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Heavyweight Rumble in L.A.: Stiverne-Arreola II

BY David A. Avila ON May 09, 2014
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A heavyweight world title fight returns to Los Angeles, with Bermane “B-Ware” Stiverne facing Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola for the vacant WBC version.

It’s been five years since the last world championship took place in the city of Angels and once again Arreola is one of the parties. This time the Galen Center across from USC’s campus is the site and it will be televised on ESPN.

Arreola (36-3, 31 Kos) seeks to reclaim former glory and Stiverne (23-1-1, 20 Kos) doubts he can do it.

“He talks a lot and makes a lot of excuses,” said Stiverne, who owns a win over Arreola in 2013. “I’m going to knock him down and punish him.”

Not since the Riverside heavyweight faced Damian “Bolo” Wills has he entered the ring at full capacity, fully loaded and ready for war. “That was my best fight,” said Arreola, 33. “That and against Malcolm Tann.”

Stiverne has much of the same qualities as Wills, who entered the fight against Arreola in 2006 as an undefeated heavyweight. Both fought in the Southern California region and were building up their respective fan bases. The Riverside prizefighter was well-prepared for the clash and both gave their best. Arreola won by technical knockout in the seventh round in Las Vegas. Wills still remains a dangerous heavyweight.

Since that win against Wills, the Mexican-American heavyweight never again approached that degree of preparation. Though he blasted out Travis Walker, Chazz Witherspoon, Jameel McCline, and Eric Molina, there were other fights were his lack of preparation left him vulnerable.

“I kick myself in the ass for losing to (Tomasz) Adamek. I kick myself in the ass for going 12 rounds with Manny Quezada. I kick myself in the ass for losing to Stiverne,” said Arreola, recounting fights that he felt he should have won. “Vitali Klitschko, (darn) it, he was a better man. He’s one of the best heavyweights of my time. So losing to him was not a big letdown.”

Over time Arreola has added more defensive skills to his repertoire and doesn’t take as many shots as before. But he still is willing to trade blows to get his bombs in. It’s his style and he used it to perfection against Seth Mitchell in his last bout.

“I got the wake-up call against Seth Mitchell. I thought (forget) him. I’m going to come in the ring and I’m going to run him over. That’s what I have to do this time,” Arreola says. “Even though Stiverne is a much more capable fighter than Seth Mitchell, I have to come in with the mindset that I have to run him over. Either I get him out the first round or go 12 rounds. I don’t want to go 12 rounds.”

Arreola recognizes this could be his last opportunity for a heavyweight world title.

“I've got to show everybody, the world, that this Mexican-American is the best heavyweight in the world,” he said.

During the final press conference on Thursday both heavyweights exchange bitter words and each promised a win.

Stiverne has shown he has good hand-speed with power and fights out of a defensive shell. Arreola has solid power with both hands and prefers aggression instead of defense. It all comes down to who lands first.

“I'm not going in the ring with that - with my last performance, so we're getting ready for a new type of Arreola. So whatever Arreola shows up on May 10th, I'll be able to handle that. And to be honest, I think this fight I think Chris will be in shape. That's his excuse,” Stiverne said.

Arreola wants to be the first Mexican-American heavyweight world champion and also does not want to be defeated in front of his daughter.

“The fact that I don’t want to see my daughter see me get beat up. That’s inspiration enough for me,” said Arreola. “And I don’t want to be one of those 'could would of should of' kind of guys.

Who will end up on top?

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El Dude says:

I title this fight the revenge of the Clashing Titans. The winner between Chris Arreola and Bermane Stiverne has a lot in stake being that the winner may get to face the # 1 Heavy-Weight Monster of the ring. I see Arreola getting his turn to face the wrath of Klitschko but realistically that's as good as I see it getting for either Bermane or Arreola besides getting TKOd. The first tank battle went all the way with blood and sweat while the commands to reinforcement are on its way. I am much interested in this fight for I see it ending with a Nuclear KO of a night. Like Snake Plissken once said, "Escape From LA". The only ones to escape from this war are the fans who are going to get their money'$ worth. It is "The Revenge of The Clashing Titans", Chris Arreola vs his # 1 Foe Stiverne. You can hear the call for war, its right around the corner of ESPN and the Galen Center 10pm time, don't go draft dodging, be there or be ware. He who laughs last, laughs the loudest is what some say but in this case its he who hits harder wins the war. El Dude saluting both Generals. El Dude is ready for next, Stiverne just pissed me the heck off by talking all that smack about the media. I am a Freelance Boxing Writer but the only difference with El dude is that I will get in the ring with you and go and write about it at the end. Respect the game and respect the fans as well as the media who spread the word across. El Dude vs Bermane Stiverne, The Talk the Talk vs The Walk the Walk, what's up. Someone tell Bermane that if he wins, loses or draws vs Arreola El Dude will be waiting.
by El Dude.

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