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Seth Mitchell and Chris Arreola to meet in a crossroads tussle
Heavyweight contenders Seth Mitchell (26-1-1, 19 KOs) and Chris Arreola (35-3, 30 KOs) will fight one another in a very competitive ‘crossroads’ showdown. Both fighters are in a ‘must-win’ situation and are in desperate need of a victory.
Mitchell vs. Arreola will be televised live on SHOWTIME, Saturday, September 7, at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA. The telecast begins at 10PM/ET. The card will also feature former world champion Rafael Marquez (41-8, 37 KOs) against Efrain Esquivias (16-2-19 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round attraction.
Mitchell and Arreola are two struggling heavyweights lookingto remain relevant in the heavyweight division. Mitchell avenged his October 2012 knockout loss to Jonthan Banks, by winning an unpopular 12-round unanimous decision at the Barclays Center in June. The rematch was uneventful to watch. Mitchell won not because he was better than Banks, but because he was the only one throwing any punches. Mitchell did anything not to get knocked out again.
“Banks hurt me in the third round, but I recovered and felt confident that I won,” Mitchell said. “I thought I easily won eight of the twelve rounds. I was ready to go 12 and with my stamina, I could’ve gone 15 or 20.”
Arreola, once challenged Vitali Klitschko for the WBC heavyweight title several years ago and was stopped inside 10 rounds. Arreola has a chance to become the WBC’s mandatory contender, but Bermane Stiverne broke his nose during a lopsided 12-round decision loss. Arreola, who previously had a six-fight, win-streak snapped, is so motivated to beat Mitchell that he may retire should he lose this fight.
“I respect his conditioning and his determination to be somebody,” Arreola said. “Mitchell was a good football player, but I’ve been in this game too long to loose to some guy like Seth Mitchell. I would seriously contemplate retirement. I’m not a gatekeeper and I never want to be that guy you beat so my name looks good on your resume. I’m not that kind of fighter. I’m a world-class athlete, a world-class boxer.”
Arreola isn’t the best-conditioned fighter. Mitchell stays in the gym and continues to get better, but has struggled. Arreola is the more polished and experienced fighter, as Mictchell remains an unproven commodity. Both fighters can punch, but Arreola is the better boxer. Mitchell is 6’ 2,” and Arreola is 6’ 3½” and are both very big men. It should be an amazing tussle and hopefully the winner remains relevant in the heavyweight division.
Tickets for Mitchell vs. Arreola range between $35-$105 and are available through www.fantasyspringsresort.com. Doors open at 7 PM/ET.