By Miguel Maravilla and Felipe Leon at ringside
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
WBC #2 heavyweight Bermane “B.Ware” Stiverne (22-1-1, 20 KOs) dropped #1 rated Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (35-3, 30 KOs) in round three and went on to win a twelve round unanimous decision on Saturday night in a WBC elimination bout at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. Stiverne was the busier man against the tough Arreola in a bloody fight. Scores were 117-110, 117-110 and 118-109. Stiverne is now WBC mandatory challenger for champion Vitali Klitschko.
In the opening round Arreola boxed patiently behind the jab and landed some effective right hands as Stiverne backed up. Stiverne began to use the ring more, scoring effectively with combinations in round two as Arreola stalked him.
At the end of round three Stiverne connected with a huge right sending Arreola to the canvas. He quickly got up and went to his corner as his nose began to gush. Arreola’s face was a bloody mess in round four but he continued to stalk Stiverne. Later in the round Stiverne went down, but referee Jack Reiss quickly ruled it a slip.
In round five Arreola continued to stalk but Stiverne was outworking him.
Displaying his toughness as he continued to bleed, a right hand by Arreola rocked Stiverne in round six, backing him to the corner as Arreola continued his assault.
Stiverne appeared to be tiring in round seven, while Arreola’s right eye began to shut in what was becoming a war of attrition for both. Despite the blood in his face Arreola continued to stalk as he connected with a solid right as Stiverne continued to work with combos.
The Nightmare began to close the gap on Stiverne and in round nine Arreola connected with a huge right that rocked Stiverne.
Going into the championship rounds Stiverne began backing up jabbing as Arreola followed backing him to the ropes with big punches. Arreola sensing the urgency in a tough, close fight continued to press Stiverne, who continued to stick and move, referee Jack Reiss warned Stiverne for a low blow.
The twelve and final round both came out trading punches as Arreola continued to bleed while Stiverne decided to stand and punch to the final bell.
Judges Carla Caiz and Claude Paquette scored the bout 117-110 while judge Marty Denkin scored it a convincing 118-109. With the win Bermane Stiverne becomes the number one contender for the WBC Heavyweight title which is currently held by Vitali Klitschko.
“I came to his backyard and beat him. My jab was more effective. He never hurt me. All he threw was one punch at a time but I did mess up my back. We really prepared ourselves, my team and I for nine months,” Stiverne said.
“He put on a boxing exhibition it was really terrific for the sport it was a heavyweight fight that is bringing boxing back,” Stiverne’s promoter Don King told Fightnews.com.
“When you think about boxing you think of this man right here, the legend Don King. I want to thank him,” Stiverne continued. “This really means a lot to me I did it for the people of my country. I want that title shot!”
“Haiti! Baby! Haiti!” Don King shouted. “We want Klitschko. He is the people’s champion. He is fighting for the people. This is for the little people. Everybody here was standing up for Arreola, this man (Stiverne) came up against all odds we are looking for something to bring something back to the heavyweight scene, back to America. This man is getting ready to do just that when he goes up against Vitali Klitschko and he put on a perfective performance,” King concluded.
Arreola was tough as always in giving a spirited effort.
“When he dropped me and busted my nose I couldn’t breathe, my left hand died in the seventh,” Arreola told media after the fight. “He fought a better plan used a better jab.”
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In a much to be desired twelve round NABF heavyweight championship bout, Hartford, CT’s Tony Grano (20-3-1, 16KOs) came up short in defending his regional title despite dropping Eric Molina (20-2, 14KOs) hard in the last round. Although the bout lacked much action, Molina did begin to let his hands go in the middle rounds which led to a fifth round knockdown of Grano in the last seconds with a long over hand right. The taller Molina of Raymond, Texas, kept using his longer reach to tag Grano with right hands through out the fight. Grano had some success at times with combinations that began to the body and finished up to the head of the big Texan. As Molina looked to have the fight in the bag with out any major complications, Grano put on his last stand and scored with a perfectly placed right hand to the chin that sent Molina crashing down to the canvas. Molina beat the count and used the rest of the round to tie up Grano until the end of the fight. At the end, all three judges had it for Molina with scores of 116-110 twice and 114-112.
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2012 Mexican Olympian super welterweight Oscar Molina, who has been kept busy by his promotor Goosen Tutor with his fourth fight in less than eight weeks, is ready for his next one as it only took him fifty-five seconds to stop Jose Martell (2-8-1, 2KOs) of Phoeniz, Arizona, in a scheduled four rounder. The undefeated Molina (5-0, 4KOs) of nearby Norwalk was effective with hard left hooks to the body followed immediately with one to the head. Before Martell could break a sweat, Molina switched it up and scored with a sneaky left hook to mouth of the stomach that crushed Martell down to the canvas. Martell could not recover and referee Raul Caiz Jr. reached the count of ten.
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Local favorite super featherweight Charles Huerta (18-3, 10KOs) made his first fight of 2013 a good and quick one as he stopped the clearly over matched central American Jonathan Alcantara (6-10-2, 1KO) of Sonsonate, El Salvador, at the 1:30 mark of the first round of a scheduled six. After measured first minute where Alcantara didn’t do anything, Huerta landed a hard straight flush to the face that stopped Alcantara dead in his tracks. Alcantara tried to beat the count but he stumbled and referee Raul Caiz Jr. understandably stopped the action.
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Featherweight Juan Funez of Reseda, California stopped Cristian Cartier in round round two in a scheduled four rounder. Funez and Cartier came out exchanging in round one but in round two Funez continued to land on the inside with uppercuts as one of them landed solid Cartier was out on his feet referee Pat Russell stepped in to stop the action at 1:14 of round 2. Juan Funez goes to 2-0, 1KO.
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Opening the action from the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California, Jose Garcia of King City, California stopped Vladamir Gavrilov of Moscow, Russia in the third round in a scheduled four round featherweight bout. Garcia scored a knockdown early in the opening round, later in round three an overhand right connected as Gavrilov went down again but got as Garcia continued his attack as referee Raul Caiz Jr. stepped in to stop the bout at 2:20. Jose Garcia goes to 2-6-1, 2 KOs and Vladamir Gavrilov goes to 1-1.