Written by Alexander Zammit
Tuesday, 17 August 2010 07:36
Heavyweight contender Chris Arreola appears to have injured both of his hands much worse than previously thought. Last Friday in Ontaio, California, this explains why the 29-year-old Arreola was looking so rubber-armed when punching. His punches seemed to be more slaps than solid punches and his old power was gone.
According to Arreola's promoter Dan Goossen, surgery is very likely after doctors have confirmed that Arreola has broken bones in his left hand during the fight and suffered tendon damage in his right hand, which will necessitate surgery on that also.
This isn’t the first time that Arreola suffered hand injuries. He also experienced an injury to his left hand early in his fight with Tomasz Adamek last April (Which he lost by a 10 round decision).
Arreola was stoppped by World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko in the 10th round last year. It was thought then that it would not take long for Arreola to return for another title shot against Vitali or his brother IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, but the loss to Adamek really hurt Arreola and now the injury to both of Arreola’s hands has made the future rather bleak. These injuries are going to take time to heal and who knows how long it will be before Arreola is back in action.