By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
Heavyweights Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (35-3, 30 KOs) and Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell (26-1-1, 19 KOs) met Wednesday afternoon for the final press conference at the El Paseo Inn Restaurant at the historical Olvera Street Plaza in downtown Los Angeles. The two will clash this Saturday live on Showtime Championship Boxing from the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino in Indio, California.
“We got a full card this Saturday the main event, you know these two guys are giants,” matchmaker Eric Gomez of Golden Boy Promotions said about Saturday’s fight in opening Wednesday’s final press conference. “These guys don’t take a step back I guarantee you will see an exciting fight. Both know what is at stake. Obviously they have a tough fight, when you get Mayhem and Nightmare you will get a storm.”
The former Michigan State linebacker Seth Mitchell spoke briefly as he awaits the showdown he asked for against Arreola.
“Make no mistake about it this is a fight that I wanted, this is a fight that I am confident,” Mitchell told the media. “I respect Chris Arreola. He is a hell of a fighter who brings a lot of pressure but I don’t see anything special, nothing I can’t take care of Saturday. Everytime he has stepped up he has lost. Him and his trainer, they do a lot of talk. They can say what they want but they know that on the 7th they have a fight!”
A very intense Arreola followed with his statement to Mitchell, “First of all you are not a step up! I am stepping down to you. You are down here bro. I am not stepping up to you, you’re a step down, remember that. I am a boxer. I have been boxing since I was seven years old. I didn’t just start boxing because I couldn’t cut it in the NFL or football. I have been boxing my whole life. I will prove to you on Saturday that you don’t belong in this sport!
“Honestly I am telling you right now, I come prepared more than ever. I am motivated. If this guy right here beats me, I will honestly consider retiring. There is no way this guy beats me, he is going to regret he took this fight. I promise you I will make him fight every minute of every round. You fucked up for taking this fight with me!”
Arreola vs. Mitchell is scheduled for twelve rounds for the WBC Silver heavyweight title as this fight will definitely restore life in the heavyweight division. Just to spice things up Chris Arreola clearly made his statement to Mitchell on his intentions at Wednesday’s final press conference shortly after their faceoff for photographers. “I am going to fuck you up! You better bring a football helmet!”
Rafael Marquez vs. Efrain Esquivias
Also present at Wednesday’s press conference where former world champion Mexico City’s Rafael Marquez (41-8, 37KOs) and Efrain Esquivias (16-2-1, 9KOs) of Carson, California as the two will square off in the Showtime Championship Boxing co-feature in a ten round featherweight bout.
“We are back in the drawing board. I am stronger than ever. I am coming with a game plan, we are strong, we are ready. I am sorry I am not an opponent,” Efrain Esquivas said in his opening statement. “I will take full advantage of this opportunity,” Esquivas concluded.
Mexican legendary trainer Nacho Beristan was present as he will be working the corner of Rafael Marquez. “Rafael comes well prepared. We don’t know too much about Efrain but I do know that boxing in Los Angeles has improved throughout the years. We will face a good class fighter. This guarantees an excellent fight to all the fans.”
Rafael Marquez followed. “I come well prepared for this fight. We train well for any rival, we prepare for whatever fighter. This will be a good opponent and I expect him to give everything,” Marquez said. “We are facing Esquivias, a fighter who comes forward, you will see a great fight – thank you all.”
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