Arreola eyes Klitschko rematch with win over Stiverne

Updated: January 24, 2013

Chris Arreola is one victory away from earning a rematch with WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko. Arreola (35-2, 30 KOs) must first surpass the challenge of hard-hitting Haitian Bermane Stiverne (22-1-1, 20 KOs) on Saturday, March 9, at the Ornage County Fairgrounds Event Center.

In October 2009, Arreola attempted to become the first Mexican World Heavyweight Champion. Unfortunately, Arreola was technically out-gunned by Klitschko and was stopped in the tenth round. Following a decision loss to Tomasz Adamek in 2010, Arreola has won his last seven fights, five by knockout.

“He kept a very unheard of pace for a heavyweight, registering five wins in 2011 and a February bout in 2012,” said Arreola’s promoter Dan Goossen. “This is the type of determination Chris has shown fighting his way back to his goal of becoming heavyweight world champion. He’s been incredible staying in the gym and keeping his weight under control. I’ve said for years he’s one of the most exciting fighters in the world, and now with his desire to be in tip-top shape, he’s now one of the most dangerous fighters today.”

The fight with Stiverne is going to be in Arreola’s home in California. He will have hometown support and promises that 2013 is going to be a great year.

“I’m going to make 2013 my year,” Arreola said. “I’m thrilled to be back on HBO and fighting someone worthy and good in Stiverne. He’s a tough fighter but my will and strength will break him down. I’m not going to let anyone stand in my way!”

20 of Stiverne’s 22 victories have occurred by knockout. In June 2011, Stiverne won a WBC title eliminator by knocking out Ray Austin. Stiverne, patiently waiting for a second title eliminator, isn’t too pleased that he has to wait so long for his fight with Arreola.

“It should have been done a long time ago,” Stiverne said. “I don’t know what he’s been doing besides running from me. I’m looking forward to the fight. He is nothing that I can’t deal with. I’ll get the job done. I’m not concerned about a knockout. We have a plan that we want to execute. If the knockout comes, it comes.”

“It’ll be a great fight between Arreola and Stiverne,” Stiverne’s promoter, Don King, predicted. “It’s the next step in bringing the world championship back to America. The fight is a must see.”

Arreola has the skills, the experience, and the amateur background to defeat Stiverne. Arreola is simply the better fighter. Conditioning will play a role in this fight, as Arreola, who likes to drink plenty of beers and eat lots of pasta, has a habbit of weighing in as much as 245-260 pounds for fights. A focused and in-shape Arreola is one of the best heavyweights out there. The 31 year-old has a lot left in the tank and to his credit, has never really taken a tremendous beating and unecessary punishment. Arreola is expected to perform well and defeat Stiverne convincingly.

Also on the card is a rematch between two-time world champion Juan Carlos Salgado (26-1-1, 16 KOs) against the #1 world contender and mandatory challenger, Argenis Mendez (20-2, 10 KOs) for the IBF junior lightweight championship.

Tickets priced at $250, $150, and $75 and will go on sale Friday, January 25 at 8 a.m. online at and or by calling 818-817-8001.

Garcia wins world title, Golovkin too much for Rosado

Mickey Garcia is the new IBF featherweight champion and just may be the heir apparent to a weight class that is lacking a marquee name. Fighting in the main event of a HBO Boxing After Dark telecast from the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, Garcia (31-0, 26 KOs) dropped Orlando Salido (39-12-2, 27 KOs) four times en route to a technical decision victory after eight rounds. The fight was stopped after Garica’s nose was broken after an accidental headbutt in the eighth round of what was an amazing performance. Garcia was virtually untouchable, ashe boxed well behind a strong jab and punishing right. Salido, a true warrior enjoying the best ride of his career as a defending world titlist, simply couldn’t withstand the power evolving behind Garcia’s left hand. Garcia scored knockdowns in rounds one, three, and four. Garcia led 79-69 (twice) and 79-70 on the judges’ scorecards.

Also on the card, undefeated WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (25-0, 22 KOs) tortured Gabriel Rosado (21-6, 13 KOs) through seven rounds. Golovkin was simply too much for Rosado, who was highly overmatched. Golovkin pressured Rosado with ease and hurt his challenger with virtually every power shot he threw. Rosado was a bloody mess, as Golovkin’s white gloves were visibly red. Rosado kept moving from side-to-side unable to figure out how to attack Golovkin. Rosado’s corner threw in the towel and the fight was stopped at the 2:46 second mark of round seven.

Rocky Martinez (26-1-2, 16 KOs) luckily retained the WBO junior lightweight title against No. 1-ranked challenger Juan Carlos Burgos (30-1-1, 29 KOs) fought to a twelve-round draw. The judges scored the bout 117-111 (Burgos) 116-112 (Martinez) and 114-114 (even).

In other bouts: Sean Monaghan (17-0, 10 KOs) remained an unbeaten light-heavyweight by defeating Roger Cantrell (15-3, 8 KOs) through eight rounds, via unanimous decision. The judges’ scores were 79-73, 78-74, and 77-75.

Lightweight sensation Felix Verdejo (2-0, 1 KO) dropped a left hook that knocked out Tomi Archambault (1-4, 1 KO) in just 21 seconds. .

Junior middleweight prospect Glen Tapia (17-0, 10 KOs) knocked out Ayi Bruce (14-9, 8 KOs) in round two.

Anthony Ferrante (13-4, 8 KOs) shocked previously unbeaten cruiserweight Isa Akberbayev (10-1, 7 KOs) in round ten. Each fighter went down hard in round one and waged war until Akerbayev was floored on his face at 1:19 of the tenth.

Undefeated welterweight Mikael Zewski (18-0, 14 KOs) stopped Brandon Hoskins (16-4-1, 8 KOs).

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