In 2009, undefeated prospect Chris Arreola was adorned the crown of "Great American Heavyweight Hope." While he wasn't considered a sure thing, he was (at minimum) the best real hope America had at the time for dethroning a Klitschko brother any time soon.
On September 26, 2009, though, that crown was forcefully removed by WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitsckho over 10, brutal, one-sided rounds.
Coming into the fight a robust 251 pounds, Arreola was beaten to the punch at almost every turn, losing virtually every round of the fight until the contest was mercifully halted at the end of Round 10.
After the setback, he rebounded nicely to destroy journeyman tough guy Brian Minto in four rounds, but then faltered when he faced former cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek. It was a good old-fashioned rumble, but ultimately it seemed the again-too-heavy Arreola just could not compete in the championship rounds. By the end of the contest, his punches seemed sapped for strength, and he...