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Report Card: Klitschko-Arreola

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Note: Report Card is a new feature at RingTV.com. We will be putting them together regularly after big fights to give readers an idea how various players performed.

REPORT CARD
Vitali Klitschko vs. Chris Arreola
Sept. 26, 2009, Staples Center, Los Angeles

The main event
Grade: B-
Comment: If you like dominating displays of boxing, this was for you. If not, Manny Pacquiao-Miguel Cotto is about seven weeks away.

Klitschko
Grade: A
Comment: He knows how to use his size to keep an opponent at bay and score consistently. It’s a near-perfect system. Nothing changed on Saturday.



Arreola
Grade: B-
Comment: The effort was there but the ability wasn’t. Like so many others, he couldn’t figure out how to get close enough to Klitschko to do any damage.

Henry Ramirez, Arreola’s trainer
Grade: B
Comment: No one could’ve guided Arreola to a victory on Saturday. Ramirez gets an “A” for stopping the fight when he did.

Fritz Sdunek, Klitschko’s trainer
Grade: A
Comment: It’s not difficult to sit back and watch your machine do its thing. However, Klitschko did make adjustments when Arreola scored in the middle rounds, for which Sdunek deserves some credit.

The Judges
Grade: A
Comment: Klitschko won 28 of the 30 rounds on the three scorecards, which was about right. I had it a shutout for Klitschko.

Referee Jon Schorle
Grade: A-
Comment: For the most part, you didn’t know he was there, which is always good. He did break the fighters up too quickly a few times, though.

The crowd
Grade: A-
Comment: The fans tried hard to stay involved in a monotonous fight that was devoid of drama. I felt for them.

The undercard
Grade: D
Comment: It wasn’t compelling and there was too much time between the TV fights, which affected the energy of the crowd. They should’ve had a swing bout or two.

Michael Rosenthal can be reached at [email protected]

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