gym in Los Angeles.

He started training there at 8 years old, and had racked up nearly 200 amateur fights before walking away at age 16.

That’s where the story could have ended. Where for most people it would have ended—a childhood dalliance, forgotten as the demands of adulthood mounted.

For the fighter dubbed “The Nightmare,” though, unfinished business was realized at age 20 when he entered the 2001 National Golden Gloves and beat Dallas Vargas to win the 178-pound title.

After another long hiatus from boxing, Arreola sought to compete in the 2003 Golden Gloves, but he arrived shortly after check-in for the tournament and was denied entry. He turned professional after that.

Chris Arreola
Chris Arreola celebrates after scoring a seventh-round TKO of Damian Wills on November 4, 2006.

Early years as a pro

Arreola won his pro debut on September 5, 2003, gaining a second-round technical knockout of Roosevelt Parker in Laughlin, Nevada.

He breezed through his early competition, starting out 15-0 with 10 of his opponents being stopped before the third round.

The 6-foot-3 Arreola started to establish himself as a frontline prospect in 2006 with five victories against more experienced foes, including a seventh-round TKO of Damian Wills, who entered their bout with a record of 21-0-1.

Mario Lopez came by, I appreciate the support! #MakingMyLuck #ChasingHistory

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Climbing the ranks

Arreola continued to ascend in the heavyweight division by beating several top contenders.

He won four fights in 2007, all by knockout, toppling Zakeem Graham (10-1-1 before their fight), Malcolm Tann (23-2), Derek Berry (12-8-1) and Thomas Hayes (26-1).

He won four more times in 2008 to put himself on the cusp of getting a shot at a world championship.

On June 21, Arreola fought Chazz Witherspoon, who was unbeaten in 23 pro bouts. Arreola knocked Witherspoon to the canvas twice in Round 3, and won by disqualification when Witherspoon’s cornermen entered the ring before the referee’s count was over to improve to 24-0 with 23 KOs.

Arreola followed that win up with victories over Israel Carlos Garcia (19-1 entering the fight) and Travis Walker (28-1-1).

Chris Arreola
Chris Arreola and Jameel McCline trade blows during their fight in Las Vegas on April 11, 2009.

First shot at a world title

Arreola gained a fourth-round KO of former title contender Jameel McCline in Las Vegas in April 2009 to push his record to 27-0 and land a title shot against champion Vitali Klitschko.

The fighters met in the ring at Los Angeles’ Staples Center in September 2009, giving Arreola the advantage of fighting in his hometown.

Arreola hung tough with the Ukrainian for 10 rounds. His corner decided he had enough, though, and didn’t let him come out for Round 11. It didn’t sit well with Arreola.

“When I told him I was going to stop the fight he was irate,” Arreola’s trainer, Henry Ramirez, told The Associated Press afterward.

Quick with a joke and an easy smile, Arreola bounced back with a win over Brian Minto in Atlantic City in December 2009.

He suffered a setback, though, when he lost a 12-round majority decision to Poland’s Tomasz Adamek in April 2010.

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Chris Arreola trades punches with Bermane Stiverne during their fight on May 10, 2014.

The road back toward the top

Arreola got back to work in August 2010, winning a unanimous decision over Manuel Quezada, and went on to reel off six more wins through 2012, including a first-round KO of Eric Molina, who entered the fight at 18-1.

The win over Molina landed Arreola a shot at heralded Canadian contender Bermane Stiverne, who came in with a record of 22-1-1.

Arreola was favored to win the fight, but Stiverne knocked him to the canvas in Round 3, breaking Arreola’s nose in the process.

Arreola was able to go the 12-round distance, but Stiverne won a unanimous decision.

Arreola rebounded with a first-round KO of 26-1-1 Seth Mitchell in Indio, California, in September 2013, setting up a rematch with Stiverne in May 2014 at the University of Southern California’s Galen Center.

With a heavyweight title on the line following Klitschko’s retirement, Stiverne knocked Arreola to the canvas twice in the sixth round before the referee stopped the fight, sending the Los Angeles native to his fourth career defeat.

Chris Arreola and Curtis Harper
Chris Arreola trades punches with Curtis Harper during their fight in Ontario, California, on March 13, 2015.

Slugging his way past Harper

Arreola returned to the ring on March 13, 2015, taking on Curtis Harper at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California, as part of the first Premier Boxing Champions card on Spike TV.

Arreola appeared as if he was going to gain an early stoppage of Harper, knocking him to the canvas with a crushing right hand in the first round, but was unable to finish him off.

Harper staged an unforeseen comeback and rocked Arreola with some heavy shots of his own in the middle rounds.

The eight-round fight surprisingly went the distance, and Arreola rallied in the late rounds to win the action-packed bout by unanimous decision.