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Arreola, Stiverne fight for heavyweight history
The opportunity for redemption and the chance to become the first Mexican world heavyweight champion may await Chris Arreola, but Bermane Stiverne too will be fighting for history, as he will attempt to become the first Haitian to become world heavyweight champion.
Arreola (36-3, 31 KOs)will try to avenge a April 2013 loss to Stiverne (23-1, 20 KOs), as the two will collide for the WBC heavyweight championship vacated by longtime kingpin Vitali Klitschko. The two will meet at the Galen Center on the campus of the University of Southern California on Saturday, May 10. ESPN will televised the bout live.
The two massive heavyweights are no stranger to one another, as Arreola suffered a broken nose and a knockdown, en route to losing a lopsided 12-round decision to Stiverne, who became the WBC No. 1-contender following the victory. Arreola reemerged onto the heavyweight title scene by knocking out once-rising prospect-turned suspect Seth Mitchell within one-round last September.
“I’m ready for this fight and I’ve been ready since I got my ass kicked by Stiverne in the first fight. I got caught by a punch that I didn’t see coming and that’s what happens when you fight a world class athlete like Stiverne. No excuses, he kicked my butt, but he should have stopped me after the third round when he broke my nose. Personally, I’m not that kind of a fighter and if I see someone wounded and hurt, I’m taking his ass out. I can shake his hand now and after the fight, we’re gentlemen, but in the ring I don’t like him and I’m there to hurt him and knock him out.”
Winner of 9 of his previous 11 fights, Arreola’s first loss was a failed WBC heavyweight title challenge to Klitschko in September 2009 during what was a lopsided affair. Two fights later, Arreola lost a 12-round decision to Tomasz Adamek, who later fought Klitschko for the WBC title in Poland.
Arreola has looked good during victories against good quality heavyweights like: Mitchell, Nagy Aguilera, Joey Abell, Manuel Quezada, and Friday Ahunaya, and Eric Molina. Arreola has another chanced to correct the mistakes he made against Stiverne, while ceasing the opportunity to become a world champion at age 33.
Stiverne, it has has been a longtime coming. He is 35 years old and has fought professionally since 2005. Stiverne didn’t receive any attention until he scored a come-from-behind knockout of a faded 41-year-old Ray Austin in 2011 in a WBC title eliminator. Stiverne has waited more than a year for his shot at heavyweight glory. He beat Arreola once and may beat him again, especially if Arreola isn’t in good shape.
“Listen, May 10th, I will be crowned the heavyweight champion of the world,” Stiverne said. “It’s not about shape, it’s about skills and I have better skills and I’m always in shape.”
Tickets for Arreola-Stiverne are priced at $300, $200, $100, $50 and $25 (plus applicable fees), advance tickets may be purchased through the Galen Center Box-Office/USC Ticket Office located in the Student Union, phone 213-740-4672 (GOSC) or online through www.Galentix.com and www.Ticketmaster.com.