By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Riverside, California’s Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (35-2, 3O KOs) was at Sisleys Italian Kitchen in Sherman Oaks, California Wednesday afternoon to officially announce his WBC heavyweight elimination bout against Bermane “B-Ware” Stiverne (22-1, 20 KOs) to take place Saturday, March 9 live on HBO from the Hangar at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, California. Stiverne was nowhere to be seen.
Promoter Dan Goossen started it off welcoming the media as well as presenting some his fighters including welterweight contender Josesito Lopez and WBC/WBA super middleweight champion Andre “SOG” Ward in attendance.
“Here it is March 9, this one is for all the marbles,” said Goossen. “This is the WBC Heavyweight elimination bout, which is our goal.” Regarding Stiverne’s absence, Goossen stated “I’m a little disappointed to mention we got a call from Don King that Bermane Stiverne would not make it today. On March 9, one way or another, we are going to get Stiverne out there!”
Shortly after the always straight out, tell it like it is, Chris Arreola with a new look spoke to the media. “I am glad to be back on HBO. I have worked my butt off to be here again. After this fight my main goal is to be heavyweight champion,” Arreola said. “I know Bermane Stiverne is a tough fighter. He throws a lot of combinations. A lot of people don’t know too much about him. When he hits me and I am still standing he is going to be in trouble. He stands in the way of my future. I have to make sure that night to take care of business like I always do.”
Arreola last fought nearly one year ago scoring a first round knockout over Eric Molina last February. Shortly after that fight Arreola had some words for his opponent’s promoter Don King who also promotes Stiverne, referring to King as a racist followed with some harsh explicit words. He will be going into the fight with 384 days of inactivity as he gets set to face Stiverne.
“There is a bright spot to this. He was out with an injury and look at the shape he kept himself in during this time of inactivity,” Goossen told the media.
“I love fighting. I am entertainer. That is my job and I miss it being away from it, especially going to fights but come fight time I will be more than ready,” Arreola told Fightnews.com
The Hatian-born Stiverne, who now resides in Las Vegas, is coming off an eighth round unanimous decision win over Willie Herring last April. Prior to that Stiverne stopped former world title challenger Ray Austin in ten rounds back in June of 2011. Stiverne also has had his share of inactivity as he also looks to back in the ring.
Arreola vs. Stiverne will be part of the HBO Boxing After Dark telecast featuring Bernard Hopkins vs. Tavoris Cloud in a split site telecast. Hopkins-Cloud will headline with Keith “One Time” Thurman opening up the HBO Boxing After Dark card from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, as Arreola and Stiverne will square off in the second fight at the Hangar in Costa Mesa.
“You will see an exciting fight I will bring it just like I always do with hard punching and I will try not to curse too much,” Arreola concluded
Salgado-Mendez on Undercard
In an IBF super featherweight title rematch, Mexico City’s Juan Carlos Salgado (26-1-1, 16KOs) will take on Argenis Mendez (20-2,10KOs) of Brooklyn New York by way of the Dominican Republic in the co-feature.
Also on the card will be former Olympian twin brothers Javier and Oscar Molina of Norwalk, California. The 2008 U.S. Olympian Javier Molina (12-1, 5KOs) will take on Joseph Elegele (13-1, 10 KOs) in an eight round welterweight bout. His brother 2012 Mexican Olympian Oscar Molina will see action in a four round welterweight bout.
Tickets for Arreola Stiverne are priced $250, $150, $75 go on sale this Friday.
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