“I threw 300 punches in the last fight, I am going to throw 900 in this fight” said Chris Arreola on Saturday night in a media scrum. Arreola is referencing his first bout against Bermane Stiverne last year in which Stiverne threw twice as many punches as Arreola en route to an upset win that aired mid-afternoon on HBO. On May 10th in Los Angeles, CA Arreola will look for redemption against Stiverne this time with the vacant WBC world heavyweight title on the line as well a primetime spot on ESPN, yes the big ESPN on Friday night.
“[Arreola] is ready right now, he could fight tonight.” said Arreola’s long time trainer, Henry Ramirez. It seems that a less than perfect camp and a perfect punch dramatically altered the fight in Stiverne’s favor, but team Arreola does not believe history will repeat itself. “…credit to Stiverne, he did what he had to do, but we bounced back and beat Seth Mitchell. Now it’s time to avenge that loss.” continued Ramirez about the upcoming rematch.
As fans flocked from all over the StubHub Center to get a photo with Arreola seemingly as popular as other superstars that entered the arena like say Leo Santa Cruz and Marcos Maidana. It is a reflection of the love of the big guys in the sport, Arreola has the power as well as the quotable to resonate with those outside of the sport not unlike how Tyson Fury is catching on with some. It is the love affair that ESPN is banking on, heavyweights equal heavy ratings due to history, due to the fact that they are the big guys who can end the fight based on the size of the creature they are.
The big question is will the casual fan stumble across this heavyweight title fight and stay? This is the question that the boxing world as a whole are very interested to find out about and in two weeks we will have an answer.
Bermane Stiverne vs. Chris Arreola II will take place at USC Galen Center in Los Angeles, CA and air live on Saturday, May 10th at 8:00PM EST/5:00PM PST on ESPN. The winner will more than likely face Deontay Wilder, who will be in the building the night of the fight.